We stayed in the not very flash NZR Welfare Trust holiday accommodation serviceable but aging.
Sunday morning Desiree was keen to spend at the Farmer's Market in Hastings. So we did just that. And there saw this good example why simple signs are best and safest! Aaaargh: verbs and nouns confused. Stick to what you know!.
As there were, initially, just Desiree and I, we pleased ourselves about what we did and when. The major pass-time seemed to be an early morning walk (well, about 0900 IS early when you're on holiday!) along the Marine Parade.
Temperatures were mild, the days were sunny, and we took our time about things. We ended up visiting Clifton one afternoon, and had coffee in the cafe overlooking the beach and sea. I was intrigued by these clusters of 'sticks' off-shore. I can only assume they mark either some aqua-culture enterprise, or are fishing stands mounted in an off-shore reef.
We also spent a very pleasant evening catching up with Trish and Martyn - longtime friends and once-upon-a-time neighbours. It being Napier, we of course had a barbecue, which gave Marty the chance to show off his very new, very expensive, very shiny barbecue.
It has to be said however, that while the food was well cooked on the new appliance, most interest was sparked by their new anti-fly device! (Think of a fluorescent green child's plastic tennis racquet and you're about there!
Needless to say, Desiree had some activities planned for us all, so all I had to was drive.
Wineries seemed to dominate (funny that!) - first up Elephant Hill with it's striking weathered copper (green) cladding, and impressive wooden statue at the apex of the drive.