What an amazing day! ¬†We rose at 540am ‚?? milking started at 6. ¬†The cows had good instincts, and defacated on Mike several times. ¬†Classic. ¬†Our amazing hosts then treated us to a veritable feast of a breakfast ‚?? bacon, eggs, fried tomatoes, and all the trimmings. ¬†Not a bad start. ¬†The herd was then pregnancy tested; Mike & I were hovering around the edges trying to ask insightful questions. ¬†It was plain to the vet and his assistant however that we are townies - and as such ignorant to the finer points of bovine biology. ¬†Nevertheless. ¬†The hostpitality continued, and Helen rustled us up some lunch to line the stomachs before our drive to Rotorua. ¬†All in all, a magical 24 hours on our mate‚??s farm ‚?? hospitality second to none. ¬†If you‚??re reading this Helen/Pete, thanks again.
And so to Rotorua. ¬†For our international readers, Rotorua is the geothermal hub of New Zealand. ¬†Mud pools, sulphur, etc. ¬†it‚??s also a hotspot for Maori cultural activities ‚?? some of which Goldy and I are going to take in tomorrow after our game. ¬†We arrived at Springfield GC mid-avo, and were warmly greeted by Dennis, the General Manager. ¬†Turns out Danny Lee (the Kiwi prodigy) plays at Springfield ‚?? and now that he is earning some serious coin has put up $10k for the Springfield Open this weekend. ¬†What a nice chap. ¬†After speaking to Dennis we had a quick yarn with a lovely reporter from the local rag and her cameraman. ¬†So all things going well we should be in the paper tomorrow making fools of ourselves yet again. ¬†
Eventually we actually got to the golf. ¬†Springfield is a pleasant wee track: pretty up and down but some good holes for sure. ¬†Greens were well kept too ‚?? although Mike couldn‚??t sink a putt to save himself. ¬†Shame, because if he could he would have shot under par. ¬†As it turned out he didn‚??t, and he lost to boot. ¬†1 up JP. ¬†So he still can‚??t shave! ¬†(His beard is getting increasingly orange). ¬†On the bright side, we both played half decent golf, and shot 74/75. ¬†An improvement from the 90/95 at The Lakes a couple of days ago... On the back 9 we ran into a few local lads that we got talking to, and they invited us round for a BBQ after the game. ¬†Much meat and several beers later, we‚??re sitting on the deck with them having a blast of an evening. ¬†One of them just told us about how he made the NZ Maori hockey team notwithstanding the fact that he‚??s Samoan, not Maori. ¬†Brilliant. ¬†We‚??ve been putting the world to rest for a couple of hours ‚?? they are a few years our senior ‚?? and the Speights question game is in full swing. ¬†Might be a bit dusty tomorrow morning.
We are staying with a friend of my father‚??s ‚?? a nice chap from Nor‚??n Ireland. ¬†Called him at the eleventh hour this evening after golf, and he is kindly putting us up. ¬†Right now he‚??s on a date an hour down the road in Taupo, but we‚??ll be meeting him soon (haven‚??t seen him for 10 years or so). ¬†Better lay off the Speights then. ¬†Until tomorrow ‚?? take care all. ¬†JP
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