My last post was way back in November, what has kept me so busy that i could not have continued my posts ? The answer to that is doing very little other than just the usual things people when they are home.
We did have Christmas and like most years where we had other family share the day with us 2012 Christmas Day was different. This time it was a quieter time, as the years move along families grow and branch out, ours is no different. Our relatives spent the day either at home hosting their own or visiting other's. Christmas Day came and went, I never get off on the whole celebration thing and i am quite relieved when things get back to normal. Of course our Grand Daughters loved it, and as usual received way to many presents and we all had way to much food.
|Eve's 1st Christmas|
|Millana and Ruby|
It is pointless trying to write about what we have been doing as it really is just mundane, usual stuff that people do. The only thing worth mentioning is our youngest Daughter got married to Scott and the wedding took place in Kho Samui Thailand !
The wedding was 12 months in the planning, with invites going out early to give people the opportunity to plan for a holiday and attend the wedding at the same time. We were very pleased and surprised to get so many people attending, it's a mark of the character of Erin & Scott that so many family and friends made the effort and expense to attend.
Vickie and i went over for 12 days with the others arriving during that time, it seemed each day more guests were arriving and with the majority of them all staying at the same resort it became a real party atmosphere around the pool. It was our 1st visit to Kho Samui, all our other overseas trips have been to Bali which we enjoyed, here it was very different in respect to the shopping where the owners didn't hassle and everything was very clean compared to Bali. We hired a van and driver for a day and 7 of us toured around the island which is only 52k's in circumfrence, stopping at many places of interest, the weather was hot and humid and it was a relief to get back into the air conditioned van after each stop.
Four of us Boys hired Motor Scooters and had a fun day exploring the mountain trails, riding a motor bike in Bali or Thailand involves forgetting all what you know about road rules in Australia and just work on the principle ..... Don't Hit Me and I won't Hit You .. for most of the time it works well, we didn't have any worries and i really understand how the system works and love it. The freedom a motorbike gives you is beyond words, but don't bother unless you have the confidence in yourself.
|Boys and Bikes|
By the time everyone had been pampered it was time to get back to the Resort and start to think about Lunch and Pre -Wedding drinks and a swim in the pool. Then it was back to our rooms and shower and get dressed in our smart casual beach wedding attire.
Erin and Scott were being looked after by Michelle, the Wedding Planner at the Resort Nora Beach and Michelle was fastidious in her attention to detail. Whilst the Groom and his Men attended to themselves in their Chalet, Erin and her Girls were in another luxurious Chalet getting themselves ready. Vickie and i were invited over to Erin's room early to have some photo's taken and see 1st hand our gorgeous baby getting her hair & make up done by Ashely the girlfriend of Trevor, Erin's Cousin.
Danny our son arrived with the video camera and proceeded to keep us and the photographer entertained with his poses, the whole scene was one of fun and relaxation, no stress.
The time had come for me, the Father of the Bride to walk his Daughter down the path's to the beach setting where everyone waited. The walk was partly a blur and partly so etched in my memory it will never go away. To think i was fortunate enough to have such a wonderful daughter, and for that matter such wonderful children I am so blessed. We walked past all the guests, we walked up to Scott, we shook hands, our eyes met and words did not need to be said, He is part of our family and we love him as a son, There was no need to adopt you after all Scott, you adopted us.
|Father and the Bride|
|Scott and Erin|
|Eve Meets an Elephant|
|Walk past and Flower Throw|
|Guests and Family|
|Mic, Vickie, Erin with Eve, Scott, Caddie, Elle and Dan|
|Lets Get The Party Started|
|Not a dry eye in the place|
|Husband and Wife|
It was a wonderful Wedding, in a beautiful setting and full congratulations must go to the Nora Beach Wedding Planner, Michelle.
|Nora Beach Resort Koh Samui|
|Me and my Baby|
So back home again, still living in our Van we have planned for the next big occasion, My 60th Birthday, wow whoopee i think, but Vickie want's to make it a big deal for me and i love her for that. It wont be a fancy affair, and honestly i could do with out it but I'm sure i will enjoy it when it happens. Once that is out of the way we can get back to the serious business of travel, and Ningaloo is again # 1 on the list. We will get up there on the 10th of May and looking forward to two months of fishing and relaxing.