Long-Distance Valentines

Oh what? You thought Valentines was over? Think again.

I’ve had many a Valentine’s Day alone. In fact pretty much all of them. Any potential Valentine has managed to time their interest a couple of months around it (whether that was on purpose or not, I have no idea). So major achievement this year when I managed to pin one down (which makes it sound like he was trying to get away, I promise it was by his choice). However, however, I’ve since discovered that there’s something worse/more annoying than not having a Valentines on the 14th, which is having one and not being able to see them. As the title suggests, it’s a long-distance sort of thing. We’re not just talking a few hundred miles either, more like a few thousand. In short, he’s swanned off to Africa for a few months, and that’s about 6,000 miles.

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But hey, they invented post and Facebook! It’s kind of got me a little sentimental. Not entirely sure that’s the word I’m looking for but you know, amazed that we can talk so easily despite the fact there are 8 countries between us. Pretty amazing right? They say that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, so could you imagine what our lives would look like without the conversations we take for granted? What if there were no phone calls or Facebook messages, no texts or emails, even no letters? Would you make the effort to see the people you love or just let those relationships die out?

This week, my goal is to be appreciative of the conversations I have and the ease at which I can do it. I’m going to message people I haven’t spoken to in ages, phone my relatives, write letters to foreign countries, and make the most of this modern technology.

Hannah 

The Wedding Photographs

What better way to spend a Friday than look at someone else’s wedding photos? – Me

Here’s the anticipated wedding photos as promised.

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Bridesmaiding duties started early, with an 8am wake-up call to go and fetch the dress. This was quite a feat considering we’d only got to bed at gone 1 the previous night. I also got to have a quick trip to Co-op to get us some breakfast croissants, while feeling very out-of-place having just had my hair done. We then took them home and burnt them. Good start.

026080I’ll be honest, we were pretty unorganised.  The wedding was at 3 and at half 2, the bride was just starting to get dressed and the bridesmaids were printing off a game for after the meal. But we managed it and were only 10 minutes late.
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Here’s us all dressed and pretending like we’ve had a very relaxed and laid-back morning.

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This illusion was quickly shattered as we got outside and realised we’d almost left without her veil.
312Obviously I couldn’t take any pictures during the wedding, so here’s one of them as a brand new Mr and Mrs.
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You have no idea how long it took me to make that bunting. Though probably less time than it took for everyone to make those cakes.

390I also made all of these paper wheels to go behind the cake table. I may be slightly bias but I do think it looks amazing.

445This was what we were printing off in the morning instead of getting ready. Wedding guest bingo was a pretty good game. Everyone supplied an interesting fact before the wedding and then had to work out who’s fact was who’s. And there were some pretty interesting facts. I had a good laugh at the woman who met her husband as she chased a naked patient down a corridor, only to discover that this woman was actually my Grandma. I was horrified.
(If you’re wondering, my fact was that during his teenage years the groom had a picture of me dressed as a nurse in his bedroom. The groom is my brother by the way, and I was about 5 and adorable.)
501Instead of dancing in the evening, there were loads of games. There was some serious Jenga’ing going on.
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Ever seen a wedding where the bride is playing football in her dress? I think she even still in her heels at this point …

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So there’s a small part of the photos from the wedding. It was literally one of the best days I’ve had, and I’m so so happy to finally have a sister! Also, Katie still hasn’t been to a wedding. Sorry if this was hard for you to read 😉

Hannah

A Recipe for Romance

The one thing about summer that I love more than the (occasional) sun is that summer is wedding season. I have been to several weddings in my time, and I love everything about them. Poor Katie, has never been to a wedding in her life, so I do like to bully her about that. I had great fun last year, teasing her that I had three weddings to go to this summer:

1) My brother’s wedding, in which I will finally get the sister I’ve always wanted (and a lovely girl she is too)
2) My cousin’s wedding … which has now been called off *ahem* FAMILY DRAMA!!
3) And thirdly, my good friend Hélène’s wedding to a lovely lad called Dan

And in a couple of week’s time, we’ll be off to celebrate Hélène’s last days as a single lady at a little hen do. Sadly, after she gets married, she’ll be moving up to Scotland, as Dan is in the RAF and is based in some remote Scottish town (it’s probably not that remote, but she does make it sound like she’ll be living in some sort of moor, miles away from civilization!). So as she’ll be having very little help in the first stages of her marriage, some of the other hens (is that what you call the other people at a hen do?) thought of the brilliant idea of putting together a recipe book of all of our favourite foods. Because there’s no better way of making new friends than with food.

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I know it’s probably been done many, many times before, but if you’re looking for a cheap wedding present for somebody, this is the perfect thing, and I really hope that when I get married, someone does it for me!

Hannah***