First off I have to admit that I haven’t taken this photo today and I am not even sure who took it, one of my aunts or uncles I guess.
My Mum and Dad have gone to London today to my cousin Mark’s wedding. He and his wife Jeannine got married in the OBE chapel at St Paul’s Cathedral. Unfortunately due to limitations on the numbers able to fit into the chapel most of the cousins were not able to attend the ceremony. The happy couple are having a party on the island next month I think so hopefully we will be able to go to that instead.
Anyway, I gather the guests travelled to the reception on a London bus and I just love this picture of Mum and Dad standing in front of it.
Today The Mister, Mum and Dad and I spent time at the house, cleaning out the garage and stripping woodchip off the walls. For those who want to see house pics click….. here.
This afternoon Mum, Stef and I went to the wedding service of my mum’s cousin’s daughter (typical Guernsey relationship explanation!). Lucy and Luke looked wonderful and it was such a gorgeous day. Her dress was absolutely stunning, really classic and suited her perfectly! Several people asked me what was going to be my photo of the day, but obviously I decided it should be the bride and groom. They were only too happy to oblige and pose for a photo when I said they would be pic of the day!
So, have a wonderful day Lucy and Luke and I hope your lives together will be filled with love and laughter. Being married is wonderful! (as long as you are married to the right person!)
Before we left yesterday we went to the water-logged marquee to help with a bit of packing up and I wanted to collect my bunting. I was more than a little annoyed to see the marquee blokes just ripping it down. They hadn’t really considered that it took someone (i.e. me!) hours to make!
Anyway, it has all been washed, dried and is waiting to be fixed. So, this is what 110m of bunting looks like all draped in the same place! I still love it though!
OK, I have to admit that this photo wasn’t taken today but these pics have been kept secret.
I made this quilt for Sam and Sally as a wedding present. It ended up being bigger than I thought, about king-sized because it grew and grew. I wanted it to look liked a rainbow stained-glass window. I know Sam and Sally love everything rainbow coloured!
It was an easy quilt to make. I cut fabric into the same width but random lengths and then machined them together into a long length. I was then about to cut them to the right width and sew them together after that. It was a big job based on the size rather than the complexity of the job!
I love the end result and I hope the bride and groom appreciate how much time and love went into making it.
These gorgeous photos were taken by my friend Yasmin who is the very talented lady who took the wedding photos. She did a brilliant job so follow the link to her blog to take a look!
Here is another photo that Yasmin took but if you want to see the whole set then click on the pic and go through to Flickr. She took some gorgeous pictures!
Two years ago today I married the most wonderful man in the world. He is unbelievably stable, loving, kind and generous and I am very, very lucky. I know full well how fortunate I am, and my moaning about struggling to conceive and not having a baby does not in anyway prevent me from recognising that I have a lot of good things already.
The day of our wedding started sunny and clear and the weather deteriorated so that by the time I was arriving at the church it was absolutely tipping down! I have spent a little bit of time trawling my photos just to find a few favourites to share with you. The thing that struck me all the way through was how truly happy we both look. That hasn’t worn off. There are days when I am sad, but in general I am very content.
Unfortunately The Mister is in the middle of three night shifts so I got out of bed and he got into it! So, I came home from work a bit early and we raced down to our favourite tearoom for a piece of cake and a cup of coffee. It wasn’t very long, but it was nice just to spent an hour with my lovely husband. So, the photo of the day is a quick photo of us, me looking tired after work and the Mister looking tired before work!
I am lucky. Sometimes I need to keep reminding myself that.
Ps) Here are a few bonus photos taken by our brilliant photographer Yasmin.
I have spent the last few days sewing triangles to make bunting for my cousin’s wedding in July. Mum and I have had a nice little production line going. I sew the sides of the triangle and then Mum sits on the sofa and trims the seams and then turns them through with a chopstick!
I have absolutely no idea how long the bunting is going to be yet, we will wait and see, but I have at least 200 triangles. I hope it will look beautiful!
So… onto Saturday… the reason we were all actually in beautiful Wells.
My cousin Nic was getting married to his lovely Debbie, and most of the family had managed to travel to see it happen. It was a gorgeous day, sunny but a bit breezy and the wedding was perfect. Nic looked as smart as his laid back self could possibly look and Debbie was absolutely stunning.
