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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 7 (December 15, 1926)

Lovely Day and Lovely Dinner

Lovely Day and Lovely Dinner.

Well—we had the loveliest day up among the hills that you could possibly imagine, and father caught such big specimens that he felt sure that mother couldn't have landed them anyway, if she had been fishing for them, and Will and I fished too, though we didn't get so many as father, and the two girls met quite a lot of people that they knew as we drove along, and there were some young men friends of theirs that they met along the stream and talked to, and so we all had a splendid time.

It was quite late when we got back, nearly seven o'clock in the evening, but mother had guessed that we would be late, so she had kept back dinner so as to have it just nicely ready and hot for us. Only first she had to get towels and soap for father and clean the things for him to put on, because he always gets so messed up with fishing, and that kept mother busy for a little while, that and helping the girls get ready.

But at last everything was ready, and we sat down to the grandest kind of dinner—roast turkey and all sorts of things like on Christmas Day. Mother had to get up and down a good bit during the meal fetching things back and forward, but at the end father noticed it and he said she simply musn't do it, that he wanted her to spare herself, and he got up and fetched the walnuts from the sideboard for himself.