Weekly Photo Challenge-Colorful

Here is my offering for the Weekly Photo Challenge – the very colourful Rainbow Lorikeet

 

This bird is a true parrot, and can be found all down the Eastern coast of Australia from Queensland to South Australia.

They fly in large flocks and when they nest for the night, their screeching is deafening as they search

out the branch of a tree.  If you are trying to have a conversation with someone at the time, forget it!

Fable of the Hedgehog

 

Do you have people in your life who annoy the hell out of you? Sure you do, none of us are perfect – but if we learned to live with the imperfections of our fellow man, we could all benefit in some way or another.
This fable explains it perfectly.

Baby Hedgehog

 

The hedgehog is the ideal animal to demonstrate this fable; you will see why as you read on (isn’t he just the cutest little thing)?

It was the coldest winter ever and many animals died because of the cold.

The hedgehogs, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm.  This way they covered and protected themselves, but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions. After a while, they decided to distance themselves from each other but they soon began to die – alone and frozen.

So they had to make a choice – either accept the quills of their companions, or disappear from the earth.
Wisely, they decided to go back to being together.
They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the warmth at came from the others. This way they were able to survive.

 

Moral of the story :
The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person’s good qualities.

The real moral to this story could be to learn to live with the pricks in your life – just sayin’.

Wedding Ceremony with a Twist


Have you ever seen a Scottish handfasting tradition incorporated into a wedding ceremony?

Handfasting rituals are popular additions to traditional wedding ceremonies due to their strong cultural and historical backgrounds.  As a wedding tradition, this custom can be traced back to Celtic wedding ceremonies of the 1500’s.

My best friend got married recently, and as both bride and groom have Scottish connections, a Scottish theme flowed throughout the ceremony, with the handfasting ritual being incorporated into it. It was very moving and beautiful, and something I’ve never seen done before at a wedding. Being Scottish by birth, it both intrigued and fascinated me.

Their clan crests, names and date of wedding was embroidered onto their tartan which was used during the handfasting ceremony.

A piper led the wedding party, followed by the bridesmaids, then the bride and her friend who gave her away

Me with the ribbons!

The ceremony was held outside in the beautiful gardens of our local Golf Club, and the sun shone brightly for the occasion.  There is a waterfall at the back of that gazebo and we could hear the water falling gently during the ceremony. It couldn’t have been more perfect!

The Venue

It was a very simple ceremony – the bride and groom faced each other and the guests formed a semi-circle round them. The legalities of the ceremony were carried out first, as were the exchanging of the rings and their vows to each other.

Then the bride and groom joined right wrist to right wrist and the  embroidered tartan was placed over their wrists. Then six silk ribbons, each two feet long and all different colours, (each with it’s own special meaning), were placed one by one over the tartan by each bridesmaid. A blessing was offered by the celebrant before each one was placed. Here are the meanings of the colours ~

Red:                passion, strength, fertility

Yellow:          charm, confidence, joy, balance

Orange:         encouragement, attraction, kindness, plenty

Green:            finances, fertility, charity, prosperity, health

Blue:               tranquility, patience, devotion, sincerity

White:             purity, concentration, meditation, peace

 

When all the ribbons were placed over the tartan, the celebrant then tied them in a knot –  probably where the expression ‘tying the knot’ came from!  They then withdrew their hands and the tartan was placed on a table, still tied with the ribbons, a symbol of the couple being bound to each other in love.

Placing the Ribbons

Tartan is now Tied

 

It was nice to see such an old and unusual tradition weaved into a modern-day marriage, and it certainly kept the guests interested!

It was one of the most moving and feel-good wedding ceremonies I have ever been to.

Apologies for My Absence

 

 for not being around for the past week, but I’ve been to a wedding, and took advantage of the time away from home to have a complete break away from the computer – it was fabulous!

My friend got married last Friday, July 1st to her fiancee, so of course, I had to be there for my bestie!  She lives down the coast from me, just over a four hour drive away so we decided to turn it into a mini vacation.

We packed up the car, the dog, and half the house it seemed, and set off last Thursday so I could be at the hen’s night the night before her big day.  I promise she behaved herself and didn’t get too drunk or do anything stupid, wink, wink!  

It was a wedding ceremony with a difference –  my friend is Australian and was marrying an American whom she had met on the internet. Nothing unusual there, I know, but they both have Scottish ancestry, so they decided to weave the Scottish factor into the wedding ceremony by having what is called a Hand Fasting. It was very unusual, so I think I will write a separate post on it, because it was very interesting.

Hope I haven’t worried you by my absence and I just want to say thanks to those of you who contacted me wondering where I was; I really appreciate your concern.
We have a great community of blogging buddies here who feel more like friends the longer I am here.