Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Rolling between Drop Sheets Saves Marriage; like All Well-Adjusted Married Couples We Still Have Times When We Want to Throw Small Pieces of Furniture at Each Other

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Rolling between Drop Sheets Saves Marriage; like All Well-Adjusted Married Couples We Still Have Times When We Want to Throw Small Pieces of Furniture at Each Other

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IT'S not always easy keeping the dream alive. There's a whole lot of stuff they never tell you at the altar.

And it isn't until your bridal bouquet has been dried and pressed and framed up as a piece of 3D art, your wedding video has somehow mysteriously been taped over and now contains the Charlie's Angels reunion special, you've managed to 'break' all of those ugly crystal ornament and vase thingies given to you by well-meaning out-of-town relos and that once precious top layer of wedding cake you so carefully wrapped in foil and placed in the back of the freezer was accidentally thrown out with the Boxing Day prawn shells that it finally dawns on you - this whole 'forsaking-all-others-and-'til-death-us-do-part' caper could last longer than that hideous floral foam lounge suite you bought together.

So it's not surprising that after a few years of holy matrimony some couples start going on romantic holidays. Trying to escape from stress (otherwise known as bills) and from their day-to-day worries (otherwise known as children) they sail away to far-off tropical islands in search of passion. Other couples opt for adventure-style holidays and renew their wedding vows while bungee jumping, white-water rafting or climbing mountains in an attempt to reconnect and reignite that all-night-long honeymoon spark.

In an effort to keep our marriage alive and to ensure we don't smother each other (with the slightly saliva-stained matrimonial pillows) hubby and I take yearly trips to a place called 'Reno Land'.

It's not a particularly romantic place. No hula dancers wearing grass skirts waiting with pineapple daiquiris, no luxurious day spas, no deserted sandy beaches, no chaise lounges by the pool and no bumping into celebrities or indulging in duty-free shopping but for us, 'Reno Land' gets the adrenalin pumping and gets us communicating. …

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