Saturday, 25 February 2012

Honeymoon Part 2!!

So onwards in the week, Wednesday was a lazy and late start and a tasty breakfast, and then a short drive to a local reservoir to take the dogs on a long walk, over a huge impressive working bridge and dam, and around some stunning breathtaking scenery. The micro-climate around there was just something else, as it was freezing cold but the sun was out which was normal, but the temperature must have been in minus figures, as the frozen topped streams but running underneath were testament to, so pretty and quite fascinating. We barely saw anyone around so it was so quiet and peaceful, and the dogs had a great time in a brand new place to walk, and were really well behaved, especially around the wild birds, sheep and horses.

After a good few hours rest we had an exciting (well for me!) afternoon planned, with the BEST recommendation ever, to a canine hydrotherapy centre nearby in Devon - Dogchester Hydrotherapy - and the kind owner had managed to fit us into her schedule, which was just great and so helpful. The facilities there were just fantastic all round with a huge heated and ramped pool - and Trudy the owner was just so good with Kiah, getting her perfectly accustomed to the water with no rushing or stress, and it was just the best thing ever to see Kiah starting to really enjoy what was a full hour's worth of swimming.

The rest of the day was really just spent relaxing together on the cottage, with three tired and happy doggies (Yahoo had stayed with friends for the week as he is just getting a bit elderly now) and two tired and happy humans, log fire burning red hot, cosy evening together, ready for another following day, which was to be a day trip and visit to Cornwall...

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Honeymoon Part 1!!

To continue; we had a very enjoyable and lazy Sunday 'post-wedding' morning, it was lovely to see lots of people who stayed over, and then just to top it off having a rather overindulgent fry up/cereal/ fruit/pastries/toast/whatever we wanted breakfast at the hotel, and a very lazy check out having stayed in the penthouse, just lovely!! We did have to eventually get back to a bit more reality, and Alex had a fun few minutes using his 4x4 for what it was really meant for in the snow of the empty car parks... typical boy!! It was great to get back to see the doggies after they had spent the previous day and evening with some very trusted friends, it was great to know they were in safe hands, and being spoiled too.

The honeymoon was a secret until we started travelling down, and I found out that it was to be down in the West Country at a beautiful secluded cottage in Devon, that the dogs were welcome at too (even better) - just a stunning place with a homely feel, the best power shower ever, and a toasty log burner that Alex made sure was roaring every night!!! The first afternoon there was just a lot of enjoyable nothing - all of us chilling out, in the cottage.

Our first full day was just perfect, Alex had arranged for Kiah and I to have an agility lesson in the morning, and a workshop in the evening, such a lovely thought. We had a great time, Kiah was mad but was really listening and did some fantastic jumping and turning work, I was so pleased with her - she looks pretty pleased with herself too!! On the way back we happened to pop into Lidl for a few bits, and by pure chance we came across a peanut balance ball for just £7, bargain!! That first day was just to be the start of loads of fun, at a highly enjoyable week spent with my bestest family ever...

Our Wedding!!

I never wish my life away (maybe the odd week at work?!) but it is a little frightening how the last few weeks have come and gone, and now we are officially 'old marrieds'...scary!! I'm not going to write down too much, as I really could go on and on, but we both had a fantastic day. We had lots of lovely people around us to help us celebrate - family and friends old and new, the sun was shining all day, thick fluffy white snow in the late evening (we're sorry some of you couldn't make it but we'd rather everyone was safe), Alex's landrover making a special guest appearance as the wedding car, a very enjoyable evening reception, and the chocolate fountain - had to be seen to be believed, but went down very well too. Even the dogs made a guest feature as they were pride of place as little models on our wedding cake, complete with paw prints, it had to be done, its just us all over! Here are a couple of amateur pictures from our special day - really love looking at them and can't wait to see the official photos hopefully in a couple of weeks...