Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas party with a bang!

Our Christmas party was held at our regular hot pool night and was certainly one to remember! It started out normally enough with everyone given a small gift from Santa's sack on arrival. As well, BOP Naturists gave everyone a free drink of their choice to have with their dinner.
The Christmas dinner this year was a huge glazed baked ham with new potatoes and a salad bar. For those not wanting the Christmas meal, the usual fish and chips was the second choice.  Dessert was a huge self-serve trifle, chocolate brownie and Christmas cake with cream.
All 40 members had just finished their delicious meal when the earlier forecasted thunderstorm arrived in vengeance. The rain was torrential but this didn't deter those in the pool from getting a little wetter than usual from the heavens as well as the pool. The storm, the worst in Tauranga this year, soon passed but it certainly made for a Christmas party with a difference!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Our annual fun games weekend at Katikati Naturist Park

This year was the best ever attendance at this event. Over 50 members enjoyed a fun-filled weekend of socialising, fun activities and plenty of food.
We started out the main activities on Saturday morning with morning tea and then the games began. The forecast was for heavy rain in the afternoon so we put plan B into force and opted for indoor games. Even without the rain it would have been too cold outside although we added mini-golf to the games which could be played between showers
The indoor games played were pool (8 ball), darts, table tennis and Wii ten-pin bowling. This was a game that only a few had played before, but which most people had a go at.

Some even got hooked and tried out the tennis and basketball with mixed success. We played all doubles with the other games, as with up to 20 players wanting to take part, we would have run out of time for singles. The members all helped with the running of the draws, which meant that by happy hour, all the games were completed and everyone knew everyone! Afternoon tea was served while the games were being played.
Happy hour turned into a pot luck dinner with plenty of food for all. After dinner we had a quiz, which certainly tested the knowledge of everyone present.
On Sunday morning, the All Blacks were playing France. As Katikati Naturist Park now has Sky TV hooked up, many people wanted to see the game live on the big screen. So we served a continental breakfast before the game and hot savouries at half time.

After the game (which in case you didn't know, NZ won) we served a cooked brunch of bacon, eggs, hash browns and baked beans.Then it came to the prize giving - not just for the winners of the games but for everyone for attending. So no-one went home empty-handed.
This rounded off another very successful event for the Bay of Plenty Naturist group and we would like to thank Tom and Ami from KNP for hosting us for this event. We will be back again next November to repeat this annual event.

Winter activities

During the winter, we had monthly hot pool nights in Tauranga with a two course meal and swim. These nights have become very successful with over 40 members soaking up the warm water and ambiance of the location. The chatter is continual throughout the 4 hour period we have the use of the pool for.
These nights are a good way to introduce people to the naturist lifestyle and will continue into 2018 on a monthly basis.

We have also held a spa and movie night in Tauranga in July which was an enjoyable way to spend a mid-winter evening. The spa was welcome as was the roaring fire!
The movie shown was 'Oddball' a true story set in southern Victoria in Australia about a Maremma dog which protected penguins on an offshore island from marauding foxes. It was a great family, feel-good movie with a bit of comedy thrown in for good measure.

Opoutere beach weekend

Just catching up on events for the middle part of 2017.
We spent a successful, well attended weekend at Opoutere beach in February.The weather was good and members spent most of the time body boarding and swimming. Some went walking along the 5km beach wearing not much more than a sunhat, while others went fishing with limited success.
The happy hour went into a shared BBQ followed by more dusk fishing or chatter in the mild evening.
It was a great get together at a great location.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Another successful fun weekend for Bay of Plenty Naturists

What a great time BOP Naturists had at our annual Pyes Pa weekend! And what a great turnout it was. Even the weather, which had been very windy all week and raining Friday morning, played ball by dropping the wind and allowed us to put up the gazebo. We only had a few showers on Sunday morning, so the gazebo did its job and gave us cover from the rain too.
We kicked off Friday with happy hour as members of the BOP Naturists started arriving. This was followed by a self-catered dinner. After we had all eaten, with the help of our 8 year old 'fireman' we lit the fire and all sat around watching the full moon rise behind  the tall trees.

Next morning we welcomed a warm hazy/sunny day. And no wind! It was a day when we had a group of life artists come along to sketch any willing models. After setting up their gear, models were called for and there was no shortage of willing participants. They stayed on until late afternoon and were very pleased to have been invited along.

While the artists were busy, other members took on the new game Kubb. This is a Swedish Viking game and it was the first time we had brought it along to an event. It proved a good investment and the field was always being used as more and more joined in the fun. Even our 8 year old 'fireman' managed to beat some of us older members!

After the artists departed it was happy hour time and at this time I was able to present one couple who had just celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary, with two silver goblets, donated by a member. What an amazing achievement!! Unfortunately the group couldn't afford diamonds!

After a shared BBQ/pot luck dinner, we all sat around the fire until it was dark enough to set up the outdoor movie. This year it was 'The Danish Girl' and those who watched it enjoyed it till 11pm when we all headed for a good night's sleep in our respective accommodations.

Sunday was a little drizzly but warm so this didn't stop our own Naked Chef from cooking everyone breakfast. Once that was over, Michelle our masseuse came along to relieve the aches and pains from those who had booked a massage with her.

We also had our own reflexologist, Marie from 'Inner Space' giving treatments over the weekend. Another member brought along her home-made jewellery so the whole weekend was one of relaxation, artistry and fun.

Our thanks go to our hosts for offering their lovely place to us once again. It is certainly appreciated, not just by me but by all who attended.