Looking forward …

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So here we are then, 2017 is underway!

I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas. As usual it has flown by  – no sooner have the tree and decorations gone up, it’s time to take them down again!

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Decs Away!!!

It’s good though to get back to “normality”. I never did much like the few days between Christmas and New Year (and I don’t think I’m alone in this). After the franticness of December, the excitement and build up to the big day, the magic of Christmas Eve (always been my favourite day of the year and also happens to be our eldest son’s birthday) and of course Christmas Day itself, afterwards things seem a bit, er, flat.

Although I find the break a great opportunity to come up with new ideas for the year ahead and start putting the wheels in motion for them. This cheers me up no end; I really love this kind of research, especially when I discover stuff that is going to prove very handy. As indeed I have. I also have fun finding and trying out new apps and experimenting with creative effects to my heart’s content – a perfect chance to do just that – and of course I’ve fallen head over heels with a couple of new (to me) Apps which I’ll tell you about soon!

As well as the brainstorming, we had a fleeting visit to Marwell Zoo, to start making use of the annual membership I bought Lee for Christmas (and treated myself too!). We’ll really make the most of it I’m sure – so many amazing photo opportunities! It was a very cold and misty day, and lots of the animals not surprisingly were hiding away. So we only wandered round for an hour or two this time but it was great to blow away some cobwebs and have a nice brisk walk and there was still lots to admire and photograph. Wildlife is so fascinating isn’t it! Being so close to Marwell, it’s great that we can nip over there with our cameras whenever we have a spare hour or two. Here’s a few I took on Friday, I expect you’ll see one or two more in the next few months!

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This little bute very obligingly strolled slowly passed me several times so I could get a few good close-ups! Or maybe he was just thinking I’d make a good dinner … yikes!!!

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We also had our annual panto trip to the Mayflower on New Years Eve – oh yes we did!! (Sorry couldn’t resist that …) With it being a special night, we always treat ourselves to dinner in the theatre’s Ovation restaurant pre-show, which never disappoints. Did any of you see this year’s panto, Robin Hood, there? We had a good old giggle and joined in the banter, the effects were very clever too. Lee and I first met when we were in the back row of a panto chorus together, an amateur production in Sunbury-on-Thames, many moons ago. We did our fair share of pantos back in the day, so have some great memories – the shows were usually late January so the rehearsals and set building etc was a brilliant way to overcome any January blues!! So we still love to get our panto fix once a year – but from the audience rather than on stage these days!

I’ve had some great feedback already re the joy the pictures you bought as gifts have given when opened by your surprised loved ones on Christmas Day. That’s so nice to know 🙂 Thank you.

It’s really lovely to have lots of photoshoots and weddings in the diary already – so looking forward to seeing you all!

Wishing you a very Happy New Year, may it bring you everything you wish for!

The Big Day … All Over Again

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Champers at the ready

Champers at the ready

This August is a very special one for Lee and I as we are renewing our wedding vows in celebration of our 30 year wedding anniversary.

Don’t ask me where those 30 years have gone – in the blink of an eye, that’s for sure. And how can it be when we are still only 21 (or like to think we are, haha) 😉

All very exciting but loads of things still to organise – it’s like getting married all over again, only this time round with a little added help from Pinterest and its overwhelming collection of ideas and inspiration!

We are very lucky to have a beautiful venue, with big thanks to my sister and brother-in-law, who have kindly offered their amazing garden for the day, and it’s absolutely perfect. Obviously it will help massively if the weather is kind to us too …

One of my closest friends is a registrar and kindly offered to do our ceremony. She means the world to both of us and honestly we couldn’t wish for anyone better.

I’ve managed to finally find THE frock! This, believe me, has been no mean feat. It’s absolutely NOTHING like the dress I originally had in mind and have been trying to find to no avail for the past several months. My planned dream dress was to be red and flowing gracefully (on account of the song we had for our First Dance way back when … yep, you guessed it, Chris de Burgh’s “Lady in Red”).

I’m keeping under wraps what I will be actually wearing … but suffice to say, it ain’t red!!! You wouldn’t believe where I found it, but as soon as I saw it I was completely bowled over, and when you get that incredible feeling about something you just have to go with it don’t you.

So quite a relief to get that sorted, which meant we were finally able to get Lee and the boys kitted out, so we all will kind of “blend in” colourwise.

My talented niece has volunteered to do my hair and makeup on the day. We had a trial run a couple of weeks ago, and she came up with something a little bit different for my hair; delighted with her inspiration.

Another thing ticked off the to do list.

Just like our Wedding Day in 1986, everything seems to be falling into place very nicely.

Ummm  … 1986 … now THAT was quite a year for us – I even wrote a book about it and the interim years for our 25th Anniversary!

But there still seems to be masses to sort out. We have accumulated a conservatory full of “stuff for the party” and we need to take stock of all that so we can see what we still need to get, as well as sort out all the music and several other things to boot.

Therefore, I’m taking a bit of an extended holiday this summer, as I feel the need to put my whole self into the last minute preparations for the big day if I’m to get everything done in time, and then we’re having a short break afterwards to chill out a bit!

I’ll be closing from Wednesday 27th July and reopening on Tuesday 23 August.

Thank you very much for your patience during this time, it’s very much appreciated.

Unfortunately, this clashes of course with the best part of the school summer holidays, (although I still have a couple of slots free at the time of writing on weekdays at the end of August if you were thinking of booking in).

More to come on the day itself after the event! I hope you all have a lovely summer break too 🙂

 

 

Sprucing it up!

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I thought the blog was due a bit of a makeover, and there’s no time like the present!

Spot the difference!!

Hope you’re liking the new header, and I’ve also added some new widgets along the sidebar alongside the social media links.  If you ever get the chance to try any of the buttons out, do let me know if you get any problems with any of the links. Can’t always tell when testing them myself…everything seems OK, but we all know how fickle technology can be!!

Oh and on my phone it looks different to how it appears on my IPad and computer – the new header doesn’t seem to show.  Haven’t quite got to the bottom of that one yet!  So if you’re viewing on your phone and can’t see the header it looks something like this:

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In fact it looks exactly like that!

Well it’s just a quickie for now … I’ve lots of posts in the pipeline for you and will pop them on as regularly as time permits 🙂

In the meantime, as always, any comments or suggestions you may have, are most welcome.