Thursday 2nd December 2021

Share Your Snaps. 5/51. #LifeThisWeek. Golden Wedding Anniversary. Part 1/3. 13/2021.

Share Your Snaps. 5/51. #LifeThisWeek. Golden Wedding Anniversary. Part 1/3. 13/2021.

Every 5th Week on Mondays

And here we are, at the first of the photo-based sharing for 2021. I call this optional prompt, Share Your Snaps. Snaps is another word for photos, pics etc.

For this week and the next 2 Share Your Snaps, I am going to share the recent Golden Wedding Anniversary memories for us. 50 years married on 23.1.2021.

How did we meet?

This has been mentioned in a couple of posts here and here.

As recently as late last year after we had been “back to Tamworth” in north western New South Wales to celebrate our 50 years since meeting.

Both of us were K-6 teachers. I had graduated in 1969 and, as a city and beach girl, I was actually delighted to be going to the ‘bush’ for my first appointment in a school, at Barraba. My husband though only 9 months younger, had finished high school in 1965, gone to a rural teacher’s college and graduated in 1967, with his first appointment in 1968 to a one-teacher school in north western N.S.W. On the opposite side of the Great Dividing Range to mine….as we would find out later.

He lived much of teen years near water like the first image and the ocean on the north coast of N.S.W.

I lived much of mine in a much busier place, Sydney, and close the the Beach here at Manly.

Meeting. Here. 50 Years On.

Tamworth N.S.W. 2020.

Time For the Memories Of Our Wedding AND Where We Were Headed After Our Marriage.

Smiling as this left-hander writes her name, Simpson, for the last time.


Lovely Priest Who Encouraged Us to Have the Wedding Ceremony “WE” wanted not the one our families did.


And Obligatory but Awesome After Shots…On the Church Steps. Looking West Into the Sun.

My attendants were 2 teachers from school, and our neighbour’s eldest girl. My bro on right, B’s bro out of shot!?


With my parents.


With B’s parents.


And relaxing before the reception. Lemonade in my hand*.


Onward, Up the N.S.W. Coast and Into Floods In a Week or So.

If only I was the photographer then as I am now. Actually I was. Most of our shots I think were on slides? We also have some silent Super8 movies from the times. Nevertheless, our honeymoon, for two teachers, one (me) newly pregnant* and newly appointed to a second school in her second year of teaching was spent in a rather cramped car, laden with wedding gifts, beach holiday needs and those of a teacher who was going to a new school. A two teacher school as it turned out.

In 2017, my husband re-visited the area where we both taught, at Maules Creek out of Boggabri. This was my K-2 classroom in 1971 and 1972 with no air con


We enjoyed the notion of living rural. He had experience. I did not. But I loved (still do) my husband and together we could make it all work. What we did not know is that as we kept driving from our lovely honeymoon in Ballina, the north west was receiving flooding rains. We heard that we would not be able to travel to dirt (black soil = bogged) track that led into our rented place on a property so we were generously given lodgings by a family from  my husband’s school.

The property where we lived for the first 2 years of marriage and where we brought home our baby daughter. Our little house is no longer there.


Not an ideal start to married life, but that is the perils of bush living in 1971. Next thing I knew, “I” was off to school. To my new school, meeting the boss who was already a good friend to my husband and had attended our wedding, via a tractor as I had to be ferried across a creek.

I started school a WEEK before my husband because “his school” was the other side of the imaginary line called the western division and they had an extra week of hols. This imaginary line still exists and is good for extra holidays, salary and some points towards transfer. Believe me, incentives ARE important.

These country scenes from north-western New South Wales, which I captured when we went back in October 2020 were so very familiar to us, from our first years of marriage. We loved re-visiting the area and feeling the freedom of the space around us.

Next time for Share Your Snaps will be Golden Wedding Anniversary Part 2. I am so trying not to bore my readers but I also want to have the record here!

Thank you,


And, for those who like to plan ahead, this is the next set of optional prompts. Some have already been on the home page.

6/51 Decision. 8 Feb.

7/51 Self Care Stories #1. 15 Feb.

8/51 Explore. 22 Feb.

9/51 Taking Stock #1. 1 Mar.

10/51 Share Your Snaps #2. 8 Mar.

11/51 Floral. 15 Mar.

12/51 Good. 22 Mar.

13/51 Heroic. 29 Mar.

14/51 Self Care Stories #2. 5 Apr.

15/51 Share Your Snaps #3. 12 Apr.

16/51 Interesting. 19 Apr.

17/51 Joyful. 26 Apr.

18/51 Taking Stock #2. 3 May.

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  1. I hadn’t realised that was why you went on a tour of Tamworth! What a gorgeous idea! And I really, really love the bottom wedding photo of you laughing. It’s a great shot.
    Happy Anniversary and thanks for sharing!

    • Yes it was…and I did blog about it as well last year. Very special anniversary of meeting for October 2020 and then we had our Golden Wedding Anniversary celebrations which I will share over 2 more posts for Share Your Snaps…do not want to bore my readers!

      Good to see you back Lydia.


  2. Thanks, Denyse, for sharing your beautiful love story and photos. You’ve kept excellent records. Happy Golden anniversary! #lifethisweek

    • Thank you Natalie.

      Memory and record keeping for me and my family is a gift of love and one I do enjoy…however, I still find it long and tiring but I know for me, and our kids/grandkids if they want to find something, they know I have made albums for most of our years and their lives.

