Wanaka: Full of Surprises

It was my 60th birthday on May 2nd. I kinda put Greg on notice that I would like him to organise something, as usually it is me who organises not only his significant celebrations but mine also. I knew he had organised some travel plans but I did not know any details. Two weeks before my actual birthday we had a gathering at home where, as usual, I had organised the food and drinks etc. and he had done the inviting! It was a lovely night but there was still no mention of where we were going and nobody would even confirm that we were going any time soon.

The Monday after the party he told me we were off to New Zealand, but didn’t specify Wanaka, as we had been talking about going to Auckland. Anyway, I packed and we usually leave from Gold Coast airport so on the Friday we set off and he said let’s have lunch at Kirra Surf Club before checking in to Wyndham there for the night. We had just got our lunch when in walked three of our dearest friends, Stephen and Leslie-Anne  and Kay, who we have known since our school days, shortly followed by my younger sister Mandy who lives at Airlie Beach. My other sister had been at the party at home but obviously Mandy had not. So the surprises kept on coming and I was told we were going to Wanaka, which is one of my favourite destinations.

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Surprise at Coffs Harbour

My husband, Ross, sister-in-law, Beryl and I were travelling to Brisbane from Newcastle for our daughter’s wedding in September 2009. We decided to break the journey and stay at Coffs Harbour Terraces. Parking is underneath the units and we carted most of our necessary items up to the unit. I discovered that I was missing something and went back down to retrieve it.

I came down the stairs and stepped into the car park but between me and the car was a large diamond python and I backed off quickly! Another visitor hit the concrete floor with his paper and the snake turned left and went between the cars and (I hoped) out into the garden.  Continue reading