Wednesday, November 1
Friday, August 11
Tuesday, August 1
300g fresh cherries
200ml single cream
Stone and blitz the cherries in a food processor, a mixer or with a hand held mixer. Mix in the milk and cream, then add the sugar and keep stirring it and crushing the sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Put in a freezer proof container and freeze for an hour. Remove from freezer and stir/break down the crystals. Put back into the freezer and remove every 20 mins to stir and break the crystals. Continue doing so until of an ice cream consistency.
Wow. I am sitting in my little house, still surrounded by petals and presents to open, unable to believe that the last ten days are over. Yes, our wedding was a ten-day process.
You see, we've had 3 ceremonies: a legal ceremony (think registry office) on July 19th, an Islamic/Muslim marriage (niqah) on July 22nd, and a Christian blessing on July 29th: spanning ten days. Each ceremony had its own prep and paperwork that we started when we officially became engaged in February. There was also the coordination of who needed to be where, and what they needed to be doing when which intensified in the run up to the last ceremony, the Christian blessing.
Looking back on the whole process, I can safely say that the best bit about the whole thing were the people that were involved, and I don't just mean the registrar, the Imam and the Vicar. I mean everyone. Absolutely everything was arranged or done by friends and family: I don't think there wasn't a 'guest' that hadn't contributed in some way to the process. Our friends and family became one big community from twenty-one nationalities which, in my opinion, is the biggest blessing.
Sure, there were some mishaps: the buttonhole flowers and corsages didn't get to the 'right' people as I forgot to send the list to the 'right' people, and the Live video ended halfway throughout the Christian blessing as I forgot to give my Wi-Fi to the cameraman so the data ran out, but mishaps always happen and will continue to do so. These things, although annoying, were far outweighed by the joy, happiness, willingness to serve, and patience that everyone had. It was that which made each day, and in particular the 29th July, so special.
With that I'd like to thank everyone that came, that helped, that didn't come but have sent presents, that couldn't come but watched on Facebook Live, the list really is endless.
Wednesday, July 12
...during my time in England.
I've been to England to enjoy time with my friends and family ahead of my wedding at the end of this month. It included attending my hen party, having my haircut, collecting my wedding dress, and making curtains while in the vicinity of a sewing machine. Here are some things that surprised me during my stay:
- My Mum and friends had secretly painted stone place names for the tables where we ate cream tea at my hen party. They had been to the local beach to collect the original stones, then they got together at my parent's to paint and personalise them. For all 22 attendees!
- First class stamps have more than doubled in the 14 years since I worked up the Spar shop.
- My Grandma hasn't lost her 'get-up and go' as proven by her magnificent pool shots during the 'Killer' pool tournament for my hen party.
- My brother's girlfriend 'knows' me very well, and can win a 'Know your bride' quiz, beating even my Bridesmaids.
- A lot can happen in 3 years as a catch-up with a close University of Chichester friend proved: life and death go hand in hand.
- I am still able to sew button holes using a sewing machine!
It's been grand England. Until next time!
Saturday, May 27
Friday, May 26
'Trust in the Lord always and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.' ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 by memory so may not be accurate!
There have been a lot of developments in my world in the last few months, and there are lots of changes ahead. A friend suggested a retreat with Spiritual Direction may help me transition and discern what's happened, what's happening now, and what's going to happen. Initially I wasn't sure if a retreat was something for me, but as my inner child (who pops up from time to time when things don't go 'her' way) wasn't calming down through my usual sitting and waiting (in the Spiritual sense, not physical), I am now on a train, winging my way to a lake side town for two nights in a hotel.
Only thing is, it didn't start very peacefully!
I left my house for the train station to see the bus for the station on the roundabout. I chose not to run for it but then when it got to the stop it didn't move on when the traffic lights went green so I ran up to it. Except. The bus driver did the classic 'waggle finger' of a no, even though the bus was only a few metres past the bus stop. Humph.
My reaction? Run. I overtook the bus while it stood at the traffic lights and I ran. I ran to the next stop. But the bus...it drove alongside me while I ran! I was a bit confused, it was like the driver was teasing me, or perhaps cheering me on. Eitherway, I won the race as I got to the next stop first!
I am pretty certain this weekend will be full of odd events such as that.