I WAS so honoured to be invited as a guest speaker to the Clarke Creek Isolated Children's Parents Association Ladies Luncheon Garden Party recently.
My good friend Sal messaged me to see if I would be interested.
Who was I to say no to a free trip to visit a long lost friend and meet a whole bunch of top chicks and make new friends? Before leaving home I was madly trying to stock up the kitchen with baked goods.
I headed into Mt Isa on Wednesday afternoon and flew to Mackay via Townsville on Thursday. My transfer limousine/welcoming committee was there to greet me at Mackay Airport and off we went to lunch.
My friend Sal collected me and also had a few jobs to do in town before collecting her boy from day care.
It was then off on the two-hour drive to her place - a cattle station out near Clarke Creek.
The ladies luncheon was being held about 40km down the road from Sal at her friend Anneli's house.
I was gobsmacked when we drove in ... oh hello gorgeous, classic homestead/farm situation. I have often pictured in my head what a garden party would look like and this was it in real life. Absolutely stunning.
The Clarke Creek ICPA Branch was holding a fundraiser. There was a multi-draw raffle and all sorts of fabulous prizes. Everyone travelled a long way for the day and stepped out of their four-wheel drives looking a million bucks with their frocks and pearls on.
I met a group of girls, who had travelled out from Mackay, while they were getting their morning tea and coffee.
When we stepped off the verandah and Lauren asked "so, where is the wine?”... at that very minute I knew I had found my people, my tribe.
Turns out she is a big fan of Miss Chardy - um, did someone say fan?!
The next day it was time to fly back to Townsville, where I had my last night and a quick catch-up with some more long lost friends.
Meags and DJ were at the airport anyway doing a drop-off so we had a cheeky little chardy and they drove me to my hotel - what great timing!
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