The last month of the year is here!
Bradley told me this quote "If you don't
know where you are going any road will get
you there" So true with my life on the
I attended a Free Wheelers rally in Coromandel,
had a great time. While there I attended a play "Masquerade"
this was put on by the Coromandel Players,
this was good value and scary at times. I
took my two granddaughters to a show at Matatoki
School. It was local author, Dot Meharry's
book 'Pipi's and Muscles' put to music and
performed well by the children and enjoyed
A weekend at Whangamata on a rally with Hauraki/Coromandel
Movanners, saw me catching up with my good
friend Jill and enjoying a great Christmas
do. Heading home on the Sunday with Phil
following my motor in my bus did not seem
to be pulling right, got down the first big
hill on the Kopu-Hikuia road and halfway
up the next hill I had to wave Phil on as
I was getting slower and slower and finally
After ringing AA (Automobile Association)
If things get too bad the other AA might
be needed. Thames Towing from Kopu came out
quickly and informed me that my clutch had
burnt out. So poor Gypsy Granny was winched
onto the back of the truck for a ride home
while I followed with Phil watching Gypsy
granny rocking on the back of the truck.
She went back to Thames Towing, many thanks
to Frank for getting there so quickly and
for fixing her up. It was the first time
in my ownership that Gypsy granny had been
locked in a covered shed. The bill for her
operation was ouch! But she is running well.
Took a drive to Hamilton and then onto Tauranga
over the Kaimai's where she just flew up
and over the hills, even passed some trucks.
Another learning curve for me, the clutch
was obviously going for awhile.
The Pohutukawa trees outside my place in
Thames have been glorious this year, I have
enjoyed driving Ratu at the Thames Small
Guage Railway giving people a ride on our
900m track along the foreshore and back under
the flowering Pohutukawa's. Attended the
Thames Santa Parade and took Lisa and Nadia
to the Ngatea Santa Parade and then around
Thames to see the houses decorated with Christmas
lights they were really beautiful with the
home owners doing a marvelous job, it must
take them hours to put them all up. So here
we are nearly at Christmas, when we were
young I am sure it only came every two years
now it seems to come every six months.
Christmas eve sees me leaving Thames for
the last time in 2003 heading North. Had
a lovely Christmas morning at my daughters
and left about 11.00am, got to my friend
Gail's house. where I stayed and caught up
with her new granddaughter, Claire.
Went to the bay of Islands on a cruise to
swim with the dolphins unfortunately we could
not swim with the dolphins as there were
babies among them and swimming is not permitted
when there are young in the pod, but we had
a good day, weather was cold and cloudy.
Took Adell and Casey on my travels to Paihia
and when we got back to the bus I found there
had been a deluge of rain , I am sure it
was only where my bus was parked.The amount
that fell made the vent leak and filled the
cupboards, wet the beds and filled the ceiling.What
a mess.The movanners at Waipu pulled the
ceiling out when I got there for our new
year rally, so it soon dried out.Had a great
new year at Waipu, thanks to Peter Owens
good programme and the dancing, rock and
roll lessons ,pipping in the new year.