Slept till gone midday today, hardly surprisingly. Have I mentioned how comfortable it is to sleep on those foam mats? They’re marvellous, they really are, + we were mad to have done without them for so long. We went to Paihia in the afternoon, for a series of failures. No ticket returned from Australia, only one of our 3 re-prints done in vthe photo shop. Mind you, it wqas good, the one they’d done – an enlargement of a picture of Val sitting in front of Haruru Falls.
Home again for some tea – but then I had to go to work in the evening, doing a stock-take. It was only till 9 tho’, then home again. Val had had a pleasant evening – she’d fallen in with a Wellington couple who’d taken her down to Paihia for a spot of fishing off the wharf. She even caught 2. And then there was a sort of party at one of the tents, to which we both went. However, it was dull, dull, dull – especially since I was sat between 2 diesel mechanics, discussing the relative merits H110s +E238s etc. And I’ve been off the booze for a few days, so didn’t even enjoy my beer. And since we were all sat round in a circle, I couldn’t escape my company. Val was more fortunate, sitting with her fishing companions. Names Nick + Lynette. They gave us their address too – which could be handy. We made our excuses after a suitable interval, + crawled into our snugs.
Not so sure I am quite so enthusiaseic about foam mats, but maybe it’s because i now have an ancient and aching back. Still, if it did the job at the time…
Me off the beer!? Strange times indeed. And presumably a rsponse to the excesses of the past few days.