Second port of call was a wholesale food supplier in Warners Bay. They have very well priced items in a number of categories. We replenished our stocks of NZ mussel meat and whole range of lentils, beans and nuts. Spent a pile of money but we won't be back for a few months.
Next stop was Newcastle University to return a few books and we didn't miss the chance to collect a few more. My interest in Henry Wallace a vice president to Franklin D, Roosevelt was sparked by a radio interview with Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick who have just made Untold History of the United States. I collected a few books on FDR in which there were good sections on Wallace. Jean has always been interested in Thomas Hardy and she collected a large amount of material on him and the era and landscape in which he lived. That is one of the pleasures of a large library collection. You can find a wide range of books on any topic. We also indulged ourselves and had a shop bought coffee from one of the endless outlets at the university and spent a relaxing time watching students and teachers.
Called into a specialist bearing place and were lucky enough to get a replacement bearing for the unwell mulcher and still having plenty of time dropped into the fish co-op to see what was on offer. It is not as impressive as the Sydney Fish Markets but did have some variety. We limited ourselves to a small quantity of freshly caught prawns to have as an entrée tonight and a couple of kilograms of Cuttlefish we will clean and freeze for use in other dishes.
With time to kill it was a short drive to Nobby's Beach for lunch. It was an unusually warm day, the sun was bright and the beach was a lovely setting. We sat in the car looking at the ocean and the people passing by as we enjoyed last night's leftovers and some freshly picked Mandarins. Such a nice day.
The rest of the day went quickly collecting the 4WD and heading home for a few chores before celebrating such a good day with a glass of our own sparkling Chardonnay and a few prawns followed by a seafood laksa.
Some days just stand out as being special and different from the routine.