Pretty quiet day relative to previous couple of days at Pete’s place. No world changing debates of film making and film stars showing up. Really hot and sunny, tried my boots out with new insoles and felt okay (i know i know… there will be a big difference when walk for hours with backpack on). helped around the place by washing the t-towels which were so greasy that they had become water-repellent and also did some weeding. Had a good look around the place (about 8 hectares) and concluded I want something like this, met the pig who loved a good scratch an cried when i left her. We used a wood burning kettle to make teas and coffees (fire is set below it and it has a hollow middle where the fire heated the water, simple but effective)
Strange things sure happen in this place. Last night this maori guy turned up about 10.30pm. His name was Pete and he had a facial moko (tatoo) and pretty scary looking. his voice was really rounded and smooth and it turned out he was an actor who played Jake the Muss’s best friend in Once were Warriors. Wow! Oops I already told about that didn’t I!
To top it all at about 11pm tonight we see car lights come into the drive and out pops 5 Basques! They had got lost and had tried a few doors to see if could stay the night, they certainly found the right place. we had a good chat with them, one lad looked like Liam Messam (all Black No 6) so he became Liam for the night. We must had downed about 20 big bottles of Petes home brew before going to bed well after midnight, learnt more about Basque than ever knew before (but can’t remember much now though!).
Had goat ribs for tea, bit chewy but nice, I Kidd you not!
Have ordered a chefs knife from Peter ($140 + $20 postage) will be best momento of the trip I think.