It was Helen’s 70th birthday and our SLG friends all joined her in a celebration lunch at the Short Straw Cafe, in Whiteman’s Valley. The Short Straw Cafe is the only cafe in New Zealand built from straw bales, and features curvy, straw bale walls covered in plaster.
This cafe is always popular and the the car park was extremely full. Luckily we managed to find one of the few remaining car parks, thank goodness for that. Once inside, we soon found our reserved table. Now, what to eat, that was the question. After reading the menus on the table, Trish, Robin and Les then checked out the cabinets to see what took their fancy.
We had a bit of a wait for our orders to come as there was a large party in the function room. Never mind, it gave us all plenty of time to wish the birthday girl “Happy Birthday” and catch up with each other’s news. We all enjoyed our individual choices, from quiche, all day breakfast, sausages and mash, and hot pot. After a coffee to finish our lunch, we were invited back to Helen and Calvin’s home for birthday cake and a glass of bubbly.
We raised our glasses of bubbly and wished Helen a very happy 70th birthday, and enjoyed a slice of the delicious chocolate cake. Thanks, Helen, for organising such a lovely day.