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.
It was especially good on this occasion as we were back to attend their wedding (after eleven years of living together!).
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.
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.
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 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 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!
The following morning a breakfast with all the trimmings was served before the guests turned homeward after a very happy and relaxed wedding weekend.
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.
In the meantime we had a great time relaxing, visiting and cooking for friends and family.
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!
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.