Sunday, 24 April 2011

A Wedding Tale

As we are approaching Wedding frenzy, I thought I'd share my wedding day with you guys!  Well, to be exact - my first wedding day!!!

Here is the story of a wedding.  Just a normal wedding, where the bride wore white and the groom had a top hat.  The guests were happy and the bubbles flowed.  Where at the end of the wedding the bride and groom were not really married....but everyone at the event thought they were...!!

It all started when I remembered that the registrar needed my birth certificate.  I had three weeks before the big day, but called him to let him know I was on the case. 

'I am getting my husband's mum to look out his birth certificate, but it might be a few days as she is sending it from NZ'  I said.

Silence.  'Cough...umm is your fiancee from NZ?' asked the tentative registrar.

Me, laughing 'Yes!...did I not tell you?'

Registrar, not laughing 'Do you have the correct visa to marry him?'

Me, not laughing either.  Stomach dropping.  White knuckles tight on the phone. 'No - what visa?  What do you mean?' Nervous laugh.  Ha ha.

Registrar, realising the consequenses.'Umm, you need a visa to get married to someone from NZ.  It usually takes approximately three months to get one issued'

Me, not wanting to hear.  Thinking of solutions, any solution.  Breezily,'Oh, I'm sure there'll be a fast track.  I'll call you back.'

Me, on the phone to the home office.  'Oh.  There is no fast track'.  Silence.  Silent.

But I have a huge dress which is so beautiful!  I have the shoes, the bridesmaids outfits, the location, the booze, the place settings, visitors from NZ.... all the stuff that too me so long to plan.

Boyfriend 'We'll just have to have a party and not a wedding' 

Imagining myself dancing in my wedding dress, not married.  Tragic.  No. No. NO.

Me, calling a humanist.  Not having cried yet, holding it together..  Asking, casully, laughing, explaining.  Can you do a wedding, a non legal wedding, for me, in three weeks time?. ..

The humanist.  Soft voiced, grasping the situation staright away.  'No,' says she 'No.  But I will find someone.  Don't worry.  I'll make sure you get married'.  Me, crying for the first time to a lady I didn't know, but who said she would help and wouldn't stop until everything was ok.  My relief came out in big gulps.

I was found a humanist.  Duncan.  The lovliest and most gentle man who made such an effort and put my mind at ease.

On the day of my wedding only the parents and the official 'witnesses' knew the story.  Duncan did a beautiful wedding and everyone was moved.  We left to sign the registry book.  Except we didn't.  As we were not married.

We were toasted, husband and wife.  Except we weren't.

We got legally married by Duncan, in our living room, approximately one year later.

Still not everyone knows that they attended a wedding which was not real.  It was one of the best days of our lives, and one of the oddest and funniest too.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Easter - Put a sock in it!

Buttons the Rabbit
This little guy is made from socks!  He's an odd easter bunny, but in these days of healthy eating, assuage your guilt as the children's BMI creep higher due to granny and get Buttons the Rabbit to hop on over.

When I first realised what you could achieve with socks, I tried myself.  Three mutant scary monster animals later, I needed something to calm my nerves....Hand made chocolate egg filled with hand made truffles anyone??  These organic eggs are made in Edinburgh and had me floating on a coco cloud, where I could look down and see my odd sock animals from afar...and that was close enough!  I'll leave sock animals to the experts...

For the most divine hand made chocolate:

For funky sock animals visit Peekaboo:

Monday, 11 April 2011

Butterflies, Lavender, and Bears...Picnic time!

If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise!  Have a teddy bear picnic with some of the gorgeous crafts I discovered in Midlothian.


The first discovery is a lady called Margaret, who makes Bears out of old blankets.  They are all jointed and beautifully made.  Sadly I can't show any pictures as Mage is not computer savvy.  However she will be at Midlothian Crafters next few fairs so keep your eyes peeled.

The second is Stable Cottage Glass.  Who knew so many mums at my primary school were so talented?  Fiona makes the most divine, retro and funky stained glass.  Prints of butterflies and spots with ribbons galore makes the end result very moreish.  I have already bought one piece, and have my eye on other bits already!  Fiona has a fast turn around too, so one to keep in mind for last minute pressies.

Last but not least, I found the most heavenly scented soap and lotions, made in the incongrious old mining town of Bonnyrigg, (which is where I grew up!). It is not a place I associate with hand made, naturally sourced ingredients, or with classy, modern packaging, but here it is!  The soap looks like slices of tablet, the lotions looked like whisked cream, and the smells transported me to a spa...