Sunday, 10 September 2017

Week 36

Back to normality!

3rd - 10th September

From left to right: noodles for dinner, a chunk fell off one of our neighbours trees, kitty Shaz, drinks with the lovely pharmacy gang, bought myself some roses, go to work to scan...scanner breaks, marinated chicken before work, dinner instructions for Dave!, and our little herbs!

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Hekla's Children


This afternoon I finished my 11th book of the year - Hekla's Children. Just wanted to do a little write up, because it's completely different to anything I have read before, and I really enjoyed it!

Hekla's Children, in short, is about 4 children who go missing from a school trip, and only one of them returns (with no memory of where she's been). Years later, a body is found in the place the children went missing - fearing the worst, the police look into it, but it turns out to be a Bronze Age bog mummy. Upon archeologists removing the mummy, the child that came back at the time of the school trip comes back into the story, requesting they bury it again to stop evil forces from being let loose. As you can imagine...they don't...haha! 

I first heard about this book on a list that appeared on Facebook - something to the effect of "thrillers you won't be able to put down". I made a note of it at the time, whacked it on my Kindle a few weeks ago, and started it on our mini-moon! It definitely deserves a place on that list (whatever it was called!).

I absolutely loved the start of this - the bog mummy thing drew me in, as I've always found them particularly interesting, and I love that he had a bit of a back story as well. I honestly had no idea where it was going to go, and was surprised by the direction the story took! I don't want to give too much away for those who might read, so am being intentionally sketchy. 

The characters were well described (Scattie in particular is awesome) and easy to relate to, as were the settings. I really felt I could see the stream and wooden path that comes up on several occasions in the story, as well as the wooded camp. All of the "historical" parts (easiest way to describe them without spoilers) are excellent too - vivid and so descriptive, your imagination goes mad.

I did find myself getting a little lost and losing interest about 3/4 of the way through, but this soon picked up again. This may have been due to the end of a trip away (where I could read whenever I wanted) and going back to work, rather than a problem with the story though, so it doesn't really count. I did feel that the story ended rather abruptly though - I'd have liked a couple of chapters of build up and a bit more of a fight? But that's me. I loved it either way! 

Would definitely have a look at more of James Brogden's work, and thoroughly recommend this one to everyone. It's not horror, it's not fantasy, it's not thriller...it's categorised like this on Amazon though. To be honest, fantasy is probably the closest you'll get, but not in a rainbows, unicorns and fairies kind of way. Some parts really are quite dark! 

Really though, give this one a go - it's fab!

Monday, 4 September 2017

Week 35

Mini-moon!

27th August - 3rd September

From left to right: little acorn, chilling in the sunshine, our little hideaway in Devon, herbs from Anna and James, hot air ballooning, go to the zoo - take photos of a sparrow, our weekend view, giraffe, and pretty wedding giftwrap

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Marwell

Yesterday we went to Marwell Zoo, near Winchester, to get some practice in for our honeymoon to Kenya!


We got some really good shots, and the weather was absolutely amazing! Definitely a shorts and vest kind of day! The animals all behaved as well (except for the tigers, who weren't feeling it yesterday).

Bongo, giraffe, zebra and cheetah

It has made me so unbelievably excited to see some of these incredible animals in the wild! We will be travelling around four or five different reserves, so should have loads of opportunity to get some amazing shots. Dave has bought a new lens especially for the trip! It should be the holiday of a lifetime, and I am counting the days (36 to go!). It was great to go out with our cameras though. We used to do it a lot, but struggle to find the time nowadays. I have also lost a lot of motivation since a bad experience a couple of years ago, so it felt good to take some "proper" photos again. Hopefully this will get me back in the swing of things, as I do really miss it.

Yesterday was our 3rd trip to Marwell. It's only about an hour away from us, and is by far the best zoo we have visited together. The animals all have decent sized enclosures, and all look really well looked after. It's well worth the money! If any readers ever want a recommendation for something to do in the Hampshire and Dorset area, Marwell is a must!

Unfortunately we had to leave all of the animals there though, and are both back to work tomorrow (I went back on Wednesday but have that Sunday night feeling...). Hope you've all had a good weekend - especially if you've been in the Poole/Bournemouth area, with the Bournemouth Air Show!

Week 34

A week to remember!

