Thursday, November 17 was another hot and sunny day. After a quick breakfast (I continued to be impressed with the speed of the electric kettle for my cup of Earl Grey each morning), Susie and I went into Port Douglas for some leisurely souvenir shopping on Macrossan Street. I found a few unique items for the girls and some traditional ones, like tank tops and Tshirts, for the men. There was a great art gallery of aboriginal art, huge painted pieces as well as sculture and crafts. There is nothing like seeing art in person!
We headed home after yet another trip to the grocery store and were there enjoying lunch when Jon returned from Cairns after having picked up more wedding guests, an old friend of Jon's and his wife, who had just emigrated to Australia from the UK several weeks before. They were eager to visit the boat and, to my joyful surprise, we once again headed out to the reef, returning to the Low Isles to "find Nemo" as Jon had promised. It was another calm day and we snorkeled for a short while, without Susie, due to a misunderstanding of thinking we were short on stinger suits. We did indeed "find Nemo" and I greatly enjoyed being out in the water again. Later Jon made another trip to Cairns to pick up his daughters. That was his third trip in one day, having been to the tip at dawn!
The whole bunch of us met for dinner at a pub at the Courthouse in Port Douglas. I was suprised to find that Chicken Parmesan came served over "chips", with salad on the side. This earned me laughs as of course everyone else knew that pub meals always come with chips!
Friday I had a quiet morning as Sue was off to town to do errands and Jon took work calls. It rained for about 10 minutes in the morning, which set off all the frogs in the lily pond! A very hot day with high humidity. The catering crew was working on setting up lights all over the garden and making it look festive.
Saturday, Nov 21: The Wedding Day started with a heavy rain shower, but didn't dim our gathering at a local marina restaurant for a lovely family breakfast--I was honored to be included in that grouping. Back at home, we helped clear furniture from the living area for the caterers to set up the tables, did a lot of floor cleaning, and watched the caterers work. They set up this huge table for 30 in the living/dining room:
A hairstylist/cosmetologist came later and made Susie gorgeous as well as doing the hair for four others, including straightening mine--a real feat in the heat and humidity, as it rained on and off through the day. I helped make some luminaria for the garden and then finally it was time to dress. Ever the joker, Jon put on his costume first while Sue was getting her hair and makeup done.
Too funny! Sue's mum appreciates the joke...I think! Sue and Jon stayed in their airconditioned room as the guests began to gather, and finally emerged hand in hand to begin the ceremony taking place on their own gorgeous front entryway.
Jon motoring out of the boat slip...