2017 – the stats don’t lie!

Just married!

“Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable.”  Mark Twain Thoughts of a Destination Wedding by the Mother of the Bride, was my most read post for 2017. Did you see it? I'll try not to make this one of those boring over the top posts highlighting a list of my top posts for 2017 but …

A sentence a day for October: A month of Wedding fun!

Heart shaped island below on our flight to our daughter's destination wedding in paradise

 October - in a Sentence a Day Earlier in the year I joined some wonderful bloggers for the Sentence a Day writing challenge, (you can find links here to my posts for June, July , August  and September) and now it seems to be time for October's post - where does the time go?  It also seems like I'm hooked on …

52 week photography project – Week 13: Self Portrait #2

Mother of the Bride take 2

Source: Week 13: Self portrait #2 Week  13 of our 52 week photography project had the theme of Self Portrait. We apparently will do a self portrait every few weeks and I've been assured it doesn't have to be an actual selfie, but a photo that says and shows something of ourselves. Our first week was also a …

Getting excited

Fiji countdown

Not long now..... Only a few more days until we leave for our daughter's wedding in Fiji. Only a few more days until we have the family together for the first time since last Christmas. Only a few more days until I can kick back, relax and laze around the pool. Who's excited with me??? …

Mother of the Bride update #4 – the final countdown

Mother of the Bride update for daughter's wedding in Fiji

Welcome to the latest update from the Mother of the Bride! As I sit here writing this update, the song playing on my random rock selection is The Final Countdown - I kid you not! I was searching for how many days until the big day and that song comes on - how random!!!  (Followed …

What It’s Really Like to be the Mother of the Bride | Bridesmaids Confession

As a mother of three daughters I was asked to write about weddings from the perspective of the Mother of the Bride. I'm thrilled to share it here, hot off the press, from Bridesmaids Confessions.  Just in time for Mother's Day next weekend! I'd love you to go and read the story by clicking the …

The bitch was right – #Writespiration

church, wedding, afternoon light

Writespiration - is a great challenge which I'm enjoying more each week. The challenge is to write something using the weekly theme, in just 52 words…. EXACTLY 52 words, no more, no less. It's harder than it seems, feel free to have a go yourself if you doubt me! This week Sacha has given us the words …

Backwards – #Writespiration

Writespiration - is a great challenge from writer and blogger Sacha Black.  2017 brings 52 challenges over 52 weeks and we're up to week 16 already! The challenge is to write something using the weekly theme in just 52 words…. EXACTLY 52 words, no more, no less. It's harder than it seems, feel free to have a go …

MOB fun with B2B – update #3

wedding, hair, planning, fiji

Welcome to the latest update from the Mother of the Bride! As you probably know by now, my MOB status has been restored with baby daughter's wedding planned for October 2017  - in Fiji!   It is a very small intimate affair with only parents, siblings, and a few close friends.  We are now looking at less …

Beautiful Brisbane – Musings on a Monday

Welcome to my weekly Monday Musings - a summary of things going on in my world and the world at large. Brisbane is a lot warmer than my hometown, where FYI they have just started lighting winter fires! It's very humid here and although the locals think it's a bit cool, I think it's a …

The Girl in the black hood – #Writespiration

Blogging challenge, flash fiction

Writespiration - is a challenge courtesy of Sacha Black.  The challenge is to write something using the weekly theme in just 52 words…. EXACTLY 52 words, no more, no less. It's harder than it seems, I can assure you! This week the topic is to write about The Girl that wore the black hood. Here's my offering: …

Romance is alive, just not here – #Writespiration

Our wedding day

Writespiration - is a challenge courtesy of Sacha Black.  The challenge is to write something using the weekly theme in just 52 words…. EXACTLY 52 words, no more, no less. This week Sacha has asked us to use the theme of Romance. This week your challenge is to write the most romantic 52 words you can. …

MOB#2 update

Greetings fellow bloggers!  You may not know but my MOB status has been restored with baby daughter's wedding planned for October 2017  - in Fiji!   I've been told (by guess who?) that I've been very slack in keeping everyone up to date with news of this happy event. Hence this  post!! In my last post, The MOB …

A sad day

Today is Stephanie Scott’s 28th birthday and her mother asked us all to join the family by stopping for a cup of tea and a mint slice (her favourite biscuit) at 3pm today. My workplace stopped to honour and remember Stephanie, it was a sombre tea break to say the least.

I’m pleased to say that most shops sold out of mint slices today as people heeded a mother’s simple request. At the end of the day I was able to come home knowing my three daughters are all safe and happy living their lives to the fullest. I have a 28 year old planning her wedding and another daughter was married late last year so this hit me very hard. I can only wish her family and her fiancee peace and the strength to continue on.

Her body was found on the day of her wedding and her killer was convicted to a life sentence just days before her 28th birthday. How sad!

As I said in my original post ‘Rest in Peace Stephanie’.

Deb's World

Today should have been the happiest day of their lives but it was the saddest day of all.

You may have heard of this but just in case you haven’t…..

A young teacher went into her school last weekend to complete work for while she was to be away on her honeymoon. She was due to be married within days. She was never seen again by her fiancée, her family or her friends. A massive search was undertaken.

What is thought to be her remains were found today, the day she was to be married to her childhood sweetheart. It is alleged that she was murdered by a cleaner at the school.

As the mother of a bride to be, I can’t begin to imagine how her fiancée and her family are coping with this awful tragedy. With everything ready for the wedding and guests arriving, the sadness would be…

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The MOB returns

I'm baaack!   My MOB status has been invoked for the second time as baby daughter moves into the countdown zone.  And I couldn't be happier! We have a wedding planned for October 2017 in Fiji no less! And I'm told it will be a VERY small affair. So we are in countdown mode and the way this …

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: The morning after

Happily ever after....the day after my daughter's wedding looked a bit like this... I couldn't sleep in despite the huge day we'd had, so I got up and wandered around the marquee picking up bottles, collecting glasses, enjoying the presence of the wild brumbies and kangaroos, not to mention the shaft of early morning light. …

Drum roll please…..and the winner is

I wasn't expecting that! No really! That was my most viewed post of 2015. I've been looking at my blog stats for 2015 and have been very surprised about what featured in my top 10 of posts viewed.  Posts on babies and weddings collected the top votes based on what the stats show with running not …