The evening ushered in a mean barbeque with huge marinaded steaks from a bull they'd killed on the farm, and a South African sausage I know how to say, but not how to spell
. It also ushered Trinity and Alexi's almost insatiable thirst for 'My Little Pony' drawings that various members of the assembled family were called upon to produce throughout the evening. Bruce has always been a bit of a rebel with the appearance of a hard-man, but he was truly gooey inside, and his partner was lovely (a gooey description - I know - but it was good to see them). The following day he showed us around the farm with Rachel and the kids in the back of the truck. The views around the area were beautiful and their hilltop house made a perfect viewing point.
Ben and Rachel left us at about lunch time and shortly after, at about 2.30pm, Gem and I departed for Opononi. See you there ...
I'm not quite sure but I think it was about 17 years since I'd last seen my cousin Bruce, who, in that time had moved to New Zealand, ending up in Dargaville, had spent about 10 years living with Amanda and had had 2 children - Trinity and Alexi. Both Bruce and Amanda work on a dairy farm and only have a weekend off once a fortnight, so it was fortunate for us that his weekend fell on an opportunity for us to see him. The added value on this particular visit was Ben and Rachel who joined us until the following lunchtime. Both Bruce and Amanda were both exceedingly welcoming and shortly after arriving at the house whisked us off to a nearby lake where we swam and had a picnic lunch with exceedingly good mayonnaise (or so the label claimed). Following that he took us to have a marvel at the largest Kauri tree in New Zealand - masseef (massive).