Monday, May 6, 2013

Back to Sydney

We had another quick weekend up in Sydney for a wedding on Saturday - our lovely friends offered to have us to stay and look after the boys while we tottered off to the event - which was wonderful and made it all logistically very easy. But it is still Sydney where driving is a nightmare and parking non-existent, so we took public transport ... although the good part of Sydney is that public transport is a ferry! We took the afternoon ferry for a short trip from Manly to Watson's Bay - across the mouth of the harbour so very bumpy. This is me waiting on the pier. And yes, we were the only people in evening dress. Note the shiny red shoes :)

The wedding was at the Naval base on the headland - right at the very harbour entrance with absolutely spectacular views back to the city and out to sea. They did the whole swords guard-of-honour thing which is always special ... and if I hadn't taken four hundred crap photos of the event I would show you how good it was. This is the best of the bunch, and it's hopeless. You will have to take my word for it - spectacular swords, lovely bride, glamorous bridesmaids and blokes in uniform.

The reception was back at the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay - amazing spot just overlooking the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Here we are at the start of the night, before the wine flowed and the dance moves happened ...

It was a very diverse group of guests -  I suppose now we're all getting a bit older you have lots of friends from varied of walks of life ... school and uni and work and all the different places you've lived and jobs you've had. The bride's family is rural - her father has been the local federal member of parliament for literally decades in one of those uniquely Australian electorates that are twice the size of Belgium but everybody knows each other. ( I just googled and his electorate is 24 times the size of Belgium, which is a surprisingly small country now I look at the maps! Maybe I should have compared it to France, although traditionally we use Belgium, I'm not sure why). Anyway my point is that we didn't know many people but managed to find lots of congenial souls to chat to, and it was so nice to frock up and go somewhere different for a change!

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