What a great time we had at Ohau B Canal. On-route we stopped for the weekly laundry trip in Twizel before coming to rest alongside the canal with several other RV’s/caravans. Within minutes of arriving we met the couple in the RV in front when they opened up their rear window so their dog could welcome us. Mulligan is a 4 year old Labradoodle with a serious heart condition reasonably recently diagnosed. He was obviously excited to meet Mac and Rose and we chatted long enough with his ‘mum and dad’ to realise we would get on well.
The morning after our arrival we headed off to the High Country Salmon farm across the canal to have a mediocre breakfast and ‘borrow’ some salmon pellets while we were feeding them as we had been advised by a gentlemen that the pellets were great as fish bait. As we were leaving Mulligan and his ‘mum and dad’ were pulling in. We got to chatting and re-introduced ourselves………..Steve, Janine and Mulligan were only intending to leave to head to Wanaka as they wanted to watch the Bledisloe test match. We commented that we were going to watch as well (thanks to our very special friend – you know who you are) so plans were made to have dinner together and watch the game.
Rod attempted fishing that afternoon with a fly road but the pellets were too hard to put on a line and cracked under pressure so he went back to trout fishing instead.
Dinner that evening was a simple chilly followed by a very mediocre bread and butter pudding (I blame it on a combination of afternoon drinks in the sun, too small a dish and forgetting the sugar lol). The game was great but what increased the excitement was discovering that we were in the presence of ‘family rugny royalty’…….Steve and Janine are the parents of ex-All Black Mark Cooksley. We had such a great evening…………..I think this is one of the wonderful aspects of RVing – meeting really great people!!!!
The next morning was a relaxing start – a little bit of house-work etc. Mulligan and Mac enjoyed some ball play while Rose schmoozed other ‘guests’ . The ball went into the water a couple of times and Mulligan came to the rescue by fetching it back for Mac. As a result he had to have a shower while Mac and Rose kept their distance as they were not keen on participating in this game.
The rest of the day felt empty when the Cooksley’s moved on but we had txted a little later in the day once they were camped up at Lake Benmore making a fruit loaf.
The following day we were woken to light snow flurries which excited the Snow Queen although her excitement was temporary. Rod, Mac and Rose enjoyed the brisk temperature while out on their walk with Mac and Rose rolling gleefully in the frost and snow.
We left Ohau B Canal and headed towards old territory – Lake Tekapo. With cold weather expected and snow down to 700 mtrs we are hoping we will be able to meet the Ice Queens expectations of creating an ice angel……..here’s hoping!!