Sunday was another wet and windy day and we spent the morning with our friends from the SLG at Strike 10 Pin Bowling at Petone. The original building had been demolished for roading works and the bowling lanes are now occupy brand new purpose built accommodation. As well as bowling lanes, the more adventurous can have a go at Laser Strike, a variation on the paint ball game.
We were split into 2 teams and the fun began. Some found that the lighter balls had finger holes too small for the more mature fat fingers . Others found the heavier balls almost impossible to lift, let alone swing and hurl along the lane. We finally found balls to suit and settled into the routine. Unfortunately "Gutter Balls" seemed to happen with regular monotony for some of us. But a surprising number of "Strikes" and "Spares" were achieved. The professional bowling teams have nothing to fear from our lot!! It was good to see lots of family groups there having a fun time out too. And we marvelled at the strength and speed of some of the more accomplished players on other lanes.
After all this activity we went for lunch to the "Jetty" at Petone, previously known as both the Seaway and the Oarsman cabarets. Delicious food and reasonable prices, what more could a hungry group want. The restaurant looked out over the Petone Beach in all it's stormy glory on this wild and woolly day.
Then it was off to the Wainuiomata Museum at Homedale School for a peek into the past. We particularly liked the recreated old schoolroom, and managed to squeeze our mature frames into the tiny desks for a photo shoot. It was interesting to note that out of the 10 people in our group, 6 had lived in Wainuiomata at some stage of their lives, most of us as young marrieds. Wainui wasn't called "Nappy Valley" for nothing!!
Pam invited us back to her home for a delicious afternoon tea to finish off the day. It was a great day's outing spent with good friends