“If music be the food of love play on” – words I believe Shakespeare wrote in his wonderful work Twelfth Night, and I have loved surrounding myself with your suggestions of suitable hymns and special songs for our wedding day. It’s been a real trip down memory lane with a great many of them, but thank you also for introducing me to some beautiful new hymns and artists – I’ve loved listening to them all. Colin also passes on his thanks and we have decided on a short list, but are still struggling to make a final decision!! As I think I wrote in one of my comments, at this rate we’ll be spending the day in the church singing before we even get to the reception! It was lovely to hear about all of your wedding days and the songs you’d chosen, and I hope we do you proud on the 26th June : )
The wedding arrangements generally seem to be gathering momentum and I had my first dress fitting on Friday! Ros came up from Dorset to be with me, and had very sweetly rung ahead of time to tell them about my changed shape, as extra scaffolding and padding will now be needed on the day. Rachel runs the business and is absolutely delightful, she has said that she can stitch one of my pocketed bras into place within the dress, so all will be well. She’s also made allowances for my arm (so large I couldn’t get it into the sleeve on Friday!) and will leave as much fabric as necessary so that Ros’s husband Chris (who is a tailor) will stitch me into it on the morning of the wedding – Simples! : ) I think my biggest problem is going to be finding shoes, but my friend Jo is already on the case, and we reckon a day in London is on the cards! : )
I realise that I am writing this blog back to front, as I have my holiday pics and memories to share with you, but having returned to work within 24 hours of landing at Gatwick I don’t seem to have drawn breath! That said, the weather we’ve been having ever since I returned is reminiscent if not better than the weather we had in Morocco! On arrival the sky was grey and Aaron, our lovely rep, told us that Agadir had just had four of their annual six days rainfall! To be fair it did clear and we had blue skies and sunshine for the next few days, but with an incredibly strong wind which was chilly as it blew in directly from the Atlantic.
I’d brought my running shoes with me so I could continue training for The Moonwalk and as I have a pacer thing on my phone, I know that the distance to Agadir Marina and back is 5k. I just love walking along the beach and when you see these photos you’ll know why : ) Soft sand for as far as the eye can see, and wonderful clear water to paddle in.
We’d returned to the hotel we stayed in for our March break back in 2013, and met up with Adam and Jo whom we’d made friends with last year in Morocco. They are a delightful couple, and great company, sharing many interests with us and generally enjoying the chance to relax. They’d not stayed in this hotel before but loved it as much as we did, with its fabulous food and great entertainment. It was here that Colin and I found our inspiration for the ‘I Hope’ pendant.
This is one of the beautiful lanterns that gave us the idea for the teardrop shape, but we’d need a house three times as big and a hallway of monumental proportions to do this credit at home! Of course being British and terribly stoic, even when the temperature dropped to around 10 degrees that weekend and it was blowing a hooley, we continued to sit out by the pool. A large glass of sangria kept us grounded while umbrellas and mattresses flew around us and the beautiful gardens, but eventually even we gave up, and made our way back to hotel. I was very pleased I’d brought this lovely dress and bolero from Antthony Designs (pictured above) as it was still pretty chilly in the evening! However, calm did indeed follow the storm although not until around midday, and so Colin and I headed off to the Souk in the centre of Agadir.
Luckily we remembered our way there from previous years, as the word ‘Souk’ just means shop, and there are plenty of those around, so being pointed in the right direction can be difficult! The Souk el Ahad is a huge contained marketplace, where they sell everything from fruit and vegetables, clothes, souvenirs, even furniture and white goods! We loved the vibrancy and bustle and colour of the place, and although we didn’t buy anything it was a fun morning.
The next few days were glorious though, and I do have to thank Abbi and Ultrasun for keeping Colin and I from burning in our somewhat desperate desire to get a tan! He used the Sports Factor 20 and I had the Glimmer 20, but was addicted to the Tinted Face 30 – As you can see I took them with me wherever I went, and this was a day on the beach which I thoroughly enjoyed. Our last few days could have been spoiled with the very heavy and cold sea fog that rolled in off the Atlantic and stubbornly stayed put until the morning we left, but we found that the Marina seemed to be outside the cloud and so we headed there and had a fabulous meal at a beachside restaurant.
You can see the bank of cloud behind me in this picture, which all those who stayed at the hotel had to contend with! Meanwhile we roasted in the sunshine and enjoyed what was meant to be a light lunch! The menu included some fascinating mezze with descriptions like ‘wrinkled potatoes with mojo’, but it was delicious, although our footprints were definitely deeper in the sand on the way back : )
All good things come to an end though, and we flew home on the Thursday afternoon, arriving at a somewhat chilly Gatwick airport that evening. I had to laugh at a couple of signs I spotted as the plane taxied towards the terminal though – “Caution! Give way to Aircraft” – as if you’d have a choice?! : )
I was back at work on Good Friday, and if you joined me then, or for any of my shows since, you may have heard me mention something very exciting that I am due to be working on prior to the wedding. I’m absolutely thrilled to have been asked by the Diamonique team to design my own wedding jewellery!! How exciting is that?! I will be speaking with them later this week, but have already been giving a lot of thought to the style and colour of stones I’d like… manna from heaven for me : ) Watch this space, as I promise to keep you in touch with the design process.
Of course it’s been glorious here since our return, and I’ve spent several very enjoyable days in the garden, mowing, pruning, planting and feeding. In fact it was here that I got the idea for my April ‘Seasonal Sound’ competition! Guess what this sound is, and you could win last Sunday’s Elemis TSV!
£138 worth of skin radiance products including full sizes and award winners! Jot your answer in the comments section down below, and we will draw a winner on Friday 24th April. Be lucky!
Well that’s it from me – I’m heading off now to prep for my three hour Diamonique Day Finale with the lovely Charlie Brook : ) Perfect end to a sunny day. You take care, and I will look forward as always to hearing all about your week and reading your guesses below!
With my love
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