May 08, 2012

Cat People, a Retirement Village, and I will be ending up as shark bait if I don't stop talking

Time flies by. Yesterday it was the 22nd of April, the day I arrived in New Zealand, and today it is already Friday, the 4th of May, my last day in the office, with two more days to go until I have to leave Fantasy Island.
Nothing ever goes to plan in my company, hence my schedule was already screwed when I left at 4.20PM. It was evident, that I would not make the 160km of twists and turns to Coromandel Town before dawn. And when I say twisty, I mean it. Look it up on street view!
I was completely and utterly excited, and a bit nervous. Geoff, famous moto-blogger, world traveler, cat person and Jennie's husband of forty years (which I find is a great accomplishment of hers, having to put up with an engineer day in, day out), had invited me over into their retirement (censored by GJ) home on Coromandel Peninsula. Roger, who I didn't see all week (but talked to several times), would be there as well. I guess it should have come as a surprise but neither Rogey nor Geoff are any good at keeping secrets.

The roads are narrow, full of bends and turn, and certainly a challenge during night time, hence I kept tailgating the locals, and followed their track doing 80 or 90 km/h when I should have gone maybe 60 km/h... I managed to arrive safe and sound nevertheless.

Neither the James' nor I knew what we were getting into. I arrived at 7PM, only to find Roger already half drunk on the couch, steadying himself on yet another glass of wine. He barely recognized me, and mumbled something incoherent, that sounded like "Oh, it's you. Again!?"

I am a very shy person with deep respect for the elderly best-agers. So it took me a beer (or two) and some nibbles of Geoff's delicious (an engineer AND a baker, like my hubby) homemade rosemary bread to provide for the necessary gravity to join the conversation. It was hilarious just to listen to their banter, and Jennie dished out to both of the guys.
 Geoff and lovely little Orphan Annie
 Roger with Thomas
What is it with motorcycle riders and cats? Aren't they looking sweet?

Dinnertime! With lots of food involved. Again! Geoff and Jennie caught snapper the day before (yes, of course they have a boat, too), and had prepared it for me to feast on. It was the bestest fish I ever had. Really!
We had another glass (make that a bottle) or two of wine, and the evening flew by way too quick.

Coming up next: Take a wild guess. Hint: Mind the new header picture!

12 comments:

  1. I wasnt drunk.....just relaxed. well...maybe a little to relaxed..

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    1. Oh, that's what it was, sorry I must have misinterpreted you ;-)

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  2. This is a great series with some beautiful photos. You must have been writing posts all the way across the Pacific...

    Geoff doesn't look too threatening or was that the wine?

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    1. I spent half the flight time with doing the write-up, while looking at the pics. I was a nice pastime.

      Geoff told me that he would feed me to the sharks... I am not making this up.

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  3. Ha! Last time we invite you back - leg-pulling from a distance just ain't fair. Just wait until we turn up on your doorstep unannounced! Actually, your crack about engineers bordering on Asperger's Syndrome has made you and Jennie friends forever, sigh....

    Even if wine lubricated the evening, boy, did we all laugh! Now you know what Rog and I are like all the time :-

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    1. Well, at least I am safe doing it here ;-)
      By all means, please show up. I will make sure to provide you with enough payback worthy ammunition.

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  4. Engineers are the best!

    So nice to see sucessful intergalactic blog-in fests!!

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  5. Oh the stories you could tell. I can only imagine.

    I agree with Richard - a great series of posts and awesome pictures.

    Isn't it fun to poke fun from across the pond?

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  6. That last picture...just looks like TROUBLE to me. Good trouble. ;)

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    1. The best! More good food and friends!

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