Wedding celebrations go bush

It’s always great to fly into Brisbane and be greeted by our son and (now) daughter-in-law who so generously make us welcome to their beautiful home in the trees.

Good to see our granddoggies again. Here Ozzie performs his favourite trick – tossing Purple Pig off his head and catching it in his mouth. Very slick.

It was especially good on this occasion as we were back to attend their wedding (after eleven years of living together!).

Chasing sticks – another favourite

We arrived just a few days before the wedding weekend to find them unruffled and unstressed, with everything organised and all eventualities covered. So we just relaxed and took the grand dogs for plenty of walks while the two of them were at work and spent time catching up with friends.

A moment of quiet contemplation
Hannah and Lucy
An enjoyable lunch with yachting friends Cindy and James from S/V You You
A lovely sunset at College’s Crossing

The celebrations took place in a bush retreat called Gordon Country in the Southern Downs Region of Queensland where our son and daughter- in-law often go camping and four wheel driving with their friends. They had booked out all the cabins, the house, some glamping tents and arranged for a couple more tents to be brought along.

Our cottage at Gordon Country
Beautiful weather but oh so dry!

The weekend was magical – starting with a Friday night bonfire and a pizza van with copious quantities of food cooked, and ending with a Sunday morning recovery breakfast in the barn.

The barn – all ready for the big celebrations

The wedding itself which took place on the banks of a creek with the grand dogs in attendance, was relaxed, intimate and memorable. The bride was beautiful, the bridegroom was handsome and the dogs clean and glossy and very smart in their tuxedos.

The bride getting ready (and very composed)
And here they are – walking over the rise together
The ceremony begins
So happy!
The smiles say it all!
And they are married❤️
A candid moment
The dogs in their tuxedogs
Our little family

The meal and party in the beautifully decorated barn was brilliant. There was great food, a photo booth, lots of dancing, short speeches and beautiful gluten free, vegan cake. Everyone was catered for!

Party ready
Lovely cake
Cutting the cake
Hannah and Pieter

The following morning a breakfast with all the trimmings was served before the guests turned homeward after a very happy and relaxed wedding weekend.

More Kings!

While we house and dog sat, the newly weds flew to Milan to pick up our camper van for almost three weeks. They travelled three thousand kilometres through Switzerland and Italy and had an amazing time.

Post wedding and new job celebrations

In the meantime we had a great time relaxing, visiting and cooking for friends and family.

Farewelling the happy couple off on their honeymoon
The dogs were a bit sad at being left behind
The dogs had some great walks though

We stayed another week or so after they returned and had some great times together including a wonderful evening in the new(ish) entertainment area under the Storey Bridge where there are numerous bars and restaurants- all packed to the rafters!

The Storey Bridge over the Brisbane River
Admiring the view
One of the new bars under the Storey Bridge
Brisbane by night – looking beautiful with the Storey Bridge swathed in pink light
One small part of the banquet we enjoyed

It was a terrible wrench to say goodbye but we consoled ourselves with the prospect of exciting plans being hatched on the other side of the world.

Always such a wrench to say goodbye

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

One thought on “Wedding celebrations go bush”

  1. Just sifting through some emails, while staying with our friends in Kew ( the lady is who I discovered Skopelos with almost fifty years ago, eek!)
    Happy New Year! Wishing you health, happiness and lots of fun on your travels!
    And Congratulations to the the very happy looking couple. Love their dogs! And I can see a lot of “Roe” in Ben’s face!!
    Love Sally&George xox


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