We travelled up to Hastings for the weekend to visit Jenny's sister and her family, a 600km round trip. They have recently moved into a property which has plenty of hard parking plus a power connection for our caravan. Don't suppose that this was the major consideration of the property transaction, but it certainly is very handy for us when we come to visit, with accommodation in tow!! Robin carefully backed the caravan up the driveway and through the wrought iron gates, and it just fitted in front of the garage.
It was great to catch up with Kathleen and the rest of the family again, as it had been a while since we had all got together. We enjoyed a very tasty barbecue meal on Saturday, prepared by Lisa, with Robin on BBQ duty ably assisted by young Kate. To return the favour, we cooked the family a breakfast of bacon, eggs and kranksy sausages on Sunday morning.
Hastings, in Hawkes Bay, is one of the sunniest places in the country and is famous as a growing region for fruit and vegetables. Wine production is also another important industry. We went to the local Farmers Market on Sunday and joined the many locals checking out all the stalls. Lovely fresh fruit and veggies, cheeses, local meat products, cakes, bread and pastries, honey, jams and chutneys, it was a foodies delight. We did our bit for the local economy with our purchases and took home plenty of fresh produce, plus some specialty cheeses.