Thursday, 22 February 2007
All the W's - Weekend, Wonderful Wales, Wedding.
OH YIKES .........
Wedding in Wales ......
don't forget the hairdryer, the outfits, the camera's, make-up, maps, present, cards, pj's, food for the house, tea, milk.... what else....THE UNDERWEAR!!!
There is something else ...... it'll come to me in a mo......
OH HECK.......Can we leave now!!
Memories of the Railway children come to mind while recounting this little tale –( remember the children’s arrival to the house in the country). Let’s set the scene – we were travelling for 8 hours on some of the most treacherous roads in England, road works and just sheer weight of traffic helped us to arrive late.
It was a cold stormy dark night deep in the heart of north Wales. We had been on this winding road with no street lights for what seemed ages. We really had a sense of complete darkness, the rain was beating on the windscreen making visibility difficult, we should be thanking our lucky stars, a week ago this road would have been 8 inches thick with snow.
Looking in the distance there had to be a sign of life out there somewhere – suddenly a light in the darkness showing the outline of a little cottage and other descriptions to look out for indicated that this could indeed be the place. We proceeded to park the car on the steep gravelly driveway. I went first with my tiny torch, tackling the shallow steps scrabbling around for the key and lock.
As I entered through the door I was almost expecting to stumble into the wrong home (now that would have been embarrassing) I was greeted by the most cosy sight. I lovely warm country kitchen and a great big kitchen table – all lit in subdued lighting with a big tray of cups and teapot ready and waiting for tea to be made.
I went from room to room excitedly, everywhere was beautifully cosy and quaint. I had no idea what it was like outside but when morning light came this is what I discovered.
The scenery was stunning. No sign of sheep, they were right at the top of this hill. No wonder what a great environment up there, all that lush green grass. Right at the bottom of the hill is a fast running but shallow river.
The floors downstairs were traditional slate. The wooden floors upstairs were slanting and bouncy and the windows uneven, the ceilings slanted with beams everywhere – this was definitely a crooked house.
It's decorated vintage Laura Ashley style.
Hubby and I had a lovely room with an antique iron bed. You step up into it and was so comfortable.
My mother's quaint room, a little seat at which to admire the view. Her big bed was covered with a thick Welsh hand stitched quilt.
The children had lots of room in this big room, decorated in pale blues.
The garden was ready to bust with daffodils, some flowers had already bloomed.
It’s so lovely to see spring flowers at last.
Anyway back to business, we have a wedding to attend.
We had so much to do before the wedding and were then rushed to get there, horse and cart then tractor did nothing to calm the nerves.
Then parking. We quickly tottered off in our heels swinging camera bags and other paraphernalia around us.
Well we made it squashed into our pews and waited for the bride to attend – she was late – another horse and cart. Oh well it is fashionable for the bride to be late after all.
First glimpse of the married couple -
The party begins- and my youngest girls get into the swing of it
But hey .... YEH!! look, my eldest daughter caught the brides (other) bouquet - they don't use the brides one anymore ? ( suppose they just cost to much). But it was a rather shocking moment for all.
The wedding was organized over 2 years and in one day it was all over, at least we have the memories.
So raise a glass to the newly weds. Congratulations and may all your dreams come true.
I do love a Wedding!!