Yet more pages out of my retrospective diary of our New Zealand travels of December 2011- January 2012.
We have the nine seater van packed to capacity with my friend and her four children and the Kiwidutch Four, and everyone is hungry.
I’m tired after the walk around (part) of the Waitangi grounds and remembering that I spied something unusual a little way down the road just before we entered Waitangi so I ask Himself and my friend if they fancy Fish and Chips for dinner.
Fairly instantaneous cries of ”oh yum, ooh Yes Please” from six children in the van and three parents figuring out that agreement was going to be by far the
best easiest option meant that a few minutes later we find ourselves pulling into the car park of the most unusual Fish ‘n Chip shop I’ve ever seen.
On part of the Te Ti Bay in the Bay of Islands, rests a large sailing ship called “Shippey’s” and apparently the fish and chips, whilst not cheap, are excellent.
I do notice that the ship is on block s (um, can a ship technically be on blocks? are they piles? anyway it’s perched on wooden bits that keep it falling over on it’s side when the tide goes out). Full marks btw for spotting that matters of engineering and the sciences were never my strong suit LOL.
Since I am into the arty stuff… Let’s take look around the outside of this beautiful vessel.
… You know you want to come aboard… lead the way up the gangplank…