Monday, August 2, 2010

AOTNZ tour Tauranga & Kauaeranga

Mills Reef fabulous. Treated like royalty by Jan & her team and there were
oysters once again. Derek had done a superb job in generating a crowd and we
also caught up with Graham Clark from Brilleaux. James drove us up to Thames
next morning and we managed to find Eric & Nancy Zwaan's house deep in the
Kauaeranga Valley, just past the old Hall. Eric built the house out of 'cob', a
mixture of mud, clay & straw I think - very cool. The Hall was filled with about
70 locals, all getting stuck into the mulled wine. Home by about 10.00 for an
early night....lovely not being in a concrete block motel. Nancy made us a
spectacular breakfast of omelettes & home-grown sausages and we lit out for

Stopped just outside town at a roadside seafood place - had pots of mussel
chowder & T bought some oysters. Just arrived at the fabulous Jacaranda Lodge
and off to set up shortly. Sold out at about 70 tonight apparently.


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