Well Sunday dawned bright and warm as always, so we got up and joined the gang for a leisurely breakfast before the days festivities kicked into full swing!
You can see the crowds in the background preparing for the soapbox derby =)
A stroll home via the green and say hello to friends setting up their gazebo's.
Was a tad late in getting ready for the picnic, so dashed onto the balcony to see the red checkers aerobatic display (one is generally on the green or down by the sea front). Watching it from the balcony you got a completely different angle, so it felt like you were watching it for the first time again, with a renewed sense of wonderment!
A must vantage point for next year ;)
At the picnic =)
I was so busy dashing about and back and forward to the house trying to find a waistcoat for my brother etc etc and then going for a promenade with the Chap, Jeanette and Nick to look at all the different themed gazebo's, I didn't really get to catch up with everyone and missed most of the picnic!
On the sea front, looking very dapper in his new original suit.
After a quick rest, freshen up and into our evening wear, we wandered down to the final event of the weekend, 'Cheerio to Deco' at the grand Hawke's Bay Club.
Wandering back from the club around midnight, but we just weren't ready for the party (and the weekend) to finish.
Post midnight Port and shenanigans in the library at the County ;)
The next morning we got up bleary eyed and exhausted and meandered down to join the gang for breakfast and to say farewell the the Aussies who were flying back that day. It felt strange to see everyone in their normal clothes after a week of seeing them in deco clothes exclusively and some that you've never met de-deco as it were.
The town was dead quiet, you could almost imagine tumbleweed rolling down the high street. Everyone was no-doubt either asleep or nursing a hangover.
It was a lovely, but sad farewell to Deco for another year.
There is of course Winter Deco which we are all looking forward to immensely, however it has a altogether different atmosphere and is almost a separate event in its own right =)