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Some people are absolutely hopeless at keeping secrets and springing surprises.

I have a friend who simply can’t help herself; she drops hints (whopping great big hints, too) so that we all learned NOT to tell her what X was giving Y for Christmas or if there was a birthday party being planned.

And some people manage to elicit essential information without dropping too many clues.

The Man in this household is a past master at setting up surprises without giving away ANYTHING that might tip off the surprisee.

And I should know this, after nearly 30 years of being on the receiving end of some tricky little schemes. Honestly! He could be a cloak-and-dagger secret agent. What am I saying? He probably IS!

Now, this time, he did have to give me some idea that he had something planned because I had a printing workshop scheduled for yesterday. Last Wednesday, as he left town on a business trip, he said to “tell them you will be late for the workshop.”

Now, this was not a major drama as I was not actually intending to do do any printing, but I was expected at the meeting which followed. So I told them I’d be late.

And still I had no idea why I’d be late…Yes, of course I tried all the old “what do I need to wear?” “do I need to cook lunch?” “are we having guests?” routines.

Didn’t work! Like I said, I’ve had nearly 30 years of this, so I just went with the flow.

And “the flow” took me out to the local Aero Club, to this:

A 1943 Tiger Moth. That’s moi, in the picture, complete with the “Biggles” helmet, about to board for my 30 minute joy flight.

Every weekend, when the Moth flew by, I’d say that one day I’d like to do that. And yesterday I did!

It was a fantastic trip, cold, showery weather notwithstanding. I probably shan’t do it again, but man! it was fun. And probably much safer than trying to light the requisite number of candles on tomorrow’s cake.


And now, for the Blogiversary Giveaway … this is what the winner will receive.

I am offering a choice between either a 6″x 3 1/4″ ( 15x8cm ) lino print, above

or a 4″x4″ (10x 10 cm ) etching, below

Remember, all you need do is leave a comment on the Anniversary Post and all commenters’ names will go into this

and the ever-reliable Man of the House will draw the winning name.


Now, I must run the mower over the pile of weeds that I’ve been accumulating…it’s not all joy flights and champagne, y’know! Heck! It’s not even beer and skittles, some days…


Author: dinahmow

A New Zealander, currently living in tropical Queensland,Australia (with 2 cats and one Main Man).Old enough to remember George VI, white tennis balls and life-before-television.You want more? Read the blog!

5 thoughts on “CHOCKS AWAY!

  1. You crack me up! What an experience flying like that, must have been a rush! Have a great day,


  2. oh what a fantastic birthday surprise! that sky kind of scares me, but obviously you survived to blog again so alls well.
    the leaf etching is AWESOME.
    that is a HINT.

    should i WIN.


  3. that must have been amazing!

    lots of aerial view images coming up???


  4. yes, it was a great trip.Sadly, no aerial pics to share as the camera remained on the ground.


  5. Fabulous surprise!'”Granting wishes” are one of the best things that can happen for gifts, IMO. Lucky girl to have a guy who likes doing that for you!


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