Six word Saturday


Weronika and Wojciech- health and happiness!

The bride and groom

The bride and groom

The children helping to pick up the 'lucky' coins

The children helping to pick up the ‘lucky’ coins, thrown outside the church after the wedding

Sweeping up the glasses smashed for good luck

Sweeping up the glasses, smashed for good luck, before the reception

One of 3 tables at the 'wesele' or reception

One of 3 tables at the ‘wesele’ or wedding reception

One of the chandeliers

The chandeliers were beautiful, weren’t they?

I was there!

I was there, too!

The bride and groom with parents

The bride and groom with parents

And with sister, Ula and brother, Lukasz

And with sister, Ula and brother, Lukasz

Dad 'dancing' with his walking stick and cousin Irena

Dad ‘dancing’ with his walking stick, and cousin Irena

The cake!

The cake!

Feeding each other cake

Feeding each other cake

Maybe not the best of photographs, but certainly the best of occasions.  This is just a snippet from the Polish wedding I attended in Krakow last week.  I cannot thank everybody enough for their kindness.  I had a truly wonderful time, and I think you can see, the bride and groom did too. I know you’ll join me in wishing my neice, Weronika, and her husband, Wojtek (a simpler spelling) the very best of health and happiness in their future together.

My feet have barely touched the ground since my return, and my head is still full of Polish words like ‘slub’- the wedding!  Join me on my Monday walk if you’d like a look at some of the Polish landscape.  Meantime, hello again, and don’t forget to visit Cate at Show My Face to play Six word Saturday.  I’ll be playing ‘catch up’!  See you soon.




  1. Jo, looks like a lovely wedding. Where were you in the festivities, besides the name tag and the tartlett and wine? I’d have liked to see you all decked out in your finest. Sounds like you had a marvelous time. 🙂

  2. What a lovely reception Jo and such beautiful people. I can see you enjoyed taking those shots. 😀
    Thanks for sharing hon and welcome back. 😀 ♥ Hugs ♥

      1. Glad to hear that Jo and no complaints this side hon. Chilly and getting sleepy. LOL! You must have a lovely day hon. 😀 ♥ Hugs ♥

    1. It was wonderful, Ad. I’m wandering through memories and trying to get a grip on my life now I’m home. Are you all packed up yet? I remember reading about your books going to charity shops and the like.

  3. Wow, you have been very proactive … since you came back home. What a wonderful wedding and I just adore her dress … very handsome couple and your DAD is the star here. Good for him doing the dancing … excellent. I have heard about Polish wedding and they go on for days, like on Ireland.
    And a big wedding too … loads of guests, what a fantastic event … and you where there.

    1. 130 guests and more than half of them were family! 🙂 Dad had a great time, and I know that this Sunday morning he’ll be sitting with my uncle Jakub playing dominoes. Jakub didn’t make it to the wedding- he has dodgy knees. Help- he’s only 5 years older than me!

      1. I love playing dominoes …. a man in my taste, your dad. I can’t believe that it’s nearly a year since mum left me, 4th of June.
        How sad about your uncle Jakub … but pains and health problems don’t have an age anymore, but they are increasing with age of course.

      2. I know .. at times it feels like she still in Simrishamn .. and even if I have friends there … Simrishamn isn’t the same anymore. I MISS HER!!!

      3. For years after mine died I would ‘see’ her in a maroon coloured jacket she used to wear. I was always on the verge of rushing up to speak when I realised it wasn’t her at all. Seeing what we want to see!
        Terrible to say, Vivi, but I hardly ever miss her now. It’s 24 years in September since she died so I guess it must be true what they say about time healing.

  4. Thanks for inviting us to the wedding! I’ve been longing to see your Polish adventures. I can’t believe you’re back already. I doubt I’ll experience a Polish wedding, but I have experienced Polish food and customs. Ever for your Monday walk.

    1. Hi Meg 🙂 Thank you for the photo. I have so much to do, I don’t know when I’ll get to a proper reply, and you’re counting down the days. I bet you’re beyond excited!
      It’s 3.30 in the morning as I’m writing this and I’m using my laptop to try to take my mind off throbbing pains in my knee. I’m so glad this didn’t happen in Poland. I have some lovely pics for the walk. I expect we’ll ‘speak’ again, but in case we don’t, I’ll be watching from afar. Have a truly fabulous time.

  5. “Not the best of photographs.” Jo, you must have left your mind in Krakow…these are incredible photos. You captured the joy of the occasion. That cake…wow!
    I can’t get past the second photo with the little girl in the pink headband…I’m dying to know what she must be thinking.
    We missed you!!!!

    1. She’s a cutie, isn’t she? It was a wonderful wedding and I’m really happy if I managed to convey some of that. I’m in acute pain from a knee injury right now but I’m hoping the walk will still make the deadline. Good job it didn’t happen in Poland. Many thanks Jill, for all your loyal support. 🙂

  6. I went to a wedding in Germany last weekend, and it was good to see some wedding traditions over there such as the smashing glasses for luck – I’d never heard of that one before.

