Fear of cutting things.

Lucinda just told that for the longest time, she was afraid of cutting bread, or fruit – because she was fearful of splitting an atom in doing so, and she had heard that this released a lot of energy. 
Having learned that this was not true, she decided to pass the paranoia on to Audrey, who then believed it true.

We’re leavin’ on a jet plane

… don’t know if we’ll get off the ground 🙂

Moving home is always a big effort.
Moving to another country and putting 20+ years of detritus into storage is sobering.
Add into the mix; a quickly arranged wedding in the country, last gigs with the Prayerbabies and The Harmaniax, farewell parties and sleep overs for the kids, late night Skype calls with Germany re taxes and schools and opening the home to hundreds of prospective tenants… This goes beyond sobering to ‘quick pass the bottle now!’.

Then… once the last of 303 boxes was packed, the furniture all taken away and only our suitcases and sleeping bags remained… Lucinda broke her arm – badly. The break required surgery and a very long screw inserted above the elbow. On the positive side this ensured she at least had a comfortable bed, albeit in hospital, for the last few evenings in Australia.

What follows is a little pictorial of those last few days…

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Dad... the box making and packing king.  Without him we would still be standing around with a vase in each hand.

Dad… the box making and packing king. Without him we would still be standing around with a vase in each hand.


The agile 'board' stretched from the front door to the kitchen... this is the 'done' column.

The agile ‘board’ stretched from the front door to the kitchen… this is the ‘done’ column.


Lucinda in hospital shifted priorities and flights.

Lucinda in hospital shifted priorities and flights.


Friends!  You are the best.  Instead of drinking champagne in the park, they're in our home scrubbing it from top to bottom, while Nick plays a farewell gig and Fi's at hospital.

Friends! You are the best. Instead of drinking champagne in the park, they’re in our home scrubbing it from top to bottom, while Nick plays a farewell gig and Fi’s at hospital.


Prayerbabies farewell gig at the Lomond.

Prayerbabies farewell gig at the Lomond.


Nick, Ethan and Audrey on their way to Dubai

Nick, Ethan and Audrey on their way to Dubai


Audrey up high in Dubai

Audrey up high in Dubai


Sightseeing in Dubai

Sightseeing in Dubai


On the plus side... Fi and Lucinda did get to hang out with their besties and be pampered in Castlemaine.

On the plus side… Fi and Lucinda did get to hang out with their besties and be pampered in Castlemaine.


Our turn to leave Oz.

Our turn to leave Oz.


The family reunited in Dubai airport, en route to Berlin.

The family reunited in Dubai airport, en route to Berlin.


We're here and it's cold!

We’re here and it’s cold!

And finally…
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The big and the small of it

A moment captured, at the wedding. Nick was wondering what Audrey was thinking about the day.

On the right track

Thanks John Carney for taking such beautiful photos of our family just before the wedding.

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Family in the forest

Family in the forest


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The Wedding Cake

Flic offered to make a wedding cake – how gorgeous it is!

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Wedding cake


Cutting the cake

Cutting the cake

Getting to the wedding

Escaping to the country to get married was inspired. It was an oasis of calm and bird song.

So the groom is all packed.  And the bride's bag will go... where I wonder?

So the groom is all packed. And the bride’s bag will go… where I wonder?


Putting my feet up :)

Putting my feet up 🙂


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Gals getting ready

A big thanks to Karen and Indigo who worked their magic on the wedding gals.

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Wedding Waltz

Geoff Le Blanc and Louisa Wise surprised us with a wedding waltz that they composed for us. We can’t really waltz – but that’s never stopped the dancing.

Waltzing isn't our strength :)

Waltzing isn’t our strength 🙂

Paul Dalby and Louisa Wise

Paul Dalby and Louisa Wise

Thank you and you and you

Within a few minutes of Nick proposing to Fi, Tahli offered her services to help make the wedding happen. Fi had been joking for 20 years that it would be next to impossible to find time in our lives to plan a wedding… and now at possibly the most hectic time ever we were doing it!
Behind the scenes Tahli, Josh and a team of helpers scouted out the Lyonville Community Hall, created beautiful decorations, including spectacular banners, seamlessly co-ordinated the food, the drinks, the videoing, a mini-bus and driver, provided setup and bump out and MC duties … the list goes on and on.
Thank you and thank you again with all our heart.

Tahli Josh and Maeve at her dedication

Tahli Josh and Maeve at her dedication

The proposal…

Before the hitching, came the proposal. At the Thorpe family Christmas Nick seized the moment and proposed to Fi. Nick’s spontaneity left the kids in a state of shock.
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Moments later Karen gave Nick their grandmother, Mildred’s engagement ring to give to Fi. What a beautiful family heirloom.