I've learned that no matter how good a friend someone is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while, and you have to forgive them for that...
So difficult to forgive though when you don't know why they've hurt you in the first place.
This weekend will be spent amongst my beautiful family and hopefully the dent in my equilibrium will heal as I throw myself into the usual household malarkey and count my blessings.
Turning to more positive things now. We have booked our wedding venue!
We have looked at a number of places including stately homes, chain hotels and barns and have been completely appalled by the ridiculous prices they charge. Basic 'all in' packages initially look ok - but woe betide you if you have additional guests or require something out of the ordinary and an additional £50 - £70 per guest is required on top of what you're paying. No thanks!! We simply don't have £10,000 to spend on a wedding breakfast and even if we did - then we wouldn't!! (still with me?!! )
Neither of us 'do' church so our ceremony will be held in a Registry Office. Unfortunately we can't book that until exactly 12 months before the date we need so that means waiting for a good few months before we can firm that up.
We've found a lovely rural village hall not too far away from here which was only opened this time last year. It's a lottery funded new build, very easy on the eye and the hire charges are within our extremely limited budget.
We're a little unconventional - as you regular readers will know(!) - and so we're thinking of hiring a vintage fish and chip van to cater for guests in the afternoon, and then a hog roast in the evening. So that's the plan in very basic terms - but by heck do we have some saving to do as we have zero capital right now. Belts will have to be tightened to spine snapping proportions but we're confident that we can do it. We're going to sell what we don't need, I shall have to really push my chocolate bouquets and frugal measures of an extreme nature shall have to be taken.
Bring it on!!!
I've sold an old Blackberry and a bouquet today!! The pot is £55 richer already. Long may the momentum continue! It's a free listing weekend on Ebay - guess I know what I'll be doing then!
Now then - who'll start the bidding for a loony 14 month old Collie?! ;)
Have a wonderful weekend!!