This is a post for the photos but I thought I'd just give you a little bit of context for them.
Last weekend my parents and I traveled to Sydney for the launch of my Mum's sister's book. I'd never left the airport at Sydney before so it was a really exciting trip all round. We spent Friday night in Glebe where the book was launched, and then we spent Saturday and Sunday on the Hawkesbury river at Brooklyn. It was a beautiful weekend and one that I won't be forgetting anytime soon.
It ended up being quite emotional for me. My Aunt has put a great deal of herself into her new book, and it is the culmination of a lifetime worth of study and expertise. On Friday, Dad and I walked down Glebe Point Road to the bookshop, arriving a few minutes before everyone else we went upstair to check out where the book launch would be happening and I was able to get my hands on the book as a hardback fully finished published thing for sale for the first time. I soon discovered that my Aunt had dedicated her book to my cousin Fredericka and myself.
This honestly left me speechless and I tried (but didn't do a very good job) of expressing how much it means to me without crying. It was just kind of a sentence of disjointed words that didn't do nearly enough to express how loved and grateful I feel that I have someone much wiser who cares for me that much. I think I said it made me very happy. Happy isn't the right word but I was overwhelmed!
Anyway, it was a pretty amazing weekend.