It's taken me a week to even make an attempt to write about the weekend that was because it was overwhelming ... sublime, full of friends and laughter. It was full.
The photography exhibition went right to the wire, in terms of preparedness. I may have overcommitted myself a little but that's my style. I should know this thing about me by now. We had 6 house-guests over the 3 days but that was pure magic as well. I know so many good people.
Teresa arrived first, over from London and we had much to talk about. There I was cooking bacon and egg savouries for the exhibition opening, writing up descriptions for the photographs that Gert and Sander had helped me hang in the morning, drinking a little red wine from New Zealand, while Teresa and Miss 10 tied ribbons around little packets of postcards by Di.
Ren and Egil flew in from Norway. Shannon and Erik drove over from Holland. Kim also came in from England and before I knew it, it was all on. Cars, directions, trams, even bicycles. People arrived at the reception.
Hilde, from the Choice New Zealand shop here in Antwerp, was hosting the exhibition, and she made sure that the New Zealand wine flowed, as did tasty little NZ inspired snacks. Friends and family just kept on arriving and my heart sang.
But perhaps you get a sense of the atmosphere, the good people, the beautiful evening via this selection of photographs taken by Kim and Teresa. I'm so grateful. I'd love to have documented it but I was too far into it all, as warned when I mentioned I might take my camera.
So very into it. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported me.