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487. Sunday 24th April 2016. A Birthday, a drive and a Wedding…

25/04/2016

Tuesday 19th April.

Happy Birthday to my sister Enid.

Thursday 21st April

We got underway a little before midday which is not bad really as I thought we would get away by 10am. We are on our way to my sister Enid’s house at Noosaville. It is a reasonably straightforward trip of about 210 Klms. Apart from the first 7 Klms and the final 20 Klms the entire trip is on the M1 Motorway with speed limits being 110 Kph or 100Kph. At the right time of day although there is always a lot of traffic it is moving at the same speed and with cruise control switched on it is an easy drive. Instead of stopping at a McDonald’s or KFC for lunch we drove to the Buderim Ginger Factory at Yandina.

Part of the tropical gardens at the Buderim Ginger Factory at Yandina.

Part of the tropical gardens at the Buderim Ginger Factory at Yandina.

This is one of a few remaining sugar cane trains which once criss crossed the fields of sugar in this fertile valley. It takes visitors on a ride in and around the factory and gardens.

This is one of a few remaining sugar cane trains which once criss crossed the fields of sugar in this fertile valley. It takes visitors on a ride in and around the factory and gardens.

We tried a Calamari rolled around a ginger filling, deep fried and served on a salad of shredded green pawpaw, shredded carrot and lotus root tossed with salad greens. The dressing was a ginger concoction and was accompanied by a ginger aioli. Yumm.  We had been to the ginger factory several times in 2011 and enjoyed its wonderful gardens and food options. Today we enjoyed our brief stop for lunch and thirty minutes later arrived at Noosa.

Friday 22nd April.

In the morning my sisters Enid and Bev and their husbands Ken and Pete, Donnis and I went for a walk along Noosa Beach before coming home for lunch the prepare for this afternoon.

On our walk before the wedding I was fascinated to see this sand sculpture busily at work creating a sand masterpiece.

On our walk before the wedding I was fascinated to see this sand sculpture busily at work creating a sand masterpiece.

Today my youngest sister, Sandi, married Dave at a simple ceremony at the Noosa Valley Manor, a B&B located in rainforest at Doonan near Noosa.

Part of the extensive gardens at Noosa Valley Manor.

Part of the extensive gardens at Noosa Valley Manor.

One of the owners of the B&B is a renowned Italian Chef and is one of the reasons Sandi & Dave chose this location for the wedding.  Sandi was given away by the adult children of her first marriage and the MC was a long- time friend.

My sister Sandi being escorted to and given away by the children from her first marriage. Luke on her right and Jo-Elle on her left.

My sister Sandi being escorted to and given away by the children from her first marriage. Luke on her right and Jo-Elle on her left.

Luke & Jo-Elle.

Luke & Jo-Elle.

The wedding was wonderful especially from my point of view as it was another occasion when my brother and all of my sisters were together again. The last time was at my birthday last September.

On this happy occasion Sandi smiles while Dave looks on.

On this happy occasion Sandi smiles while Dave looks on.

Signing the register in front of the witnesses, Sandi's lifelong friend Jo and Daves brother.

Signing the register in front of the witnesses, Sandi’s lifelong friend Jo and Daves brother.

Apart from those two occasions I cannot recall the last time we were all together. We were treated to a belly dancing exhibition by a mother and daughter pair who are also long-time friends. The guest list was an eclectic mix of family, long -time friends and co-workers from Head Space Mackay where Sandi is manager. (headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.) See the facebook page   https://www.facebook.com/Headspace-Mackay-372244686210476/

Hmmm. My brother Allan pacing in fron of the camera while Bev's husband Peter paces the other way.

Hmmm. My brother Allan pacing in fron of the camera while Bev’s husband Peter paces the other way.

Sister Enid (also known as Sue) with a handful of rose petals ready for sprinkling over the newly wedded couple. Sandi's good friend Sue , belly dancer extraordinaire, looks for instructions.

Sister Enid (also known as Sue) with a handful of rose petals ready for sprinkling over the newly wedded couple. Sandi’s good friend Sue , belly dancer extraordinaire, looks for instructions.

Bev, Pete, Donnis, Enid.

Bev, Pete, Donnis, Enid.

Daughter Jo-Elle.

Daughter Jo-Elle.

Sandi n Dave

Some wedding guests. Thanks to Roscoe (in the kilt) I know what is worn underneath.

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Allan, Bev, Donnis, Rae, FrankieG, Ken.

Allan, Bev, Donnis, Rae, FrankieG, Ken.

Sealed with a kiss.

Sealed with a kiss.

Saturday 23rd April

Today being recovery day, many of last night’s guests met in the nearby town of Eumundi. Some went to the famous markets

Poster for Eumundi Markets.

Poster for Eumundi Markets.

in the morning then we met up at the Imperial Hotel, built in 1911. This hotel has undergone several face changes in that 105 year period but a visitor from 1911 would still recognise the hotel.

Eumundi has done a wonderful job of re-inventing itself, maintaining links with the past, retaining almost all the old buildings while appealing to a quieter lifestyle…except on Market Days – Wednesday and Saturday when the town population explodes by about 300 percent. The markets have been established since 1979 and are growing each year. As readers know I am not a fan of markets. It takes me about 5 minutes to walk through from one end to another. The Eumundi markets can keep me mentally occupied, visually stimulated, well fed and socially active for anything up to two hours. On the other hand, market aficionados can’t get enough of the place.

Back to the recovery session. Our long table got longer and longer and made enough noise to drown out the four piece band playing downstairs. Food and drink prices at this pub are a bit on the expensive side but this is offset by generous meal sizes. Donnis and I shared a pizza and found it quite filling – or was that the bowls of hot chips being handed around our table?

Donnis inspects a Cadillac in the street at Eumundi. Donnis grew up in a family which always had a Caddie.

Donnis inspects a Cadillac in the street at Eumundi. Donnis grew up in a family which always had a Caddie.

Sunday 24th April

After a busy wedding and busy recovery day we needed this morning to recover. We joined my sister and husband Ken and my sister Bev and her husband Pete for a walk along Noosa River to the Yacht Club and back home again. We stopped at the Boat House for coffee.   http://www.noosaboathouse.com.au/

After that Donnis and I further recovered by driving back to the Gold Coast while many of the wedding guests went for a recovery of the last few days, recovery lunch at the Spirit House, Yandina.

Phew what a busy weekend.

Thanks Enid and Ken for your hospitality.

Thanks Sandi & Dave for the wedding and all interesting things you planned.

Thanks for all my siblings being together again.

 

 

 

 

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