This time two years ago my husband and I were settling down to bacon sandwiches and champagne sat at a table outside at a gorgeous holiday cottage in the Wye Valley. We celebrated our second wedding anniversary yesterday with a lovely romantic drive for several hours on the motorway on the way back from a nice weekend at my parents place in North Wales. (We even taxed the car when we got back for that added little bit of romance.) But we had a nice takeaway and snuggled up together watching The Hobbit so all was not lost!
We got married in the Great Oak Hall at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire on a stunning day. It was a really nice simple ceremony with a small gathering of family and friends. My best friend Dom was my ‘maid of honour’ while my husband’s sister was his ‘best man’. I wrote a reading which my Dad read and we also picked a poem that is very special to us which Dom read –
Uninvited, the thought of you stayed too late in my head,
so I went to bed, dreaming you hard, hard, woke with your name,
like tears, soft, salt, on my lips, the sound of its bright syllables
like a charm, like a spell.
Falling in love
is glamorous hell; the crouched, parched heart
like a tiger ready to kill; a flame’s fierce licks under the skin.
Into my life, larger than life, beautiful, you strolled in.
I hid in my ordinary days, in the long grass of routine,
in my camouflage rooms. You sprawled in my gaze,
staring back from anyone’s face, from the shape of a cloud,
from the pining, earth-struck moon which gapes at me and I open the bedroom door. The curtains stir. There you are
on the bed, like a gift, like a touchable dream.
— Carol Ann Duffy
Our honeymoon was spent at Glentrothy Old Stables near Llanvetherine. A lovely few days away, pottering about in Hay on Wye and going around some castles!
I did come back from my parents with a nice little bag of odds and ends of ribbon and a pasta drying rack which is going to come in very handy for displaying christmas decorations for the upcoming craft fairs I am doing. Not to mention some utterly scrumptious Pink Grapefruit Curd made by my lovely Mum! So now to get making some more things! Just waiting for some more stuffing – and awaiting a delivery of some rattle inserts for baby toys!
My parents run a really special B&B in rural Wales called Rhyd Hir – not too far from Oswestry, Welshpool, Shrewsbury, Chester or even Bala, Snowdonia and Lake Vyrnwy. Go take a look!