It pays to read the signage first By Lorraine Penn

Whilst trying to be the Coffs Harbour local tourist guide for my sister visiting here from Wollongong NSW, we took a drive to the Valley of The Mist, sounds interesting! The website certainly displayed something worth visiting.

To our surprise it had a completely run down entrance signage with another sign “The Funny Farm”. The driveway was overgrown with tall grass, which hit underneath my car. This caused some concern, however I drove on into the mystery location.

It didn’t take long before I said “this isn’t for us, there are no cars or people, let’s get out of here” Quickly turning the car back around and hastily descending out of this funny farm.

We felt that was enough excitement for the day and decided to have lunch at the local RSL Club in Nambucca Heads. My sister decided to go to the bathrooms before she sat down at our table.

It seemed ages before a red-faced sister appeared before us saying, “I can’t tell you” “what” I blurted out. “Well, I mistakenly went into the men’s toilets and walked in on three men holding their you know what at the urinal. When they spotted me in deep shock they just laughed whilst shaking their you know what” What could we say or do? just laugh at her embarrassment.

in Nambucca Heads, New South Wales, Australia


Born in Kogarah, NSW semi-retired on the North Coast where I am giving back to the community as a mentor, board director, former president of Coffs Harbour Writers Group & turning my life into a book.

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