Friday, 22 June 2007
The wedding at Port Douglas
R&G have finally done it! They got married on the beach at Port Douglas (PD) on Saturday the 9th June at 3pm. It was a lovely affair. Planned to the last minute (of course), it went off without a hitch. But let me rewind.
We left for PD on Thursday the 7th June. The flight went at 7.05am, so it was a very early morning for us all. Nugget decided it was time to catch the plane at 12.30am when he woke up, and could not be convinced that we still needed to sleep for awhile before we could go, so it was a VERY early morning for us. Grandpa drove us to the airport (bless him), and we flew out with B&R and Finn, Kat and Matt, and Sister B and her crew. Apart from the terrible turbulence (I really was tossed out of my seat and the whole plane let out a collective scream at one point) caused by the lightening storm, it all went swimmingly. Nugget was a little bored with his cars after a little while and was pegging them around the cabin, but we managed to avoid any lawsuits with our very understanding fellow travellers.
We arrived at the house in the afternoon, after an extremely slow bus ride from Cairns on a bus that was about as old as I am. The house we stayed in with Sister B, Billy and the kids was amazing. Spacious and glamorous and easy to clean and right on the golf course. It had a pool, pavillion style accomodation and a fabulous outdoor barbeque area. Very nice. We were all very proud of ourselves for finding something so nice and so close to the Sea Temple too (where the wedding was being held). That night we had a BBQ at home and enjoyed the surrounds of our abode.
On Friday, the Geege and I got up early with the boys and went out for a walk. We found C&K's place (another gorgoeus home right on the beach). We sat around with them reading the paper and walking on the sand. Doo Dah had the world's longest sleep, so the Geege and Nugget headed back to our place, while I had a shower in the indoor/outdoor shower (awesome) and waited for Doo Dah to wake. The Geege played golf with the lads in the afternoon. All the golf widows and their kids came over to ours for a play. We had a lovely time. We provided beers for all on the 5th hole (which was right outside our door) and it was the first time we had seen the groom since our arrival. That night we went to Rob and Sam's rooftop for a BBQ. We caught up with all of the guests and had a great night of banter and shenanigans. Sister B and Billy minded the boys so we were free and easy.
Saturday was the big day. The Geege was off early in the morning to help R and the other groomsmen get themselves ready for the day. Doo Dah and I went to breakfast at G's. We then spent the remainder of the morning racing around getting the tables adourned, borrowing a car to get to the ATM to get money for the babysitter (I still didn't get enough out either), and then getting home to get Nugget down for a sleep before the babysitters arrived. Nugget went to the beach with the Sister B and the cousins. We managed to acheive all we needed to acheive, and I managed to get myself to the boardwalk in time to meet R's Dad Lother to take him to the wedding (he was in fact late, most unusual for a German).
The ceremony was lovely. G was the most beautiful bride I think I have ever seen (I mean that, she looked amazing). They wrote their own vows. They made us all cry. It was tremendous. The reception started with drinks and canapes in the villa, and was followed by a buffet on the verandah. The Sea Temple is a gorgeous resort with Asian style furniture, a pool that occupies most of the space not occupied by apartments, and a very impressive level of service. It was a superb night! I had a few too many drinks (poor ol' Doo Dah was over the limit again) and got into a fight with Uncle J by the end of the night, but apart from that... I had a swell time. The best bit was the awesome DVD that we made for the bride and groom (the one surprise in the whole night!) with a series of their life's highlights! It was hysterical.
Sunday was a day of recovery. The Geege wanted to spend the day at home by our pool, so I left Doo Dah with him (he was cranking out 2.5 hour day sleeps - probably to make up for the lack of sleep in the night) and Nugget and I headed into the PD markets. We had a quick look around (and bought a little pressie for super sis, Auntie B), but spent most of the morning until the shade of a tree looking out into the ocean, near the big pier, overlooking St Mary's Cathedral (or whatever the church is called there). We also had lunch with C&K and Jack at the Courthouse Hotel and met up with Welsh Sal and her parents and B&R and Finn. It was a lovely way to spend the day. When we got back to the house, we all went to the resort to see everyone for a quick drink by the pool, before heading home again. We babysat Maxi-Taxi and Capers that night and caught up of a bit of TV.
We had breakfast at C&K's on Monday morning. I also went past the resort for a swim in that amazing pool. Brad accompanied me and we managed to circumnavigate the entire pool. It was divine albeit a little nippy to begin. We concluded the swim with a glass of Cockfighter's Ghost at Amanda's place. A lovely way to spend the afternoon. I left at about 3.15pm and we had to be back at the reception to catch the bus at 4.05pm. One speed change later... we were travelling into PD to see George the Groper and have a lovely meal with all of the wedding party. It was a superb way to conclude a great few days in FNQ.
The Tuesday was pack up day and a bit more time on the beach with C&K and Jack. The Geege and Doo Dah went to the resort to say goodbye to everyone but I stayed at the house to help Nugget have one more sleep before we had to get back on the bus, back on the plane, in the car and home. Nugget was awake until the car trip, so he was a little beside himself on the plane. It was a looooong trip home. We arrived home at 11.30pm.
Nugget started chucking at 2.30am, so it was on for young and old. The Geege had to work on Wednesday morning, so it was up to me to deal with the two beds that had been vomited in, as well as the still vomiting child. Fun and games. We got through it. And then I got sick on the Friday, and The Geege got sick on the Sunday. It is now Friday and noone has been sick for a good few days now. Maybe we have finally rid ourselves of the dreaded virus...