Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A month in Africa #2

If you have seen the previous posts, you will have seen photos of the wedding in the African bush and read a little about it. It was a most 'splendiforous' experience. As the co-celebrant, it was an honour to play such a significant role on this special day for Nici and Mat.

As a guest at the pre- and post-wedding events and, of course, at the wedding celebrations, it was like being in a fairy tale. The African bush, the wide blue African sky, the African animals and birds and people, the happy couple, the supportive and delighted families, the enthusiastic guests (there were a lot of Australians and you know they can party!), the perfect weather, the delicious and copious food, the surprise game drive on the evening before the wedding - it was an experience of a lifetime.

The bride is the daughter of my special friend, Wilna Wilkinson, who:
  • lives at Chateau Lalinde in the south of France, where she provides accommodation for visitors from all over the world. Go to her website at
  • did the most amazing pilgrimage of 800 kilometres in February 2008, when she walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage - Way of St. James. Go to the website
  • has written a blog about the whole experience. Go to her blog at
  • dedicated her pilgrimage to her friend (that's me!)
  • wrote a book about the experience which has been published by Jacana in South Africa. It is called "The Way of Stars and Stones - Thoughts on a Pilgrimage". She has also dedicated the book to me and has donated all proceeds from the sale to cancer research in Australia.
I said she was a special friend. :)

Anyway, she is the mother-of-the-bride of the African Bush Wedding! I have copies of the book if you would like to read it.

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