A Bag of Cuttlefish and a wind swept beach, the honeymoon after the wedding

Have you ever walked on a beach where the froth and foam skate on the sand? Have you walked hard against the wind as the surf pounds out its ocean beat? We have. That is, Bill and me.

We are on our honeymoon at the Sunshine Beach in Queensland and rain has hit us, but that’s OK. A five minute walk to the steps of the beach and we take off for a long walk wearing our rain jackets. Up ahead is the Noosa headland.

As I walk reflecting on our wedding, I stop to gather cuttlefish. I think I’ll take home a bag for my brother’s budgies. Cuttlefish are strewn all over the sand dunes.

A few days here and a calm descends after a busy build up to the wedding last weekend.



Is there really no-one seen on this pristine beach?


There’s something liberating about the beauty of the beach – smell of sea, endless horizon and wet sand under your feet. We are surprised at the few people here.

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Like all honeymooners, Bill and I look forward to long walks, reading, national park adventures, eating out and reflection. Plus a good dose of sleep, bubbles, pandanus and surprises.


I was thankful for good weather on our wedding day – Saturday March 3 at 3pm in the Chapel at Matthew Flinders Anglican College, Buderim. ( my last teaching school)

A day full of surprises and joy. A ride in a Willey’s Whippet vintage car called Hilda with a handsome driver Ian Abraham.



More surprises with a handsome groom waiting for me. Family and friends cheering on.

The little grand children present and all dressed up, ready to provide hugs and hand shakes.


Guests from London, Townsville, Maryborough, Gerringong, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. Girlfriends, old neighbours, new locals, bushwalkers and teachers.


Reverend Lizzie Gaitskell in the Chapel of St Nicholas, Matthew Flinders Anglican College.





A drip sticky date pudding cream cake! Fine speeches and good Australian country Celtic music playing. As guests mingled, memories and stories were told. Children tried on the masks and dress up hats. A poet in our midst with a hearty round of applause. Dancing.


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Flashjack swings into action!

But prior to the marriage service, I was able to pamper myself with a new hair style and make up, be helped by a beautiful lady called Diana who took some photos in her garden at Tanawha. This gracious lady made my day stress free.

Sitting on the swing surrounded by a bed of camellias was surely a delight. That swing brought me back to my childhood when days were carefree and simple. The motion of going backwards and forwards, lifting my legs in the air and feeling the wind on my face – wonderful. Here I am, ready to say ” I do.”

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Here are my tips for any newlyweds and their honeymoon.

Keep it simple. Pick one or two amazing places that you would like to visit that allow for relaxation as well. Allow time for reflection. The moments pass by so quickly; you want to savour and give thanks. Travel lightly.

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March 9, 2018 at 10:56 am

It looks like you had a beautiful day. Congratulations to you both.

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    March 9, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks Jill. Bill and I are reading the newspaper with the wild sea roaring.

March 10, 2018 at 1:11 am

A wonderful relaxing time for you both. I can feel the moments of the sea, wind and rain. Happy memories for you both.

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March 10, 2018 at 5:47 am

Yes Joy, the sea is wild and furious today and flags up saying, too dangerous. Thankfully I can read and so can Bill.

Judy M
March 10, 2018 at 9:08 am

Marg…so thrilled for you. You look stunning……gorgeous dress, flowers and hair. Love is a wonderful thing. May God bless you both as you settle down to wedded bliss. Enjoy your time away and the return to new beginnings. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Much love xxoo

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March 10, 2018 at 10:18 am

Yes new beginnings with Bill a gentle soul. I’m glad you are my dear friend Judy! Enjoy the gardens in Melbourne.

March 25, 2018 at 7:49 am

You look absolutely lovely and Bill looked like a man in love ☺️ And with family and friends with you on your special day, I’m sure it was a day to remember….love Di

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    March 26, 2018 at 1:12 am

    Thanks Diane. How time quickly passes. There’s such a build up to the wedding ceremony. Bill and I did enjoy every moment. Marg

April 9, 2018 at 5:57 am

Oh my goodness Marg!!?!?! I can’t believe I missed this. I’m in the process of sorting out the blogs I follow because I was following so many … I wasn’t following any at all. Congratulations. You look absolutely gorgeous. I’m so sorry I didn’t keep up-to-date properly. I’m so happy for you.
Much much love. Margot

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    April 9, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Thanks for the lovely compliments. Marg and Bill.

Sorrel Penn-Edwards
May 2, 2018 at 6:24 am

Margaret I am so happy for you and it was a privilege to be invited and be part of the celebrations. You looked beautiful and it was a incredibly family friendly ceremony and reception. I also had a nice chat with Rachael as I hadn’t seen her for many years. She is a lovely young lady not far removed from the friendly teenager of yore; hard to believe she is now the mother of 3 and a credit to you as are the boys. Sorrel

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    May 2, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Thank you Sorrel for those heart felt words. You are right about Rachael who is so dedicated and loves her young family.

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