. Next we drove to Brian's workshop to see whare his creations began. Next stop was Pupu springs, a beautiful spring and lake with crystal clear blue water where you could see the spring bubbling up into. Next stop was lunch at a lovley cafe where we sat outside in the sunshine and I had green lipped mussels - the best mussels I have ever had. We drove around the bay for some beautiful scenic photos before we went to Lorna's shop, basically it was the town's original corner shop & she had been there all her life, but she sold everything that you could possibly imagine. Last stop of the day was the Naked Possum which doubled as a cafe plus a shop which sold a variety of objects made from possum skin. Then it was back to Joyce's for a beautiful roast dinner, playing with her beautiful cats and looking over old family photos.
Alas the next day our good luck with the weather was over as it poured it down all day. After John (Anne's husband) had finished calfing (an every day occurance at this time of year) & milking he took us out in his landrover in the afternoon First stop was a swingbridge which hung high over the river and we tried not to think about the people limit and the amount of food Joyce had given us as it swang as we walked! Next we looked at the waterfall next to it with comical pictures of us next to it in all our waterproof gear as it pelted it down with rain
. Next John who works on a farm showed us all his calves on the farm as it was calving time, he told us all about what was involved and even pursueded me to let one suck my fingers which was an interesting experience. Next stop was Devil's boot which was a rock formation (that look like upside down boots) and also the location of a geo cache which proved an interesting expedition in the pouring rain, we all clamboured about before that before Sarah was victorious and retrieved the cache. We drove into Collingwood and went to Tinky's Tavern where David worked and had lunch and obviously a sneaky handle (NZ version of scooner - i.e. more than a half less than a pint), John also added to mine and Sarah's stubby collection, cheers ;-) Sarah had her pcture taken with a bottle of Bundy run got in especially for Tom just to prove it was still there. Lastly we drove along to view Farewell spit, which is the furthest you can go at the top of NZ, we stopped at a cafe which was closed to view it alas the weather was so bad we couldn't see a thing and had to take John's word for it that it was still there (Anne showed us photos after just to prove it). With that we returned back to the house for a well earned cup of tea, dinner and a look at Alan's photos of Tasmania.
Thank you to Joyce, Bill, Anne, John, David, Brian, Karen & Alan for a wonderful time from all four of us and for all the Aussie rellies you made to put us up. All hugs and best wishes will be passed on to Auntie Ena & all our other English rellies. We promise that it we'll be back and not leave it another 40/20/6 (delete depending on who you are) years!! Thank you!!
We drove through more stunning scenary to visit some of Sarah's relatives who live in Golden Bay, stopping at lookouts along the way for great views and photo opportunities oh and a KFC in Nelson. Once we had driven over an extremely large hill (again ask Sheila) we were met by Brian (Anne's brother) whose first question to Peter was how old are you? To settle an argument him and Alan (another brother) had been having (40 years & other side of the world apart can make memory hard). We followed him in his ute to Joyce's (Sarah's Grandma's niece) house. Here we were greeted by the whole family and had a lovely tea and a good old yarn over Yorkshire, our trip and just about everything else. The next day we were taken around the local area by Brian. Alan & David (Anne's son). First stop was Brian's house which is also his shop area as he carves out beautiful furniture from wood & Karen's Photo essays (which have inspired us to make better pictures), the place certainly has character with one room in the garden on a truck, a bench in the garden cut out from a whole tree and there is also a giants chair carved out of wood at the entrance to the drive way - where the obligatory pictures had to be taken