SATURDAY 25.10.14 - I am thankful for... the Great Australian Bush
*Sunset at Jondaryan Woolshed
Today one of my fabulous cousins married the love of his life. The wedding was held at Jondaryan Woolshed just outside of Toowoomba in QLD. Built in 1859, this historical site, which is also a museum, is so full of Australian history of what life was like at that time. I suppose it's quite close to a larger city, but back in it's day it would have been considered rural, if not today. The ceremony was beautiful. The bride arrived in a horse and carriage, the ceremony was conducted by another of our cousins in front of a large tree at a perfect time in the afternoon for the sun to shine through the branches and hit the crystals on the bride's dress, making her glisten. The people attending sat on bales of hay covered in crisp white sheets and the reception was held in the woolshed itself, fairy lights strung across the rafters and chandeliers hanging from them. We also got to enjoy a beautiful sunset over canapés and when we left to go back to the motel at the end of the night, the lack of artificial light meant we could see the stars in the sky. Even though it would not be my first choice, it really was the most gorgeous setting for a wedding and very "them" as they said it was everything they could have hoped for. I have also always enjoyed camping since I was a child, though I haven't been in a few years now. It was definitely a highlight of school holidays, going swimming in lakes, bush walking up mountains and seeing all the animals you wouldn't normally see. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful landscape here in Australia, which I believe can often be taken for granted by us locals. This weekend reminded me just how lovely our rural areas are, with the exception of the flies of course! If you've never been before, I would most certainly recommend it! There's so much to see and do out there, more than you might think.