Sunday, 31 October 2010
Saturday, 30 October 2010
The restaurant had a lovely ambiance and the staff were very welcoming. There was a fire crackling away in the cosy seating area, and the lovely timber unit had all sorts of interesting nic naks on display.
Friday, 29 October 2010
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Monday, 25 October 2010
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Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Friday, 15 October 2010
Thursday, 14 October 2010
There is still a week to go till Robin finishes work, but he decided to organise his farewell get-together with his fellow drivers this week. The boys called around in the late afternoon to have a snack, washed down by a beer or two, and no doubt discuss how to put the company to rights. Big changes are in the wind, and the general consensus is that Robin has chosen a good time to leave. He had originally planned a barbeque, but the wind had quite a cold bite to it, so it would be no fun sitting outside. Lucky that I was home to attend to kitchen duties and heat up the snacks for them all, while Robin offered everyone a cold beer. Russell was sporting a sling after a visit to the surgeon. He will be off work recuperating for several weeks to allow his surgery to heal, so it was really good that he managed to drive himself here for Robin’s afternoon.
The drivers made short work of the mini spring rolls, the spicy samosas and the crumbed prawns that I had cooked up for them. Those prawns were delicious, especially dipped in chilli sauce – I managed to get a few for myself.
With only one more week of work to go, then Robin can silence that alarm clock which wakes us up at 5:00am. It will be bliss to know that the early morning wake-up calls will finally be a thing of the past. Now, I wonder if retiring workers still get a gold watch from the big boss after years of faithful service? As they say on the Tui ads - “Yeah – right!!”
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
The rhododendrons were a blaze of colour as we walked around the Efil Doog gardens. With 2000 rhododendrons, as well as magnolias, azaleas and camellias, the gardens are magnificent. Where ever we looked, there was yet another beautiful tree in blossom.
Robin was keen to experiment with his camera’s macro setting, and spent a long time taking various close up photos. He really wanted to capture the bees going about their business. Try as he might, the bees just didn’t co-operate with him.
Scattered around the garden are all sorts of interesting sculptures. We came across this poor hapless leprechaun down by the lake which gave us all a chuckle. Looks like he is in a spot of bother, don’t you agree?
The duo of donkeys over the fence were keeping an eye on us visitors. Sorry, no carrots or apples to give them. Then we found some adorable rabbits that all wanted to say hello to us. They were so cute and not at all shy. We suspected that they might be bred for the table, but didn’t want to ask. We wouldn’t be able to eat something as cute as this.
It’s not often you come across a giant tortoise amongst the trees. And I just love these glorious magnolias. The flowers look so striking as a contrast to the bare branches.
There is certainly much to see here, including a bonsai collection, dove cote, ponds with their water plants, and sculptures at every turn. The large flat lawn area would be just perfect for wedding photos. The wind was rather cold so we are all rugged up for the obligatory group photo in front of yet another rhodo. Then it was time for a nice warm cuppa to chase the chills away. Out came our folding chairs and thermoses from the car boots. Just as well there were no other visitors to see what we were getting up to as we tried to find just the right spot out of the wind. First we sat here under this tree, but no, it was too windy. How about we all move over here? Then a shower of rain came over. Oh well, just get the brollies out and pull the rain hoods up – luckily the shower soon passed over. Finally settled, we poured our hot drinks, nibbled on a piece of cake, and chatted nineteen to the dozen about our interesting day out.
This garden has been assessed by New Zealand’s Garden Trust as a “Garden of Regional Significance”, and is well worth a visit if you are in the area. There is plenty to see, and it is a lovely place to bring a picnic lunch and stay awhile.