Thursday, 30 December 2010

Endings and Beginnings

2010 has gone so fast. I can't believe that it is nearly the last day of the year and we will be saying goodbye to the old year and entering into 2011.

I'm not sad to say goodbye to 2010. It started with our belated honeymoon to Florida which was fabulous but is ending with the knowledge that things are definitely going to change in the next year and there will be periods of uncertainty. (When I'm in a position to let you know, I will tell you the reason why).

This year has been quite stressful for AJ and I. We finally sold AJ's flat after being on the market since the start of 2010. After 6 months we had an offer in which was less than we would have hoped, but had to accept as it was the only decent offer we had and needed to sell. After nearly 17 weeks after the offer, we finally exchanged contracts after much stress and anxiety and fighting between AJ and I. I never believed until now that selling a house is one of the most stressful things. It has totally put me off selling our house and moving and I am staying in our little house until the horrible memories have gone.

We unfortunately had two deaths in AJ's family - his cousin Gail and his Grandad Reg. Plus a friend of AJ's passed away too.

Two of our friends partners have been diagnosed with cancer and a colleague/friend of mine has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Even though it hasn't been a great year it has had its moments.

As mentioned AJ and I went to DisneyWorld in Florida for our belated honeymoon. We had two wonderful weeks and plan to go back again one day. We went to see Charley Boorman and the wonderfully funny Hairy Bikers at Wolves Civic. We went to see Michael Buble at the LG Arena in Birmingham. We went to Austria for a week at the end of June. I visited Liverpool (for a hen night). It was our friends Dave and Kim's wedding in Shrewsbury in August. We have had some nice days out shopping and we ended the year treating ourselves by having a meal in the new Jamie Oliver Italian restaurant that recently opened in Birmingham.

I'm not sure what 2011 will have in store for us. Nothing concrete is really on the horizon. We are going to see Peter Kay in London. I'm going on my first scrapbooking retreat in November in which I can't wait and all being well we will be visiting our friends Mandy and Ceal who are in Australia at the end of 2011. The rest of the year we will take it as it comes.

I don't set myself New Years resolutions as a rule. I do have a Wish List for the New Year.

1) Be more creative and take more time to do scrapbooking, cross stitch and card making, and also to develop my blog and post regularly

2) Live a more healthy lifestyle. Look at my diet, exercise more, take time to relax. Take more pride in my appearance and to look after my skin as neglected of late.

3) Make more time for friends. AJ and I have been abit insular of late and we need to socialise more.

4) Get myself and the house more organised and tidy. It is time to really declutter the house. (AJ may not like it, but we really need to chuck out a load of stuff)

5) Do more of the things that make me happy

6) Make time just for AJ and me.

I wish you and yours a Happy New Year and that 2011 will be a good year.

Good evening from Pickle Land. I hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

70th Birthday Memories for Dad

Today would have been my Dad's 70th Birthday. I didn't want to forget the day even if Dad is now longer around so my brother, AJ and I are having a celebratory tea tonight in memory of Dad. We have already visited the crematorian to lay flowers for both Dad and Mom and we are spending the evening together as a family.

I miss my Dad and Mom every day and I am sad that we can't celebrate for real. My Dad wouldn't have wanted the fuss but I would have bought a cake and either taken Dad out for a meal or cooked a lovely meal. I would have bought him his favourite malt whisky and possibly a nice glass as Dad loved glassware.

It has been nearly seven years since Dad passed away. The time has gone so quick. Today was a milestone I was dreading but I don't feel too bad surprisingly. Maybe because my Dad wouldn't want me to wallow in sadness. That today is about celebrating his life - not mouning his untimely passing.

So here is to my Dad Cliff. I love you and miss you and you are in my thoughts forever.

