Mutterings of a Fool

Man, Dad, Runner, Chief dog walker

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The definition of happiness

10 years ago today I stood up in front of family and friends and said ‘I do’ to the lady of the manor, 10 years! 10 whole years that feel like just yesterday but also a lifetime ago. In my wedding day speech I said that happiness was marrying your best friend and I feel very privileged to be able to call this incredbile woman my best friend. It’s incredible to think that what started out as teenage lust and a snog at a house party all those years ago has turned into this wonderful marriage. Where even in our normal sleep deprived state we laugh together and that lust is definitely still there, stronger than ever (hence 3 children under 4!).

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An awful  lot has happened in the last 10 years and when I look back at our wedding photos it would appear I’ve aged at least 20 years while the lady of the manor barely looks any different. It hasn’t always been easy, we’ve been through some real low points that have pushed us to the brink, but also some amazing highs not least the arrival of these 3 crazy little things that seem to follow us around. However no matter what I know that we make the perfect team and will get through anything together.

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This year as you all know has been one of the toughest and we almost didn’t celebrate this occasion because it didn’t feel right doing it without Nanna. But we decided that she would have wanted us to be happy and spend the day with the family that were so important to her. So on Sunday after weeks of preying to the weather gods we had a garden party at home in glorious sunshine with cake and fizz on the menu. You have honestly never seen so many mouth watering cakes in one place, all made by friends or family and almost all eaten before the day was out. It was such a perfect way to mark the occasion, surrounded by friends and family, drinking the same Prosecco we had on our wedding day.

 Family photo at anniversary party

We feel very blessed this week knowing that we have these amazing people around us to help us through the tough times giving us the support we need, but who are also there to celebrate the good times with us. I’m not the most social of people, I don’t have masses of friends but the ones I do have I value highly and they mean a lot to me. This week I’m reminding myself of their importance to me and in particular this amazing woman next to me who is my best friend.

With that I raise my glass to love and friendship and to Alex who I love now, forever and always.

P.S. this also means I can now tick another thing off my Bucket List!


Goodbye my friends, it’s been one hell of a journey

I knew the day had to come and probably soon, but it doesn’t stop it hurting. You have been the most faithful of servants seeing me through the good times and the bad. We’ve had some amazing adventures, we’re travelled to Asia, North America and countless places in Europe together and you’ve been with me every step of the way.

You’ve seen it all; weddings and funerals, secret business meetings and trips to the pub, plus of course the monotonous daily commute. You’ve never done a kiss and tell story in the tabloids or disclosed the gossip you’ve heard. You never even complained at my less than regular polishing and cleaning.

But alas after 5 great years of almost continuous service you’re worn out and the cracks are beginning to show. No more can I resist enduring the hell that is shopping. So it’s off to the great wheelie bin in the front garden sky where all the other shoe people live (which incidentally was an awesome kids TV show).

Goodbye Maggie, goodbye Tony, it’s been one hell of a journey.

Old work shoes