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meet wendy haynes,
leading australian wedding & civil celebrant

Wendy HaynesQuotation MarkI love my work and have been passionate about celebrancy since I was appointed in 1995.
It's been an inspiring and rewarding journey working side by side with many couples and families creating personal, unique and heartwarming ceremonies that have touched not only the couple but everyone present. 
Whether your celebration is a wedding ceremony, name giving ceremony, funeral, birthday celebration, or any other of life's 'touchpoints', I can help you to make it unforgettable, exciting, relaxed and friendly and, most of all, fun and inspiring."Wendy Haynes Signature
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See what Wendy's been up to recently! Wendy recaps weddings, events and more in her personal blog.

Rosa's Naming Day

Well, here we are in a quaint little cottage in Monyash, a double story brick building that dates back a few hundred years. The front door opens and you almost trip up the stairs which leads to the two bedrooms which are big enough to do a little bit of yoga in ? I touch the ceiling when I reach overhead.

Downstairs in the lounge there are scenes of the countryside in watercolours on every wall matched with a few small plates that come from a different era. The brass ornaments stand out on the bright red carpet which swirls with designs. The electric heater poses as a coal fire and invites me to rub my hands in front of it.

I love being here, it is our home for two months, and again for a month in April, and we will come here in September and October. After moving around for the last seven weeks it is great to have a base that is snug and quiet.

Yesterday we bought a campervan to further our travels around the area come March and then in Europe come June through to August. It is a sturdy Toyota Hiace with a pop up roof. Just right for Roger and Wendy to have an adventure.

We did buy a little Peugeot in London which has been fabulous for getting us around (we will now sell this when we stock our van) It runs really well on these small and winding roads (which all lead to Bakewell (our nearest little town).

It has been an interesting time, this life on the road, and we are both in need of replenishing the batteries. A few good nights sleep will see us right.

We had a lovely time in Bristol with Jess and Julian and our granddaughter's Isabel and Rosa. Rosa adored Roger following him around with a book to read wherever he went. Isabel and I had fun in the kitchen baking a cake.

On Sunday we celebrated Rosa's naming day at Ashton Court. There were plans to head down to Dorset, where Julian's family own a field that has a long history of cider making. They had planted trees on it for Isabel?s naming day a few years ago. However, with the cold snap that has hit the UK the nursery called saying that they couldn?t dig the fruit trees out for us to plant. With this, and the concern that it would be too dangerous for us to drive down with the ice and snow on the road, and the fact that they had seven young children (including a seven week old) baby that they didn't want standing around in a freezing cold paddock, they opted to stay in Bristol and plan a different ceremony.

I loved watching the ceremony unfold organically given the situation they found themselves in. I suggested that we plant a branch as a symbol of the fruit trees that would now be planted in a months time. I thought it would then be lovely to paint some paper apples and pears to hang on the tree with blessings for Rosa written on them. Isabel, Jess and I had great fun making these.

On the day there were ten adults and seven children present. It was a clear blue sky with a fresh breeze blowing (given the weather in the past few days this was fabulous!) We found a little shrub that passed as our symbolic apple tree and gathered around. Julian welcomed and thanked everyone especially the three godparents. The children then ate the three apples that we bought while Jess read out a summary of Rosa's birth story which brought tears to her eyes. It was lovely to hear her story and remember the joy and gratitude they felt for her safe arrival and the beginning of their family as four.

The apple cores were given to each of the godparents and they planted the apple core and seeds while speaking a blessing to Rosa. It was lovely.

To close we finished with an old wassailing tradition which is a old Christian/pagan ritual to enhance the fertility of the orchards and offer blessings for the year to come. Old cider was poured around our tree and then everyone was then given an 'apple' to hang on the tree and the opportunity to add their blessing. It was fun especially for the children. To close the children were given musical instruments to play: shakers to rattle and whistles to blow. It made everyone laugh and it was only later that I wondered what the people down the hill must have thought of us!

We headed down to Bristol Harbour to the Grain Barge, a floating restaurant for lunch, were the fun continued.

It was a lovely week with Jess and her family and we will see them again soon. The next five weeks Roger will be spending time with his two sons in the Derby area.

Today Roger and I had fun walking around the Chatsworth area. Rolling hills and duck ponds, the river Wye and Derwent tumbling past. The crisp air is refreshing and gives our cheeks a healthy glow. A hot bath at night in the cottage tops off the day.

I am not settled for long as I head up to the Dru Yoga International Centre in Wales tomorrow to volunteer my time and catch up with a few friends from Australia. I am then off to Devon at the end of next week for a two week silent retreat in a Buddhist Centre, Gaia House. I am looking forward to that time to reflect upon stillness and in return for being there I will work in the mornings which I am more than happy to offer service.

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