20th - 27th August

From left to right: our pond lily started flowering, wearing in my bridal shoes, fish and chips for lunch, wedding favours sorted, wrapped our mother of the bride/groom gifts, marrying my amazing man, love heart, my first time making palak paneer on my own (it was good!), and my wedding bunting with my beautiful bouquet!

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Our Special Day

Those who are regular followers and readers will know that last weekend I married the love of my life. I have been a bit delayed in a little update here because I have actually been back at work since Wednesday, so apologies for that!

©Fiona Moorey Photography

We had the most incredible day! What struck me the most is that my anxiety was near non-existent, for the first time in about 15 years - that says a lot, right? It's completely unheard of for me to be so chilled out, and if I'm totally honest, I was expecting the full works - shakes, nausea and tears...but there was none of that, so I got to enjoy the whole day!

©Fiona Moorey Photography

My bridesmaids were fab, and we had additional help from my brother's lovely girlfriend Emma, who assisted in carting decorations around and setting up! My girls all looked amazing, and their support over the last few months has been off the charts.

©Fiona Moorey Photography

Hair and makeup was provided by the amazing Laura Jane and Olivia Lucy - please take a moment to check out their pages on Facebook and give them some love, as they did an amazing job and really deserve it.

©Fiona Moorey Photography

Sopley Mill was stunningly beautiful. We could not have asked for a more incredible venue, and the weather was perfect as well. Having my Dad walk me down the aisle was amazing, made even moreso by walking to "Here Comes The Sun" by The Beatles - a song loved by my brothers late friend Nathan, who always said he'd walk me down the aisle. We had you there Nath!

©Fiona Moorey Photography

Our guests all looked amazing! And it was so good to have Dave's Gran and Aunt come all the way from Scotland for our special day. Thank you to everyone else who made special journeys as well - there were a few of you and we really appreciated it.

©Fiona Moorey Photography

A final thank you to our awesome photographer Fiona (and her second shooter Ann). You were both so supportive on the day and made us both feel so at ease. We couldn't have asked for a better team, and the photos we have seen so far have been exactly what we wanted, so thank you! We can't wait to see the rest of them. Please give her website a look and find her page on Facebook.

©Fiona Moorey Photography

Last, but not least, a big thank you to my wonderful husband Dave. He puts up with so much from me (including yarn stashed all over the house) and I have so many things to thank him for. I don't want to write all of the classic clichéd comments (excited to spend the rest of my life with you, etc), I just want to say thank you for always being there, looking after me, and allowing me to relax and be myself. You make me the happiest girl in the world!

I'm going to be putting up a lengthy post in the next week or so, featuring all of the lovely gifts we gave people and the amazing suppliers and crafters that they came from, so please keep a look out for those. For now though, thanks to everyone for all your support and for checking in and reading - you're all fab xx

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Getting Stuff Done!

I've had a really productive couple of days and am looking forward to sharing some pics with you all after the wedding! The table plan looked fab in the mock up, the favours are finished, and everything has arrived! I just have to go out and get a couple more bits today and all will be sorted.

I had a lovely day yesterday and ended up going all over the place. I drove over to Portesham in the morning to see my Grandparents, followed by a flying visit to drop some presents at my parents, and then back over to Westbourne to pick Gurpriya up from work. We then went for lunch!

Super yummy fish and chips at the Branksome Beach Café

After a delicious lunch, I dropped her off at the train station and then battled my way through traffic to Tescos, where I managed to find some paneer (much to my surprise) so then came home and spent some time cooking some Palak Paneer for my dinner! It turned out pretty well actually, but wasn't as good as the one Gurpriya made me a few weeks ago. A valiant attempt for a first effort without a recipe though!


I'm going to enjoy some more for my lunch today! It's really easy to make, I just think I need to double up on the spices next time I make it. At least I know that our local Tescos stocks paneer now. Saying that, there are lots of world supermarkets in the area so I could easily get some with a little effort.

Another awesome factor of yesterday, was arriving home to find our water lily had started blooming!

video

So all in all, Wednesday was fantastic. Today is my last day to myself before the wedding, as Dave is off work tomorrow. I need to pop out and get these last few bits but otherwise I will be pottering around the house. I think we are all organised and ready to rock with the wedding now, so just counting down these last 48hrs! It's mad to think that in a few days we will be married and we won't be planning the wedding anymore. But then we will have the honeymoon to look forward to!

