Monday, 11 January 2016

Five weddings and a funeral

Goran has attended no less than five family weddings and one funeral in his short lifetime - the latter when he was still a bun in my oven.

The most recent wedding was on 15th December 2015. Lee's cousin Jo tied the knot with her fiancée Sam. They had their bachelorette party at Fireman's Tavern the month prior (yes, the same place where we had Goran's fifth birthday party - it was how I got the idea!) And they had their wedding ceremony and reception at De Haven Oost in the village of Rayton, not far from the diamond mining town of Cullinan. (The famous Cullinan I Diamond, also known as the 'Great Star of Africa', is the largest cut clear diamond in the world. It was discovered in 1905, bought by the Transvaal government, and presented to King Edward VII - after whom Goran's school is named! In 1910 it was incorporated into the redesigned Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross - originally designed in 1661, which the monarch bears in the right hand during his or her coronation. This is one of two sceptres which form part of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.)

After the wedding, Lee, Goran and I crashed overnight at a Cape Dutch-style guest house on a nearby working protea farm called Lieben Charm. And the following morning we drove through to Harrie's Pancakes in Cullinan for brunch, before heading back to Jozi.

Below: Bachelorette at Fireman's Tavern in Modderfontein







Below: Lieben Charm Guest Farm in Rayton










Below: Ceremony and reception at De Haven Oost Wedding Venue in Rayton






















Below: The quaint Victorian village section of Cullinan








Cullinan is just 45 minutes from Joburg. A popular spot for wedding-goers, hungry and thirsty daytrippers, and bikers on a Sunday breakfast run.

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