Eight years ago, when my builder, Phil Davy, pulled out all the stops to get the renovation finished so I could have my first Christmas at the beach. Sadly Phil passed away last year but the bach is a testament to his great workmanship.
When a truckload of topsoil arrived and the tip truck couldn’t fit through the gate so I had to move it all on my own with a wheelbarrow and spade, which took nearly two days.
Keeping the dark-stained wooden floors clean. The floor guys advised against going so dark or so highly polished, because it’s hard to keep clean, but I insisted. Now I know what they meant, because every single speck of dust is highlighted!
Fish and chips from Otaki Seafood: the chips are hand-cut and generous and they even have crumbed fillets. The Southward Car Museum in Otaihanga. Where else can you get close to a gull-wing Mercedes-Benz?