In which we continue our journey around Japan – visiting Japan’s most beautiful castle at Himeji, checking out the sites of Kyoto, and making new four legged friends in Nara.
Time for another weekly vlog! This week we finally start decorating our new flat (well, I say new, we’ll have been moved in a year next month! Argh, where did that time go?!) Also – lots of beer, and lots and lots of delicious food!
THIS TIME LAST YEAR – SHOPPING FAIL – https://youtu.be/aacOapmLyzQ
THIS TIME IN 2015 – HOF BEAUTY EVENT & EASTER – https://youtu.be/jTP9wEwxX1o
Oh 2017, so far you’ve been a year of false starts. But March, with it’s daffodil blooms and warmer weather ushers in feelings of productivity, and planning.
Apologies for the radio silence on the blog. January is never exactly the best time for us, as it’s Dan’s busiest time of the year. Unfortunately this was compounded by my grandfather’s worsening health, with a lot of trips back and forth, and unfortunately he passed away in February. [Read more…]
2016, how do I go about describing you? Never mind the celebrity deaths, the political upheaval, and the general disarray you seem to have caused; you were one of the biggest, toughest, most exhausting, but happiest years of my life.
After 2 years of searching, January would see us finally finding and having an offer accepted on the first home we would own together. I knew that the system for buying here in the UK was essentially a long poker game where you throw a lot of money at solicitors whilst hoping no one pulls out, but I hadn’t realised that even though we were in rented property, deposit at the ready, ready to go, and no one in the chain would try any funny business, we wouldn’t be picking up the keys until MAY. Yup, May. (And it feels like every day between those two dates was spent on the phone trying to move things along!)
But that day, when it was finally ours and we drank champagne out of plastic cups and ate a picnic on the empty floor made it so very worth it.
I know, I know, ridiculously cheesy title, but when else am I going to get the chance to use it?
Want to see some wedding photos…?
The weather forecast had been terrible all week – and I tried not to be one of those brides who constantly checked the weather forecast. After all, we’d hired umbrellas, arranged an indoor ceremony and based all our decorations around this rather than gambling on an outdoor one. But nope, I must have been checking that Met Office app on the hour every hour from as soon as we got into the week before.
As we drove down to Cornwall the sea mist seemed to swoop around the car. I smiled at Dan through gritted teeth – both saying how dramatic and awesome the photos would be.
We checked into our lovely little B&B, opened a bottle of champagne and munched on some bread and cheese we’d picked up on the way. And promptly fell asleep. After all, this felt like the first night in at least 18 months that we hadn’t been wedding planning. Also, for the first time in quite a few months, the stress started to fade (and booooooy had there been a lot of stress!) and the excitement really started to come rolling back in.
The day before the wedding passed in a blur of moving boxes and picking things up, and finally a prosecco-and-bbq-foods-fuelled venue decorating session with our nearest and dearest – huge thanks to those who spent a merry couple of hours distributing glittery and rainbow painted jam jars around the fort and its outskirts.
Suddenly, it was time for my matron of honour and I to head back to my grandparents’ flat, where I’ve been staying since I was a baby, where Dan proposed, and to try and get a little sleep. (I think I got about 5 hours – not too bad!)
I needn’t have worried about the weather. Despite the forecast, I woke up to the sun rising in clear skies over the sea. (It was suuuuuper early – this is what happens when there are 7 women needing to get ready!). My mom and my hair and makeup lady arrived, followed by my bridesmaids.
And then this happened…