December 29, 2014 – Its All About the Coffee (and Pies and Cronuts)

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In the absence of current travel options, this is a rework of our 2014 trip Down Under, previously posted on a private blog site.

+26 and mostly sunny today in Greytown.

Today is a prep day as the 4 of us get ready to go to Cairns, Australia.
– flights booked – check
– hotel booked – check
– rental car booked – check
– Daintree Rainforest tour booked – check
– Great Barrier Reef tours booked – check
– suitcases packed/emptied/repacked/emptied/repacked – check?
– alarm clock set for 2:45 AM tomorrow, so we can get ready, drive to Wellington and get checked in on time – now hold on thar just a minute Bobaloo!!!! 2 friggin 45 AM!!!

With the rest of our day, we had a nice lunch at The Bakery in Claireville, with award winning savoury pies, fine lattes and Cronuts (deep fired crosisant donuts filled with cream and dusted with cinnamon sugar – no calories there).

Then off to Masterton for a bit of a wander and then back to Puau World in Carterton, home of all things Paua (Abalone shell).

Back home to finish packing, get some final trees ready for those celebrating Orthodax Christmas…

…have supper and wine and hit the pit early.

In Cairns, we may have limited internet ($20/hour), so while I will continue my blog, the postings may be a bit scattered. Will do my best to keep you up to date.

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

17 thoughts on “December 29, 2014 – Its All About the Coffee (and Pies and Cronuts)

    1. Yes, a croissant/doughnut. Thanks Marion. My day is going well, except we are returning home today from our getaway. So a bit of sadness and a bit of anticipation. Will at least have decent internet. Sorry for the neglect. I will catch up. Thanks for reading. Allan

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  1. I’ve never heard of cronuts before, but reading your description and seeing how much sugar they contain, I would most likely get hooked on them. When it comes to early morning flights, preparation is defiantly the key to get through it. I don’t know about other people, but when I am up at the crack of dawn I like to have everything meticulously planned out, mainly to maximise the amount of time I can stay sleeping which is very important! That’s why I always have everything packed and double checked, because knowing things like what time is my flight, what time can I check in and how long will it take me to get to the airport can either make or brake the journey Thanks for sharing and have a good day. Aiva 🙂

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    1. They were sweet. You had to try them and after that, you had to try to stay away from them. We are so lucky where we live to be only 15 minutes from the airport. In NZ, we were more than an hour away and over a rugged mountain pass. Planning is everythibg. Nothing worse than getting up early and still missing your flight. Thanks for reading Aiva. Allan

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  2. Well, I see that the Great Barrier Reef awaits. That was something to look forward. Cronuts sound exactly like something I wouldn’t be able to resist. Reading your post really makes me nostalgic about the whole thrill of travel. Early flights and packing, however tedious, are deeply missed at the moment. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yes, the Great Barrier Reef was one of the things we most wanted to see. That bakery was to die for. You are right, bleary eye or red eye, travel would be a treat. Thanks for reading. Allan

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      1. Thanks! I just stumbled on the fact I was eligible for it and got it before getting a gum graft. I am hoping to find some good cronuts in the future

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  3. Mmm, pastries (more like dessert) for lunch. It’s sometimes sad to leave a place, but at least it was to go to another destination while on vacation rather than returning back home. Sounds like you had a lovely time in NZ.

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    1. Apparently bakeries are to me as a flame is to a moth. I find them hard to resist. Yup, at that point, we were still travelling and still wityh our NZ friends, so all was good. N.Z seldom disappoints and we had a great time for sure. Stay well. Allan

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