Your loving daughter Lesleyxx

Friday, 24 December 2010

Christmas Wishes

Just wanted to say Merry Merry Christmas
Hope your Christmas is Wonderful and full of magic
Seasons Greetings from Pickle Land
Love Lesley, AJ, Kiwi and Willow xx

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Baby - It's Cold Outside

How cold has it been the last few days or so. I don't ever remember it being so cold. I absolutely hate driving in this and even worse walking in it. I waddle like a duck at the best of the time and I'm even slower in these conditions. I know it looks so pretty but I can't wait for the snow and Ice to go away

I can't believe it is only 4 days until Christmas, and I still haven't sent all my cards, wrapped all my presents and unfortunately I don't break up until 4pm on Christmas Eve.
I am so looking forward to having a whole week off work to do crafty stuff and relax and spending time with family and friends. It seems ages since I've had time off and I really do need to just take time off and chill for a while as I've been quite stressed the last few months and it has really affected me emotionally and I've been so tired and un-creative of late.

I did however, make a batch of cards that have been well received by my friends, and I've created little Christmas displays using festive red photoframes. ( Close Up Photos to follow for picture frames but see picture of Christmas display by my fireplace below as a taster)

Below are the three designs of cards I made this year. All are stamped images, coloured in with pro-markers. I borrowed the stamps off my good friend Chris so unfortunately I don't know the make of the stamps - I do think however that the hedgehog maybe a Hero Arts stamp

I'm quite pleased with these cards - they are quite simple and quick and easy to do.

On the JYC front, I am so behind. I've been doing a journal of notes from the prompts and I can't wait to catch up during my time off and share on this blog and the Shimelle JYC forum of which I'm ashamed to say I haven't visited at all this month. Partly because I haven't had the time and partly because I don't want to be too influenced by other peoples journals. This week up I definitely will be on catch up.

Anyway, not sure if I will post again now until Christmas so I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and hope to speak to you soon
Love Lesley xx

Saturday, 11 December 2010

It's been way too long

Just a small post to say I haven't gone away, but I just don't seem to have found the time to blog lately. I haven't had the best month or two which hasn't helped either.

Things, you will be glad to know are on the up now. Christmas shopping has began and the presents bought so far have been wrapped. The Christmas tree is up and looks nice. I've still to make some Christmas cards but luckily they are for people I will see before Christmas. Those that I need to post will get shop bought I'm afraid. I'm on major catch up with Journal Your Christmas, but I've a week off at Christmas so will do then. Looking forward to having the break off work too as really could do with some time for myself.

I will promise to try and get back into the swing of things and share what I have been doing lately soon.

Good Evening from Pickle Land and hope to speak very soon

Lesley xx

Sunday, 14 November 2010

We will remember them

Photo taken at the National Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, October 2010

A few weeks ago, I went to the National Arboretum with my brother to do an assignment for the Photography course we are both doing. This is a picture I took that sums up the meaning of Armistice Day and Rememberance Sunday. I also want to remember today all the brave Service Men and Women currently serving around the world, and those that have been injured and maimed in defending our freedom. We will remember them
Lesley xx

Monday, 25 October 2010

Never to Old to Learn

This is the second time I have tried to compile this blog post as for some reason my work has been lost.

I have finally completed by LSNED book for 2010. I am so pleased I have finished it as I wanted to be done before Shimelle's True Stories and also be ready for Journal Your Christmas which is not far away either.

I haven't posted the layouts as I have done previously as I tried that last night and four hours later nothing to show for it so I thought I would just post the layouts for you to see and one explation for each day. Hope you don't mind

19th September - We tried Gordon Ramseys pasta sauce today but AJ and I decided we much prefer Loyd Grossman sauces

20th September- Learnt all about the Kindle and have decided I want one. On the luxury list at the moment though

21st September - My prize from Humel arrived today. The photo is a selection of the lovely items kindly sent. Thank you Mel xx

22nd September - I started a college course today - Photography course at the local college

23rd September - I caught up the Great British Bake Off. Edd won it. I was so sure Ruth was going to win

24th September - Learnt that it is really nice catching up with friends I haven't seen for a while

25th September - Why can I resist all of the lovely, scrummy cakes at Costco, but can't resist Hershey's chocolate syrup?