One last thing before I go - I finished The Rats last night, so now I am only 1 book behind my Goodreads challenge schedule. Hopefully I'll be able to finish another one over the weekend.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Fallen Behind

I hate being behind on my Goodreads challenge, and at the moment I am 2 books behind schedule (eek) on just 9 for the year so far. Don't get me wrong, I'm doing well (considering all of the planning I have been doing this year) but I do really need to catch up. Hopefully I will be able to power through some pages on our Mini-Moon, after the wedding.


On a reasonably healthy 3,639 pages for 2017, which isn't too shabby. My annual record was back in 2015 with 7,027 pages in a year. I am hoping to try and beat that this year but we shall see what happens. As for my "Reading Challenge" list that I started earlier in the year, I have currently completed 16/50 items. There are some that I'm certain won't be checked off ("a classic romance" definitely being one of them!!!) but I hope to get a few more items ticked off before the end of the year.


I'm currently halfway through The Rats by James Herbert, which is a book I was recommended years and years ago. The good thing is that it's relatively short, fast paced, and pretty easy reading (yes, I class people being eaten alive by giant rats as "easy reading"). I should have it finished by the end of the week so that I can start something fresh for after our wedding!

It's a struggle trying to juggle all of my hobbies at the moment. I have nearly finished Sam's rooster - just the feet and finishing touches to go - but at the same time want to focus on my reading, amongst other things. I have a few other projects going on, including restoring some old photographs for Dave's Mum, which I am really enjoying. There just needs to be more hours in the day!

Week 33

Happy days!

13th - 20th August

From left to right: beautiful nature, playing around with our table plan, tea and reading time, frying chicken, a frog eating a caterpillar (photo courtesy of Dave's Dad), back to the dress shop for my final fitting, our lilypads are doing really well, fab friends, and a gorgeous wedding gift from Kara and Marcio <3

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Hen Do...Part 2!

Sorry for my recent quiet spell, I have been doing the last minute planning for our wedding (which is 6 days away!!). I just wanted to take the time to share a few pics from my awesome work hen do with you all. I went out on Friday night with an open invitation to everyone at work, and the turn out was good! Here are some of our antics...


It was a fantastic night spent with some really special people, and I'm so grateful they all came along! I drank my first cocktail (aged 28 haha) and had such a good time. It's mad to admit that this is the first time I have ever done anything like this, due to my nerves, so that shows how fab this lot are - helping me overcome obstacles! 

The real countdown is now on and I have a few things left to do for the wedding. I am off work this week though, so have plenty of time to focus and get stuff sorted out. I'll also hopefully get a little bit of time to relax and recuperate from all the hard work I've been doing! I'll have loads to share after the wedding - I really want to show you some of what is planned but it'll ruin the surprise for the day, so will have to restrain myself for now. Rest assured, you will see it all afterwards though!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Week 32

Family and food!

6th - 13th August

From left to right: one of the roses we salvaged from the old garden, "cheat and sour pork", something borrowed, movie night with lovely people, little shroomies in the lawn!, poached eggs and buttered toast, cheeky Nandos, Dave and a "snap snap", and noodles for dinner.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Week 31

Lots of green!

30th July - 6th August

From left to right: wooden dinosaurs, our funky fairy light chillies, a box of tablet, peanuts in my bluetit feeder, amazing Palak Paneer, white wine needed, our new dragonfly, bee friendly garden plants, and beautiful blue salvia!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Week 30

Wet week!

23rd - 30th July

From left to right: wet walks to work, crochet colours, shimmer, my pretty Saturday, llama photo album!, a brief glimpse of the fish, amazing lunch with friends, ruffles, and my first contact lenses!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

My Hen Party

It's taken me a week, but I've only just found the time to throw together a post about my lovely hen party, last weekend! My bridesmaids did an incredible job!


After being whisked away to a little lodge in the country, Saturday morning started out with a pottery painting session with Kelly and Kirsty! It was cool to spend some time with these lovely ladies (at the time, I didn't know why Sarah didn't come with us but all was revealed later on!). We painted one pot each - Kirsty and I opted for vases and Kelly painted a little bowl.


I don't know where the inspiration for my yellow vase came from, other than the colour! We have a yellow giraffe in our lounge so I wanted to do something to match that. The rest of it was just random though! Kirsty's vase started out pale yellow and then ended up blue and green! And Kelly seemed to know what she was doing right from the start! It was super therapeutic though, and I would love to go again at some point. I can't wait to go and collect our pots once they've been fired!

