4 hours ago
Sunday, 18 December 2011
Oh! what a day yesterday was ... hope to never have to repeat it ..... will be one of those days that will live on in the memory for ever.
As I said in the previous post I went to the funeral ... in torrential rain from start to finish this was including graveside service ..... I came home to change and had to hang everything up to dry including shoes as I stepped out of the car the water was above my ankles at the funeral parlour by the side of the drive .... I just did not see it.
So dry and dressed now for a celebration I left the house for the drive to the wedding ... may be three quarters of an hours drive on a normal day ... but it was still torrential rain falling..
I drove for 30minutes to reach the Mangorewa/Kaharoa Gorge on SH36 (Tauranga Direct and Pyes Pa roads) between Rotorua and Tauranga ... which would have normally taken 15 mins max. the water had been getting deeper as I drove, but of course as soon as I hit the hills leading up to the gorge at Kaharoa the water was coming towards me at a rate of knots ... cars were beginning to aquaplane and it was difficult to control the car in a straight line ... by this time I was now approaching the gorge and I finally decided this was not on and I would have to abandon the drive to the wedding and find somewhere to turn around and head home .... I had to continue through the gorge as there was no place or likely hood of turning around ... finally found a gravel entrance and did a 30 point turn in the narrow space ( same as other drivers were doing) and headed back home.
I was devastated that I did not get to the wedding ... but I was really glad to be home and safe .... so after something to eat I finally packed myself of to bed with the electric blanket on to watch The Australian series " The Man from Snowy River " I have the complete boxed set of the programme, I loved it when I first saw it first time around ??? that many years ago, and when I saw it in the Warehouse I just had to treat myself to it.
I really will be glad when 2012 arrives I have a feeling that 2011 has been nothing but small disasters for me one way and another. Luckily none of them have been to serious, just enough to make a nuisance of themselves.