      I did give my kids some books of pics from their childhood & growing up and grandkids their own set of memory books I made for them from the time I knew they were coming.


  3. Beautiful celebrations of a wonderful life together. Congratulations to you both and thanks for sharing your photos and story. Have a great week, Denyse. #lifethisweek

    • Thanks so much for your kind and generous words Sue.

      You have some celebrating and memory making ahead this week I know, so I hope it goes well.


  4. Denyse I’ve loved following your wedding anniversary celebrations. Don’t worry you are not boring your readers. I think it’s great that you are creating this record here

    • Spoken like a true researcher and lover of all things ancestry!!

      Thanks so much Jennifer, I am glad you see this that way too.

      My blog, one day will be archived I guess so I think my librarian daughter may get to be in charge of that.

      Happy Belated Birthday too!


  5. It’s so lovely to hear the story of how you met and the early days of your marriage and I love all the photographs!

  6. Such a beautiful story! Happy to be here after long. I’ve resumed blogging and bird watching after 7 months of hibernation. Things are cooling down with reduction in covid cases.

    • So good to see you back Shiju, you and your family did this COVID thing really tough along with your country.

      Thanks so much for your kind words.

      Looking forward to seeing more of your discoveries after 7 months indoors or with little access to where you get out and about.


  7. I love all of the celebrations you’ve had for your 50th wedding anniversary and the beautiful new memories you’ve created!

    • Thanks Deb. I am having a bit of a let down right now. I was a longish build up to it which I enjoy immensely and then what happened on the days here and all we got from various government people and the like.

      I am spread out the snaps so as not to be a one topic blogger!!


  8. Happy anniversary again Denyse – and it was lovely strolling with you down Memory Lane – you were both so young, happy and sweet – and it was just the beginning of your wonderful life together.

    • Thanks Leanne, you are very kind.

      Yes, so young and ‘sweet’ and definitely happy!

      So much ahead of us but none of it mattered, we were together…and still are!

      Not sure if you are in WA lockdown so hoping whatever it is, things are eased soon.


  9. So much joy in these pics and love how you did a roadie to reminisce. Such a beautiful and enduring love story…

    • Thanks so much Jo. Must tell B your name for what we did. We have re-visited a few of the places where we taught over the years but none as recent as this one. It was very special to go back to Tamworth.

      I could happily live there in theory…but distance, family, medical issues…probably too far these days.

      Lovely city!


  10. I love looking at these old photos Denyse, reading more about how you met and your life together. It’s been a love story and your smile in those photos tell its own story. Especially as smile is your WOTY 🙂 Congratulations again x

    • I am glad you are finding the stories and pics of interest Debbie. Thank you.

      It’s been fun putting together the celebrations and displays of photos. We have taken down the decorations but the photos can stay up a while longer. The grandkids loved the trip down memory lane. Those pics will be shared next time.

      Smile! Yes it was pretty evident then. B tells me that is his first memory of me. Awww.


  11. I enjoyed seeing those photos from 50 years ago. You and your husband make such a handsome couple. You certainly did have an exciting start to married life! What wonderful memories you have. I met my husband of 42 years in calculus class in our first semester of college. 🙂

    • Oh yes, I look back now and wonder “how did we do that?” but we were employed, independent, had housing, loved our jobs and each other. Not much else needed!

      So different to 21 for kids today – we have granddaughters who are 21 and 24 and they are just starting off…and at a different pace and mindset to us.

      You and your husband have been together for quite some time too! Now you are run buddies!!

      Thanks Laurie for your kind words,


  12. Thanks for sharing your early snaps! It’s been lovely to see all your memories over the years

    • Thank you Sanch. I decided to space out the sharing a bit on the blog as the Golden Wedding Anniversary has had quite the exposure on my social media.


  13. It’s so fun to take a trip down Memory Lane with you. I love seeing your snaps and the stories behind them. You and B make such a gorgeous couple, then and now! Happy Golden Wedding!

    • Thanks Sammie…and hey, welcome back! Haven’t seen you for a bit.

      Your words are much appreciated and B will love to know that.


  14. I just love seeing your old wedding photos! You and your husband look so young– like barely out of high school young. What great photos of you both.

    • Thanks so much. Yes, we look like kids alright but we were already teaching !!

      My husband was actually 18 when he was sent to his first country school to teach, by himself, around 50 kids!! He managed…with the confidence of youth!

      Thanks Joanne for your kind words.


  15. Tell us more about this “lemonade” 😉

    • It was…lemonade!!

      So not a drinker of alcohol but seeing I was newly pregnant best to stick to the soft drinks!!


  16. Gosh, you have the very best smile…then and now. I know of your health struggles that tried to steal away your smile but also remember that you were triumphant.

    So many of my old photos were on slides, too. And then went with the exhusband. Kind of sad. But I have made up for lost time with all my picture taking in recent years. So much of the pictures from my childhood were actually reel to reel film. So sad that we lose precious memories when photographic formats improve and change.

    • Oh thank you so much for your kind words Leslie.

      Yes, so many of our memories are kept from us thanks tp slides and movies!

      A while back I sorted some of the many actual printed photos so I have them in little bags for each of us, our kids and grandkids and whilst it’s not ideal, I can take a photo of the photo to use and in the case of the family, I use these images to paste into their birthday cards!

      Smiling is so important and I like your approach to now have your photo take as much as you can! me too!