Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Jarrah.


Eight years ago when Miss Jazzy was born, farmer Bren wrote an email and sent it out to our family and friends;

Hi all,
I'm sitting here with my beautiful baby girl on my lap, listening to her tiny hiccups and watching her wonderful facial expressions.
She is just divine, an angel, a fairy.
She is 5 days old now.
She was born at 2.40 on Thursday 9-10-03 and was 7 pound and perfect.
Mum and baby are doing really well. They got back home last night and we are getting on with life with 2 kids.. WOW..
Indi is coping really well and will make a very good bossy sister..
If you didn't realize from the subject of this email we have named her
JARRAH 
Jarrah is the Aboriginal name for the majestic Eucalyptus marginata, native to western Australia.
Hoping you are well and as happy us we are..
All our love 
Bren Kate Indi & Jarrah.



Since that day we have been dreaming of taking our Jarrah to see the giant jarrah trees.


Last Thursday we took a drive inland from Bussleton and found ourselves first in Jarrahwood, then in the gorgeous Nannup and then in the middle of the forest in Bridgetown, Jarrah park.

We were hunting for Jarrah trees, the bigger and grander the better.


Most of the old growth forests in this part of Western Australia have been logged, but the women at the Nannup visitor's centre assured us we'd find some in the forest. To be honest we weren't even certain we'd recognise a jarrah tree but our Jarrah assured us she would.






And she did.







We had a wonderful day jarrah hunting that day. We all ran and skipped and danced and sang the whole way. After months of deserts and beaches, we all loved being back in the bush. It looked like home. It felt like home. We all agreed that at heart we are forest people.

And boy oh boy are we loving exploring southern western Australia.

Happy travels. xx

40 comments:

  1. How very special for all of you, but especially your little Jarrah xox

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  2. It is such a gorgeous part of the state.
    I hope you make it to the Stirling and Porongorup Ranges when you head towards Albany.
    Happy traveling.

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  3. Hay Jazzy- lucky you weren't called blackbutt! Oh, and thanks so much for my postcard. Have fun.
    Cheers, Rosie

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  4. How gorgeous. Gosh, I didn't know that was Miss Jazzy's real name. Beautiful.

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  5. What a beautiful post for Jarrah.
    That must have been so cool for her!x

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  6. How lovely for her to go and meet her elders.
    I love that part of WA too

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  7. Oh, I had no idea that Jazzy was a nickname for anything, let alone Jarrah! What a beautiful name! What an experience for all of you. x

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  8. gorgeous and truly special. What a wonderful day and I loved hearing a bit more about Jarrah ( Jazzy) xo

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  9. That is seriously the coolest day ever! And now I'm pinged my parents didn't name me after something I could visit.

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  10. How lovely indeed. Looks like a great day! Jazzy and Jarrah are both awesome names. :)

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  11. Awesome post Kate and what a wonderful day for all the family. Love the photos

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  12. That's a beautiful story about Jazzy's name, I know what you mean about trees, I've been travelling and nearly hugged some familiar trees in a botanical gardens.

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  13. So pleased you called her Jarrah and not Blackbutt (like in that photo where she's pointing to the appropriate species)!

    Yes, my life has been reduced to jokes that would be funny for a 3 year old boy!

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  14. I love this so much, Kate. We went Waratah hunting with little Waratah on Sunday :) All our girls have botanical names, somewhere in there. Such a beautiful thing to have a connection to - a big, beautiful tree! xx

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  15. I love when names have special unique meanings....I would never have guessed Jazzy was short for Jarrah. Beautiful name.

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  16. That was one special day! I had never heard of Jarrah trees - we don't see many eucalyptus trees in the UK - but if I had I'd have thought it a beautiful name too.

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  17. What a wonderful day, amongst the big Jarrah trees. So beautiful. I love it.

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  18. Truly beautiful. What a special day! Your trip gets more amazing with every week!

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  19. Oh I just love this...You have such an amazing family Kate. Beautiful pictures and story :)

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  20. How cool is that, Jazzy? And would you believe, here in South Africa I have a little side table and 2 directors chairs made of jarrah wood - from old raiway sleepers! And it moved with us all the way from Pretoria to Brisbane and back, couple of nyears ago.
    It's a lovely way to get your name. My 2nd cousin Lancea was named after the karee tree "Rhus lancea". Their farm is filled with karees and aptly also name "Kareebome" = "karee trees".

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  21. WA trees are amazing! jarrahs, Karri trees - can't to hear your thoughts on the tree top walk near Denmark WA of course, the valley of the Giants: red vtingle trees . OMG the girls will spin out!

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  22. That is beautiful! I'm really loving that green dress of yours too. I have a serious case of dress envy.

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  23. love that last tree-hugging pic especially.
    your girls all have such pretty names.

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  24. You guys are just beautiful. Farmer Bren's email brought tears to my eyes and lucky Jarrah, being named after something so wonderful. Enjoy that part of the world - we honeymooned there and I loved it too.

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  25. Gorgeous! But why call her Jazzy? Jarrah is so beautiful!

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  26. Great post lovely one, I so enjoyed the photo's and the Jarrahness of it all. Just beautiful (like her) xo

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  27. Oh Kate - you have me in tears. What a beautiful story of a beautiful family spending a day in the Jarrah forest:)

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  28. your blog is so special, especially seeing you together as a family. how blessed that is for you. our sons are grown and married and we miss the time we were all together. we will be grandparents in a week or so though, so that will be really wonderful. but we still miss the enchanted, wonderful, wondrous days and years when we were a family all together so close. thank you for sharing your sweet experiences as a family. it really touched my heart.

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  29. So beautiful - Jarrah and her pretty name, the trees, and especially that it felt like home for you all. We are heading off down that way today, for our annual mini holiday in the South West! Yay!

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  30. It is such a gorgeous part of the world. I have dreams of taking my boy up north for a similar experience (but with a different type of tree)

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  31. How wonderful! Jazzy must feel so darn special :) She's so lucky to have such a wonderful family, that's for sure! I'm starting to think you might stay in W.A? xx

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  32. Having just arrived home from southern WA, I concur. It is beautiful.
    I hope you continue to enjoy the gorgeous scenery of that part of the world.

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  33. What a beautiful tree to be named after. We miss you like crazy our majestic Eucalyptus marginata. xx

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  34. Kate I loved this post! How wonderful for Jazzy to find her tree and that photo of you all hugging the tree....priceless :-)

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  35. You are in heaven :) It's joy, isn't it

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  36. I too love the green ! I could see the excitement and happiness in the email written by your hubby when Jarrah was born.Your family rocks!
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  37. This is so cute!! I can't wait to take my 3rd girl to Finland one day - first 3 letters of her first name & last 4 letters of her surname. She will be front & centre of every sign!! She also goes for Miss Finland in every Miss World/ Universe competition. Love Posie

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  38. Love this post, loved your photos of Bridgetown and your travels to the south of my state on instagram, and loving reading your blog finally!
    Just love.
    xx

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  39. Oh Darlings I've been so preoccupied for too long so to come in on this amazingly special, beautiful post has ... yep ... I've gorn for the tissues ... happy, happy washing out of eyes ;)
    Words are no way enough, I'm going to re-read and smile at your post again then maybe again, have a bit more of a happiness blub for how wonderful you ALL are :~) ♥♥♥♥♥

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