With the weather in the high 20′s, I decided it was time for my first swim of the summer. We drove to Sumner which was my favourite swimming beach in the olden days (pre EQ). I’d heard that there were new rips, holes, etc, but thought it would be fine if I swam between the flags. We found the surf club and changing sheds fenced off because of earthquake damage, but the sign that says “Swim between the flags” was still there. On the beach there was no sign of flags or lifeguards. Families were playing in the sand with a few people in the water, and I headed bravely out.
Despite being only an hour before high tide, the water was shallow, and as I waded I could feel a strong rip. Eventually I decided discretion was the better part of valour and headed back in without having got my top half under water. I changed discreetly behind a lupin bush, and we headed to dinner.
I’d bought a voucher on ‘GrabOne” for food and drinks at “On the Rocks”, a new Sumner cafe specialising in pizza and beer. They offer locally brewed Matson’s beers and cider. Stephen found the beer palatable, but the cider was much too sweet for my taste, and they had no alternative except wine. There was a good range of pizzas on offer, with a choice of thick or thin base. Most included cream cheese, not something I’m accustomed to on pizza. I chose one with chicken and pine nuts, which would in my opinion have been better without the cream cheese. The portions were generous, and we would suggest ordering just one pizza between two with side salads.
This is not somewhere we’d go again, but those with a liking for sweet cider and rich pizzas might enjoy it.
“She walked into the water and she got her knees all wet
but she hasn’t got her bathing suit wet, yet.”