Yesterday I re-affirmed to myself how easily I am pleased. Thanks, Chris, for letting me know that the Refinery at Ruakaka was having an Open Day and for inviting me along. And thank you, New Zealand Refining Co., for sharing your 50th anniversary celebrations with the community. Over the years, every time I take a visitor to the Refinery Visitors Centre (which I love to do) I've wished I could see around the site, to see up close the stacks, the hydro-crackers, cooling towers, crude distillers, desulphurisation units and especially the hydro-crackers. I've become accustomed to seeing the refinery from this angle.
For me, it was like a dream come true to see it close up. To be there, looking up at the hydro-crackers. Admittedly, in one of many buses touring the site - but I was there!
I just wanted to be constantly looking up:
I was enthralled with all those shapes, ladders and stairs! And all against a clear, blue sky! Couldn't have been better.
Our tour guide explained everything in simple, understandable terms but muggins me was too busy just soaking it all in to listen.
The tour was the highlight of the day for me but there was fun for everyone. A terrific day out for families. There was all the fun of a fair.
I wonder how long it will be before this little boy forgets about Doug the Digger? He was a picture of concentration!
Chris' niece, Lucy, was working in the cafe. Imagine looking out and seeing this queue in front of you! But she and the others who were giving up their Sunday to feed the thousands of visitors, kept the smiles coming.
(Bet you slept well last night, Lucy!)
Oh, and here's another queue beside where we lined up for the bus tour. This one gave me a real smile: