Two years!!!

At the end of our honeymoon I turned to my new husband and said, in slightly disbelieving-excitement “Do you realise we’ve been married for a whole week?!?

The ring goes on!!

This morning before he headed off for work, L and I looked at each other and said together “We’ve been married for two years!!!

So happy and oh yeah – the kiss was about to come! πŸ˜‰

The time has gone so quickly it seems impossible that we’re celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary already!

Isn’t the black-and-white with the one bit of colour wonderful?!

Being Mrs M, waking up next to L every morning and enjoying more hugs in one day then I used to get in a month is now so natural, so right that I find myself amazed that it’s only been two years!

It’s wierd the way passing time leaves you feeling that way.

We were both so glad that so many of our family, friends and church-family were there to celebrate our marriage with us!

Nana and I on my wedding day!

My sisters and I – love you!!

I love how happy we are! πŸ™‚

I put the socks and converses on after we got to the park and saw a long-cherished dream realised!! πŸ˜€

It was so much fun taking these photos on the swings!!!

One of my hubby’s favourites!!! πŸ˜€

Oh yes, and after all this time, I finally have an album of most of my favourite wedding photos (um, 200 plus of them … ! πŸ˜› ) and tomorrow am going to give my best friend R her completed chief-bridesmaid gift … let’s just say that I wasn’t the most organized bride in history … πŸ˜‰

I’m nearly out of photo storage space on my blog and haven’t yet decided what to do about it (any tips?!) so used photos of our wedding that we’re already stored on here – complete with the captions I added March last year!

Happy 2nd anniversary L!! πŸ™‚

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogantΒ or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;Β  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.Β Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.Love never ends.

1 Corinthians 13 v 4-8


Rostormel Castle

Meet Rostormel Castle!

It sits on top of a hill, overlooking this beautiful Cornish valley.

It’s full of gates …

… stone stairways …

… and amazingly massive …

… kitchen fireplaces!!

I, for one, am so very glad that I have a nicely contained electric cooker to make meals on, rather than a monstrously large fire!! πŸ˜›


To ourselves … !! πŸ˜‰

On the first whole day of our holiday, Sunday 11th September, L and I celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary!! πŸ˜€ In the evening we popped open one of the un-opened bottles of champagne from the toast at our wedding reception, 365 days earlier …

Since before we were engaged we started having a bottle of champagne every time we had something to celebrate … ok, so maybe true wine connoisseurs would turn pale at what we use as champagne, but hey, the point is in the celebrating and making life special, marking achievements, not whether the bottle of bubbly cost Β£28.99 or Β£4.40, right?! Or maybe it’s just my hubby and I’s lack of understanding when it comes to the finer points of truly excellent champagne! πŸ˜› The bottles from our wedding were the really “nice” kind, so it was a good treat! πŸ™‚

I have kept the corks from each bottle of champagne L and I have shared together and one of the corks from our wedding, and the one from our anniversary, have the date written on them … you may call me a soppy romantic if you like!! πŸ˜‰ However you view this tradition of mine, it is amazing the difference it can make to my outlook on life when, on a day when all I can see are the failures, trials and troubles of life, I see the over-flowing little draw of champagne corks, reminding me of how many things there have been to celebrate and how many things we have achieved.

On the Sunday afternoon we went to Fowey, a Cornish town built on a steep transition from hill-top countryside to estuary waterfront … we parked at the very top of the hill and took a 15 minute walk steeply downhill to reach the harbour seafront – phew! That was fine … it was just the walk back up to the car which was slightly more worrying … !! πŸ˜‰

Fowey is my Grandparent’s favourite Cornish town, but sadly we weren’t able to have drinks in the bar of their favourite hotel, with views over the boats in the harbour, which was especially recommended to me by my Grandad … we did, however, have cups of tea and a piece of yummy lemon drizzle cake in a cute little cafe where the tea-pots were all different colours and patterns, they had sand picture-makers on the tables, mis-matching pictures on the walls and – get this! – dotty table cloths on the tables!! πŸ˜›

Neither of us think that the self-portraits I take of us are very flattering … we both think we turn out with enormous heads!! πŸ˜› But somehow we both look slightly unnatural and very embarrassed in the picture where some very kind and friendly locals took a photo of us … ah well, at least, in some day in the distant future, our grandkids will be able to laugh at these photos and wonder how Granny and Grandpa could ever have looked so stupid … πŸ˜‰

This first year has been one of the hardest and one of the happiest years we have experienced … here’s to our 2nd year of marriage – may it be filled with God, love, joy, peace and growth!

