Grannies, Kiddies, and Wine

Imagine walking into a winery to do a tasting with five children (under 5), three grannies, three moms and a friend.  Here in NZ, they didn't even bat an eye.  In fact, the winery employee told us to take the kids  through to the restaurant kitchen and ask for some fish scraps to feed to the pet eels.  We visited three wineries that day and there were toys and kid activities at each one.  Kiwis do love their children!

Imagine walking into a winery to do a tasting with five children (under 5), three grannies, three moms and a friend. Here in NZ, they didn’t even bat an eye. In fact, the winery employee told us to take the kids through to the restaurant kitchen and ask for some fish scraps to feed to the pet eels. We visited three wineries that day and there were toys and kid activities at each one. Kiwis do love their children!

Here's the crew tasting some wines at Pegasus Bay winery.  Two of the families we're friends with also had grandmothers visiting at the same time that Omi was visiting us.  The guys cracked a few jokes about needing an escape from the mothers-in-law, but they're actually lucky because our moms have been great.  My mom never made any critical remarks or judgmental comments.  She didn't even tell me that my house was dusty (which it is!).

Here’s the crew tasting some wines at Pegasus Bay winery. Two of the families we’re friends with also had grandmothers visiting at the same time that Omi was visiting us. The guys cracked a few jokes about needing an escape from the mothers-in-law, but they’re actually lucky because our moms have been great. My mom never made any critical remarks or judgmental comments. She didn’t even tell me that my house was dusty (which it is!).  The grannies hit it off and got together later for coffee.

We ate lunch at one of the wineries, one whose sign advertised a "cafe" rather than this one where there were two forks and two spoons at each place setting.  If anyone visits us here, we'll take you on a day trip to the Wairapa valley wine region, just an hour north of Christchurch.

We ate lunch at one of the wineries, one whose sign advertised a “cafe” rather than this one where there were two forks and two spoons at each place setting. If anyone visits us here, we’ll take you on a day trip to the Wairapa valley wine region, just an hour north of Christchurch.

Pegasus Bay winery had gorgeous grounds, and the pet eels live in this pond under the bridge.

Pegasus Bay winery had gorgeous grounds, and the pet eels live in this pond under the bridge.

Yikes, if you've never fed eels before, it's a bit creepy.  At first the water appears empty, but then dark shadows start to writhe out of the depths.  They come right to your feet, pushing their noses out of the water, reaching for the food.  These critters can travel over land, believe it or not.  Fascinating for mommies and kiddies alike!

Yikes, if you’ve never fed eels before, it’s a bit creepy. At first the water appears empty, but then dark shadows start to writhe out of the depths. They come right to your feet, pushing their noses out of the water, reaching for the food. These critters can travel over land, believe it or not. Fascinating for mommies and kiddies alike!

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7 thoughts on “Grannies, Kiddies, and Wine

  1. I’m kind of afraid to ask, but what was the fork for in the child’s hand in the last picture? Isn’t there a shrieking eel in “The Princess Bride”?

    • The posh restaurant gave us forks for handling the fish bits to feed to the eels–so these are very cultured eels, eating off forks. They haven’t quite gotten the hang of which one is for the appetizer and which gets used for dessert, but they’re working on it. No one else in the group had seen Princess Bride, but Mom and I got a chuckle–I thought of that scene too.

  2. Also, Omi feels very out of place in Syria with her white hair because nobody whose head is exposed there allows their hair to be white. It is hair-dye reddish brown. It is good to see that she fits in with the rest of these grannies.

  3. What a great day for the moms, grannies and kiddies … so wonderful to see white hair … I’m loving mine. Those eels are a bit, um, creepy but fascinating. Beautiful area. Thanks for sharing your many and varied adventures with us.

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