We went camping! In our van! For real, for the first time! It was awesome.
Yesterday was CB’s New Zealand Birthday (Today is his Canadian Birthday). So after pies at Piha we met up with Rosie in Brown’s Bay for brunchy goodtimes. Rosie had taken CB to a french cafe that she and her Gran had visited a lot as a little girl, last time he was in NZ. So we thought that would be the perfect place to go. IT WAS TRES BEAUCOUP. Unfortunately I forgot the danged camera in the car so you will just have to use your imaginations. CB had a giant breakfast and the toast was CROISSANTS and two soup bowls full of espresso… I had a slice of ham & camembert quiche with Earl Grey tea. Rosie had a spinach & noodle dish that looked delicious and bright pink peach & raspberry tea which she drank cold. For dessert Rosie had a cream doughnut and I had a coffee flavoured Religeuse.
It’s a choux puff, filled with flavoured pastry cream, dipped in glaze and topped with a smaller, filled choux puff. So nice.
Afterwards Rosie presented CB with a kitten-themed birthday card and a bottle of “Purple Death“. Purple Death is… a wine product? The back of the bottle reads:
An unusual “Rough-as-Guts” aperitif that has the distinctive bouquet of horse-shit and old tram tickets. It is best drunk with the teeth clenched to prevent the ingestion of any foreign bodies. Connoisseurs will savour the slight tannin taste of tea leaves and burnt cat fur. Possessors of a cultivated palate will admire the initial assault on the taste buds with comes from the careful and loving blending of animal manure and perished jock straps strained through an old miners sock. The maturing in small pigs bladders gives it a very definite nose.
I can’t wait to crack this baby open and.. celebrate? Yay! Thanks Rosie!
And then we were off to the market! We weren’t after anything in particular, I was keeping my eye out for a birthday present for CB but they didn’t have any old man looking fishing rods or spiderman action figures. Then we meandered around on the beach for a while. Rosie and CB talked about photography stuffs and I followed behind picking up sea shells. I got some real good ones. Mom, your bathroom is going to be so full of sea shells now!
At about 3pm we parted ways and CB and I headed home to prepare for our CAMPING TRIP!
#1. Eat some birthday pizza, followed by birthday chocolate bar.
#2. Load up the car with blankets and pillows and bottles of ginger beer
#3. Drive around from beach to beach only to find them locked. Travel for 2 hours down dark windy 100km roads to find a same place to pull over
#4 Give up and sleep on the side of the road in the bush!
We lucked out though, it was beside a walking trail so it had a bathroom! Woohoo! We set up the bed and tucked ourselves in and watched the first half of High Tension before I freaked out and we had to turn it off and just listen to an audiobook instead. We fell asleep, warm and snug in our van, listening to The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. It was really comfy.
In the morning we were up with the sun and off down to Murawai Beach to cook some breakfast! I got to do a bit of off roading in Bula for the first time, driving her over sand dunes and onto the beach. That was fun. You’re all good unless you stop! You just have to conquer nature with confidence! CB made sausages, fried eggs and tea while we watched the waves roll in. Probably one of the nicest ways to wake up.