There was a tap on the door early in the morning. It was our next door neighbor. Did we know we had left the outside light on all night? And would we care for a freshly caught trout? It had been gutted, cleaned and de-headed, he assured me. I even had advice on how to cook it. Place some chopped herbs, onion and lemon in the cavity, wrap in tin foil and bake in a hot oven about 20-30 minutes. When I admitted I didn’t have a lemon, he went back to his van to get me one. Wow – what a nice friendly neighbour.
There are several little well stocked gardens at the Taupo camp so I went looking for some fresh herbs. And harvested some parsley, chives, and a spring onion. That should do nicely to put inside the trout. And how about some of this brightly coloured silver beet too, for our evening meal. Must be a gourmet selection, just look at those stems – red, yellow, orange, pink, and the more usual white! That’s dinner sorted, we’ll save the sausages we were going to have for another night.
Hooking up the caravan, we started on our way. But didn’t get very far before we stopped for a photo shoot at the top of the hill. The clear blue morning skies display a great view of the mountains across from the lake.
Winnie, our neighbour in front came to introduce herself, and brought her 5 year old Rag Doll cat outside to meet us, kept safe with her harness and lead.
When Muffy finally woke up from her beauty sleep, we brought her outside too. Muffy wasn't too sure what to make of the tiny little Chihuahua dog. Maybe it will go away if she ignores it. All this excitement was soon too much for her, and she really wanted to go back inside, away from these pesky animals.
We will be up and away bright and early tomorrow, as we have to drop the caravan off at the factory by 8.00am for it’s service.