Today was Selina and Grahams wedding. It was a lovely hot day, and she looked beautiful in her silver gothic dress and shoes. Selina and I arrived at the registry office in plenty of time, completed the formalities and entered the wedding chamber at 13.30.
Soon she and Graham were man and wife.
Now it was back to the house where we toasted the bride and groom, and then ate a small lunch of quiche and sausage roles. Present were close family and friends from afar. We managed a small Blasdale cricket match. The wicket was a bit rough and hard, causing the ball to bounce rather erratically.
Now it was on to the main event at the Buckinghamshire railway centre. Here we had the covered railway station until midnight, and we had a locomotive and rolling stock in steam. So there were plenty of train rides and the opportunity to ride on the locomotive, blow the whistle and control the engine under the watchful eye of the engine driver.
The meal was supposed to start at around 8.00, but started a little later for one reason or another. Excellent meal put on by the Plough and Anchor. Started with melon and summer fruits, then on to salmon with oysters and prawns, beef, chicken and a vegetarian Thai curry. The afters were the excellent tiered chocolate cake made by Rosemary and several British cheeses.
A band called Brimstone started to play some seventies rock music. They played ZZ Top, Black Sabbath, AC DC, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and by special request White Wedding by Billy Idol. I thought they were very good, and so did most of the others at the party.
John and Carol Curd took the official photographs for the wedding. These will be appearing on the website soon.
This week Rosemary and I have been on holiday. This was the week to prepare for the wedding. Many of those small jobs, which I have been meaning to do, were done this week.
Repainted the skirting boards on the stairs. They had become so chipped over the years.
The chip paper on the ceiling in the living room, it was coming off. Managed to stick the edges down and repaint. But this was only a temporary solution. It must all come off and be reapplied before it drops off one day.
The downstairs loo. Well this was a real embarrassment. One of the rooms that had peeling paint when we first arrived here 17 plus years ago. We never touched it, and it was getting worse. A quick blast with the sandpaper and several layers of emulsion sorted that out. The room was almost respectable.
The new bench from the salvage yard in Oakly had been delivered and dropped by the drive several weeks before. We could not move it on our own. This week we painted it a nice Sage green, mustered a group of strong men from the Plough and Anchor and moved it to the brick area by the honey suckle. I don’t believe anyone thought it could be quite so heavy. No one is going to nick that bench.
I was due to visit the bank this weekend to help them migrate to a new level of our Software. Alas this is not to happen. They have delayed the upgrade to some date in the future. I have cancelled the hotel, and given EasyJet the money.
So that means I have a couple more days at home preparing for the wedding.