    1. I’m really privileged, Mlissabeth- this was my 4th Polish wedding! I just noticed that in the WordPress links at the bottom of the post they’ve put my “Tale of 3 weddings” and I had to go back and read it, to remember all the good times 🙂

    1. Quite large sparklers, Kathe.(sorry- got your name confused first time) I’ve seen the cake wheeled in a few times now, and it always creates gasps and ‘oohs’ 🙂 Thank you!

    1. They’re off to a good start, Elaine, because Adam converted the basement of his house into an apartment for them. The fireworks on the cake seem to be a Polish tradition. I’ve seen it quite a few times now but it’s a definite crowd pleaser. 🙂

      1. I think that’s a Polish tradition that should be brought over here. The tradition of throwing money outside the church, is one that I remember from when I lived in Scotland. When we were children we used to stand outside the church after a wedding, and as the wedding car pulled away they would throw coins out of the window. We called it a ‘scramble’.

  7. Such a traditional wedding Jo so pleased you shared it with us. I love that about blogging how we get to share other peoples rituals and happy times. Now to look forward to you taking us for a Polish walk…

      1. They very kindly took me out on a grey rainy day last year, knowing my wanderlust. He doesn’t speak a word of English but was happy to have me tag along with them.

        They’re off to a good start, Sue, because Adam has converted the basement of his house into an apartment for them. 🙂

      2. He sounds wonderful. Anyone who gets our wandering ways must be a good person:)
        I’m sure the apt will be a big help to the young couple. Hard to get started these days.

  8. Haha, love Andrew’s comment 🙂
    Nice to see you back Jo – love the bride’s dress and cake, but my favourite photo has to be the chandelier – only you would take a photo of that (and me, but I wasn’t invited 😦 )
    Good to see your Dad there too, he must have been well chuffed.
    Jude xx

    1. But did you see the modest little cake I had? Well- one of them! 🙂
      I loved the chandeliers, Jude. Next time I’ll try to wangle you an invite. I know there’s another wedding planned in October next year. Dad will be hoping he’s still fit enough to make it 🙂

  9. What a lovely wedding and your niece is beautiful! I like their photo of sweeping the glass – well at least he’s doing the sweeping with Weronika hands on her hips. Funny! Great pictures Jo, glad you all had a wonderful time.

    1. Thanks a lot, Eunice 🙂 Our UK version is some time in March. So far today I’ve zumba’d, caught up with a bit more washing, and there’s ironing looking at me for when I get another energy spurt 🙂

  10. Welcome back Jo, and great to see these pics and know you had such a wonderful time. I love your neice’s dress, she looks beautiful and yes, very best wishes to her and her new hubby! See you soon… 🙂

      1. Yes, absolutely gorgeous and perfect choice of dress! All well thanks Jo but got very behind for one reason or another (so what’s new!) and hoping to get back on track next week…famous last words, haha! Missed your walks and looking forward to Monday’s. Enjoy a restful weekend in the meantime… 🙂 xx

  11. Looks like you all had a wonderful time Jo. Nice to see that some weddings still have their old traditions. Good luck to the bride and groom. Welcome back to the sunshine 🙂

    1. Thanks, David. 🙂 It was 22C when I left Krakow but I understand that we’ve a heatwave on the way???
      This was my 4th Polish wedding and they’ve all been slightly different, but definitely full of tradition. The country ones, even more so!

    1. Eeh, I love a wedding, Paula! 🙂 And the Polish ones are so full of traditions- not to mention food and dancing. The feet have just about recovered. Many thanks, hon. Hoping you’re resting up a little and getting fit again this weekend. Hugs!

      1. What was the vivid orange stuff on your plates? I am fine Jo. I woke up all rested and now I am just stuffing myself with cold cuts; no wish to cook :D. I put loads of ibuprofen gel on my feet during my tour in England. Do you use it sometimes?

    2. We had so many courses, Paula- hard to remember! I just consulted the menu and I’m still not sure 🙂 The pork was in a lovely sauce but I think you may mean the carrot side salad, which had raisins and a nice dressing. After the initial 4 courses there was a ‘rest’, then another 2, another at 23.00 and a final one at 1.30. Not to mention the cakes, fruit and cold meat platters. All too much for an English stomach! Are your weddings similar?
      I haven’t used that gel but I’ll keep an eye open for it. Glad you’ve recovered. I’ll be catching up, very slowly 🙂

      1. Just take it slowly Jo 🙂 Our weddings are quite similar ( I don’t like carrots though they look great as a garnish :D). I have noticed that wherever I go I found that portions in my country are the largest 😀 When I was a teenager travelling to France and Switzerland I was starved with what they fed me 😀

  12. Lovely wedding! It looks like the real Polish wedding with lots of food and drinks 🙂 – I’ve been invited to a Polish wedding of our close friend in Poznan (and enjoyed it very much) I feel like having those delicious kabanosy 😉 Glad you to see you back again Jo, and best wishes for your niece’s new life with her hubby!

  13. You brought back some beautiful mementos with your camera – especially love the cake shot and the atmosphere of families gathering which makes each wedding special and unique. Best wishes to the couple and to you!

    1. Coffee and walnut with rich buttercream and smothered in chocolate is quite unusual for a wedding, isn’t it? There were tiny cakes (and bigger ones too) everywhere! Not that I was going to mention it. 🙂

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