Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tropical Climes and Wedding Chimes

Well as usual I've been a hopeless blogger and an even worse follower. Participating in the Tenth Daughter of Memory, River of Mnemosyne Challenge takes up my free time. Well along with the odd Friend's Christmas, girls pyjama parties (no, absolutely no photographs), dinners with friends and a lot of Skype and Facebook activity plus a 45 hour working week.

My family is now intact after Clare returning from a four month South American adventure and a soccer tour of Europe (yawn). 

The weekend of the 3rd February, my sweet niece Hannah married her lover. The weather was ominous. Flooding along the Pacific Highway, our main arterial road around the country and for a moment, we had worries that we'd not be able to make the six hour drive or worse still her outdoor wedding might be deluged. 

For anyone living with a bag over their head, the world's weather has gone crazy and for the past three months, we've had probably half a dozen summer days, the rest, torrential rain, cool temperatures and overcast skies. No risk of melanoma this year, that's for sure. It's wet, cool, gloomy and frankly a horrible summer. Then a Skype conversation with my Skyman and he's putting aircon on in LA at midday in the middle of February...go figure. My Dutch friend hasn't enough ice for their annual 200km skate event and London's bathed in snow.

But this was a moment of glorious sunshine even though it was a little grey. She is a gorgeous girl, radiant, cheeky, loads of fun, great company and marrying a man from one of those million acre properties you only hear about in far north Queensland. It was a fabulous wedding, a marvellous weekend at a rather nice resort in Coff's Harbour (although I'm not sure about the water dragons in the swimming pool or the turkeys that kept nibbling my toes every time I sat out in our little courtyard) and apart from a lot of driving with very silly people, good times. So, share the love and the critters.

Having said that, the Honeymooners have just posted on Facebook that Hannah caught a 2 metre shark on a handline.  She's a keeper I guess....


Our Apartment at Anuka Breakfree

Bush Turkeys...Everywhere

Poshed up

Dragon out of water

Hannah and Patrick.....love the view

Indoors / Outdoors

The Prodigal Returns, slides and splashes

Hellooooo Possum

We hired it...Looks way smaller on the outside
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Paynter....May you mules often and string in the odd White Pointer . Love your bones kids. Now, Valentine's day is it not?   Happy one to you who have one. Commiserations to those of us who wish....then, be careful what you wish for.  And poo you who went to bed and left me with no Skypechat....bler.

20 comments:

Brian Miller said...

your possums are a whole lot cuter than ours...just saying...smiles....

Roy said...

Aha! THERE you are! Oh well, it looks like you're having a good time.

And I agree with Brian; our Possums look positively menacing (and ugly as hell) compared to yours.

kj said...

your writing skills shine here, hells! very readable and very fun. what a gorgeous reception. how could you neglect to include the menu, appetizers included?! :^)

i like the world better when you blog. so thank you.

tsupsmooch
kj

Janice said...

Oh, what a marvelous treat...a post on your blog. I'll confess, I'm not too good at keeping up with "10th Daughter", but I am very into your wonderfully chatty pictoral blog about your life happenings. Please, keep 'em coming.

JeffScape said...

The weekend of 3rd January? Er... I don't think so.

Baino said...

Oops thank you darling. At least someone knows what month it is! 3rd of FEBRUARY....

River said...

I know you're not happy about it, but I'm loving this cooler summer.

Tom said...

you got a zoo going down under? what a managerie! glad all went well, i know how much you were looking forward to the whole affair. Our opossums look like big rats, so it's best to just get the magnum out and blow them away, ala dirty Harry.

Alan Burnett said...

I can manage without an update every day but I do appreciate these catch-up posts. The Facebook updates are OK, but your posts colour the outline pictures.

PattiKen said...

Beautiful site. I love the dragon, and who wouldn't love a country where possums don't have bald tails.

nick said...

Our three week visit to Oz over Christmas must have been a total aberration then. It was the hottest three weeks we've ever had in Oz and the temperatures were regularly in the mid-30s (and touching 40 in Melbourne).

A 12 hour round trip is quite a trek. Glad the weather worked out and you weren't a crowd of drowned rats.

i beati said...

blessings all

laughingwolf said...

looks like good times :)

crappy weather here, for the most part... may see the sun, at some point... at least my car works, finally....

Mrsupole said...

That looks like a beautiful place to have a wedding. It must be nice to have Clare back at home.

And yes we have been having a very warm winter here. It has been more like a warm spring until this week. This week we have actually been cold, well for us it has been cold and we have had to use our heater. I even got to light a fire in the fireplace. But yes we have been having to use our AC during the daytime because our outside temps have been in the 80's and even low 90's on some days.

I hope you get some sunshine soon.

And the guys are right, our possums are mean looking critters compared to yours. No hair on their tails and they hiss like a snake if you scare them. And their mouths get so big and are full of teeth. But they are fun to chase and watch them freeze, but now with the dogs they never come in the yard anymore. Oh well such is life.

God bless.

California Girl said...

Hellloooooo from across the Pacific!

Nice to see you posting. I inadvertently took a month off due to the intense affair I'm having with my Kindle Fire.

Kath Lockett said...

Awww, lookat da possum! I miss them!

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Jay said...

"May you mules often and string in the odd White Pointer"

It's at times like these that I wonder if I'm going senile. In other words, if it's you or me! What the dickens does that mean???

Congrats to your niece and her new hubby! Looks like a gorgeous wedding, despite the weather.

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Well, I do love catching up with you and what you have been up to on your side of the world. YOU are RIGHT ON with the FREAKISHLY weird weather the world is having. We have had NO winter to speak of here (no complaints) and spring is showing signs. VERY STRANGE.

Lovely wedding despite the weather.

Vagabonde said...

I just realized your wrote a post – with a wedding and cute animals… a real treat!