Monday, 21 August 2017

Fallen Behind

I hate being behind on my Goodreads challenge, and at the moment I am 2 books behind schedule (eek) on just 9 for the year so far. Don't get me wrong, I'm doing well (considering all of the planning I have been doing this year) but I do really need to catch up. Hopefully I will be able to power through some pages on our Mini-Moon, after the wedding.


On a reasonably healthy 3,639 pages for 2017, which isn't too shabby. My annual record was back in 2015 with 7,027 pages in a year. I am hoping to try and beat that this year but we shall see what happens. As for my "Reading Challenge" list that I started earlier in the year, I have currently completed 16/50 items. There are some that I'm certain won't be checked off ("a classic romance" definitely being one of them!!!) but I hope to get a few more items ticked off before the end of the year.


I'm currently halfway through The Rats by James Herbert, which is a book I was recommended years and years ago. The good thing is that it's relatively short, fast paced, and pretty easy reading (yes, I class people being eaten alive by giant rats as "easy reading"). I should have it finished by the end of the week so that I can start something fresh for after our wedding!

It's a struggle trying to juggle all of my hobbies at the moment. I have nearly finished Sam's rooster - just the feet and finishing touches to go - but at the same time want to focus on my reading, amongst other things. I have a few other projects going on, including restoring some old photographs for Dave's Mum, which I am really enjoying. There just needs to be more hours in the day!

Week 33

Happy days!

13th - 20th August

From left to right: beautiful nature, playing around with our table plan, tea and reading time, frying chicken, a frog eating a caterpillar (photo courtesy of Dave's Dad), back to the dress shop for my final fitting, our lilypads are doing really well, fab friends, and a gorgeous wedding gift from Kara and Marcio <3

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Hen Do...Part 2!

Sorry for my recent quiet spell, I have been doing the last minute planning for our wedding (which is 6 days away!!). I just wanted to take the time to share a few pics from my awesome work hen do with you all. I went out on Friday night with an open invitation to everyone at work, and the turn out was good! Here are some of our antics...


It was a fantastic night spent with some really special people, and I'm so grateful they all came along! I drank my first cocktail (aged 28 haha) and had such a good time. It's mad to admit that this is the first time I have ever done anything like this, due to my nerves, so that shows how fab this lot are - helping me overcome obstacles! 

The real countdown is now on and I have a few things left to do for the wedding. I am off work this week though, so have plenty of time to focus and get stuff sorted out. I'll also hopefully get a little bit of time to relax and recuperate from all the hard work I've been doing! I'll have loads to share after the wedding - I really want to show you some of what is planned but it'll ruin the surprise for the day, so will have to restrain myself for now. Rest assured, you will see it all afterwards though!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Week 32

Family and food!

6th - 13th August

From left to right: one of the roses we salvaged from the old garden, "cheat and sour pork", something borrowed, movie night with lovely people, little shroomies in the lawn!, poached eggs and buttered toast, cheeky Nandos, Dave and a "snap snap", and noodles for dinner.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Week 31

Lots of green!

30th July - 6th August

From left to right: wooden dinosaurs, our funky fairy light chillies, a box of tablet, peanuts in my bluetit feeder, amazing Palak Paneer, white wine needed, our new dragonfly, bee friendly garden plants, and beautiful blue salvia!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Week 30

Wet week!

23rd - 30th July

From left to right: wet walks to work, crochet colours, shimmer, my pretty Saturday, llama photo album!, a brief glimpse of the fish, amazing lunch with friends, ruffles, and my first contact lenses!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

My Hen Party

It's taken me a week, but I've only just found the time to throw together a post about my lovely hen party, last weekend! My bridesmaids did an incredible job!


After being whisked away to a little lodge in the country, Saturday morning started out with a pottery painting session with Kelly and Kirsty! It was cool to spend some time with these lovely ladies (at the time, I didn't know why Sarah didn't come with us but all was revealed later on!). We painted one pot each - Kirsty and I opted for vases and Kelly painted a little bowl.


I don't know where the inspiration for my yellow vase came from, other than the colour! We have a yellow giraffe in our lounge so I wanted to do something to match that. The rest of it was just random though! Kirsty's vase started out pale yellow and then ended up blue and green! And Kelly seemed to know what she was doing right from the start! It was super therapeutic though, and I would love to go again at some point. I can't wait to go and collect our pots once they've been fired!

After our painting, we went and got changed into some 50's style dresses and headed back to the lodge, where we found...


...vintage Sarah with an afternoon tea! She had decorated the whole lodge and put out all these lovely, delicious things (that she and the others had made themselves!!). It looked awesome. However, I didn't have much time to stand and appreciate the sight of the cake - I was sat down with a hair and makeup artist to create something as lovely as Sarah's look!


Kelly and Kirsty got their hair and makeup done as well, along with some of the other ladies! Everyone looked amazing!


We ate lots of yummy food and played some games - it was really good fun! I never expected anything along these lines - the hair and makeup was a complete surprise, and nothing I'd have thought of for myself. I don't know where they plucked the idea from but it was perfect!

Next up, we went to Dorchester for some pizza! Everyone loves pizza!


Lots of deliciousness later, we retired back to our lovely country lodge and spent an hour trying to get all the pins and back combing out of our hair haha! It look forever - for hair that looks so sleek, underneath it was a nightmare!


In all, it was a really wonderful weekend. These girls are the best - I couldn't ask for better friends, who have proven just how well they know me. I'm exceptionally lucky.

There are now only 28 days until we say "I do", which seems mad. It only feels like yesterday that the countdown was in the hundreds! We still have a few bits and bobs to sort, but they're just finishing touches. But in a month, we will officially be Mr and Mrs Hope!