26th September - Today I discovered the wonderful world of Cake Pops via a you tube video from Bakerella. Have ordered the book via Amazon.

27th September - Started to listen to various Podcasts and I think they are so cool

28th September - Simple is sometimes the best way - have been really down on my card making ability but I am quite pleased with this card I made for my husbands up and coming Birthday

29th September - Swiss Miss chocolate (another buy from Costco) reminds AJ and I of the hot chocolate we had in our hotel in Disney World, Florida

30th September - the final day of LSNED and I have learnt that you are never to old to learn

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you soon

Love Lesley

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Grandad Reg

Yesterday AJ's Grandad Reg passed away. He had been ill for quite a while but it still came as a shock to the family.

Reg, I think was 85 and had lived a good but hard working life. He was a Commando in WW2 and saw things that no one should ever have to witness, and throughout his life he was a Master Butcher.

He married Jean and they had three children; Susan, Karen and my father in law Nigel. In the late 1970's they moved to Blackpool and his children and grandchildren all have the fondest of memories visiting them. A trip to Cleevely's still brings a smile and laughter to AJ and the rest of the family.
About 6 or 7 years ago, Reg and Jean returned back to the West Midlands in happy retirement until Jean's untimely passing in 2008. They had been married over 60 years. Now they are reunited.

Reg was a big, strong, handsome man in his time. (My FIL and husband both look like Reg- unfortunately I haven't a photo at hand to post). He was also proud and a real fighter- right up to the end.

I only knew Reg for a short time but I am previledged to have met him.
He will be missed by the family and will remain in our hearts for ever. Love you Grandad Reg xx

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Happy Birthday to my wonderful Husband

Today is my husband AJ's 33rd Birthday

Happy Birthday and love forever xx

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Listening to music to Internet Shopping

Photograph taken 1st October 2010 - Lesley Guest

Still catching up with myself at the moment, but have managed to do 7 of my LSNED layouts

September 12th - Listen to Music

Lessons learnt today:

It's been a long time since I have listened to my cd's

Spaghetti Bolognese is still one of my favourite meals

That time really does fly - I've had four days off and it has gone in a blink of an eye. Unfortunely it is back to work tomorrow and the time is bound to drag

I'm really fed up with my house at th moment. I sometimes wish I could completely empty it, get rid of everything (not including my husband in this so don't worry AJ) and start again fresh with new furniture and everything

September 13th - Still clock watching

Lessons learnt today:
I'm still clock watching at work - bad thing to do as makes the day go twice as slow

That the buyer of Adam's flat doesn't want to purchase the furniture so we will need to get rid of it. Where on earth am I going to put it, our house is full to the rafters already?

My friend Chris's grand daughter Ella is enjoying school- she started Infant school last week and she has settled in really well and is loving it. It only seems five minutes ago since she was born

September 14th - Remember

Journalling reads:

Maybe it's because I've become the same age as when my Mom was first diagnosed with Breast Cancer, but my Mom is on my mind lately

Lessons learnt today are:

I'm thinking more about my Mom lately. Maybe it is because she was only 36 when she was first diagnosed with Breast Cancer and I've just turned 36. Did my Mom realise when she was 36 she would only have 8 more years left to live???

I've noticed that a certain person at work (no names mentioned) is even ruder than usual. He has always been rude, but he is down right despicable. I hate rudeness. It takes nothing to be civil with someone.

