My aim is to travel from the UK to Brisbane for one of my best friends' wedding. Plane travel is so environmentally damaging so I am looking for another way. I also think that by travelling over land and sea I will be able to understand our world better as I will connect with the people and landscapes and not just look at the departure board in the airport. Any tips gratefully received!! Departure date 1st September.

Monday, October 30, 2006

The Wedding! 27th October 2006


Lots to say about Melbourne (friendly, quirky and cool) and Sydney (Bondi Beach, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House show me I am really in Australia now) but for now I just want to write about the wonderful experience that was our week on 'Straddie'. After arriving in Brissy and heading straight off to the Hen Do to get to know some of the aussie ladies and introduce Steve on a Stick to the town, it was soon time to pack up again and head over to North Stradbroke Island which was to be our home for the week and the location for the wedding. What an amazing place! Lots of time spent hanging out with old friends and making new friends, swimming in crystal blue waters and the brown tea tree lake, gazing at stunning views from our 'penthouse' luxury apartment for the week - The Lighthouse and getting ready for the big day. We walked The Gorge and saw loads of dolphins, whales in the distance, turtles and manta rays. If that wasn't enough we nearly ran over a couple of kangaroos a few hours later (it took me over 2 weeks in oz to finally see one and then it is two nearly stuck to the window!) but it was after our traumatic digging the yute out of the sand moment - thanks to Dav and Babs for saving the day....The big day slowly rolls closer but all is chilled. We do a bit of girly stuff and get a pedicure - a novel experience for a hippie like me but fun all the same. The Wedding itself was so perfect. We all looked fab in our dresses, especially the bride. The ceremony was so lovely, right down by the beach with everyone gathered close by. As we walked down the 'aisle' it was such a joy seeing all these colourful and smiling people, with bubbles floating around, music playing, sun shining and the turquoise sea behind. The reception was great, lots of great speeches, lovely food, silly dancing and the chase for the bouquet! We all got our special stubbie holder as a momento and the party carried on into the night. After missing the whole of the next day at lawn bowls (gutted) I then got to go diving with some of the boys. We went to Flat Rock and after the supper surge entry we descend to a beautiful dive with 15m vis. and see lotf os colorful fish, turtles, wobbegong and have a great dive. Back on the surface there are three humpback whales off on their migration and we get to see them frolicking for a while, before the dolphins come into view again, oh yes and there was the flying fish......!!! Second dive not such good vis. but a cool experience dropping straight into a bath of blue jellyfish (harmless apparently!) and saw a few small rays, more turtles and great stuff! Back to Brissy for the next stage of this great wedding adventure, we are all off to Fraser Island next for more fun.....

9 Comments:

At 12:12 am, October 31, 2006, Blogger LimePulp said...

Hi Babs

First of, how gorgeous do you look in that dress. WOW… and very sexy.. sorry but I am male...

So glad you worked out how to post images, it nice to see you with your hair down and good to hear that you have been having great fun letting your hair down as well. I see they didn’t manage to get a picture of you without a wine glass in you hand, you just can’t seem to stay away from alcohol can you. But hey, you are on a trip of a lifetime visiting your best friends wedding on the other side of the planet so I guess, drink and be merry, plus its only two months till Christmas and New Year so you may as will start celebrating that now top. Though it sounds like you will all still be celebrating the wedding then anyway.

Said you wouldn’t see much of the day after the wedding…. I’m sure your get to play lawn bowls before you leave.

Glad you finally got to go diving, whale, dolphins, flying fish and ‘blue jellyfish???’ sounds like you had a great time and almost as beautiful and colorful as the wedding. Hope you had a camera that works underwater..

Hope you all keep having fun at Fraser Island, and try not to miss to many days due to alcohol….

Lots of Love and Luck and try not to get to used to the ‘Penthouse’ and pedicures I don’t think there are many of either around Mach, Hope you will still be happy will a small round house…

Steve XXX (hopeful not the one on the stick!!! Strange way to be introduced to a new city… and painful!!!)

 
At 12:13 pm, November 04, 2006, Blogger Dave said...

You made it! Great to hear from you and fantastic that you have proved what you set out to do. And perhaps more importantly you're having fun doing it.....
Hope you can manage to stay out there to do the permaculture thing. Keep living the dream (and it's cold back here so no need to rush back!)

xxd

 
At 11:30 am, November 05, 2006, Blogger tony from oz said...

Hi Babs, It's Tony from bangkok. I'm glad you're enjoying the country. You've already probably seem more of it than me, or at least the things worth seeing if you're going to travel all the way from the other side of the globe.
I have to inform you though (it'll be important later when you're fine tuning your aussie accent) that you were actually digging a UTE out of the sand, not a yute. It's short for utility vehicle. The pronunciation is the same but it will add to your authenticity if you ever have to write it down on any official documents (an extremely unlikely event).
It sounds like an amazing adventure, one that most of us will never experience.
I owe you an email, I havent forgotten.
good luck with everything, it sounds like it was all worth it.take care

 
At 11:54 pm, November 10, 2006, Blogger LimePulp said...

Hi Babs

Very quick comment just to say that those are some great images that you have posted in the September Archive, hope you get to post some more soon...

Lots of Love & Luck and keep taking loads more great photos

Steve XXX

 
At 7:11 pm, November 13, 2006, Blogger Kath said...

Great Dress, lovely bridesmaid .... travelling obviously agrees with you Barbara. Martin sent the photo and the matching diary to Gran and we have just printed off the earlier ones for her to read at home (you know she loves to hear what you're up to).

Enjoy the rest of your trip.

love Richard & Ann

 
At 10:20 am, November 14, 2006, Blogger Girth said...

Hey, well done on finally getting there. Such an inspiration that I want to plan a trip to Japan the same way.
Mr.Limepulp has been giving me printed updates and I check your progress whenever I'm on the net.
Keep it up, look forward to more stories, when is the book coming out?
Girthman

 
At 10:23 am, November 14, 2006, Blogger Girth said...

Well done, your travels are an inspiration.
Maybe its deja-vu or maybe my last post published too!
Anyway, I will repeat what i said in case it didn't. Look forward to more updates and for the book of your travels, has to be a best seller!

 
At 9:44 am, January 23, 2007, Blogger Ruth said...

How amazing! And also amazing, we share the same family name - it's a pretty unusual name. Do you know any Haddrills in Australia?

 
At 1:04 am, February 11, 2007, Blogger Babs said...

I don't know of any other Haddrills in Australia but I think my sister, Penelope, was in contact with a girl from Perth....can't remember her first name though...

 

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