Helen Goldsworthy of Goldsworthy Financial Solutions and I needed little encouragement to give the little Corolla a burl out to Raglan yesterday. It was one of those clear and sunny Waikato days where the lure of the west coast becomes irresistible.
The prime purpose of the visit was to see the showroom of BNI member Andy Harlow of Raglan Flooring Xtra. He has converted the shop formerly owned by Raglan potter Tony Sly into a smart, compact and enticing flooring showroom. Andy’s proud history as a flooring expert includes being responsible for the flooring of London’s Tate Modern Gallery.
Corn fritters and bacon for Helen and roasted potatoes with poached egg, spinach and chorizo for me at The Shack were welcome warmers against a chilly breeze. The Shack is a vibrant venue for locals and visitors who throng Raglan cafés even in the winter.
Raglan shops have a funky charm. I resisted buying a present for Ana – a pink, white and grey knitted hat whose crown resembled a sheep. The brown, olive green and orange handmade leather boots would have been perfect for Rafa. They had to stay in the shop too. When I heard one of the Putumayo CDs “Jazz Around the World” all resolutions crumbled. The CD will provide just the right ambience when friends come by for dinner tonight.