A quick e-mail to a friend has generated an invite to ours to catch up. It has been ages since we last met up and AJ and I are really looking forward to seeing Lu again. It's been far too long since we have seen each other and long over due

September 15th - Present Buying
Jounalling reads:
I'm finding it hard to think of intersting presents for my husband, especially when he doesn't really know what he wants

Lesson learnt today;
I am finding it increasingly more difficult to come up with interesting presents for my husband and as he doesn't really know what he wants yet I'm finding it hard to come up with a Birthday present (his Birthday is in October) and I've got to start thinking about what I can get him for Christmas too

September 16th Got paid today
Journalling reads:
It was a surprise as thought wasn't until tomorrow that I got paid this month

Lesson learnt:
That being paid a day earlier than expected is a pleasant surprise. I though I was to be paid tomorrow

September 17th - Funny black mood
Journalling reads:
I can become in a bad mood very quickly
(I know it is gramatically good English but it is how I speak - Pickle language)

Lessons learnt today:
That my mood is very dependant on the moods of others. For example the person who I mentioned before who is rude always seems to be in a mood of late, so I seem to pick up on his mood, which sends me into a mood

Having guests at the weekend has forced me to do the housework

September 18th - Internet
Journalling reads:
Internet shopping at Waitrose saves us at least 2 hours on a normal shop

Lessons learnt today:
Doing the monthly grocery shop on line has saved us at least 2 hours of time that can be spent n doing something else - such as going to the gym( must do that - lol) or play on wii or catch up on house work (must do that too - ha ha) or just relax and watch tv or read a book

It is great to have guests over to visit, especially when they bring the most fantastic chocolate cake which was demolished before I had the chance to take a photograph. It was lovely to see Mand and Aimee

It is nice to have a really long chat with my brother about our parents- it is very rare

Chilli chicken is becoming one of my favourite meals

Hoping to catch up with the remaining LSNED layouts in the next week and will share as I do them.
As a teaser lessons learnt will be on Lie ins, Pasta Sauces, wanting a Kindle, invite to a 60th Birthday lunch, The Great British Bake Off, a parcel arriving, becoming a student, Chinese meal, Costco, Hershey chocolate syrup, only three months to Christmas, Pop cakes and Podcasts

Good Evening from Pickle Land
I hope to speak to you soon
Love Lesley xx

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Time flies

It seems ages since I have blogged and the last two weeks have just gone in a total blur.

I haven't actually been enthused to do much lately and hence I' feel I haven't done anything to really share on this blog. I'm actually not feeling too guilty about this though, as I think most people have periods in their busy lives when they feel exactly the same, and I've had alot on my plate lately

However I do feel I can share the following

On the work front, both AJ and I are experiencing unsettling times. We both work for local government and impending central government cuts means that budgets will need to be cut and jobs may go as a consequence. Being as we both work in the same building, this doubles our risk of one or both of us being made redundant in the very near future. It is worrying for us both as currently we have two mortgages (we are in the process of selling AJ's flat) and two lots of bills. If one of us is made redundant we probably will just about manage, but if both of us loose our jobs, we will really struggle. We have already said we would take any job jus to make ends meet.

We are trying not to let it worry us, but it is hard not to, especially when the UK is still recovering from recession and good jobs are hard to find. We are both emotionally drained of late and the uncertainty is the worse thing. We have put things on hold - like booking the expensive exotic holiday we had planned for next July, getting a new car, moving house and even having children (not that we wanted them at this very moment anyway ha ha!!!).

We have decided to try and treat ourselves though, and still enjoy life as well as we can and continue to do the things we enjoy ( apart from the really expensive plans of course).

I've booked myself on a scrapbooking retreat in November 2011 with Sarahs Card Ltd ( I know it is 14 months away but it is great to have something to look forward to, and AJ said just go fo it!!!! plus I've nearly a year to pay it all off).

AJ will still be purchasing his season ticket for Aston Villa- leaves me free afternoons to scrap and craft

Even if we can't go on the expensive holiday next year, we still plan to have a few weekends away - London to see Peter Kay at the O2 Arena next April is already booked and paid for, and I'm hoping to take AJ to visit Liverpool and I wouldn't mind going somewhere near the seaside - possibly to Brighton and Hove to visit a cousin I haven't seen in a few years.

