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Dresses and Stresses.. – Diary entry no.6

Dear diary,

Just as I was drifting off to sleep last night, into my consciousness crept these words… softly at first and then more and more insistent…

When I acknowledged them I realised that they were the beginnings of my wedding vows…

So on went the light, and I scribbled them down.

Those first few words grew, and flew onto that page, and before long I had more than a page of prose and from whence it came who knows… but my early night ended up being a late one indeed!

But it feels good to feel into the essence, the core of what a marriage, a wedding is all about…Me and the one I Love, Scott!

To rekindle and remember all that we were, have been and still are.

To really explore and encompass those emotions again, that begged to be acknowledged and thus embodied within the heart once more.

So much to say and how to put into words the feelings? How can one word possibly adequately encompass so much depth of emotion? Wrangling the limitations of language was my greatest challenge.

And yet the words spoke straight from my heart as fresh as the morning dew, just as if they were new, and always meant to have been spoken from the tip of my tongue to the bottom of the page.

So long as it resonates deeply in the heart of the man I love, then that is all that matters!

Sassy-nach xx

2018-08-20T07:33:28+00:00August 20th, 2018|

‘Vows’ Diary entry no.5

Dear diary,

Just as I was drifting off to sleep last night, into my consciousness crept these words… softly at first and then more and more insistent…

When I acknowledged them I realised that they were the beginnings of my wedding vows…

So on went the light, and I scribbled them down.

Those first few words grew, and flew onto that page, and before long I had more than a page of prose and from whence it came who knows… but my early night ended up being a late one indeed!

But it feels good to feel into the essence, the core of what a marriage, a wedding is all about…Me and the one I Love, Scott!

To rekindle and remember all that we were, have been and still are.

To really explore and encompass those emotions again, that begged to be acknowledged and thus embodied within the heart once more.

So much to say and how to put into words the feelings? How can one word possibly adequately encompass so much depth of emotion? Wrangling the limitations of language was my greatest challenge.

And yet the words spoke straight from my heart as fresh as the morning dew, just as if they were new, and always meant to have been spoken from the tip of my tongue to the bottom of the page.

So long as it resonates deeply in the heart of the man I love, then that is all that matters!

Sassy-nach xx

2018-08-10T15:04:24+00:00August 10th, 2018|

Outlander theme song

Thank you, The String Family and Glen Innes From Above for this haunting Outlander-inspired Skye Boat Song at the Australian Standing Stones.

2018-07-23T16:39:32+00:00July 23rd, 2018|

‘Connection’ Diary entry no.4

Well the wedding is feeling closer and to connect more to the event we passed through Glen Innes last week to reconnect with the special Standing Stones which we adore.

We headed up to the stones at dusk just as the sun was setting, and the Stones were looking magical in the orange light, casting long shadows in their mystical glory, standing loud and proud in their magnificence. It does feel like an honour to be present in their presence and it was fun to play in them again and act out some of what we know is to come.

We then had the privilege of meeting with our high priestess Mel for the first time, and discuss the ceremony in more detail and some old Celtic rituals that we would like to incorporate. It was wonderful to meet her and get a sense of what she will bring to the gathering and our special exchange.

It has paved the way to us going back in time to places and spaces that we have shared in our journey over the years, and retelling parts of it to our children so they understand our love story, where it began, how it evolved and how it continues to this very day.

Gifting this to our children is perhaps the greatest treasure of all, as they will know, understand and remember, all that was, is and could be…

Hopefully they will carry this with them for generations to come; which fills my heart with a sense of abiding peace that is difficult to encompass with words alone.

Signed your sassenach,
Michaela

2018-07-19T16:07:57+00:00July 19th, 2018|

Pipers in the Paintings

On the eve of your ‘Outlandish’ experience in Glen Innes, mix and mingle with like minded fans while you enjoy the Pipers in the Paintings at the Gawura Gallery. Be welcomed by the haunting and evocative tones of the bagpipes, setting the scene for your weekend. Hot finger food, a gallery tour, wine and cheese included.

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2018-07-11T10:27:44+00:00July 11th, 2018|

‘Tartan’ Diary entry no.3

Dear diary,

It has been a while since I have had time to stop and write, as there has been so much to do in the preparations for the great gathering ahead.

So much to think about and so many decisions to make..

The most pressing one has been kilts and tartans, whether to get these made to order or ready made, and which tartans to select and for what reasons?

To stay true to the clan, the event or what just feels right?

I have been scouring the planet for options, with obviously the most choice available in scots-land, but also some original findings in the Americas as well..

I have learnt much about the variances in colours, stripes and details and with our scots – surname belonging to a few septs we have more than a few choices to choose from. But with choice comes consternation and contemplation, and so the enlongated process continues of finding the perfect tartan for the event!

Then there is the style… the great kilts, ancients kilts, or phillabeg? casual or formal?economy or utility …. the list goes on.

I am sure when the right one presents itself and the process flows then my decision will be guided in the direction it is meant.

I guess we will have to all wait and see?

Just adds to the anticipation and the excitement I guess?

Of that we luckily still have plenty!

Signed your sighing sassenach,
Michaela

2018-07-07T10:23:47+00:00July 7th, 2018|

Sassenach scribblings…Wedding Diary entry no.2

So I have been given such affirmations and synchronicities as cannot be ignored … I am on the right path and all is well.

I am unequivocally supported to take notice of all the signs that be and look to the meaning in all things.

Whilst seeking the practicalities of the gathering ahead, and searching for ‘artifacts’ that would suit such a glorious and reverant occasion, my birth mother finds a pewter tankard in a second-hand shop here and passes it onto me.

She did not realise or even notice however, that on the bottom of this tankard was inscribed a name, a name we all know and love … Unbelievably, it was the name… J. Fraser!!

So methinks that I am well supported on this path towards the great gathering of the clans. Things certainly feel very aligned and all things being connected means that nothing, absolutely nothing happens by chance. It all happens for a reason.

So it flows and follows for Scotty and I too, and I believe indeed even you too are connected to us now for a reason as well. So it is and shall be that we are one on this journey. It is all meant to be, I feel that in my very bones, my blood, and my body as well..

With love for now, Michaela (Sassy-nach)

2018-06-30T10:26:44+00:00June 29th, 2018|

Sassenach scribblings…Wedding Diary entry no.1

I am a sassenach, an English outsider of this land, seeking the historic connection of the old and the wisdom of healing with plants. Healer by trade and herbalist by nature. Here in this land of Australis, I met a Scott, whose family hailed from Scotland. A connection was made that could never be broken.

For 16 long years I have dreamt of the wedding of my faerie-tales.. bagpipes drifting over castles and lochs; lassies and their laddies wearing kilts and feasting with a great uniting of the clans.

So it feels right now as if I somehow got lost in my own romantic daydream. To be married like the highlanders of old to my Scotty the scot in a kilt.

If it were not for my quieter moments when I feel the rising buzz of excitement within my being, I might not believe it was real at all.

So this feeling compels me to further contemplate what do I need to gather for the great gathering?

Firstly a courageous spirit and a strength of heart. To stand strong, proud and comfortable in the skin of who I am. Second, to stay present with this gift and breathe through every moment and take it all in.

So then breath by expectant breath and step by tentative step, I journey towards “I Do” at the Craigh na Dun of Glen Innes and into the future with my Scot!

With love for now, Michaela (Sassy-nach)

2018-06-30T10:29:06+00:00June 23rd, 2018|