What did you do/plan to do on your 1st wedding anniversary?!

Cornish days

It took us longer than we planned to finish packing, go grocery shopping and drive down to the holiday cottage in Cornwall, so L was very hungry and couldn’t wait to get dinner on … and was so impatient for the Bolognese to be ready to eat that he was making silly faces for the camera!! πŸ˜‰

Back in May, when booking our holiday, I filtered the list of cottages down and down, then gave my hubby a choice of two – The Barn or The Workshop … no guesses about the original uses of these buildings, huh?! πŸ˜‰ L decided that staying in a building called The Workshop sounded even more uncomfortable than spending a week in a barn …

… I was completely sold when I read that we would have our own little garden, reached by a little bridge from the bedroom!! πŸ˜› The Barn was booked!

The cottage turned out to be a gorgeous little stone building in the village of Luxulyan (I pronounced it differently just about every time I said it! πŸ˜› ) …

… and it wasn’t particularly barn-like either!! πŸ˜‰

After all, even this bargin-lovin’ girl has her standards … oh yes, and a marked dedication to comfort … πŸ˜‰

We didn’t get out into this beautiful little garden a whole lot …

… for two reasons: we didn’t wake up until late (come on, we were on vacation!!!), we stayed talking in bed ’till even later … then we were out and about the width and breadth of Cornwall until we were so tired supper and reading aloud in bed was the only thing on our minds … oh yes, and it’s getting dark around 6:30/7 pm around here … the second reason had to do with a lot of red tape … the alternative access to the garden, these moss-covered stone steps up the side of the house, weren’t the death-hazard the cottage booklet warned us they would be, but in rain-prone September, for a girl with an over-active imagination and a boy with a 10th of normal vision, climbing up and then down those steps was not an experience we thought worth repeating!! πŸ˜‰

The second reason was a note left in front of the door leading from the bedroom to the garden, which asked us not to use the door to the garden until further notice … there was a lot of cling film/plastic wrap around the handle side of the door, but it didn’t seem to be too damaged in too drastic a way, not enough to stop it opening and closing a few times, anyway … and no, don’t ask how we discovered that!!! πŸ˜‰

Despite the small amount we used the garden, I got a quiet sense of satisfaction just from knowing it was there, it was all ours for the week and that we could go in it any time we wanted … yup! For a girl who doesn’t have a garden of her own, but would love one, even having a barely used garden for a short week was a delicious feeling!! πŸ˜‰

What is your favourite holiday memory?!

Ah, holidays!

Have you wondered where I’ve been for the last ten days?! Well, just incase you were starting to think I had finally dropped off of the edge of this old planet of ours … or even if you hadn’t noticed at all πŸ˜‰ … let me put your mind at rest … I haven’t … not yet, anyway!! πŸ˜›

Yesterday L and I got home after a blissful week’s holiday! *Ahh* Its was such a lovely break, one that was much-needed and although we were ready to come back to our own home by the end of it, there’s always that part of you that regrets the end of a vacation, isn’t there?!

Realising with a pang how neglectful I’ve been of my poor blog and my long-suffering readers, I meant to write a whole collection of posts which would be dated to appear at regular intervals throughout the past week … need I say that I didn’t get round to it?! πŸ˜‰ The week before the holiday was possibly the hardest week of the past year and there were other things that elbowed into taking a higher priority than blog posts …

But here, at last, here I am, back from vacation and smiling, armed with (far too many) photos and some fun stories … are you ready to join me for the next adventure?!? πŸ˜€

Then let’s head for the winding lanes, the fresh air, the superb cider, the breathtaking seas and the awe-inspiring rocks of Cornwall …

More photos to follow soon!! πŸ™‚

The Way I See it Wednesday – One Year

The Way I See it WEDNESDAY is a Blog Hop designed for those who want

to share their thoughts in either WoRDs or PiCTuReS.


Tomorrow is the 1st of September … on the 11th of September L and I will be celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary …

Where has all that time gone?!?

So much has happened in the last 12 months that it feels like much more time has passed then just one little year …

… at the same time, I have this feeling of incredulity that surely a whole 12 months can’t have come and gone since I married the most amazing boy ever?!!

Apparently they can!! πŸ˜›

My hubby-of-a-year and I will be going on a much-needed holiday in the country for a week, which just so happens (hmm … πŸ˜‰ ) to be over our anniversary …

… I CAN’T WAIT!!! πŸ˜€


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