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Published: November 27th 2016
This morning we ventured down to the weekly craft market - much to Bernie's excitement. Actually, I'm always happy to wander around a craft market, but it's not really Bernie's thing. There was a wide variety of plants, produce, clothing and jewellery. There was some very, very nice jewellery, but I resisted buying any because, of course, the pieces I liked the most were quite pricey. Such restraint! It was warm and sunny though and I had left my (old and daggy) sun hat at Robin and Sandra's so I splashed out NZ$25 on a hat. I heard the lady on the stall telling customers that she hardly sold a hat last weekend when it was overcast. She was very pleased to see the sun shining today as she was doing a roaring trade!
After exploring the market, we headed down to the marina to one of Robin and Sandra's favourite places for lunch, the Anchor Bar & Grill. Robin was telling us that the seagulls are a bit of a pest so the owners supply a water gun for patrons to squirt the birds with to discourage them from stealing their lunches. Sandra recommended the calamari very highly. She
was going to order something else for a change, but when the waitress came to take our orders it was three for calamari and a steak sandwich for Robin.
It was a beautiful day for lunch by the water accompanied by a glass of vino. That was until the sandflies started to bite! Me! And for some reason, only me! It seemed I was the plate de jour as far as the wee beasties were concerned. Robin raced off to the car to retrieve the Aeroguard. In a split second a seagull noticed that his plate was unattended and swooped from behind Bernie's shoulder and swiped a chip off Robin's plate. How quickly our idyllic lunch was being spoiled by bugs and birds! I jumped up and picked up the water canon. Blimey the birds are conditioned to the point where the mere sight of the water canon is enough to have them skedaddling. Robin returned with the Aeroguard which I sprayed liberally on my feet and ankles. Birds and bugs dealt with, we resumed enjoying our lunch.
With our tummies full of food and alcohol we returned to our home away from home for a very lazy
afternoon of catching up with Robin and Sandra in between a bit of photo processing, blogging and reading. Bernie sent an email to the good folk at Farewell Spit Eco Tours to see if we could reserve a place on their tour departing Tuesday morning. The departure time for the tours varies between about 6.00am and 3.00pm depending on the time of the low tide. Tuesday's departure time is a relatively civilised 7.30am. Fingers crossed that they have two seats available.
Bernie and Robin did at least break up the afternoon with a little bit of activity taking Charlie for a walk up the hill in front of Robin and Sandra's place. There is a walking track that goes further up the hill that has some fabulous views down over Richmond. They spotted quite a few of the local birds and Charlie enjoyed a paddle in the creek.
After dinner it was time to continue our card playing binge. Tonight Robin won 'Jo' narrowly from me and the Ashleys beat us not once, but twice at Bolivia!! Damn, that puts them one up in the inaugural Trans Tasman Bolivia Challenge.
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