These are some of Tony's photos of The Wedding! The first is my two sisters - Seren and Rachel. The next is my beautiful Eowyn sprinkling rose petals for Rachel and Dad to step on,and the last is a very happy Rachel and Victor, with Jim and Annie behind them!!
Sam and Becca left for London this morning. It was wonderful for having Becca and Sam around to feel 'normal' and 'everyday-ish' - their absence leaves an ache in my heart, along with my ache for Bens. Wherever I am, the ache is there, for we are never all together at once, and even should we be, the goodbyes would be lingering just around the corner...
The farm was beautiful, and filled with childhood memories. For me, it was moving to be in a place which I've known all my life. This richness and depth of topography is unusual for me, living as I do in a faraway land!
The last picture is a cousins' photo (minus Ben Mc) - I am very thankful for my marvellous cousins and siblings, and for this time with them! And with my parents, and friends.
Becca and I just went for a delightful, refreshing swim in the cool ocean. We both caught lots of waves!! I wish my dear Bens were here. It's hard for the girls being far from him, and for me, and for him. Yet I'm thankful to be here for this chapter in our lives!
And who knows what land our feet will next wend their way to - but with Bens' feet intermingled.
I've just read Elie Wiesel's speech to Clinton & co. on April 12 1999 - he said: "Of course, indifference can be tempting - more than that, seductive. It is so much easier to look away from victims. It is so much easier to avoid such rude interruptions to our work, our dreams, our hopes. It is, after all, awkward, troublesome, to be involved in another person's pain and despair. Yet, for the person who is indifferent, his or her neighbours are of no consequence. And therefore, their lives are meaningless. Their hidden or even visible anguish is of no interest. Indifference reduces the other to abstraction."
It's so very wonderful being surrounded by family and friends, celebrating Rachel and Victor's love. They are SO in love! Victor's family from Northern Thailand are here, and absolutely delightful, particularly Ranee, his Mum, who is teaching me the Karen language. Their singing is heavenly, and their faces and smiles radiant. And RACHEL was the most beautiful bride I have ever seen in my life! Victor was SO proud of her, and overjoyed she's now his wife! And having the whole Jones family together, as well as our extended family and lots of old friends is fabulous. And the Pacific Ocean to dive into every day. Yet I miss my dear, lovely, wonderful, amazing Bens. Victor today gave me a beautiful shirt for Bens which his sister had made especially for the wedding, so that Bens could be part of the celebration even though he is such a very long way away...
The picture of Rachel giving Victor a kiss is a Thai kiss - it's a little like an Argentine glide landing kiss, except that you actually put your nose against the person's cheek, and sniff!!
That's my Coco leading the flower-girls up the aisle! I was so very proud! Eowyn was adorable, carefully ensuring each spot of floor was covered with rose petals upon which Rachel's sacred souls could wend their way!
Dad sang a song at the wedding. He has a voice like an opera singer - I had no idea!!
Seren was the most beautiful bridesmaid I have ever seen!!
Sam and Becca are the most relaxed, fun pair to be around!!
Mum looked like a society lady at the horse races, and her organising of The Day was incredible!
Tom is on a 'plane back to his Anita and Eddie in London - now their new baby is allowed to arrive!!!!
I am very proud of all my Jones family and all my Ady family, and I love them all very much.
Tomorrow we're arising at 5am, to drive 13 hours to 'Aberystwyth', our family farm - the girls' first time!!!
Hello! I'm in Australia!! That's Mount St. Helens just there!! Our bags are lost, which is highly irritating. In Portland, I sprinted across the enormous airport, Eowyn and Coco in the stroller, back-packs and cameras and purses and 'Coco's-own-blanket' bouncing around on my person, huffing and puffing like an aged dragon, seeing gate D10 in the far-off distance, feeling the race to be impossible, giving one last desperate burst of energy and making it onto our flight in the nick of time!! Phew!!! Ahhhhh!! My bags DIDN'T make that connection... And I'm here in the sun, with my fam, and we swam in the Pacific today, and walked on the beach, with that lovely squeaky sand between my toes... We're all awakening at5.30 every morning - I think without Dad's delicious cappucino at lunch time I'd be utterly exhausted by now. Tomorrow is Rachel's Hen's/Bachelorette party - we're wine tasting - oh yum!! And Victor and his Karen (Northern Thailand) family are here, and simply marvellous! The smilingest, happiest folk I've ever beheld, to be sure! I'm missing my beloved Bens, though we've had mulifarous telephone conversations already. He is snuggled by the roaring fire, reading a book, in a house which he's cleaned utterly, and, much to his surprise, in our absence IT STAYS CLEAN!