Our time at the Drop-In Rally came to an end, and we didn’t have to travel too far to arrive at our next stop. Just around a few corners in sunny Foxton, travelling a grand total of 1km. We are now set up at the Manawatu Caravan Club grounds, hooked up on power, with an ablution block and laundry at our disposal just a short stroll away. First things first, and I soon had a load of washing done and hanging up to dry in the sunshine.
We certainly arrived on the right day, as the committee had organised a Sausage Sizzle for lunch. Chairman Phil drove his beach buggy around the camp towing a trailer all set up with a large barbeque, sausages, onions, bread and tomatoe sauce. And to wash it all down was a chilly bin or two of beer and bubbly wine.
There was soon a production line going. As the cooked sausages came off the barbeque, the ladies served each one on a slice of buttered bread, cooked onions on top, and a squirt of tomatoe sauce, handing them out to a group of hungry campers.
A group of us sat out in the sunshine, sipping our drinks, munching on our sausages in bread, and chatting to our new neighbours. This is the life.
The casual camp sites filled up during the afternoon, with our caravan club buddies Peter and Elaine arriving later in the day to park beside us. They had an extremely slow trip, they told us, with heavy Boxing Day traffic stretching out the trip from the Hutt Valley to over three hours. We will both be camping here till after New Year. The weather has been great so far, let’s hope it stays that way for the next week or so.