Sunday at the caravan rally was full to bursting. We shared weekend Rally Captain duties with Dot and Derek, (our day was Saturday) and they planned a very full Sunday for us. What better start to the morning than a ride up to Sanson to Viv’s Kitchen, and sample one of her world famous cream horns? Our previously booked tables were ready and waiting for us – bookings for a group are essential at this very popular café – and 15 happy campers trooped inside for morning tea. There was soon a long queue waiting to place their orders.
Caravan Club members waiting to place their orders
Most of us ordered cream horns, although I noticed a few other choices on the tables. We had time to walk around the garden after morning tea. There are a lot of changes happening outside, new outdoor seating, and a new ablution block planned shortly.
Selwyn, Kath, Jenny and Robin
Morning tea over, we headed northwards to see the windmills of Apiti Wind Farm slowly turning their blades on the hills near the Manawatu Gorge. These windmills have a hypnotic quality about them and it doesn’t pay to get fixated on their motion when you should be concentrating on the road!
Apiti Wind Farm
Our destination was to the lovely Pohangina Valley to check out a venue for an upcoming rally. Oops, nearly missed the sign.
We were looking for the former Pohangina School, now run by the community as a picnic and camping area. Families were enjoying a picnic in the grounds under the shady trees, while others were having fun on the playground equipment. Such a lovely place, it will be perfect for our rally early next year. In the meantime out came our folding chairs and tables and we enjoyed our own picnic in the sunshine. On our drive back to camp, we just had to stop at a local shop and purchase an ice-cream – what a great finish to a nice sunny afternoon’s drive.
Picnic at Pohangina
We all gathered in the hall in the evening and were handed a pack containing a card making kit. We all had the same assortment, and it was our choice to use all or just some of what what provided. Plus glue, of course. Here we are - a study of concentration as we decided on the best way to put our Christmas card together.
Card making exercise
The finished products were rather good
As Sunday was my birthday, we provided some goodies for supper. Robin had tried his hand at making an old favourite from years ago, chocolate crackles, made with rice bubbles and kremelta. Several of the caravan club men do some baking occasionally, so I’ll have to encourage Robin to keep it up!
And talking of cards, this is the birthday card which Robin presented to me, with one of my favourite TV characters, Sheldon, from Big Bang Theory. I’m not usually a fan of American comedy, but can’t get enough of this band of highly intelligent but socially inept misfits.