Heavenly Wedding In The Clouds

Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 14th March 2009


This week I was a guest at the most beautiful wedding set amidst the most stunning scenery.  I can't think of a more romantic setting than Clouds Wine Estate overlooking the beautiful Banhoek Valley and surrounded by the majestic Simonsberg and Drakenstein Mountain ranges.

It was a very intimate wedding. My friend Doreen - aided and abetted by Steve,  her friend from Foreign Office days - organised a perfect function.  Attention to detail was simply amazing from the co-ordinated colour scheme of the dining table - in Burgundy and Cream with a proliferation of small flower arrangements all down the table - to wonderfully romantic touches like the release of White Doves (a breed of white homing pigeon) just after the Happy Couple exchanged their rings and the bowls heaped with Fresh Rose Petals, thyme, rosemary and other herbs to throw over the bride and groom after they'd signed the register.  And the Wedding Cake was superb.  Simple and beautiful.  I suppose I paid the highest compliment by asking it's creator if the roses were real - they were all created in Sugar.

On arrival, I walked out of our room onto a balcony overlooking the elevated area in which the Wedding was to take place. The sheer magnificence of the scenery took my breath away and it was all so magical, I could feel the tears pricking my eyes - incurable Old Romantic that I am.

The service itself was the most warm, loving and heartfelt that I've ever witnessed and I've been to a few Weddings (including my own before anyone else gets that one in!!)  The 'Pastor' who officiated was from a United Church in Rondebosch.  I was so impressed with his simple and heartfelt words that I'm considering going along to Robert Steiner's Church this Sunday.

Sejal, the bride, looked absolutely stunning in a fabulously understated gown which could have been designed by a top couturier.  Her raven black hair was decorated with small white orchids and her Groom, Roy, walked along the cream carpet with the grin of a cat that had got the cream.  They looked so radiant and happy and it was a joy to be sharing with them such a loving event.

There are only a few rooms at Clouds but they are superb.  Much as Doreen and I like each other, we both declared that this really was a place for lovers to stay - well, who knows!!!!!!

Oh, and guess who caught the Bouquet - so you can imagine the ribald comments following my 'catch'.



Maybe it's got something to do with the glorious sunny weather and a sense of well-being, but I took another brave pill and went to a Dance Class Taster this morning.

            I've always wanted to be able to execute dances like the Cha-Cha, Rumba, Salsa etc.  so I inveigled some girlfriends to go with me and we had a great time.  As always there were more woman than men, but I was extremely fortunate to find myself partnered with a charming young man who attends St. Josephs (by coincidence I also went to St. Josephs way back at the beginning of time).  His name was Zukhanye Geza and he had a wonderfully natural rhythm.  I got the feeling he'd like to Dance as a career but his parents want him to be an Accountant - still I suppose he can dance in his spare time.  Even though I don't have two left feet and have a natural feel for rhythm, it was tremendously helpful to be partnered by a potentially very good dancer.

My son and friends arrive next Saturday and I can't wait to meet them off the plane.

Take care and remember 'Life is for Living' - this isn't a Rehearsal.  Jan


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