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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Camping by the Grapevines

A long weekend (Wellington Anniversary Weekend) means a trip away in the caravan and we were off and away mid morning heading north.  To make long weekend even longer, we left home on Wednesday, just because we can.  Driving over the Pahiatua Track to the Wairarapa, we stopped for lunch at a rest stop north of Ekatahuna to wait for Geoff and Eileen to join us.  What a surprise – they were already there, we were sure we would arrive first.  The kettle was on the boil, they told us, so we prepared our sandwiches and joined them in their van for lunch.

P1140003 Lunch stop just off SH2

Another 45kms driving and we arrived at our stop for the night.  The POP Waipipi, is in a lovely rural setting, and we parked up on a large grassy area, adjacent to the grape vines. 

P1140011 Our stop for the night at Waipipi POP

No sooner had we settled in, than we jumped in the car and drove on to Masterton to attend to a couple of things.  On the way back we stopped off at The Wee Red Barn to buy some luscious strawberries and some of their fresh fruit ice-cream.  Yummy, that's dessert sorted for the evening.  Back at camp, it was deemed time for 4zees.

P1140006 We stopped off here for strawberries and ice-cream

I went for a walk a little later to see what I could see.

P1140013 There were grapes planted everywhere

P1140014A few sheep to see as I walked by

P1140016Our caravans peeping over the vines

Later in the evening meal Geoff joined us outside under our pull out awning as we listened to the gentle rain falling on top.  It was very pleasant sitting outside as the sky slowly darkened, the birds were singing and we sipped on a glass of port each and put the world to rights.  A lovely finish to the day.

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