On the personal front, I have started a new college course. It is Photography for Beginners and it is only for 10 weeks, but I already know after just one week I'm going to love it. I've signed up to do it along with my brother - who would like to make a career out of photography. I just want to do it so at the end, I can hopefully take better photos for me to scrap and share on this blog. Most of all I just want to have fun with a hobby that I'm getting more of an interest in since I've been scrapbooking.

On the LSNED front, I haven't done any layouts- hence no pictures this post, but I've been keeping my notes up to date daily and will share my layouts and lessons learnt once I've made a start on the layouts. I'm planning to have a scrapbooking session this weekend so hopefully I'll be up to date by this Sunday.

In terms of the Book of Stories class by Big Picture Classes, I've been trying to think of stories I can turn into layouts. The daily e-mail triggers have been great at prompting memories which I can turn into journalling on my future layouts. I'm looking forward to the next lesson in a few days time to work on and to develop a better process of storing these memories and stories.

On the scrapbook/card front, I've only made two cards - for AJ's birthday- one from me and one from the cats (I know I'm sad- Ha ha ). Obviously I don't want to show until after his birthday in October as AJ reads this blog, but will show you after his birthday. I haven't done any layouts but hey ho - the supplies aren't going anywhere.

I apologise for this lengthy wordy post, but just wanted to keep you up to date as much as possible of what is going on in Pickle Land. I feel my lull is slowly clearing and I'll be back to my old self soon.

Please take care, and I hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx

Monday, 13 September 2010

These are my girls

In the absence of children, these are my girls. Just wanted to show off them as they have been really cute lately and I like these pictures of them

Good Evening from Pickle Land
Hope to speak to you soon
Love Lesley xx

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Clock watching to chick flicks

September 6th - Clock Watching

Journalling reads:

Clock watching serves no purpose. It just makes time go much slower

Lessons learnt today are:

That I seem to be clock watching alot at work. At the moment work is getting me down and don't exactly want to be there and I wish it is 5.10pm at 9am. Clock watching, however, serves no purpose as it just makes the time go even slower

It is nice to catch up with a friend I haven't seen for a few weeks

On reflection, I haven't seen alot of my friends for a while recently and I really need to rectify that

That I have become insular lately- not always a good thing

It is National Payroll week( I even get spam e-mail at work) - which coincides with the Tax Office saying that mistakes have been made and some people may owe tax. Hope that isn't me or AJ

I attended my Lifestyle assessment and learnt that I weigh less than I did when I started the programme. However, I personally feel that I haven't done enough and I should have lost alot more.

That I am constantly letting myself down

It is really hard to drive when the rain is pounding on the windscreen

September 7th - Pouring

Journalling reads :

At the moment, it seems it never rains but it pours in the Guest household

Lessons learnt today are:

It seems that at the moment, it never rains but it pours in my house

Sometimes I need to look at the world through different eyes (my brother said that to me today as I was complaining about where I live and why I didn't like being there)

That I have forgotten alot of history from my school days. How could I forget that it is 70 years since the Blitz began

That AJ's step grandfather Peter is still awaiting a date for his operation as the surgeon cant give a specific date - see reason below

That the media is not telling the whole truth about the war in Afghanistan.

The reason why the surgeon can't give a date for Peter's operation is that alot of injured soldiers (more than the media make out) are coming to the QE and Selly Oak hospitals with horrific injuries and that they rightly are being given priority over an 81 year old man. Even Peter himself would say that these brave soldiers/ service men and service women should be operated on first.

That AJ is better in a crisis situation that I thought he would be

I really really HATE driving - see post for 8th September

September 8th - Damage

Journalling reads:

Lesson 1: It's only a piece of plastic and metal. At least you wasn't hurt

Lesson 2: It doesnt look much damage but it's going to cost the man/driver that bumped me £400 to fix as there is more damge to the boot than you can see

Lessons learnt today are

That my car really is only a piece of metal and plastic and that I shoule be grateful that AJ and I weren't hurt at all.

