Sunday, October 11, 2015

SOUTH OF THE BORDER


Happy Sunday, fellow Bloggers..
This beautiful old door was found in a courtyard, part of an interesting shop in Bangalow, New South Wales.


We have been South of the Border...









Our destination: Australia's most Easterley point...




Byron Bay.



Up to the Lighthouse - it's mandatory..


and look out to sea for whales..unsuccessfully...


We were there for a wedding, under a rustic arch,


and a giant fig tree.  Drinks were served from this cute vintage van..





Like all weddings, it was beautiful..


Later, we dined under the stars, and a grapevine..


There were sparklers..


and when we came home, my favourite rose bush had burst into bloom!

Have a lovely week.

XXXX

36 comments:

  1. Hi Patricia, it looks like you had a lovely trip. Congratulations to the happy couple! They look beautiful at their wedding. I loved seeing your "south of the border"; it looks something like it does here in the US. It's a style of decor I like a lot. I hope you are feeling better now. Take care and have a good week.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I loved the style of the decor, Jennifer, definitely reminded me of New Mexico! It was a great change of scene for us and a very pretty wedding.

      Delete
  2. What a charming old door, and this looks like a nice shop that you visited. The ocean is beautiful. I have been longing to go to the ocean. aahh, I love to see wedding pics, and her dress is lovely. But there's nothing like coming home to a full bush of pink roses.

    Have a relaxing Sunday, dear Patricia.

    love, ~Sheri

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Sheri, Yes the door and the other items in the shop had me fascinated. It was so unusual for Australia and very like being in a Western movie. Then we enjoyed the ocean, the walk on the beach and the views forever from high on the cliffs. So excited by the pink roses - it failed to bloom in 2014 so it is very special. xx

      Delete
  3. What wonderful doors and wooden artefacts. I love the idea of using the vintage caravan as a bar! I'm glad you had such a good time.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was a very interesting venue Jenny. I could have photographed a lot more but got worried they might not like it. It was a clever combination of rustic and mid-century modern - fun! Even had champagne from those old saucer style glasses :)

      Delete
  4. That all looks so beautiful. One of those life is wonderful blog posts. A celebration of the best of things.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. A lovely celebration Katharine, with lots of interesting details to keep me fascinated.

      Delete
  5. What a lovely time. I do know Bangalow - my sister-in-law lives there and she is very Nimbin/Bangalow - delightful, but very that way. Your dress was just right for the visit :). Byron Bay is beautiful, but I remember it also from the 70's before it had been "discovered" - it was cheaper then as well.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lucky sister-in-law, Bangalow is really nice. Definitely a place to get away from it all. We had some hols in Byron back in the day too, when the children were little. It took me two days to find the place where we had stayed - it is now surrounded by high-rise and development!

      Delete
  6. I love Bangalow and the visit to BB lighthouse is a great way to spend time. What a lovely wedding...love the Bride's gorgeous dress. Your beautiful rose bursting into bloom was a perfect finish to your fun time away xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Bangalow was so cute: first time we have been there. The bridal dress seemed just right for the occasion. Not Hollywood, more in keeping with the setting. Pink rose sends its regards. xx

      Delete
  7. How fabulous!! I would love to go to Byron Bay someday, it always seems to fabulous! Glad that you had a great time!! xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Byron Bay is rather special, and for a small place very famous Amy. Lots of people in the arts and music live in the surrounding hills. It was a nice getaway for us. xx

      Delete
  8. Looks like a great place to visit. I enjoyed seeing all the old architecture and the views of the bay. Lovely place for an outdoor wedding. Those roses certainly gave you a welcome home.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Byron Bay is very pleasant Darla, perfect weather and magical beaches. We took our children there a few times for holidays. The wedding venue was very special - lots of roses there too!

      Delete
  9. So sorry I have been absent so much lately, due to the unfortunate incident.

    Anyways, these pictures show scenes I did not know even exist!
    Your country is beautiful.
    And - you are so perfectly dressed for the occasion!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello dear Mette, and it is good you are well again. Must confess I did not wear the cactus dress to the wedding! I was in taupe, delicate silk and a bit of lace, very much the senior lady outfit :)
      It is a beautiful part of Australia, with lovely climate, beaches and lush hinterland. Great for a wedding!

      Delete
  10. Beautiful photos, Patricia, and it must have been a lovely wedding. How glorious to sit under the stars! It's nearly freezing here in Rotterdam tonight…well, down to one degree C!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Val, yes very cold, one degree C. We only have that first thing on a winter morning. It was beautiful to sit outdoors, although it was a bit cold and we all put coats on as the darkness descended. It was unusual for Australia that there were absolutely no insects bothering us at all, it was just perfect.

