We had no plans for New Year’s Eve celebrations and were thinking a quiet night would not go amiss, when we spotted someone walking around the side of our house.

A very long standing family friend (his dad flew with my dad in the war), who had just arrived in Hanmer and was looking for trouble, walked in and said ‘gidday, are you doing anything tonight or can we join you for a few drinks’.

So instead of a quiet night we had a fun night, catching up on new news, reminiscing on old times and welcoming the start of 2015.

Sometimes life throws us some strange co-incidences – a couple of years ago