Grandma and her boys

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Oh! what a day....



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.

7 comments:

Alison said...

Glad you got home safely....I wonder if the other guests made it to the Wedding?
Alison xx

shez said...

here's to a happy and healthy 2012 Laurie

Ali Honey said...

Poor Laurie. I know how heavy the rain was. We have had 205 mls in the last 5 days.
Strangely we had a fine few hours yesyterday but could see what you got. Still damp here today.
Sunshine soon all round I hope.

Kiwifruit-Shiree said...

you have had sooooo much rain up your way, and Nelson too. 2012 will surely be a better year fro everyone. So glad you got home safely even if you did sadly miss the wedding.

sunny said...

I'm so glad you made it home safely!! It sounds like an awful day. 2011 has not been a good year, and I'm also looking ahead to 2012!!

Isabella said...

Glad you made the desision to go back home and that you got there safely from what we saw on TV over here in Tassie you had some wet weather over there

Fiona said...

sounds like a really tough day for you.... glad you got home safe and all the best for a wonderful Christmas...
Hugz