      Delete
  11. Hi Patricia,
    Oh, how I love the photos of that gorgeous beach.. it looks fantastic.
    A great place to hold a wedding.
    The door and the shop look very interesting.
    Wonder, what it is, that makes us want to see behind doors, especially intriguing ones.
    your rose bush is blooming well.
    Like your new dress.
    My eldest son was in Sydney on business for 10 days.
    He bought a painting of a famous Aborigine Lady.. Gloria !!!!!
    I was wondering if its one of the artists that you have shown us on your blog. He fell in love with all her work. He swam at Manly beach.
    Love to visit your blog Rosemary, brings memories back of my youth living down under.
    God bless.
    val xxxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Val, thank you for your lovely comments. Is your son's painting by Gloria Petyarre? I have a painting by her cousin Jeannie Petyarre. I bought it in Cairns in 2013 and showed on the blog. Exciting you son has been here, and at Manly beach. We stayed at Manly Beach when our daughter was married in 2000, and some of her wedding pics were taken along that beach. Glad you liked my cactus dress - it would fit in well in Portugal :)
      God bless, P. xxxo

      Delete
  12. What a beautiful setting for a wedding! I love that the drinks were served out of the tiny caravan. Enjoy your rose bush - it's gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Kristie, yes, a great place for weddings, with the view of the sea in the distance. The tiny caravan was the cutest think, and I really loved the giant fig tree, which had an old-fashioned wooden swing on very long ropes! We had a hot day, and all the roses have shriveled up - that's Australia for you!

      Delete
  13. I love weddings Patricia! An opportunity to give the glad rags an airing - your dress is gorgeous!
    On our tour of Ireland we teamed up with a lovely couple from Byron Bay!
    That coastline is beautiful!
    We have been invited by our son to join them for Christmas in Victoria!
    Have a happy week!
    Shane x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Shane, It has been a few years since we went to a wedding, so it was fun to attend a modern, trendy one. Byron Bay is very famous, not just as the most Easterley point, but the scenery is spectacular and the hinterland very lush and green. Christmas in Victoria - that sounds lovely. I hope you don't get a heatwave :)
      love P. x

      Delete
  14. South of the border looks positively foreign Patricia - like a corner of Morocco or Spain.
    Love your dress with its unusual fabric - you always find such interesting things to wear.
    The wedding looks lovely and the bride beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We Queenslanders do like to amuse ourselves by calling those from the southern states Mexicans..
      I do love unusual clothes - I must have a low boredom threshold - and this dress is a bit of fun. The wedding was a good education in a 'modern' wedding, important as we have another wedding coming up in our family.

      Delete
  15. Tricia, what a lovely and charming part of the world! You are truly expanding my horizons. One day I hope to visit Australia. It is on my bucket list. I love all the greenery and flowers.

    That is one beautiful door. What is the name of the sea?

    Glad you and Mr. C. was able to have a wonderful getaway.

    Debbie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Debbie, the sea is the Pacific Ocean! It reaches from here, on the East coast of Australia right across to the Americas. I hope you do visit some day - you must come to Brisbane and see us!

      Delete
  16. A fine place to visit, really lovely.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. Everyone loves Byron Bay.

      Delete
  17. Your pictures are wonderful...it's a beautiful coastline.
    Byron Bay is known to us as we have an award winning surfer in our circle of friends...Australia looks like a great place to call home!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Hostess, and welcome to my blog. Byron Bay certainly is popular for surfing, and I imagine your friend has been there. Australia is a great place to live, although I could have done without meeting a large brown snake in our driveway today!!

      Delete
  18. Attending a wedding sounds like a great excuse to tour your beautiful country! What gorgeous seaside shots with the pounding waves along the cliff, and then that idyllic sandy shore. The caravan is a very cute idea ... my parents had a trailer just like this (brother now owns it & fixed it all up).
    The shop you visited looks so interesting, especially the courtyard setting, and the door looks like it's seen a lot of visitors. Looks something like a monastery. I love the aboriginal prints on the hanging dresses. I collected a bit of Australian fabric from a quilt shop here with plans for a quilt, but when I looked for more, the owner said she could no longer get new prints. Your cactus dress is one of a kind! I read that you didn't wear it to the wedding, but I'm sure it would have fit right in. And that rustic bouquet on top of the archway is beautiful. What a lovely setting all round ;)
    Wendy

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Wendy, thank you for your lovely comment. Yes, the courtyard shop did look like a monastery, and the doors are unusual for Australia. Perhaps imported. Other pieces may have come from deconsecrated churches, of which there are now many in our country. Indigenous print fabric is a bit rare, even here, but I could look out for some for you. Do you like fat quarters?
      Might wear the cactus dress to Dad's 95th birthday party :)

      Delete