YD and I had a wonderful trip – very busy but not too tiring – we just took things at our own pace and did things in our own time. I will be putting photo’s on my facebook page and on YD’s facebook page and on our joint bebo page. If you would like to see the photos and are not already friended to me on these pages and would like to be I will put a link to the profiles once I have uploaded the photos.
But as a quick peek of our trip here are some photo’s – good food
good buys – some treats I bought for myself
Highlights of our trip – Friday afternoon drive up to Kerikeri with a coffee/iced chocolate stop at Whangarei, unpacking at the Holiday Park and dinner at the nearby restaurant. Saturday – morning exploring Paihia including Craft market, afternoon boat trip to see dolphins and to the “hole in the rock” Dinner at cafe in Kerikeri. Sunday – morning Kerikeri Farmers market, Rewa’s village (where YD saw a picture of her 5x great grandfather on her fathers side), Kaliedoscope World, fudge factory, chocolate factory, – afternoon trip via car ferry to Russell. dinner was takeaways from McD’s and Subway. Monday trip home stopping off at Kawakawa, Kawiti glow-worm caves and Kaiwaka (where I was born and lived for the first few years of my life)
The hardest part of the trip was the driving up there and back. Gertrude reacted a bit more to all the activity but was kept pretty much under control by medication. YD actually got given presents by the stall holders at the craft market when we were talking about the fact we were up there for her “birthday trip”
Being a little cynical but I guess the combination of “Mum with Breast Cancer” with “Daughter with intellectual disability” was a bit of a combination that bought out people’s sympathy/ generosity. I did appreciate it and YD loved it.
Yesterday I was busy with an oncologist appointment just checking that the surgery was going ahead. They want to see me after the surgery just to discuss the results. I also dropped off my preadmission paperwork at Brightside hospital (where I am having my surgery) and went to see M, the travel agent that is organising the trip I won, to pay for the trip extras we have added. I now have the trip itinerary in my little hot hand and am so looking forward to it.