On Saturday a group of about 30 of Aveline's family and friends gathered for a memorial service in the grotto at "Everglades", a park which was a special favourite of Aveline's (in fact, where she almost got married in a previous 'incarnation'!). Aveline was a very multi-facetted woman, one who had lived a number of distinct phases in her life. Her 'incarnations' as she called them. Many of her Sydney friends have known her through a number of these 'incarnations', and when she was in Sydney it was almost as if she could celebrate some of the softer sides of her personality. Her memorial reflected some of these memories.
After the speeches and music, we settled in for an informal picnic afternoon with lots of laughs and shared stories. It was a lovely afternoon, and despite the sadness (and just a few tears) it was a happy event with lots of laughs, good food and drink. Which is how we like to think Aveline would have liked it to be. A big thanks from me for all the effort that went into organising such a great afternoon.
Our guradian devil (left) and her favourite frangipani flowers (right)
Louise put together a beautiful selection of memories of Aveline
Some yummy chocolate cake (left) and some of Aveline's favourite sweeties (right)
Silly string and glitter spray were the order of the day (left) and rose petals and doves in the grotto (right)
Meg played some beautiful pieces of music (left) and Mikey mc'ed and spoke eloquently about his memories of Aveline (right)
Deb, a long term friend and mentor of Aveline's, spoke about her memories (left) and Grant came up from Melbourne to share some special memories with us and be a part of the celebration of her life (right)
Some of the assembled friends and family (left) and Mousicles & Mr Tops's little cutie Jasper (right)
The flag said "Pace" - Peace (left) and the brief said "wear something pink" so I did (right)
I normally wear my fairy wings on the inside
Chocolate goop with the strawberry(ish) 'cream' in a can (it was kinda disgusting) that Aveline found in the supermarket once (left) and our beautiful special friend, who we'll miss so (right)
See all the photos as a set, and all my other entries tagged Aveline.