He did it!!!

My husband has got a job!! πŸ˜€

After the hard work of the PhD, graduation, countless application forms, interviews and rejections, so many prayers and hopes from us, our family and friends …

And today L got offered an associate research fellow post at an institution where he really wants to work!!

He “stood out” from the other candidates and has received the best recognition for all his hard work and enthusiasm – the job!

I’ve only just stopped dancing around the room and jumping up and down from excitement!! πŸ˜›

I am such a proud, proud wife!!! πŸ˜€

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Meet my new little nephew!

Uncle L!

Auntie R!

Proud Grandpa!

Absolutely delighted Grandma!

“Again Uncle L, again!!”

Big sister A!

Uncle L and Auntie R!

Mummy and Daddy!

Just incase you hadn’t realised, I’m a very proud and thrilled Auntie! πŸ˜‰

Welcome to the world S!

A Sumptuous Dinner Party!

On Saturday evening L, myself and a number of our other friends went to a dinner party, hosted by our lovely friend SA, who is one of the happiest and most generous people I know!! πŸ™‚

After a glass of bubbly Cava, the food kicked off with a selection of canapes for a starter …

… Quails Eggs with Truffle Mayonnaise …

… Blinis, with Wasabi
Creme Freche and Prawns …

… Cocktail Sausages, Mini Bacon and Cheese Quiche and Spinach and Feta Quiche …

… and Crispy Pancakes topped with homemade Green Pesto, Motzeraella andΒ  … get this people! … CAVIAR!!!Β  Caviar (Sturgeon roe/Sturgeon (a particular kind of fish) eggs) is one of those things I absolutely never dreamed of tasting!!

When I was little my sisters and I played many different imaginary games, many of which involved the very highest kind of Historical English Society: ie. Champagne and Caviar and every politely historical phrase we knew thrown in to even things out …

I had, until Saturday, lived under the impression that you had to be a wealthy high-society flyer to enjoy such decadence … apparently us mere mortals can indulge in these delights from time to time! I am glad to have been so mistaken!! πŸ˜‰

The next course was slow-cooked Beef Brisket, served with all the trimmings – roast potatoes, roast parsnips, Yorkshire Puddings, carrots, cauliflower cheese and lots of thick gravy … yum, YUM, YUM!!! πŸ˜›

Oh, and not to forget the red wine we enjoyed …

… finished with homemade Apple Pie and custard …

… or kiwi and pineapple fruit salad.

After all that, we didn’t have the energy to do much more than sit on comfy sofas …

… chat …

… make silly faces (yes, that is me making the silly face! πŸ˜‰ ) …

… finish our wine and drink tea …

… and smile at the camera of course!! πŸ˜‰

We got to dress up, spend time with close friends, eat sumptuous food, laugh, enjoy wine together, have fun and relax – who could ask for a better way to spend their Saturday night?!? πŸ™‚

Congratulations!!!

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?!