After our painting, we went and got changed into some 50's style dresses and headed back to the lodge, where we found...


...vintage Sarah with an afternoon tea! She had decorated the whole lodge and put out all these lovely, delicious things (that she and the others had made themselves!!). It looked awesome. However, I didn't have much time to stand and appreciate the sight of the cake - I was sat down with a hair and makeup artist to create something as lovely as Sarah's look!


Kelly and Kirsty got their hair and makeup done as well, along with some of the other ladies! Everyone looked amazing!


We ate lots of yummy food and played some games - it was really good fun! I never expected anything along these lines - the hair and makeup was a complete surprise, and nothing I'd have thought of for myself. I don't know where they plucked the idea from but it was perfect!

Next up, we went to Dorchester for some pizza! Everyone loves pizza!


Lots of deliciousness later, we retired back to our lovely country lodge and spent an hour trying to get all the pins and back combing out of our hair haha! It look forever - for hair that looks so sleek, underneath it was a nightmare!


In all, it was a really wonderful weekend. These girls are the best - I couldn't ask for better friends, who have proven just how well they know me. I'm exceptionally lucky.

There are now only 28 days until we say "I do", which seems mad. It only feels like yesterday that the countdown was in the hundreds! We still have a few bits and bobs to sort, but they're just finishing touches. But in a month, we will officially be Mr and Mrs Hope!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Week 29

My amazing friends!

16th - 23rd July

From left to right: getting my yellow fever jab, Julio the cactus, I found my car keys (after 3 weeks!!), little cotton stitches, new parents!, a garden progress pic, my lovely hens, a triumphant cooking moment, and bride filters on a car journey!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Feeling Green

The title of this post is appropriate to a few different things!

Firstly, I finished my Simply Crochet cactus the other day - it was a free gift with the last issue, and those of you who buy the magazine will have probably had a go at it yourself, but here is my little one "Julio"!


I wish I'd used safety eyes on him as they're a lot neater, but he was a lunch break project and funnily enough I don't keep a supply of those at work! He's still cute though! Julio now lives on the phone desk and keeps an eye on all of us.

The second shade of green is unfortunately health related. Dave and I had our yellow fever jabs on Monday (we are going to Kenya on our honeymoon) and mine has made me feel really unwell. I was so hot today, aches and pains and serious tiredness, so I came home after lunch. Not like me at all, as I haven't had a day off since I started this job over a year ago (it frustrates the hell out of me!). I couldn't sleep at that time of day, so I chucked a film on and did a bit of work on my latest project - a rooster for my lovely friend Sam.


I'm pleased with my neat stitches here! And I absolutely adore this colour (Pistachio by Rico Cotton Essentials DK). It's so sunny and happy. This pattern seems to be working up well though - I'm using Rooster Gordey by Elena Pichugina - and it's all fallen into place so far! Fingers crossed the finished item will be awesome! I won't post many pictures of the wip, because Sam will see (I know you're probably reading this!) but I will fill you all in once it's finished, sent off and received by it's new Mummy!

Anyway, time for bed - I need an early night to get myself ready for work again tomorrow. Also, you probably won't hear from me much over the weekend (maybe once or twice on Facebook), as it's my hen party. I have no idea what is planned but will let you all know afterwards!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Week 28

Bunting finished with time to spare!

9th - 16th July

From left to right: little fishy, hunting down some specimen pots at work, Dave had his stag do!, love these girls, Poole Goes Vintage, a little bee, beautiful patterns on a bargain I bought at the weekend, my finished bunting, and lush turquoise!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Bee Bunting

I have just finished the first strand of my bee bunting! I finished making it ages ago but only just got round to attached the bees! It looks great!


I managed to string it up across two chairs to get a half decent picture - what do you think? I'm really chuffed with the finished product! It will really brighten up the bridge at the mill as well.

I have decided to add the bees to every other small flag, and I think it works nicely. Because each strand is about 7m long, I thought it would look too busy otherwise. My Mum has made all of the bees by the way!


I have attached each bee with some thread and beads - a mixture of pink and iridescent, which gives them a little bit of sparkle! I can't wait to see it in situe now that the bees are joined in.

Next job? Start sewing them onto the second strand! It shouldn't take too long. Dave is away this weekend on his stag do, so I have the house to myself. I'm just going to stick some movies on and get stitching! Wish me luck!

