Well life has definitely picked up a pace since I last wrote to you, but I have to say what a fulfilled life it is now with baby Honey Bea in it! I am sorry though that I’ve taken a while to write back to you this last fortnight, but am up to date now! I have some lovely photos to share with you, and am delighted to say that Lucy and Simon are brilliant parents, and Honey is very content and putting on weight. She seems to be changing on a daily basis, and Lucy sends me a new photo each day which proves just that.
Sam and I are going to visit again tomorrow, and are very much looking forward to spending time with Lucy and Honey. It’s been over a week since I was there, and changed my first nappy in 22 years! The nappies were so small; they looked more like a pitta bread! Lucy very politely watched me trying to work out which way the tabs stuck down, while Honey patiently let me faff about, so I am hoping I will be a little more adept next time! She is so small though, and her little legs seem really fragile, I just didn’t want to get it wrong!
Simon has had to return to work after his paternity leave, so its going to be different for Lucy from now on, and I’m hoping I will be able to help where I can. These early days are tough with the lack of sleep and little routine to cling to, but my girly is doing a great job, and I’m really proud of her : )
Before I go any further, I would really like to thank all those of you who sponsored me and the girls for the Moonwalk last Saturday night. It was an incredible event, made all the more special because of your support. Kathy and Ollie came to pick me up before the walk, and Colin said he would collect Kathy and I once we had finished.
We posed for these pictures just before we left, sporting our newly decorated bras – I replaced my prosthesis with snacks as I felt they would be far more useful, and then we had more official photographs once we’d met up with the rest of the team. As you know we’d all been training hard, and Kathy had actually walked 28 miles the previous Sunday, but she and I made a pact that if either one of us felt we couldn’t go on, we would both stop.
As it was we set off at a fairly brisk pace, but because there were 15,000 walkers, all jockeying for position on the pavements, it took us five hours to do just 16 miles! We had just come past Regents Park, when poor Debbie Flint slipped off a kerb and jarred her ankle badly. It wasn’t possible for her to keep up with the others, and Kathy and I made a team decision to stay with her and let the others go on ahead. To be fair, she stoically continued for another two miles, but it was incredibly cold, and we were getting tired, so I called Colin who gallantly came to our rescue. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed not to have finished what I set out to do, but we were thrilled that Jackie, Abi, Natalie and Danni completed the course in just on eight hours!
After such a challenge you’d have thought we would all have gone for a long lie down in a darkened room, but no, by 6pm that evening, Colin and I joined Jackie and her husband JJ, Claire and Dan, Julia and her Sophie, Miceal, Craig, Sarah Griffiths, Ali Young and Simon for a terrific night out watching Lulu in concert at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Thanks to the training, my legs weren’t even aching after our challenge, and apart from one small blister I was unscathed and able to wear a pair of pin high heels with my jeans – result!
Lulu was quite simply amazing! Her voice was incredible – not just the range but the power, and her stage presence and backing band were mighty! I’d bought her new album the week before, and loved it. I thought the concert would feature just her new material, but we were spoiled with her previous hits and cover versions of older songs too – all of which worked together to create an incredible almost two hour long show. She may be in her early 60s but she rocks, and my respect and admiration for her is boundless : ) We met her afterwards, and although she must have been shattered she was just as effervescent and bubbly as she always is.
Of course in between all of this, the wedding preparations have been continuing, and I am delighted to tell you that the Order of Service has been proofread not just by me but by the Reverend also, and we are all set and ready to have it printed. It wasn’t an easy decision trying to choose the hymns, but your wonderful suggestions gave us a much clearer idea of what we wanted, and here are our choices.
We will begin with Praise My Soul the King of Heaven, and our second hymn will be Immortal Invisible – I hope you approve! I would like to thank whoever it was that suggested S’alut d’Amour by Elgar – a piece of music I had never heard before, but loved so much, I will be walking into church to it. Colin’s daughter Vicky is writing out the place names, and Colette is constructing the table favours, and next Tuesday Colin and I will be driving to the Ruckley Estate in Shropshire to pick up our table centres which have been designed and created by the lovely Julie Bates and her team at Peony! She has very kindly offered to show us around the estate and give us lunch, so we are both very much looking forward to that treat.
Finally, I thought these photos may make you smile – Colin’s girls and my friend Jo took me out to a fab restaurant/jazz club in town for a bit of a knees up. Rae brought a ‘bag of wrongness’ most of which I can’t really share with you here, but suffice to say we had an absolute hoot! : ) Bedecked in a veil and with my ‘Bride to Be’ sash on, I worked my way through most of the dares on the list they had compiled, and bless the other diners/revellers who were such good sports! Many Mojitos later, Jo and I retired to our hotel room – I only know that as I woke up there – and headed home – just a little jaded – after a splendid evening : ) Roll on the Wedding!!!
It’ll be lovely to hear how you’ve been getting on, and I should have a little more time now to get back to you. Take care, enjoy the week, and keep in touch,
With my love,