Thursday, August 27, 2015

Italian dinner and film night

Italian dinner and film night

The recent Italian night was a great success and we must thank Roy and Sue for their hospitality in hosting us for the event. We had a great 4 course Italian meal consisting of an antipasto platter, Minestrone soup, a main of Chicken Parmigiana followed by Tiramisu for dessert. The meal was finished off with a glass of Limón Cello cocktail and a Ferrero Rocher chocolate. After the meal we watched the movie ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ which brought back memories for those of us who have been to that area of Italy.

There were even a few people dressed in Italian colours of green, white and red – also a gondolier and a garlic seller directly from the local market!


Mid-winter polar plunge


About 40 members of the group came along to Katikati Naturist Park recently for the annual Polar Bare Plunge. Of those, over half actually took the plunge in the outdoor pool. It was a beautiful sunny day (after the frost) with the air temperature reading 13oC and the pool reading 11oC. However several said it “took their breath away” as they jumped into the water. A quick dash back to the spa along with some warm mulled wine (thanks Linda) and savouries warmed the plungers up again. During happy hour we showed a slideshow of our trip to China which everyone enjoyed, learning a lot about this huge country in the process. This was followed by a pot luck dinner in the rec room. Then it was back into the spa or sauna to finish off the day. 

Dinner at Chinatown

In May, twenty three members of the group enjoyed a drink together at World’s End bar before going next door to Chinatown for a sumptuous meal. The array of both Asian and European food at Chinatown never fails to astound me.

It gave Col and me a chance to practice eating with chopsticks before we left for our trip to China and we also celebrated Ray’s 81st birthday with a cake and appropriate candles.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Opoutere Beach weekend

Our recent annual campout weekend at Opoutere Beach, on the Coromandel Peninsula was once again spectacular. I mean how could it not be with perfect weather, warm seas, a beautiful setting and a 5km long naturist beach. About 25 people came along and stayed in the camp ground with us. Although we had to wear something in the camp, it was only a short walk to the beach where we could be naked.

Some of us went swimming, some boogie boarding, some fishing, some walking, some all of that and one couple even brought along their kayak. The fishermen did better this year than in previous years, with one catching a large trevally. 

Someone even had a kite, while the children found all the items for the scavenger hunt and others dug a hole half way to Spain!  On Saturday night we all had a communal BBQ to round off a really great weekend. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Art Deco weekend - Napier

Although a textile event, 14 members of Bay of Plenty Naturists enjoyed this fun weekend in Napier over the weekend. Of course, we couldn’t don naturist uniform here, but had a lot of fun dressing up in the 1930s outfits. This annual event, commemorating the rebuilding of Napier after the 1931 earthquake in art deco style, is amazing and you would swear that you were transported back in time to the 1930s when you arrive. I can’t explain what is so great about Art Deco weekend. The atmosphere is amazing and unless you go and experience it, you really can’t ‘get it’.
It is impossible to put it into words how great it is, but the whole of Napier gets into it. Imagine everyone (kids too) wearing 1930s clothes, art deco buildings, Harvards and Tiger Moths flying overhead, jazz bands and dancing in the streets, a soap box derby (the Dads enjoy it as much as the kids), free concerts at an art deco soundshell and a Gatsby picnic on the waterfront (bring along the best china, lace table cloths, champers and cucumber sandwiches). Add to that the most amazing array of vintage (pre-1946) cars that you will ever see (the parade takes an hour to go by), and you can start to imagine what the weekend is about. And all this is free!
Next year, you really will have to go to ‘get it’.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

More fun at the beach

Bay of Plenty Naturists spent another fantastic day at Papamoa Beach today, under blue skies and with water so warm everyone had a swim - even me!
There were about 20 people from the group at the beach over the course of the day and several prospective members took away information about the group. We are hoping that some of them will join us for more fun events.

The waves were perfect for body boarding and although I hadn't tried it before, I found it easy to ride the waves on the board right up to the beach.
This was the first of many group beach days we will hold over the summer, so check in with me on if you are interested in joining us.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Campout, beach, birthdays, BBQ and outdoor movie

What a great time Bay of Plenty Naturists had at a private property in Tauranga over the weekend. We started on Friday evening when members started gathering to camp over two days. After dinner, we chatted around the fire on the warm evening and were hoping to see the comet, but a late shower put paid to that idea!
Our host had to be congratulated on his new classy toilet, which was a few grades better than last years and showed some great Kiwi ingenuity!

Saturday morning dawned showery and thoughts of going to the beach were looking dismal, until our local Papamoa weather man sent a text to say the weather was clearing. So we got our things together and headed to Papamoa Beach just as the clouds disappeared. It turned out to be a great day at the beach. The campers were joined by others in the group and with the air temperature rising, many headed straight into the surf, which was great for body boarding.

A sand castle and sand sculpture were constructed by some of the members - the sand sculpture consisting of a shark chasing a stingray which was chasing a small fish! It was a great creation until the local life guards stopped to warn us of a rip and drove straight over it! However the artists soon rectified the damage and the stingray managed to catch its prey and bite the tail off the small fish!

Once back at camp, we settled in for happy hour and celebrated the 135th birthdays of two members (65 and 70 years). After a communal BBQ, it was time to sit down and watch a movie called 'The Way' about the Camino de Santiago which a couple of members had walked a few months before. It was a magical setting under the palm trees on a perfect evening.

Special thanks must go to our member for dismantling the TV set in his lounge to allow us to see the movie. I did hear that while he was pulling it apart, he disconnected the internet just as his wife was sending some emails from another room - oops!
On Sunday, our very own 'Naked Chef' cooked breakfast for everyone. Once fed, we all sat around chatting until it was time to disperse and go our separate ways - until next month.