A wonderful wedding, magical Myer windows, a beautiful bookshop visit and my next book – A Cat Called Trim
What a busy and exciting week it has been. I usually keep the subject of my blog posts to something relating to my writing, but my son Wade marrying his sweetheart Isabella over the weekend, kind of blitzes the rest.
So here are some words about the wonderful wedding, a sprinkling of wedding photos, as well as what followed.
This time last week we were all watching the weather in Milawa in Victoria’s beautiful northeast (about 45 minutes from Bright). Beechworth was flooded, 160 ml of rain fell in nearby Tarrawingee on Thursday and as we left the city to head north, parts of the Hume Highway were closed.
In spite of the predictions, we all arrived safely with only minor detours. Guests were accommodated wherever there was space around Milawa and Wangaratta and we stayed at a gorgeous B & B called Willoaks at Oxley.
The wedding rehearsal was at 4.00 on Friday – we avoided the puddles and soggy grass and were assured by Brown Brothers that if no more rain fell, the grass would be dry for the wedding – 24 hours later.
We woke Saturday morning to clear skies and sunshine . . . and the day disappeared. A quick trip for me to see Wade, his best man and groomsmen, then before we knew it, it was 3.30 and we were arriving at Brown Brothers.
Somehow, I held the happy tears back through it all, (partly because I’d been crying for the two weeks before.) Grant and I are so proud of Wade and his beautiful bride Isabella. Our daughter Briana read some heartfelt words during the service, the bridesmaids and groomsman looked great and took their roles very seriously. In a pinch of a moment, it was over.
On Sunday Grant and I travelled to Wagga Wagga for a book signing for Little Dog and the Christmas Wish at the Myer windows in Wagga Wagga. It was so lovely to see the Little Dog windows for one last time.
Monday morning I signed many books and met some lovely locals at The Gateway Bookshop in Wagga Wagga, one of those small buzzing bookshops, crammed with books of all kinds but specialising in children’s books. The sort of place we all need to support and cherish.
And when we arrived home, there was my next book, A Cat Called Trim, illustrated by the Craig Smith and published by Allen and Unwin, waiting on our doorstep.
A very wonderful, but huge week and now there’s Christmas.