Friday, January 29, 2010

The Filadelfio Story

A driving day today. We had the car packed and were away from Akaroa by 7.30. Unusually for our trips to New Zealand, we shall not be back in Akaroa this year – normally we are here twice or even thrice during our normal 3-month sojourn in the country.

The drive to Oamaru was easy enough. Of course there was little of the morning rain threatened by weather forecasters just before we left. We stopped off for lunch in Timaru and I bought another pedometer to replace the crazy one.

Booked into our usual chalet at the Oamaru Top 10 campsite. Genial hosts Tracy and Shayne were away on a camping trip but had left a message with Rose (unlike the award-winning Johnny Cash record “Take a message to Rose”). **

And when we entered our temporary abode, there was also a pleasant surprise. A $30 dollar voucher for Filadelfio’s pizzeria, with a message written on the back – “Hi guys. Sorry we have missed you. Away camping. Enjoy your treat. Lots of love. Shayne and Tracy”. Can you see why we love New Zealand - and Tracy and Shayne?

We managed to get about 10 kms in today, despite the long drive.

The picture was taken by Gay yesterday as we came down from the heights above Akaroa.

** That would actually be "Give my love to Rose" - Ed.

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