Last night a van driver ran into the back of me whilst I was pulling out of an island. The guy was very nice and apologised and admitted he just never saw me. Luckily for him it was his father's business's van so his father is going to pay for the repairs of the car wihout going through his insurance. It is going to cost him £400 as there is more damage than you can actually see and needs a new bumper and the boot needs to be rapaired as the bump lifted it and slightly crushed it. I was very cautious sorting this all out as was abit apprehensive about not going through the insurance but the guy has paid the garage upfront and I just need to take it in on 20th September.

That too many people think I should put a claim in for injuries caused by my bump last night - even though I suffered absolutely no injuries. Why has the world become a PUT A CLAIM IN society? I'm far too honest!!!

I can use my car still - the damage doesn't affect the drive - thank goodness

My father in law Nigel is in Salou after riding through France and Spain on his motorbike. He rang to wish me Happy Birthday- bless him!!

I have no confidence in my driving - not necessary a new thing I've learnt, but having the bump (even though NOT my fault) has dented my confidence even further

September 9th - Age 36

Journalling reads

I had some lovely gifts from family and friends

Lessons learnt today:

That AJ bought me a purple/lilac bead to go on my Chamilia bracelet - I knew I was getting the bracelet as he needed to check my wrist size but I didn't know what bead he would choose. He picked the right one for me as lilac is one of my favourite colours and it symbolises our colour scheme at our wedding. He was looking for a wife bead but dont think there is one

As usual he picked a lovely Birthday card

That I had some lovely cards and gifts from family and friends for my birthday

That I am 36 years old today and I'm not particularly happy about it- for some reason I feel very old - doesn't help that my lovely husband is over 3 years younger than me

That I absolutely adore Starbucks and have missed going- haven't been in ages. Treated myself to a Caramel hot chocolate with cream and a Skinny Blueberry muffin- as if that is going to help when Ive had all that cream. It was also nice meeting my brother there - along with AJ of course

That it is great taking some time off from work and doing nothing in particular - even took a nap in afternoon to recharge batteries

That I have some exercises to do for Book of Stories course from Big Picture Scrapbooking

That the Thai red curry I ordered was hotter than I remembered it was from the last time I ordered it from the Chinese takeway. Very nice though

That my Thai curry wasn't as hot as the dish my brother chose. He only took a couple of mouthfuls and his eyes were watering and he was sweating buckets - very funny to see!!!

10th September - Fab

Journalling reads

And it really is !!

Lessons learnt today

That I seem to go into bad moods very quickly these days and often for no real reason

I really do like to go to Solihull shopping - even though I don't like the drive along the motorway

That there is a shop in Touchwood called Fabulous which sells gorgeous jewellry. It sells Lola Rose jewellry and I just had to buy a Lola Rose necklace with my Birthday money. It is scrummy!!!! And Fabulous really is FAB!!

That pictures do trigger memories. Had a e-mail trigger from Karen Grunberg - Book of Stories and it brought up good memories of my Dad and his allotment

That a Shake Away maltesers milkshake has absolutely shed loads of calories so shall not be having another one of those for a long time

That you really can get your monies worth with a £6.99 all you can eat buffet from Pizza Hut

I can spend hours in John Lewis if given the chance

That the mobile tyre fitter that AJ used to sort out his puncture was very prompt and did an excellent job. Remember to put in the memory bank just in case we need to use again

11th September - Chick Flicks are Good for the Soul

Lessons learnt today:

That Chick Flicks are good for the Soul. Haven't watched a chick flick in ages

Learnt a little bit about Greece from Driving Aphrodite (chick flick). Makes me want to go to Greece

Sometimes I am comfortable with my own company. Other times not. Today was NOT!!

That I don't eat much on a Saturday when AJ goes to cricket. When I do it is really unhealthy food like the half a dozen chocolate brazils in the afternoon and a plate of chips with mayo for tea

I can watch TV for hours and not realise the passing of time. Why can't it go so fast at work?