For anyone wanting to try this pattern out for themselves, you can find it here on Ravelry - big shout out to the talented The Hat And I for their amazing pattern writing!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Week 27

More pond life!

2nd - 9th July

From left to right: blue skies at the weekend, a stag beetle in our garden, sleepers and pebbles, a little butterfly enjoying the pond, piri piri pork salad for lunch, gorgeous koi at the aquatic centre, finding ways to cool down - ice pack down the dress, putting plants in the pond, and new plants and our rock face!

Week 26

Pond life!

25th June - 2nd July

From left to right: rainy mornings, down some spiral stairs, Lulworth Cove, pretty bridesmaid dresses, work in the garden continues, going for my first dress fitting, beachy times with Sarah and Ruben, the first item in my new name!!, and filling the new pond.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Busy!

It's been a mad couple of weeks - I have had so much going on, be it work or wedding planning, that I haven't had much time to spend on here keeping you all up to date with things!

Dave and I went over to our beautiful wedding venue, Sopley Mill, on Sunday to do some planning. I took the first strand of my bunting along to see how it looked on the bridge, and we generally did some measuring up, wandering around, and chatted about arrangements. It was lovely to go back, and on such a beautiful day as well - exactly how I would like August to be, with a little less wind please!


It was amazing to see my bunting on the bridge. After all the hard work I have put into it so far, it was fantastic to see how it will look on the day (I still need to attach the bees but the rest is as it will be) and the length was absolutely spot on! Dead proud of myself! I just need to finish the embellishments on the second strand now, and then I will crack on with sewing the bees on.


Plans for everything else are coming together. I had my first dress fitting yesterday evening, and went and had my first lot of jabs for our honeymoon this morning, so got the ball rolling there (have I mentioned that we are going to Kenya?). There are now just under two months until the big day, and I'm getting really excited. I had a delivery arrive last week, which will be part of our table plan - it will all look amazing on the day, I'm sure of it!

Did someone order some apple crates?

Trust me, it will look fantastic once I'm finished with them!

Other news! I managed to swim my mile on Sunday! So proud of myself. It took a couple of weeks longer than planned, but I am so pleased that I finally managed it. I felt wiped out for the rest of the day, but it's a massive achievement and something that I never actually thought I'd be capable of. I just need to maintain it now.

A quick reading update - I am 7 books into my target of 18, which is good. I'm only 1 book behind at the moment, and started a new one yesterday, which I am flying through. I seem to be on target to complete the Goodreads Reading Challenge again this year - you can keep up to date with my challenge here.

Not much else to report; it's only a quick post anyway as I am soooo into my newest book and don't want to lose my thread, but just wanted to pop by, say hello and let you all know that I'm still here, just really preoccupied with wedding stuff at the moment. I am pretty active on Facebook, so please keep an eye out for me on there (a link is on the left) and I will keep posting on here as often as I get a chance to. Love to you all xx

Week 25

More glorious weather!

18th - 25th June
From left to right: our "High Hopes" rose in bloom, chilling in the garden with my Kindle, fossil hunting in Charmouth, a delivery of sleepers for our garden, pretty blue hydrangea flowers, a trip to Sopley Mill for wedding planning, a shield bug on Dave's car, delicious lunch at a country pub, and sunlight through the trees!

Week 24

Sun sun sun!

11th - 18th June

From left to right: Arfa the aloe vera has a new girlfriend - April, first star of the evening, joining up strand number 2, getting blown away with the car's roof down, our second rose is budding, building work started on the garden, a unicorn on the front of my passport, breaking out a summer dress that I haven't worn before, and standing outside to try and cool off before bed...

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Week 23

Sunshine and sunburn!

4th - 11th June

From left to right: our first "engagement rose" is blooming, Dave did some wallpaper stripping in Rich and Sarah's new house, giant beetle!, pretty retro wallpaper, music at the Christchurch Chilli and Cheese festival, succeeded in getting some triumphant sunburn!, BBQ, digging up our favourite plants so they don't get destroyed during garden renovations, another rose - because they're pretty!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Week 22

Flowers and food - a recurring theme!

28th May - 4th June

From left to right: one of our chillis, went to the doctors - my ear eczema is back!, cooking some curry, a cheeky Starbucks for me and the girls at work, the front pots are looking gorgeous, one of our engagement roses is getting ready to flower, me in the summer (flowers, rainbows and beads), amaryllis, and creamy masala chicken for dinner.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Swimming

So I have wanted to swim for years and years. I can swim, but lack confidence both in the actual swimming department, as well as the self esteem one. After having to force myself to buy a swimsuit recently, I decided to start swimming in my local pool and was really proud of myself for doing 10 lengths for my first attempt (bearing in mind that I hadn't swum in almost 10years!). Since then I have progressed really well and have even made myself a little chart to prove it!

