Today wasn't going to be a day I was looking forward to at all. After lots of planning DD1 was heading off on her OE, on her own, armed with a 2 year visa and heading to Edinburgh via stopovers in Hong Kong and London for a few days. I was going to be strong and try (very hard) not to cry... but the thought of her being on the other side of the world, well of course we are going to miss her...But I have to remember it is what she has worked so hard for the last couple of years and what she has always wanted to do.
Everything was planned and her first flight was taking off from our airport here at 9.45am on route to Auckland and then she had to change on to another plane to Hong Kong. Well things didn't go to plan...we woke to a heavy frost this morning and when we got to the airport what did we find....the runway was affected and no flights were landing or taking off...they weren't sure when it would be cleared for takeoff and it soon became obvious that DD1 was going to miss her connecting flight to Hong Kong when they put up the revised departure time of 12.00 pm.... .all that planning undone by the weather!!
So a frantic phone call to her friend the travel agent to see what could be done about the Hong Kong flight...looks like she will be on tomorrow's flight from Auckland as the airline only goes once a day (so she will lose one of her days in Hong Kong)....a text to her friend in Auckland to get a bed for the night...etc etc....
We waved her off on her way and yes there were tears from each of us( just as well I had tissues to spare)...we expected to hear when she arrived in Auckland, but no...it wasn't going to be that easy...extreme weather conditions in Auckland meant that the landing was aborted and they went to Hamilton and had to sit on the plane on the tarmac until the all clear was given to try again..
UPDATE...Well the phone call has just come through to say that she has arrived in Auckland at last and she is heading off to get something to eat..it has been a bit of a stressful day ...tomorrow is another day..and hopefully it is a better day than today has turned out to be...now where are those tissues??????