With our trip to Australia fast approaching, together with daughter Nicky’s birthday it was time for a long overdue catch up with the family. We arranged to meet Nicky for lunch at Speights Ale House in Palmerston North. Son-in-law Robert organized his work day to come along too, and grand-daughter Megan took some time off work and joined us a little later.
Speights Ale House
Speight’s Brewery has always produced award winning, traditional ales & beers, using only the finest quality ingredients & purest water. The popular restaurant is always busy, usually a sign of good food and service. We took some time checking the menu and finally made our choices. Roast pork for me and pie of the day for Robin. Robert ordered a pie as well, and Nicky had lamb's fry and bacon, served on top of of a huge mound of mashed potatoes and smothered in gravy. Robin and Robert’s meal were washed down with one of the award winning Speight’s beers. With such very filling lunches, we will only need something very light for our evening meal.
Our two meals
It was great to catch up with them, and give Nicky her birthday gift, as we are starting our trip to Oz on her birthday.
Robin and Jenny, Nicky and Robert
After we had finished our meals, grand-daughter Megan came breezing in, bright and bubbly as usual. As it was getting later, made do with just a coffee.
The conversation centred around horses, this family lives, breathes, and talks about horses and competitions. All except Nicky, who really doesn’t want anything to do with them, especially when they get into her garden. The two girls are excellent horsewomen, and Robert was a former jockey, so has been around horses for most of his life.
We said our farewells and went our separate ways. We had one more catch up, had arranged to meet up with grand-daughter Emma in Feilding after she had finished work in the afternoon. And the conservation centred around, you've guessed it, Emma’s horses. Certainly an all abiding passion for her.
Jenny and Emma
It was so nice to be able to see all members of this family before we head away.