A friend of ours Ellen asked Joe & I if we were available to go on a boat cruise with her and a friend. We said yes and didn’t ask many questions. Ellen invited us weeks ago and I said we could go as long as we were still in Perth by then. On Saturday afternoon Ellen picked us up from our house and we went to her house for a couple of pre-drinks. We were under the impression that we were taking a taxi to The Oxford Hotel to meet up with the rest of the boat people. After meeting there was supposed to be a bus charter taking us to the bell tower to board the boat. WELL when we arrived at The Oxford Ellen handed us Australia theme hats and wrist bands and told us the cruise was a dress up theme. I was like “Ellen, you didn’t tell me it was a dress-up!!!!!”. We then proceeded to walk through the hotel to the stairs that take you to the ‘den’ underground area. Then I spotted a friend of ours Andrew in the crowd of people gathered in the ‘Den’. I said to Joe “Oh look there is Andrew!”, then I spotted our friend Kylie…before Joe & I could process what was happening everyone shouted “SURPRISE”!
What a surprise. Ellen with the help of Lydia, Kathryn & Jen had organised a surprise farewell with all our family and friends. We thought we were going on a BOAT CRUISE!!!!!!!!!!!!! To make it even better they had decorated the area with Australian themed decorations. Being naturally nosey I am still in shock that EVERYONE managed to keep the party a secret from Joe & I (especially from me). Thank you to everyone who came and a big thank you to Ellen for going to all that effort for us. We really appreciate it.