The last stop on our South Island Trip was Koromiko – where we started our trip back in mid December, all those weeks ago. This is a beautiful place, surrounded by totara trees, and the cicadas were having a fine old time, making plenty of noise in the trees while looking for mates. We were to stay here for two nights while we waited to board the Inter Island Ferry on Thursday.
Staying at Koromiko
It’s no secret that both ferry companies have been having maintenance problems. We received a text telling us our trip the following day had been cancelled, costs would be refunded, and clients had to get on to the web site and rebook themselves. We had heard of campers waiting several weeks before they could get another booking and cross Cook Strait. What to do? We decided to drive down to the ferry office and front up to a real person. The staff confirmed that our booking for the next day was cancelled, perhaps we would like to go on the standby list for a sailing later in the day? No guarantees that we would get on board of course, but better than waiting weeks.
So back we went to Koromiko, hooked up the caravan and returned to the ferry terminal in the afternoon. The sailing on the Kaiarahi was pushed back later and later, but at least we had the comfort of our caravan to rest, have a light meal, and a toilet on board, not that we really relaxed, wondering would we get onboard? Eventually every one else had boarded and then it was the turn of the standby group. Oh no, we were almost turned back at the last minute but that was overruled, and we were sent up a steep ramp and parked up. We had made it!
.Finally boarded the Inter Island Ferry
Because we were one of the last vehicles to board, we had a little trouble finding a couple of seats together, but a kind couple moved along and made two seats available for us. We settled down in the lounge and our sailing got underway at 11.00pm. The captain made an announcement apologising for all the delays, and assuring us he had four engines all working – a reference to earlier problems when engines failed and the ships were drifting towards rocks! Three hours later the announcement came to go to our cars, we had arrived in port. We waited our turn, in this case last on certainly meant last off. The rain was falling, the temperatures had dropped dramatically, welcome to Wellington.
We had made it to Wellington
We had decided to spend the night at Plimmerton NZMCA Park, and off we went, up the Ngauranga Gorge in heavy rain in the dead of night. At 4.00am we pulled into the park, left the car looked up to the van, opened the caravan door and collapsed into bed. It had been a long day, but we were so relieved to be back in the North Island. We weren't quite ready to go home, so drove up to Foxton for our caravan club rally. It was great to catch up with our caravan club buddies after being way for so many weeks. We finally made it home on Sunday.
Gemma was really good during our long trip away, except for waking us us bright and early, anywhere between 4.00am – 6.00am, insisting on going outside, no, she want allowed to!. By the time she finally settled down, it was time for us to make an early morning cuppa, and check out the news of the day, especially after the cyclone hit the country. She is fairly predictable, loves to snooze in my computer bag while I’m busy blogging. And if the tiny wardrobe door is left afar, she is very keen tp pop inside and hide there for a while.
Snoozing in the caravan
Once home, we had unpacked the caravan, done several loads of laundry, and then I just couldn't help myself. It’s been such a long time since I had pottered around in my sewing room. But, I told myself, before I do some real sewing, I needed to do a little mending. My pair of summer shorts needed repair, and a dress I took away with me was a little loose around the neck. I can’t abide necklines which slips off my shoulder, so I unpicked the back facing, adjusted the back neck seam, and restiched the facing. There, that fits much better. As a reward to myself, I found my remaining flag blocks (have already made a small quilt using girly coloured flags) and started arranging the blocks, and pinning. Maybe I’ll get stitching them tomorrow. It’s good to be home again.