Sunday, 30 March 2008

whatever happened to baby Jane (the cat)?

So, I have been asked, Whatever happened to the cat?
(* see 'Sienna and Jane the cat' in January 2008 of this blogsite for the original story)

Lynlee who works with us here at Fletcher Christian apartments and her husband Peter who have lovingly already saved a 12 year old ginger tom called Tigger, have a real soft spot and have been so good and kind to take on another old cat and add her to their menagerie of Tigger the cat and Zoee the Jack Russell terrier.

I had always thought that Jane was petrified of dogs and other cats, but as the photos below show, that on her first day at Lynlee and Peter's, she felt very safe, comfortable and at home.

Thankyou so much Lynlee, Peter, Zoee and Tigger for welcoming Jane into your home I am sure she appreciates the gentler cuddles that she receives now from you.
And although she handled her time locked into our large storage room, even moving into the upstairs loft, I know that there is nothing better than a loving home.

Thankyou from us......and Jane.

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Wedding Reflections

15th of March 2008.

The day was Magic.

I had the pleasure of being with the bride for most of the day and in one word, she just SPARKLED all day from beginning to end.
There were tears of course, but all for those happy moments that most little girls dream of.
When Kim's Dad John appeared to pick her up, he cleared his thoat with emotion and there was a fresh wash of tears, it was a beautiful moment.

Charles of course was beaming and that was even before he saw his beautiful bride!

I love this photo, as it was when Teddy first saw me arrive and came running to greet me.

Sienna was a beautiful flower bud and was happy as long as someone gave her a container of bubble mix!

Kim, her dad, sister Bec and neices to be Sarah & Emily all arrived at Simon's water at Steeles point, in Norfolk island's first tour bus.
Brandt (the best man) sang Elvis's I can't help falling in love with you, accompianed by boy Kim as girl Kim walked down the aisle.

Sienna performed her flower sprinkling duties perfectly after practising to 'walk walk pinkle' for a few weeks. I like Mary and Bernie's smiling faces in the background and lovely Bec encouraging Sienna to walk with her.

Both Charles and Kim wrote their own sentimental and very meaningful vows, They were very beautiful and emotional.

Charles organized a surprise for Kim at the end of the ceremony, the ultralight plane would fly over and take photos, but with such a large crowd, it was hard to fit everyone in.
It was a fun and happy memory though, especially when a bag of confetti and streamers was tipped out of the plane.
Just to show that I was there and for my friends and family that have to go to Mary's blog to see what I look like..... here are my family photos of the day, my sister Jenni, brother Mike, Mum Sally and Me.

Of course baby Liam was his beautiful self.

Teddy enjoyed the bus trip best, and as I said, Sienna was very happy with the bubbles.

When everyone else had gotten cold, Kim is still sparkling!

Just like this amazing cake, a fruit cake layer on the bottom then a chocolate mudcake layer and then a caramel mudcake layer...... Amazing.
There was no better setting than the family home 'Devon house'
which was very festive in its decorations.
we celebrated and aerated the lawn with our high heels while we danced.
Until it was all too exhausting and we didnt want the day to end.


Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Its the Wedding week

Last minute preparations, Bucks and hens do's, making and painting, The family begins to arrive, extra last minute bits and pieces and it is all becoming very exciting.
Kim's Hens do with amazing cocktails at Raewyne's house, it was the only Hen's night that I know of that the groom organized his good mate to be the stripper for her. Poor Kim was quite embarrassed at first and Pommy Russ was a real trouper performing for us girls.

Sienna had been practising to walk, walk pinkle (sprinkle her flowers) all week.

Kim worked so hard to make sure that everyone was well looked after as she and Charles appreciated everyone making the journey to Norfolk Island to attend their Wedding.
Kim made up welcome packs for everyone who had arrived which included information on Norfolk Island, postcards and discounts that the local shops had offered for the week of the wedding, plus handmade guava chocolates and hand painted glasses(by Kim, in all her spare time).
She also made sure that all he guests had a welcome drink in their fridge in their apartments and an itinerary to follow.
After more drenching rains this month, we finally had a week of continual sunshine for the first time this year......and then....
Mum and my sister Jenni arrived last Saturday night and with them came another low and Summer returned the same way it did on the 1st of December when Mum arrived last year.
keep your fingers crossed for a sunny Saturday.
Kim and Charles also organized welcome drinks at Norfolk's two Chimney's Winery which was wonderful, it was a beautiful sunny afternoon and a great way to get to know some of the family before the wedding and to catch up with some familiar faces also.
It was a very special afternoon.
Teddy and Sienna felt so grown up at the winery at their own table enjoying sparkling apple juice from a wine glass.
Only one lot of guests got delayed with the weather and that was my brother Mike, sister in law Kate, niece and nephew Jess and Jake, we were all very glad to see them and cheered when we saw them coming out from the plane, especially Teddy ( and a relieved bride, now that all the family were here).
Jess was making the bridal bouquets which is a huge task for a 16 year old (I actually remember making bridesmaids bouquets when I did a weeks work experience when I was 16 too, after 5 hours of wiring baby rosebuds, I can appreciate feeling slightly frustrated)

To Lighten the mood, all the Lyle family rally around with champagne and a silly mood, we started playing with the flowers too.

It really was a family event with all hands on deck to help
* see Mary's blog for more wedding preparations.

I really liked this Photo on the morning of the wedding, as we were out at Simon's water decorating, Charles (the groom) and John (father of the bride) both mowing the grass on ride on mowers.

A huge Thank you to Mal Tarrant for making this beautiful wedding arch for us, Kim and I were going to attempt to make it ourselves, but Luckily Mal offered to help and it was just perfect (who knows what a disaster we could have had with Kim and I making it!)

We layed a carpet aisle to define the area, so there were no accidental trips over the grass, but as soon as Jenni, Chrissy and I put the carpet down, a multitude of Army grubs appeared and swarmed the carpet and we could imagine the Bride squashing them with her diamante shoes, luckily they had moved away by the time the wedding was on, hopefully some hungry birds had a good feed.
Mitti (my cousin Peter's dog who lives with him at Simon's water) also enjoyed the nice warm carpet in the sunshine.
And finally before the wedding begins, here is our very own princess fresh from the bath with her hair in curly rags, she wanted to keep them in as that is how she wants her hair for the wedding, lets see if she can at least keep clean today.