Aloha! Yes, that’s about the only Hawaiian expression I’ve learned, but honestly so much about this beautiful island leaves me without words. This is the third country we’ve visited since I last wrote to you, and I had planned to wait until my return to post a blog about my niece’s’ wedding in Australia and our special trip, but life’s too short and Colin’s having a snooze… 🙂
Our time in Singapore was wonderful, although slightly marred by a back injury which meant I wasn’t that able to walk too far but that didn’t stop us from enjoying the incredible scenery and special places this vast city has to offer. The Botanic Gardens was just one of those places and I reckon they’d been using Richard Jackson’s Flower Power, as the orchid gardens were quite simply breath-taking!
But it’s the marriage between my niece Clare and her fiancé Cale that I wanted to share with you today, and I hope that these photographs will bring to life one of the happiest days I’ve had in years.
Arriving in Sydney a week before the special day gave us plenty of opportunity to spend time with not just my brother Peter and his wife Sarah, but also Clare and Cale, whom we’d never met before, and my nephew James (who lives in England) and his lovely girlfriend Emilia.
Cale is such a lovely young man from a great family, an engineer and project manager and clearly mad about my niece – not surprisingly! Apart from a gap year that he spent in Bath, England, he’s not left Australia before, but the special news is that they arrived in the U.K. today, and are planning to live over here for the next two years!
The wedding took place in the Southern Highlands, two hours’ drive out of Sydney, in a little town called Robertson. It reminded Colin and I of Tasmania and also many of the small American towns we visited when we went to Nashville and North Carolina.
The service was in a tiny church literally in the middle of nowhere, but it was just perfect. I think the only person who didn’t cry was the bride! It took me back to my own wedding to Colin but also back to my brother’s wedding in 1981. He and Sarah will celebrate their anniversary in August.
Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I’ll try and reply to you on one of the many flights we still have to make and then post them once I’m within reach of the WiFi!
We’re here in Hawaii until Friday, and 11 hours behind you, so tomorrow we visit Pearl Harbour. The weather here is VERY mixed, but we were spoilt with the most amazing sunshine on Monday. It really is as beautiful as I’d always imagined it would be, having watched South Pacific and Blue Hawaii when I was just a girl. I feel so lucky to have had this chance to visit these places and even happier that I can share them with you.
Sending you my love,