This weekend was an absolute blast! It was a 3-day stretch as we had Friday off and somehow it still managed to flash by in the blink of an eye! It was filled with so much happiness though, it was definitely a weekend that was good for the soul.
An extra day for our weekend, a bonus day off of work, and definitely the best day of the three as we celebrated our friends getting married.
With the big event itself taking place at Vaulty Manor in Goldhanger, Ben and I hopped in a cab and went off to spend the day having fun. The first bonus of the day was the cab from where we stayed for the night only being £6.00. In Essex that’s ridiculously cheap so we knew we were off to a good start!
The venue itself is lovely, being an old farm and it’s buildings converted for special occasions such a this. Low ceilings, wooden beams and surrounded by fields, it was really beautiful.
The ceremony was lovely and the emotion and joy on our friends faces was really heart-warming. After they’d said their “I do’s” and committed to spending the rest of their lives together, we went out into the courtyard for a confetti tunnel, photos, champagne and canapes. Anywhere that gives me champagne and chocolate covered strawberries has me sold!
After we’d all had a few drinks, we were taken into the larger room of the venue for dinner – potato skins, roast dinner and a fruit salad for me (due to my nut allergy) which was all really nice. A glass of bubbles followed while we listened to the speeches, all of which were brilliant; everyone did really well.
After dinner, the DJ worked his magic and we hit the dance floor. We estimate we probably started dancing at 8pm and we didn’t stop until midnight when the music was switched off, so that was a good 4-hours of cardio while we threw shapes and danced around with each other. My knees were wrecked by the end of the night and we got into bed feeling very tired but very happy.
Saturday morning started with a cooked breakfast (courtesy of Ben’s mum) then spent a few hours with her before doing a spot of shopping, then going home for a nice dinner with some catch-up TV and the furries. My bad knees were definitely not thanking me for all the fun of the night before though and to get to bed I had to crawl up the stairs on my hands and knees – I’m such an old lady these days!
Sunday I managed to sleep in until nearly 11am as Ben forgot to wake me (he was having too much fun with Fifa 17!) Once I finally dragged my lazy backside out of bed I treated myself to a nice long shower then opened my laptop and caught up on a few writing jobs I had to do. I does feel good getting back into blogging etc again, I’m still not fully back on the wagon and I don’t think I’ll ever be back to blogging on a daily basis again as my life has changed so much and I don’t have the time these days, but I’m happy for it to morph into a new form to fit with the life I have now and for me to learn to love it again, something that has definitely been missing.
All in all, it was a really good weekend and spending the majority of it offline – I barely logged onto Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – really made a huge difference. As I said in my previous post about the ways in which I’m trying to drag myself out of my rut, spending quality time with the people I care about, plus making time for myself are so crucial and this weekend was definite proof of that. It’s good to be starting to feel content with things again and not overthinking every little thing to the point of oblivion. I’m getting there, slowly but surely.
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