One great thing about staying with friends is that one gets to experience the life they live. We have been very privileged to take part in the day-to-day lives of our friends in New Zealand. We are currently staying with Raewyn and Wayne (we decided that Avis and Brian needed a break!) and David has enjoyed running with Wayne most days. In 2001, Wayne and David ran the Eurasian 15 km race together, over the bridge that spans the Bosphorus, and I know that when Wayne left Turkey, David missed his running buddy.
I was delighted to be invited to Raewyn’s book club, run by our friend Val (she of the great Barbecue in Wanaka – see previous posting). It was a delightful evening, held in a local café that provided coffee and snacks, and I was impressed by the varied interests of the group and by the literary critique given of all the books they had read over the Christmas holiday period; a most enjoyable evening (see photos).
Next week we plan to go to Hampden again to stay in Avis and Brian’s lovely ‘bach’, so we will be incommunicado for a while. I’ll get back to you all as soon as I can. By the way, if you click on the link to the right, under interesting sites, you can see the first photo of our new grandson, Jordan Sean Hendry.