It may have been divine intervention or maybe just a happy accident. I prefer to believe it was the following though.
Well it all began with booking the tickets, I looked at flights leaving on saturday and on sunday, and the first flight I booked ended up with problems (expedia are a little rubbish and booked me on a flight that didn't exist) and so I had to redo it all.
Anyway I arrived in Switzerland on thursday morning, had a lovely day helping with wedding preparations. Friday was the wedding (a lovely one it was too). Yesterday was hanging out with Amy and Daniel, sightseeing castles and lakes.
Today Amy, Daniel and Raffi brought me to the airport, as we looked at the list we didn't see my flight there. Amy checked her phone for my email with the flight details. It was then we realised the flight was yesterday.
I think my first response was 'seriously?!'. A few years ago (possibly a few months ago) this situation would probably have traumatised me. Today though I actually was really happy.
Reminds me of 'The Life of Brian' song, 'Always look on the bright side of life'.
We had a fabulous day hanging out and who knows when we will see one another again, it won't be for a while. I would never have willingly missed a flight like that, but really glad I did.
Besides anything else I got to fly home with BA, who seemed to be experiencing a rare moment of not striking (I thought they were on a permanent strike now?) and was able to check in my baggage and get a snack on board. And basically be generally be more comfortable than the lovely Easy Jet.
So you see why I think it is Divine Intervention. And I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.
So anyway, here are some photos from the day that nearly never was!
Dear Colleen, Amy's Dad and the rest of Amy's Family!!
Here are some snapshots from Amy's Swiss wedding. Your presence was missed during the day and I know you would have loved to be here but I hope these photos give you a little sense of what it was like.
Amy looked beautiful, Daniel looked handsome. They make a stunning couple. The registry office went well, the translator was very helpful! After that we went to the reception venue and had an afternoon of appetisers.
I was very glad for your nephew being there with his wife and giving me English speaking people to talk to as well as the translator and his wife who are friends of Daniel's, and a few obliging Swiss-germans who practiced their English with me.
The venue was really beautiful, apparently goes back to the Romans! Although rain was forecast, the day was sunny with a few clouds. Anyway on to the photos!
The bridal bouquet has a spacial ring on it to make it easier to hold, when we were waiting for the translator at the registry office, Daniel was trying to show me how it work. The ring got stuck on my finger. Thankfully his brother was able to get it off with some soap. Embarrassing!
The beautiful bride!
My bouquet, really lovely with English roses and peonies (my favourites!)
Me all glammed up thanks to my lovely flatmate who insisted on running though the outfit, accessories and make up - at 11pm, an hour before I had to leave for the airport!
Table decorations were as stunning as always!
You can catch a glimpse of the old wall sticking out from the newer wall here. The reception was in the building on the right which has the 2 windows. It was lovely and cool in there!
A friend of theirs is an impressive piano player and even played a piece with two tennis balls in his right hand. Possibly my favourite bit was when he was the right hand was the girl and the left hand the boy and played what they sound like (needless to say the mens bits were shorted and had less tonal range (is that the right word? He spoke in Swiss-German so I didn't really get that bit!)
Anyway Amy and Daniel will be home to you soon and will have their second wedding, I am very sorry not to be able to make that one too when they make their vowels before you guys and before God. But I hope you will take some photos for me to enjoy!
With Love, from Evie
Such sadness filled my heart
When I heard the news.
12 lives lost
Some chosen, some random.
He chose the cowards way out.
Took his own life. Escaped earthly punishment.
Such sadness filled my heart.
Wondering what he was thinking
12 lives lost. But how many left behind?
Daughters, sons, fathers and mothers plus many many more.
His actions changed history.
What was going on in his mind and in his heart?
Such sadness filled my heart.
Everyone asks could this have been avoided?
12 lives lost.
Who is to blame? Could anyone have saved these 12 lives?
He was born to joy
and died leaving grief in his wake.
Such sadness fills my heart.
I can only find solace in God above.
12 lives lost
12 lives as delicate as flowers
He who as vicious as a storm, trampled on them.
But death shall not have victory for my God is greater.
My friend took this photo of me, and as much as I look at it - it is actually hard to see myself in it.
In fact I am expecting him to comment on this post 'Oh no, thats not you - it is so and so.'
It is not how I see myself.
Although I am not quite sure what I was expecting to see?
I really like the photo though. Wondering what I am looking at, concentrating on, whats going on in my mind.
Why is the face so serious?
When we look in the mirror we see what we expect to see.
We see the same perspective.
Its good to see ourselves from another perspective.
To see how others have seen us.
How do you see yourself. How has that perspective changed?
Who can believe it is June already. My computer has been in repairs. Twice.
I have moved house. Once.
Started running a brownie pack.
Been to France. Almost off to Switzerland.
Improved my swimming having only learnt last year, upto to 30 laps now. (In the Swimming pool and not the nice ocean scene seen here, I hasten to add).
Started a new job.
Now 6 months in.
In fact, changed career. Yay for being a nanny.
Had a mini-photo exhibit (can't wait for the next one!)
Had a sleepover for my 2 nieces and their friend.
Watched numerous episodes of Dr Who, and various CSI's.
Been to the second Big Church Day Out which was lots of fun. But very very windy as seen here...
Spent lots of time with these two lovely girls and their little brother (not yet at the age he wants to be photographed).
As you can see it doesn't leave entirely that much time for blogging. Better to be enjoying life than writing about it?
How blessed I have been, this has been a great year so far and I am looking forward to the next 6 months being equally if not even better!
During my last holiday, I had this very odd feeling of missing work rather a lot. Wondering how the girls were doing etc. Well between being very busy with Soul in the City and also not feeling well this week I can say I am normal and haven't missed work at all.
Although now I think of it I am missing the girls. Oh dear.
Excitingly I got a new phone, finally. HTC Desire. No doubt I will photograph it and present it to you but for now I am happy to say that I have 'Beyond the Sea' by Robbie Williams as my ringtone once again.
Even now as I write, I am listening to Robbie Williams and the song has come on and it is taking all my self control not to pick up the phone and see who is calling me, it is now forever a ringtone to me.
Well I shall leave you with this. Baby Ams. You have seen her before and you will no doubt see her again because she is possibly just the cutest little baby I know right now. Her Mum had a milestone birthday on Wednesday (Happy Birthday Naomi!) and is the loveliest person ever and Baby Ams is just getting the best start in life. Anyway, Naomi and Ams came around last week for a visit, and I got a few of these shots - this is one of my favourite though. More to come when I have sorted the photos!
I am in the process of, well processing photos. I have taken lots recently and have been waiting to get the macbook back to download them and now there is a horrific backlog. Oh well. First step is to get them into albums and then I can do the deleting bit.