If there's a chart, it must be impressive, right?

So in week 1 I managed 10 lengths. This included a long stop between each one (which is so bad, I know) but I was pleased with my first attempt. In week 2 I boosted that up to 14 lengths, and then 16 in week 3. In my fourth week I started to find my confidence a bit more, and completed 24 lengths - I also found that I could start doing more in one go, without stopping. Last week I managed to hit the half mile mark, with 32 lengths, and today I made myself proud with a total of 50! I have my eyes set on the mile for next weekend...

I'm really enjoying myself, and it feels great passing my previous score each week. I know that won't always happen (to be honest, I nearly gave up at 20 today as I just couldn't find my rhythm) but if I can continued progressing as I have been, I will be really happy. I feel good about it too - both in a confidence and a health sense. Ok, I still hate how I look but I have managed to get over a massive hurdle in getting myself to the pool in the first place, so if nothing else that's a decent achievement.

My next target is a mile, like I said. That isn't non-stop but swimming a mile is good either way right? I also really need to improve my technique because I honestly am an awful swimmer. I can do it, but it's not the best (and never has been to be honest).

On a completely unrelated note, but appropriate to my blog - I have spent this afternoon sewing more flowers onto my bunting and it's starting to look really good now! Hopefully I can get it sorted by the end of the week, then thread together strand two, decorate that, and finally work out how I'm attaching the bumblebees. Time for bed now though!

Week 21

Sunshine and family time.

21st - 28th May

From left to right: colourful cooking, watching Owen play a gig at the Brewery Square Food Festival, lasercut lovebirds, bowling with the family, Dave showing off my first 6m of bunting, a hilarious bottle opener from Dave's parents (the penis thing started when we bought them something in Rome a few years ago), started stitching on flowers, friend's bike!, and I love walking to work on days like this!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Week 20

A few days off!

14th - 21st May

From left to right: planted mixed petunias in our front pots, homemade pizza and cider night, found a doggy in the garden (delivered her home, don't worry), Dave made a planter for the garden!, bowling on Saturday afternoon, poached eggs on toast in the garden, sunny buttercups, a blurry Guardians Of The Galaxy selfie, and Dave took his car to a Lotus meeting!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Congratulations to Kirsty and Dicky!

After many months of waiting, Saturday marked the day of my best friend's wedding; and it was absolutely beautiful. The weather was stunning, the venue was gorgeous, and we all had an amazing time. And she was so relaxed about it all!


It was a truly magical day. I arrived bright and early (around 8am) to start getting ready. Had my hair done by the lovely Sarah, and makeup by fellow bridesmaids Kat and Georgina. Kirsty remained so laid back she was near horizontal for the entire morning (I hope I can be the same for my wedding in a few months!), and didn't let anything bother her - not that anything went wrong! She looked amazing in her dress, and I managed to lace it really well too, which I had been stressing about.

What it took to make me presentable!

The ceremony was a real tearjerker and the wedding breakfast was fantastic! Now, I won't lie, I had been a little pessimistic about the food because it really wasn't my kind of stuff, but I'm glad that I decided to stick with the set menu and not chicken out like Dave did and go for the kids one! I ended up eating confit duck (which I would have preferred warm but that's being super critical) and pan fried seabass with coconut and lemongrass risotto! Dave had boiled eggs and soldiers, followed by fish and chips (which looked so good!). The speeches that followed dinner were really funny - the best man's was fab!

Little bro and I!

We didn't stay late into the evening reception but I messed around in the photobooth a couple of times, and we had a couple of drinks. Caught a quick glimpse of the amazing wedding cake, made by Dicky's Mum - fancy and wedding on one side, and icing folding back to reveal Lego bricks on the other! Very clever!

A close up on the cake - photos by Laura
All in all, I am so thrilled for my best friend. Kirsty has been there for me through a lot over the years, and I remember having discussions with her during her single times about how she was going to die alone, surrounded by cats. Now look at her! I like being right haha!

I wish you both many happy years together, and I hope you have an amazing honeymoon! You both deserve some sun and time to unwind - enjoy!