Grandma comes to visit

The lighthouse at Cape Palliser

Grandma has been trying to get to our house for a visit for the last three and a half years. And after a 12-hour trip yesterday with Dad (by train and  a really long, delayed ferry trip) she made it.

We’ve got two days to show Grandma and Dad the Wairarapa. We began with breakfast at Cornucopia in Featherston – one of our favourites – and then took a day trip to Cape Palliser. After lots of driving we got to the southern-most point of the North Island and to the Cape Palliser lighthouse. Tom, Dad and I climbed the 250-odd steps while Grandma guarded the car. Here’s a photo of the lighthouse showing how steep the stairs are:

The 250 stairs to the lighthouse

Dad, Tom and I returned with sore legs, then went to the beach with Grandma and then stopped to take some photos of seals.

On the way home we stopped for a wine at the Martinborough Hotel. The train travellers had read on their trip that salty chips and pinot gris was a good combination and it’s true. Tonight we took off to the Royal Hotel (Dad’s idea after reading this post) for dinner (which was great again) and to watch the rugby – the first time I’d ever watched a rugby game in a pub. Tom now thinks there’s something wrong with me because I suggested we might do it again.

Here’s some more photos of our day, including seals, pink bulldozers and Grandma at the beach.

Grandma at the beach at Cape Palliser

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One Response to Grandma comes to visit

  1. Tony says:

    I’m glad Grandma didn’t go up the steps to the lighthouse, though I am sure she is fit enough to. Why wasn’t the weather that nice when we were up there on Wednesday?

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