Wednesday, 21 November 2007

It's my birthday!

Hey hey, I'm 34 today!

Debs worked very hard to prepare an extremely special series of surprises for me, including decorating the Spaceship, and commissioning the owner of Gunn's Holiday Camp to make a cake for me.

She even whipped out 3 birthday badges that she'd made in Wanaka last week, all sneaky like:

We've had a wonderful day together: we drove through to Milford Sound, then treated ourselves to poached eggs on toast and a flat white (really good coffee, NZ style) each for breakfast, then we hopped on a cruise boat for 2 hours of nature encounter fun around the fjord.

The boat's captain was called Fjord, curiously enough. Even curiouser - he's the son of the people who run Gunn's Camp, where we stayed last night. Lovely place, shame about the sandflies :-( More on NZ's best-kept secret later from Debs.

Prompted by a mischievous nudge from cheeky Debs, Fjord and the crew arranged all sorts of birthday fun for me, including a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday from all the passengers, swiftly followed by a soaking under Fairy Falls. Then we rode upfront on the bridge, drinking tea and trying to spot penguins... there was one! Cooler was the seal we saw earlier totally savaging an octopus. We tried to get a picture, but he was pretty hard to capture.

Now we're back in Te Anau, and tonight we get pizza for supper. Wahoo!

I couldn't be happier!


P.S. Thanks Debs, I love you!


Anonymous said...

Hey Ben, happy birthday.

Richard and Elisabet

Saskia I. (39) said...

Well, I see am not very original with this, but I just thought to myself: it's Nov 21st, I'll go to Ben and Debs's blog and post a Happy Birthday comment for Ben! Here it is.

Jamie said...

Happy Birthday Benji!!!!! Sounds like you did have a super birthday. It was Rosa's 1st birthday on Monday as well :-) see here!

delunna said...

Happy birthday, Ben!!! Make it last for one more week ;-)

Camilla said...

How can you beat a flat white, a fjord and a spaceship?
It's not a quiz and I don't have an answer, so just keep having fun.
Love and muesli
Camilla xx

Claire said...

I nearly just had a little cry when I read the P.S on that message - maybe I am just very hormonal today. Sounds like a lovely birthday....

phraeza said...

You're catching me up, maybe soon you'll be older than Birthday, sorry I missed the actual day what with you being upside down in New Zealand.

I am Phraeza