Monday, October 3, 2016

THE EMERALD ISLE


Hello again from the Red Cardinal nest...

and where do I start?

Well, why not the green fields of the Emerald Isle...


Ireland really is the greenest place I have ever seen...




In beautiful County Wexford, the Red Cardinal family gathered for our son's wedding to his Irish Lass...
The Canadians arrived first, the others following throughout the day.

Little Aussie announced to me "All your children are here!"  
Bless him.  It was the first time in years we had all gathered together.






Aussie found a ball to kick, and then encountered blackberry bushes (they don't grow here in Queensland, much too hot).



He picked every ripe berry, and we cooked together:



A hastily improvised recipe (add sugar and a squeeze of lemon), and we produced a couple of spoons of jam.  Proud of ourselves, we were...



Is this a buttercup among the shamrocks?



The wedding venue was a stunning Country House hotel..






 








with a walled garden where the floral decor is grown:







This was our bedroom - very grand...





Little Aussie was the ring bearer, and carried out his duties with style and aplomb...

Everything went beautifully, the ceremony was meaningful, poetic, and joyful, and to happy cheers and applause, they were pronounced husband and wife.

Of course, there was a little tear in my eye, and a lump in the throat - as mothers do...


My silk coat survived both the journey and a brief shower of Irish rain..

To protect my family's privacy, I can't show their wedding photos...
well only a tiny peek at the bride's exquisite, beaded Jenny Packham gown, as delicate as a dainty web sparkling with dew:


She looked delightful, and so did our son!
What a happy occasion for them, and for us.

I will write about our Irish adventures in another post.

PS My hat survived the journey, and enjoyed herself immensely:























31 comments:

  1. Wonderful shots! Thank you for sharing the lovely scenery, beautiful bride and surroundings and I must say you looked grand as well!

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    1. Thank you dear Val. Everything really was beautiful on the eye, and the heart!

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  2. What a beautiful country home to have the wedding! Your room is amazing. Your outfit looks great, the silk coat and hat fit right in with the country estate setting. Congratulations to the bride and groom!
    Wendy

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    1. Hi Wendy, yes it was all very beautiful and we had a wonderful two days at the venue. That bed was so big I had to climb into it :) I was pleased with the silk coat which I had asked to be double lined for the unpredictable weather.

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  3. Some lovely photos and happy times. We have Ireland on our radar, but haven't yet booked a trip.

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    1. Hi Linda Kay, I think you would enjoy Ireland and its spectacular scenery. Hope you go one day!

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  4. Oh my your hat and silk coat are perfect!
    The wedding setting looks amazing and your room is very elegant.
    Looking forward to more Irish snippets.
    Congratulations to the bride and groom!

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    1. Thank you Hostess. I did feel a bit grand in that outfit...and wonder if I will ever have another chance to wear the hat or coat. The Opera perhaps? Our room was the 'second best' one, after the bridal suite which was really incredible, and included a harp!

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  5. Dear Patricia - it looks abosolutely lovely - everything.
    Your outfit, the elegant country hotel, and the beautiful bridal dress.
    How delightful that you had your whole family with you, that made if even more special.
    Yes, that is a Buttercup♡

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    1. Dear Rosemary, thank you. It was all beautiful as well as beautifully organised by the happy couple. The four days with family were very special indeed, and I loved that my grandson recognised that at his young age.
      So pleased that I met a Buttercup and worked out what it was - and also my first ever shamrocks.

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  6. The wedding looks like it was beautiful, Patricia. Congratulations to your son and his bride!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer, it certainly was a gorgeous occasion. The happy couple are now honeymooning somewhere in Europe!

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  7. Wonderful to look at the proud mother in her beautiful silk outfit. It must have been such a joy for you to have your whole family around you.

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    1. Thank you Janneke, it was a proud day, and I liked wearing my silk coat (with my Wattle brooch from Buckingham Palace pinning on my flower). Loved having the family together again.

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  8. Oh your dress with the silk coat and the lovely hat, I LOVE what you wore!! The bride's dress looks very lovely!
    The flowers, the location...what a gorgeous wedding it must have been!

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    1. Thank you Kay. I did think it was a gorgeous wedding, but maybe I am biassed? Glad you like my outfit too.

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  9. Hello dear Trish
    Oh what a joyful occasion - there's nothing nicer than a family wedding!
    I love the colour of your silk coat and your wonderful hat - so elegant.
    The brides dress is beautiful and little Aussie looks very handsome!
    I can see I've got a lot of catching up - I'll email you.
    I hope to revisit Ireland one day too!
    Shane xox

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    1. Dearest Shane, I have been thinking of you! So happy to see your name. It was an exciting occasion, lots of family moments and beautiful surroundings. The brides dress was so exquisite, absolutely lovely. xxoo

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  10. Patricia, the wedding looks lovely, and I'm so glad to hear that all went well for the big day. That's usually something us mothers worry about. Your dress and hat are elegant, and I love the color you wore. Your purse is cute too. Ireland looks beautiful with the green countryside. Oh, my kids have always wanted to visit there. Aussie looked so stylish in his suit. Well, you have another member in the family now, Patricia. I think that peacock came to say hello to the bride and groom on their wedding day. :) Those blackberry preserve sure do look good.

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. Thank you - your turn soon Linda :)

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  12. Everything looks exquisite, Trish! Classic, modern and memorable. Is that the most beautiful blue (turkey?) that has wondered onto the grounds in one photo? Congratulations to the newlyweds!

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    1. Thank you Debbie, it was certainly memorable. That big blue bird is a Peacock, who wanders around the grounds.

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  13. my niece lives in London and she often shares her visit to countrysides that are breathtaking,
    landscape you shared is so marvelous and gift to eyes and soul .loved all the pics and sharing dear

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    1. Glad you enjoyed. The countryside was indeed captivating!

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  14. Just lovely, Patricia. I love Ireland, and as you say, the green is so green, it almost hurts your eyes. What a lovely wedding venue!

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    1. Somehow the beautiful green surrounds make everything look even better, including the wedding venue. Almost like being in a fairytale!

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  15. OH Trish - what a beautiful place for a wedding!! It looks like everything turned out just lovely. And you looked stunning!!

    And how fun you are - to be so quick on your feet and help your little helper get berries and make jam. Love that!!

    My Dad and step Mom said the same thing about Ireland. I hope to go see all that green myself one day!!

    Thanks for sharing your lovely travels and family with us. Blessings dear Friend. xoxo

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    1. Hi Carrie, it was a lovely place for a wedding. We did enjoy making a bit of jam - which he then decided he didn't like. So I had it on my toast, and it was very nice. I hope you do see Ireland one day.

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  16. Wonderful to see bits of Ireland and the wedding venue. I can't believe you found time to make jam. That made me smile.

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  17. The jam was fun, not bottled or preserved in any way, but quite tasty on toast. It was the day before the wedding and we were at another place, where the little boy and I made our own fun.

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