Birthday girl celebrates milestone in 'paradise'
NARELLE Morris is in a good place as she turns 80.
Tugun on the Gold Coast is "paradise", she says, for her and husband Grant.
"We're right on the front - you can look out on the beach and talk to people," Narelle says.
"I think it's a beautiful spot because it's not too busy and has a village atmosphere.
"We feel at home here. We go dancing, play indoor bowls and there's always plenty to do.
"It's a lovely network of friends here."
Four generations of the Morris family were joined by relatives and friends from across Queensland to celebrate Narelle's 80th birthday on June 3.
A garden party luncheon was held at Norma's on the Beach, Tugun, and the cake was made and decorated by friend Heather Sharpe.
Narelle and Grant are such an inspirational couple, according to friend Irene Combe.
"They were both Brisbane born but, after they married in 1961, they took on the next 50 years up in Cooktown, trailblazing with farming and beef cattle," Irene said.
"They have always loved their escapes down to Tugun over the past 15 years or so, but they have now retired properly. and love living right on the beach."
Their daughter Marilyn and son Greg remain in Cooktown, looking after the farmstay and cattle property Hazelmere.
Son Allan works close-by on the Gold Coast.
Narelle had a warm-up birthday celebration on the Story Bridge climb the day before the Tugun party. And in July, she's going back to Cooktown to celebrate with old friends, including former indigenous workmates.
"I worked in the Cook Shire Council and also ran the TAB for 33 years - that was a very lucrative business in Cooktown," Narelle says.
Turning 80 has given Narelle three birthday celebrations to remember.
"I'm surprised at how great it feels," she said.