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It’s been a long time….

Sheesh. What happened there?

Glastonbury happened. And then sunshine. And then friends. And then family. Ooo and a bit of wedding planning. Anyway. I’m back from my hiatus. Can it be a hiatus when you didn’t plan it? Anyway. Glastonbury was brilliant. Bigger than I remember. And warmer. Far more tiring, though I suppose being 32 is a stark contrast to a 19 year old.

Here’s a few select shots; beware – we’re not the coolest of campers. No offence, pals.

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Busy Bee: What I’ve Been Up To Pt 2

June is my busy month. I’ve had things in the diary for June since last October – thanks Glastonbury,  but safe to say, it’s kind of put a hold on wedding planning for the time being, well til July! We have booked our photographer and make-up and hair  – priorities, right? And I’ll post about those ladies soon.

We travelled down to London on Friday, we don’t visit nearly often enough and when we do it’s usually for an event and this time was no exception, we were going to see Bruce Springsteen at Wembley on Saturday! We saw Bruce last year at Hyde Park, I say saw, in reality I mean that we were in the same space as him but neither of us can really remember anything about it. I blame the gin-in-a-tin. Friday night, we got to our hotel in Bloomsbury at 3ish, dropped our bags off and ventured into Holborn and then Soho to visit some choice pubs. I’d bought Chris this map for his birthday and coupled with a few recommendations from friends and a Time Out – we made our way round a few – for anyone wanting to replicate our movements, you can via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9   . For anyone worrying about our alcohol consumption, we ate here ; bringing back memories of our holiday to Essaouira a couple of years ago – the food was delicious and reasonably priced plus the best mint tea I’ve had outside of Morocco.

Saturday, we shamefully didn’t do much; wandered around the Brunswick Centre, where I bought a pair of high-top Cons. I had an urge to wear them for the gig. You know when you get that kind of impulse. We headed over to Wembley at about 4pm. And had a pint in a Premier Inn car park. Best not to think too much about that one. And convened and met our friends in a bar nearer the stadium. I’ve never been to Wembley before and wasn’t quite prepared for the size of it. Though considering the size and reputation of the venue, my experience wasn’t all that positive. Generally the staff didn’t really seem to know what they were doing, pints spilling everywhere – and at a fiver pop, not something we were wanting! slow service, unsureness about what to do, not knowing where there were any cash points – just made me a bit unimpressed really BUT one girl who served us a couple of times was fantastic; cheery and helpful BUT we didn’t get her name; so girl on the 1996 bar on the 3rd till – you were lovely!

Bruce, however, was awesome. 3.5 hours of music. He’s 60-odd. Man, I’m in awe. The crowd was great, a real mix of people; everyone just wanting a good time. One time, I’m going to get down the front so he can choose me to get up and do a bit of Dancin’ in the Dark!

2013-06-17 14.06.59We’ve got Glastonbury in 8 sleeps. So there’ll be a post about that. I’m not looking forward to no showers for 5 days though. Batiste; wherefore art thou?

Holiday: Center Parcs, Whinfell

So, it’s been a bit of a while. What can I say? Getting engaged is a bit hectic. We’ve been thrilled at everyone’s enthusiasm for our news and now I’m getting a bit daunted at all we’ve got to organise but we have got a date and a venue, which is most exciting but I’ll leave that for another post.

A couple of days after we collected the ring, we went off on holiday with some of our closest friends and celebrated our engagement in Center Parcs in the Lake District. Now, in all honesty I always say that Center Parcs is the countryside for people who don’t like the country and I do class myself as one of those. I like my home comforts ( remind me why I’m going to Glastonbury again?) and there’s no shortage of those in Center Parcs. And there’s also no shortage of kids, I think we were one of the few groups without any; so be warned. But that said, friends who have kids love Center Parcs as it’s definitely geared towards them, lots of activities, lots of kid friendly restaurants and cafes. Really it’s great for everyone. I went to Whinfell for the first time last year and enjoyed it so we booked straight away to get the benefit of the come back soon offer. This time, we stayed in a Woodland Lodge which is decorated really modernly, feature walls and blackboards, open fires and flat screen tvs. 6 of us stayed in an 8 bed lodge and I think it cost us about £50 each. Being child-free at Center Parcs does have it’s perks.

Lake District

We ate, we drank, we spa‘ed ( which is fabulous I must say, a definite child-free haven for a few hours), we swum, we ate and drank some more. We played games and I came last at each one. Chris politely said that I was best at ‘going to the spa’ – see, I am marrying him for the right reasons! A great week was had and I’d really recommend Center Parcs to anyone (and everyone!)