Their whole day was relaxed, drinks in the gorgeous garden at Stoberry Park followed straight away by speeches and cutting the cake. Then onto the marquee for a hog roast and plenty of local cider and a barn dance in the evening. It was a beautiful do, perfect for the happy couple and we had a brilliant, brilliant time.
So… onto the pics, keep an eye out for my gorgeous nephew Barnabas and my equally beuatiful niece Eden.
Last weekend The Mister and I went to Pickering for a short break. We stayed in a lovely bed and breakfast called Grindale House which was lovely and comfortable with a fab breakfast. Best of all it was very central so we could leave the car and wander for the weekend.
On Friday night we went out for a fabulous meal at Castlegate Taberna and had the best tapas I have ever had. It was truly delicious and freshly cooked. On Saturday we had a wander around Pickering Castle, a quick visit to the North York Moors Railway and then we went to St Peter & St Paul Church which was the highlight for me. It has the most astonishing medieval paintings on the wall. They are so clear and really striking and well worth a visit if you are ever in the area. On Saturday evening we went out for dinner at The White Swan – the meal was fabulous. However, it was very expensive and I decided it wasn’t twice as good as the tapas meal which was half the price! Mind you, I did enjoy the champagne!
We had such a nice weekend. I suddenly realised how knackered I am though and when I am at home I am always busy, whether it be cooking, cleaning or sewing. Suddenly having a weekend off meant I was shattered so I had the most blissful sleep on Saturday afternoon.
The best bit though was I got to spent time with The Mister. Time which we both need, and it was lovely!
A year ago today I married my wonderful Mister. He is, without a doubt, my best friend and the biggest love of my life.
Although it sounds like I moan a lot about the things I don’t have, he is the one person who makes life amazing. He is so consistent, faithful, loving, generous and kind. My life without him would be infinitely poorer and I find myself relying on his quiet stability more and more every day. For that I am grateful. I can easily be all over the place, worrying about things and doing things at a million miles an hour. He is quiet and steady and he anchors me right into the place I most want to be.
Our wedding was the happiest day of my life. I had waited a long time to find the perfect man for me, and he was totally worth the wait. The day was so joyful, and truly reflective of us as a couple. The chance to share that with family and friends was amazing, and I wouldn’t have changed a thing… other than the torrential rain!
So Mister. Thankyou for making the last year truly amazing – the time has just flown by! I hope and pray we get many, many more years to be together and learn to love each other even more.
Life is good.
The Mister and I have just got back from a fabulous weekend in Scarborough where our friends Lucy and Yousef got married.
We decided to make a weekend of it and stayed in a gorgeous B&B called Pillar Box Cottage which was just outside Scarborough but right near the wedding reception venue. It was absolutely gorgeous and the owners have gone well beyond what one would usually expect of a B&B. The rooms were lovely and comfortable and they had even included a fridge with proper milk and toiletries in the bathroom. Couple that with an exceptional breakfast and we were one happy couple!
Anyway, the wedding was at St Mary’s Church which is in the shadow of Scarborough Castle. A truly beautiful venue although the weather seriously conspired against us and provided gale force winds to make things really chilly.
The reception was in a lovely little hotel and the food was good… especially the bacon sarnies and chips at 10pm. All in all a fabulous day and the bride looked gorgeous and the groom was very handsome! The bride and groom also did the best choreographed dance… they had been practising for weeks I think!
Today we decided to go and explore Scarborough (and hopefully blow away The Mister’s ‘slight’ hangover. We walked up to Scarborough Castle and finally decided to become English Heritage members. The castle is extremely dramatic and very windy! Over 2500 years old the castle is mainly ruined but parts of it are still standing, including the imposing keep. I also found out that George Fox, the founder of the Society of Friends was imprisoned there for 18 months. After we had finished at the Castle we walked down to St Mary’s Church, where the wedding had been help to have a look at Anne Bronte’s grave and then we went down to the sea front for fish and chips.
A fab weekend, although we had one crisis when we got home. We walked into the kitchen to see the cat’s litter tray washed and on the side, with no cat litter in it. We had forgotten to put it out… not a good thing when you leave the cat at home alone for a weekend. So, we spent a little time hunting for cat-shit but only found that the clever kitty had found the largest plant pot in the house and had used it as a littler tray… no sight of poo though so we might find some int he house somewhere. The only downside was that the plant pot was behind the TV so she had kicked out a load of soil all over the sky box and the DVD player. I still think she was quite clever though. Doesn’t stop me feeling guilty though, and she is currently outside sulking!