The steady rain of yesterday turned into a deluge during the night, then back into a sopping wet drizzle today with frequent showers coming heavier. It's now Saturday so we were really hoping to see a bit of the area, but that wasn't happening today. The wet skies were also not conducive to having a laundry day - but after almost two weeks of travel we were out of clothes so laundry was a MUST. We soon had it hanging from every available rafter in the garage (our hosts have a washer but no dryer which seems the norm here) . . . but we had little hope of it drying anytime soon. Laundry hung there before going to Palmerston was still damp. So when Steve Blackman jump-started the van's battery this morning and got us mobile again, Ron & Carolyn bundled up all the clothes and went in search of a laundromat.
Jimmie is now battling the same cold symptoms that I am trying to get over so a day of rest was in order for him since he is scheduled to preach again tonight. We had evening tea with Glenn and Sue Piper and when she heard Jimmie coughing she brought out some herbal medicine that she said would do the trick. Jimmie said it was a whole new level of "bad tasting"! (I somehow managed to stay very quiet just then.) But it cleared his throat almost instantly so he is still taking it.
I have not mentioned our hosts here in New Plymouth, Allan and Venna Fowell.