Sunday, September 30, 2007

Not a wedding, but more fun

Friday's concert went off very well - it was recorded by the ABC (GH was the engineer) so I'll have to keep a careful eye on the programs. B&KMcR were there, as was B, who we drove home.

Yesterday was the normal shopping followed by lunch in Brunswick Street, then not long after I got home Tat arrived to whisk me off to Warburton. We booked into the motel and made our way up to the house where J and M's commitment ceremony was to be held.

It was a very swish modern house and was full of J&M's friends and family. They had a simple ceremony conducted by not-a-celebrant; M's father made a lovely speech and the brides exchanged vows and rings.

There was lots to eat and drink - a wide range of finger food including some very tasty filet mignon wrapped with bacon (yum). Instead of a cake they had a whole cheese (a raclette) which they ceremonially cut together before cutting off large slices for the cheese platters. We also had some delicious little cakes from Brunetti's.

It was a lovely night and it was great to catch up with so many people I've sung with over the years - the Gomberts sang and M's brother played the oboe (JOD does Morricone).

The loving support for M&J from her friends, and especially her family was very moving and flies in the face of the government's attitude to the inequalities faced by gays. No Mr Howard, it is NOT "too complicated".

This morning Tat and I took the long way home through the Yarra Valley; the weather was a bit damp so we couldn't see any fabulous views, but the countryside is very beautiful. We stopped in Healesville for very delicious pain au chocolat and coffee at the Innocent Bystander/Giant Steps winery. We also bought some amazing-looking bread from there - it tastes amazing too. Pity they're not closer to town.


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