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Waikato weekend

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Just back from a great 36 hours down country.

Broke up the leisurely drive down State Highway 1 with a picnic lunch by the river in Mercer.  Took the opportunity to buy some great mature Gouda and nettle cheeses from the Mercer Cheese Shop and then headed onto Hamilton.

Once there, we settled into our friend’s place with a cup of tea and then crashed out for a much-needed nap.  Suitably rested, we headed further south to Te Awamutu Baptist Chapel to watch and photograph the Voice Dance performance of their standout show ‘Lifesongs’. Despite injuries forcing last minute cast changes, the team all put up solid performances and hopefully I got a few good shots from the 500 plus I took.

After the show, we enjoyed steaming cups of tea and watched the first half of England vs France in the church hall.  While there, we got a text update from KingsWay School to say their mission team (including our Robyn) were safe and beginning their first full day in Bangkok.  Drove back to Hamilton in time to watch England lose while eating some of the Mercer cheese and quaffing glasses of Sauv Blanc.

Enjoyed the lovely sunny morning and a slow breakfast before heading to Hamilton Gardens to enjoy a walk in the sun before heading back home in time to watch the last two RWC quarter-finals.

Gutted that the ‘Boks have just lost to the Aussies – really was hoping that their second half rally would be enough to see them through.