I'll hie me away to Balloch,
The sweet and lovely glen -
Deep hidden in the mountains grand,
Far from the haunts of men.
There's healing there for wounded hearts -
A balm for every pain;
And if you've been to Balloch once,
You'll sure go back again
It's lovely in the summer time
Beneath the sun's warm glow -
It has a "happy fireside climb,"
When hills are white with snow.
For friendship true and real is there,
And love and peace do reign -
And those who've been to Balloch once,
Are welcome back again.
The hills that compass it around
Raise rugged peaks on high,
And towering crags where eagles next
Stand out against the sky; And
Through the glen the mountain steam
Sings such a sweet refrain -
How could you come to Balloch once,
And not come back again?
How silently the evening falls
And stars begin to peep;
The only sounds - the river's song
And bleat the mountain sheep.
Such peace and rest in cities great,
You'll look for that in vain;
Then come with me to Balloch glen
Again, and yet again
This lovely poem decorated the tables of the guests who came to the first Frost cousin wedding at the farm; hidden away in the mountains of Barkly East in the Eastern Cape. I'm not sure of the author (does anyone know?), but I know it was written by a guest to Balloch farm and sums up the farm that is so beloved to family, friends and visitors.
As it was over Easter weekend, many families missioned to the farm to celebrate this wedding. Most made a long weekend out of it to maximise family time. What a celebration it was! Whoever thought that farms were boring have definitely never spent a New Years party (or wedding) in Barkly! True to form, the dance floor stayed packed from the time it opened until the
early late hours of the following morning; the most active participants were the beautiful bride and grinning groom!
I don't think my words could do this weekend justice, so here are some pics instead.
|The bridal getaway car|
|The whole family pitched in to help!|
|It was given a thorough cleaning...|
|... Before decorations started getting added|
|Taking a break from the hard work|
|Exercising our lungs|
|Doesn't the car look grand? (And slightly tiny against|
the beautiful backdrop)
|Lindi and Linzi|
Along with another Linzi (an actual Frost cousin) things sometimes got a bit confusing.
But scroll down to find out what was even more confusing!
|A long body poplar (according to My Frost)|
|How cute is this little guy?|
|The lovely bride|
|These guys were just too adorable|
|Drinks and snacks under the cave|
|Wedding cake - mmm, delish!|
|Frosty and I.|
Pretty much everyone is called Frosty in this family! It gets very
confusing when you hear all the girlfriends/wives talking about Frosty,
but you get used to it pretty quickly.
Marion, Frosty, Thelma, Frosty, Frosty, Rich, Frosty (Linz), Kev, Kirst, Frosty, Frosty
(See what I mean - and these are only the cousins!!!!!)
|Scotty and Lindi|
|Frosty and I|
|Our smart servers - love the bow-ties!|
|Keeping the party going!|