12.02.2013 - 15.02.2013
We spent Tuesday preparing to go to "the land", which is Donna and Murray's name for their summer home on the Sounds. Picking vegetables, organizing groceries, etc. Although Don and Rob undertook the refinishing of the table top we have been using outside. They moved it to the shed and sanded the top, before applying a finish coat. There wasn't time to do the second coat, so that has to wait until we get back.
We got up early Wednesday morning and loaded up. Donna is staying here until Thursday morning as she has several meetings to attend today. So off in the van we went for a 3 hour drive to the Portage and then load up the boat and a short ride later we were at the land. We lazed around and Don, Rob, and Murray had discussions about work that needs to be done/how to do it/etc. We were visited several times by a Weka, a chicken-like flightless NZ bird.
Friday morning we reversed the process and left, Mani and I riding with Donna this time. We stopped at Pelorus Bridge for lunch (pies - a typical NZ lunch, apparently) (not sweet pies, meat and veggie pies!) and had a nice walk along a nature trail. We visited a beautiful waterfall and after returning to the cafe, the boys went for another hike and a swim, while the girls sat about and read.
On our way home thru Richmond, we picked up fish and chips for supper, another KIwi must, and then cleaned up to go out. We attended a lovely concert at the Boathouse Restaurant in Nelson. Blue Daiquiri played klesmer, jazz, and other music that was fantastic.