My wife on our honeymoon, Queensland, Australia, January 1986.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Roman Lance on November 27, 2017 at 2:56 am

    I wonder how many honeymooners have a photo of the bride standing on a balcony outside the honeymoon suite.

    I have one of my wife standing solo on the balcony of our honeymoon suite as well that is nearly identical in pose. Only she is looking out over the railing, and it was in Missouri, and she was wearing jeans and a sweater, and there was no ocean in the background. Other then that it looks really similar. 🙂

    Also how is the temperature of the air coming off the ocean in Australia? The only time I’ve been to the ocean was in Oregon and the temperature was fairly chilled.


    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on November 27, 2017 at 3:57 am

      That was at Surfers Paradise, which is famous, or used to be, as a honeymoon location. We won a timeshare stay in a competition. That is indeed the ocean in the background. The place would have been warm and humid.

      I have lovely memories of my new wife bobbing around in the surf. I wrote a haiku about her, published in the last issue of the journal “A Hundred Gourds”, as follows:

      first swim …
      she pats each
      passing wave

      She has a rather sweet girl-next-door look in that picture.

      It is interesting you should make that point about the standard picture of the bride on the balcony. I suppose so. I suppose we all tend to follow a bit of a script. Not that there is anything wrong with that: Tolstoy – “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”


      • Posted by Roman Lance on November 27, 2017 at 5:21 am

        I remember the first time I ever saw the ocean; I was 23 and it looked like it was going to crash down upon me from a mile away. Then, miraculously, as we drew near it became less a dreadful sight.

        Did you ever experience that feeling as you approached the ocean after it first came into view? Or am I singular in that feeling?

      • Posted by Julian O'Dea on November 27, 2017 at 5:40 am

        I live in Canberra and we are inland. But I was born in Melbourne, which has beaches. Australians mostly grow up with the sea and we have a strong “beach culture”. Many Americans don’t realise that most Australians live on the coast. Australia’s interior is very sparsely populated. (In fact, Canberra, the national capital, is the most populous inland city at about 300,000 people.)

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