MOTHER’S DAY MAGIC

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An abun­dance of au­tum­nal leaves in colours of yel­low, gold, orange, pur­ple and red, con­jure up images of au­tumn scenes, with cool crisp morn­ings and clear warm days.

Sun­day the 8th May proved to be just that pic­ture per­fect scene. It was also Mother’s Day, a day for re­mem­ber­ing Moth­ers, past and present and if lucky enough, be­ing able to share some of the day with her in some small way.

The CCBC al­ways make a spe­cial ef­fort to spoil the ladies that get out of bed early and join us for the drive on Mother’s Day. This year was no ex­cep­tion and each was pre­sented with an at­om­izer of fra­grant laven­der li­nen spray, then many kick start their day off with a hot cup of cof­fee. The briefing was sim­ple, if the ladies were al­lowed, then they should take the wheel for the morn­ings drive and their part­ners would nav­i­gate. A two page quiz was handed out as they de­parted reg­is­tra­tion and a pic­turesque drive around town through the Vic­to­ria Es­planade, Cen­ten­nial La­goon and the Massey Univer­sity cam­pus got un­der­way. From there it was out Ten­nant Drive, onto Toko­maru, into Karaka Street then Ash­lea Road where they all had to ne­go­ti­ate the very nar­row underpass, no mean feat for some of the very large clas­sic cars.

The first part of the morn­ing was com­pleted when we all reached Shan­non for a catch up, pit-stop and pave­ment chat. It was there that it be­came quite ap­par­ent that not all ladies had been driv­ing, and this could have been for a num­ber of rea­sons, per­haps one be­ing that the men were not so good at multi-task­ing, nav­i­gat­ing and an­swer­ing the quiz ques­tions at the same time as giv­ing help­ful sug­ges­tions on how the car should be driven.

Leav­ing Shan­non it was out through Okuku Road, into Po­plar Road, through Opiki, Ti­ak­i­tahuna, up Long­burn/Ron­gatea Road into Kairanga/Bun­nythorpe Road then out onto the State High­way and into Orlando Coun­try Es­tate for a beau­ti­fully served full cooked break­fast along with ar­ti­san breads and fresh au­tumn fruits. Adding to the ta­ble dec­o­ra­tions were the stun­ning au­tumn coloured leaves that each car had to col­lect in their trav­els.

Lucky prizes were handed out of two gift bas­kets of home-made Pre­serves, two bot­tles of Cham­pagne with two very large Brie wheels, plus two per­fumed can­dles in glass doomed con­tain­ers.

The car of the month was Terry Chapman’s shiny red Vaux­hall.

The morn­ing was con­cluded with Ge­off play­ing his gui­tar and sing­ing a catchy coun­try tune ded­i­cated to Mother’s with mem­bers sing­ing along with their song-sheets.

Cans of food do­nated by the CCBC mem­bers was matched by Ge­off and Glenys Boy­den and was de­liv­ered to the Lo­cal Food­bank, For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the Clas­sic Car Break­fast Club, con­tact Ge­off & Glenys Boy­den on A/H 06 356 9667. Fax 06 356 9657. Mo­bile 027 230 4413 or E-mail gg­boy­den@xtra.co.nz Fol­low us on Face­book Clas­sic Car Break­fast Club.

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