The market was situated at the bottom of the windmill, not really a market as we know it with loads of stalls, but shelves filled with dutch delicacies. Dutch Leyden cheese (has cumin and caraway seeds), honey and ginger cake (delicious with butter spread on it), liquorice, Haagse hopjes (coffee sweet) Speculaas biscuits (ginger) and best of all the dutch Friet Mayonaise were all purchased. There is nothing like it and the taste is divine especially on chips. Not being able to bring this back to Australia, I have three weeks in which to finish it. So lots of chips on the menu then!
Then it was back on route to Waikanae. Such a lovely welcome from David and Marilyn when we arrived. We were shown to a specially prepared area where the van was to be parked and also told a bed was all ready for us inside and we were NOT to sleep in the van that night. After a long chat and of course lots of tea, Marilyn took us for a walk to Waikanae beach. The weather went down hill rapidly and when the rain started all thought of going for a walk went out of the window.
|Just before the rain started|
|View from Gary and Bruce's lounge window.|
Marilyn had prepared a wonderful Thai green curry, from scratch I might add none of the packet or tinned stuff from the supermarket shelves, and after yet another drink or two... sat down to devour the delicious meal.
More drinks and then coffee before retiring to bed.
All to soon our visit was over. Having another scrumptious meal prepared, cereals, fruit and a cooked breakfast with Gary, Bruce and Kavin joining us (Marilyn is such a great host) and then after Marilyn had cut mine and Ian's hair, ( a brilliant job she did too) we set off for Tawa. Here I was to meet one of my dutch cousins. With mum being the eldest of twelve children my cousins are many but only one have I met before, John, and with him living in Queensland this is another visit I am looking forward to next month. But for the first time I was to meet cousin Johns brother, Tony.
|Such a professional haircut, thank you, Marilyn,|
The sat nav took us right to Tony and Christine's door. The greeting was everything I hoped it would be and we talked about the family and how I actually have more cousins living in New Zealand than I imagined. Looks like we will have to come back some day if only to visit them all.
|Some similarity I think. Could be the hair|
Several hours later we said our goodbyes. Finding a campsite not far from Tawa we pulled in and battened down the hatches. Still raining heavily, in fact there didn't seem any let up at all. And to make matters worse I went to light the gas to cook dinner and found the gas had run out!!! Good old standby of tinned tuna came to the rescue with a hastily prepared salad, at least we were fed for the night. Good job we are on a powered site 'cos we can use the electric toaster and kettle in the morning!
Tomorrow we spend a day in Wellington with Roger and Pat The Cat's Whiskers. Having finally managed to get a message sent with a phone number, we have arranged to take the van to their place, leave it on the driveway and then all drive to the city in their car. Hope the rain will have stopped by then!