Monday, 16 July 2012

Napier. For the time of your life.

At least that's what the ad used to proclaim.  With a little more enthusiasm I suspect.  We spent the second week of the school holidays fluffing around in my home town.  Visiting the cousins, tiki-touring, eating lots of food - both good and bad...

I got very little knitting done, and even less spinning.  So much for the Tour de Fleece, this year was a bust.  Oh well, there's always next year.  This trip to Napier wasn't about the spinning and knitting.  That's next month!  Instead I did things like go see Snow White and the Huntsman (okay, but slightly underwhelming.  Bella with a bad British accent, anyone?), check out Birdwoods Gallery (or their sweet shop at least), visit Silky Oak Chocolates, watch my nephew play rugby, etc etc.  Blocked my mum's now-giant shawl on my new blocking wires courtesy of dad (TIG welding wire.  Hurray for engineering!  Who needs to pay $30, when you can get some for free?  Or pretty close to it?)

Speedy, not-very-good modelling shot on the swing dad built in the back yard.  I was in a hurry.
Yvaine shawl, knit with three 120g skeins of Knitsch 'Terry's Treat' sock yarn.  Finished dimensions: freakin' huge!  But in all seriousness, they are in fact 210cm across by 105cm deep.  No way it's not going to fit now!!  Mwaaahahahahaha!!

My bff and I sampled the Pumpkin Juice (not bad) and Chocolate Frog (cheap nasty stuff, left a greasy feeling in the mouth) I brought back from Universal Orlando, and we sampled all the Every Flavour Beans.  My summary of them is as follows:

Earwax: Not too nice, but edible.
Grass: Surprisingly palatable.
Black Pepper: Tastes just like pepper (surprise!)
Booger: Dirt-like flavour.
Vomit: Disgustingly vomit-flavoured.  My most hated of all of them.
Sausage: Meaty ;-)
Cinnamon: Very accurate.  A little too strong for my liking.
Cherry: Not very flavourful.  I don't particularly enjoy artificial cherry anyway.
Marshmallow: Sweet and yummy.
Tutti Frutti: Quite nice, and very fruity flavoured.
Blueberry: Not very berryish, but yummy all the same.
Green Apple: Tart, and quite nice.
Sherbet Lemon: My absolute favourite, without a doubt.
Soap: Very... soapy.
Banana: Ever had banana-flavoured medicine as a child?  That's what it tasted like.
Watermelon: ...confusing.  Not very watermelony, and not all that nice.
Candyfloss: OMG yum!
Rotten Egg: Gross, but not as bad as vomit.  I was expecting worse.

We didn't get any Dirt or Earthworm flavoured beans, so I can't say what those were like.  We felt a little ill by the end of the taste-testing, which I guess is to be expected.

All in all, it was a pretty good week.  We moseyed on home on Saturday afternoon.  Traffic wasn't bad, and it only took us 4 1/2 hours to drive back.  The kids got a little antsy toward the end, but I suppose that's to be expected.  And T kindly waited until we were home and inside before expelling green puke all over the lounge carpet.  I would have preferred he'd thrown up on the wooden floors, but you can't have everything, right?  At least he didn't vomit in the car...

PS: If you're wondering why I'm reading so many Janet Evanovich books lately it's because I have them all on audio :-)  And they're funny.

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