The morning's activity was going to New Brighton, where some of the worst earthquake damage was. We had a walk along the pier, where there was quite a few fishermen, and some plaques and bricks with names of people who had donated to help build it. We walked back through the library, which we spent a while in- Alice was looking at South America guide books, and I was amusing myself by reading the English Lonely Planet guide- I was astonished when I saw there was an entry of Wantage in there!
We stopped off to pick up the hot smoked salmon we were having for dinner, and whilst there bumped into Pat and Alan's friends, who we got introduced to. Me and Alice were glad that lunch had the same selection as yesterday, but even more delighted at the fact cheese was involved!
We just drove to the supermarket in the afternoon, and Pat took it upon herself to buy everything we merely even looked at, including some Branston pickle, which we ate as a nibbly with shandys later on. We managed to just about sneak off to buy some shortbread as a thank you gift.
Alan suggested one of us played his electric organ, and so I quite enjoyed myself playing a very disjointed 'my little baby loves Shortnin' Bread' and 'Chim Chiminee', although when Alan got back from feeding the cat, I felt like I was being thrown off as it was too painful to hear how slow I was. He played us some of his classical songs, and then an upbeat jazzy song which was quite fun.
The salmon was delicious, and served with broccoli, cheese sauce, sautéed potatoes, sweet potato hash browns, salad, wasabi, and sweet corn covered in feta cheese and chilli sauce (as Alice had said about the Mexican restaurant in Balaclava doing them). The carrot cake muffins we managed to squeeze in afterwards were equally delicious.