The last rally for 2009 had rolled around – just where had the year gone, we wondered. We gathered at Kapiti Holiday Park (the Old AA Motor Camp for those who remember) in the KIngsley Place bay. All sites have their own individual small ablution block so there is no meeting up with strangers in their dressing gowns in the middle of the night.
Geoff and Eileen arrived on Saturday morning and I must admit that Eileen caused a bit of a stir amongst the other ladies present. She very competently backed their car and caravan onto their site, with Geoff relaying instructions through the open car window. “No trouble, easy to do”was the verdict. Now we have witnessed that “girls can do anything” bit of driving, I will no doubt be asked why I don’t have a go with our own car and caravan. The answer would have to be, “because I’m too scared!!”
We pooled cars to drive to our Christmas celebration dinner, held at the RSA (Returned Servicemen’s Assoc) restaurant (the Achilles Room) on Saturday night. During the day we had arranged for all to assemble a Christmas Cracker each, adding a small gift. These were then mixed up and handed out at dinner. The crackers were pulled, jokes read out, paper hats put on heads, and the small gifts opened up. The smorgasbord meal was very nice, and the roast leg of pork with crackling was voted absolutely delicious. There was a little misunderstanding with the serving staff who were jealously guarding the roast pork, but that was soon sorted out.
Geoff and Eileen, Robin and Jenny, at the restaurant
Robin was delighted to find a model of HMS Achilles in the club rooms. Robin’s Dad and his Uncle both served aboard this ship. His father when it travelled to Japan at the conclusion of WW11 as the New Zealand contingent to witness the signing of surrender. He had often heard tales of his father’s time in Japan.