I could watch the Hairy bikers forever. They are great fun and the food is good too. Chicken paprikash is fantastic

Over all this week has been a mixed bag and I've learnt alot. It hasn't exactly been a good week but it hasn't been a bad week either. I've a lot to be grateful for and alot of things to ponder on.
I've felt low and I've felt high. This is a typical week for me and through working on LSNED I've been looking at the world a little bit differently or trying to at least ( as my brother reminded me to the other day). I just need to remember to learn from this week the lessons and take them with me along this journey of life

Good Evening fom Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you soon

Love Lesley xxx

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Layouts Days 1 to 5

I have finally done my layouts for LSNED days 1 to 5.

They are all quite simple - like me!!! I've tried to keep certain elements for each day the same. Such as adding a small embellishment on each page, number for each day, title for day printed in black

September 1st - Roast Dinner

Journalling reads:

You can't beat a meal out after a hard day at work, especially if it is a roast dinner

September 2nd- Omelette

Journalling reads:
I make a mean omelette

3rd September- Paint toenails

Journalling reads:

Why paint your own toenails when you have a wonderful husband to paint them for you

4th September- Creative

Journalling reads:

I am more creative than I give myself credit for

5th September - Love

Journalling read:

All you need is love

Lessons learnt today

All you need is love

My husband got me a lovely Boofle Anniversary card and "Anniversary" Willow Tree Figurine

That we have some lovely friends and family that have sent us cards and texts wishing us all the best. We even had a text all the way from Australia

That the weather today is the same as on our Wedding day last year

That I can sit through England v Pakistan 20/20 Cricket match whilst my husband who is the supposed cricket fan fell fast asleep

That each year, time gets quicker and quicker - it only feels like weeks ago that we got married

AJ and I are off for a meal later to celebrate our anniversary, so for now, Good Evening from Pickle Land and hope to speak to you soon

Love Lesley xx

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Our First Wedding Anniversary

On 5th September 2009, AJ and I got married in the beautiful Lake District. I can't believe it has been a year already. It really only seems like a few weeks ago
We had a very small yet intimate wedding - including AJ and I, there was 22 of us. This was because AJ and I are not centre of attention people and we really didn't want a big affair. We only wanted our closest friends and family to be there. It was a perfect day - apart from the weather which was very dull and drizzly. My brother gave me away (unfortunately both of my parents have passed away) which was very emotional but I am glad that he was able escort me down the aisle on behalf of my Mom and Dad. My friend Jo who I have known my entire life was my maid of honour, and AJ's best mate Dave was the Best Man.
We got married at 12.30pm- which was earlier than I wanted but now am glad it was early as I was really nervous and just wanted to get ready and get the ceremony over and done with as soon as possible once I was up and had breakfast. We had a lovely Wedding breakfast which consisted of Vegetable Soup for Starter, Chicken Breast in a Smoked Applewood Cheese and Mushroom sauce with seasonal vegetables for the main course, and profiteroles for dessert.
We never had any professional photos taken - I've a real aversion to having my photograph taken and knew a professional photographer would wind me up, so we had AJ's Aunt's partner Hayden take a few less formal pictures for us. They turned out to be really nice and I even like a few of the pictures with me in as well - Ha Ha!!
Afterwards, we had a couple of hours on our own in which we opened some wedding cards and presents, and our guests had time to freshen up and relax themselves before we had an evening get together with the most fantastic hot buffet, and then we continued in the hotel bar for the rest of the evening.

It was the perfect wedding for us. It wasn't your average elegant affair in a really posh hotel. We chose a really nice homely hotel on Ullswater, as we wanted the wedding to be as informal as possible. We organised things in a way which suited us, rather than worrying about how everyone would perceive the wedding, and following a tick list that you see in all the wedding magazines.
Would I change anything looking back? Absolutely no!!! The most important thing about that day is that AJ and I become one in marriage. We declared to our family and friends that we love and cherish one another and that we want to spend the rest of our lives together.

So Happy First Anniversary to my wonderful husband. I love you always xx