Skiing return scheduled
Not even a triple bypass surgery could see Wanaka woman Carol Little take off her famous multi-coloured headpiece.
Little, who is recovering at home after the bypass, heart valve reconstruction and repair surgery in Dunedin Hospital on May 8, said the headpiece that she has worn since 2000 stayed on throughout her ordeal.
‘‘The surgeon thought I was Elton John’s sister . . . He wouldn’t let me take it off for surgery,’’ Little said.
Yesterday Little said she would be making the most of her second chance of life.
‘‘It was pretty wild and crazy . . . I lost four days. I was gone. I was on the other side.
‘‘Now I’m uphill. I can see the light now,’’ she said.
She will be at the Cardrona Alpine Resort opening day on June 20 for her 18th season, where she will work as an ambassador, and come September, she wants to be back skiing. ‘‘I love going to work . . . It’s my life,’’ she said. During her stay in hospital she received two bags filled with cards, more than 2000 messages on Facebook and over $6600 in donations.
‘From my new heart, thank-you, thank-you, thank-you,’’ she said.
The smile returns: Wanaka woman Carol Little wearing her signature headpiece surrounded by some of the hundreds of cards she received after undergoing a triple bypass, heart valve reconstruction and repair surgery.
On show: The new $2.5 million SculptIllusion Gallery at Puzzling World in Wanaka has earned Amalgamated Builders two awards at the New Zealand Commercial Building Awards at the weekend. The company won gold in the tourism and leisure project category, and the under-$2 million category. The 530sqmillusionary sculpture room, complete with moving walls, floating objects and 3D illusions, is the company’s fifth and largest illusion room and was an 81⁄ month build. Puzzling World’s Heidi Landsborough and Duncan Spear were thrilled the company took out the awards. "The SculptIllusion Gallery is an unusual building and the Central Otago climate certainly played havoc during the build. The team handled the challenges with ease and professionalism, resulting in awonderful building which is not only functional, but striking."