Tuesday, 10 April 2012


Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed... Something Blue!

 So, for those of you who know us well you will know that we have been together now for just over 13 years.  Again, those of you who know us will also know that I’ve wanted to be Mrs S for long enough.  And those of you who don’t know (probably because I’ve called him ‘my husband’ for long enough), I’ve proposed every leap year day since 1998 – so that’s four ‘official’ proposals and countless dropped hints over the years and each time a refusal or a swift change of subject.
Did I ever think in my wildest dreams that he would say yes this year?  Nope.  So, when at half past six on the morning of 29th February this year I mumbled from under the duvet “before you go to work, I’ve got to ask you if you’ll marry me.. I know you’ll say no but I just wanted to ask.”  He said “Yes, OK – but one condition; we do it in secret and don’t tell anyone until afterwards.”
Do you think I’d argue?  No way!!  I have joked so many times over the last 13 years that if he ever said yes I’d do it whatever the conditions... “I’ll marry him in a bus stop wearing a bin liner if he’d just say yes.” 
So, quick thinking me suggested that Easter might be good as we’d already booked our caravan holiday in Norfolk and our fab friends Mark and Michelle would be with us and could be our witnesses.  What a great idea!  So, since 29th February I’ve kept the biggest secret of my entire life... and anyone who really knows me knows that I’m totally rubbish at keeping secrets!!  
As a three year old girl I spent the afternoon baking with my Mum and icing a cake for my Daddy’s birthday which was the next day, we hid it in a tin and put it on the top of the kitchen cupboard... “don’t tell Daddy until tomorrow”.  So, Daddy comes home from work... what’s the first thing I say?  “Daddy, Daddy it’s a secret, I can’t tell you about that cake in the tin up there!”  See, useless!!
I can’t tell you how hard it’s been to keep this particular secret from everyone.  Firstly my sister Jill, she’s my best friend in the whole world; I’ve so wanted to tell her!  Nightmare – we had a spa day for the girls and for Mother’s day.  What did Mum ask me?  “So, did you propose to him on leap year day?”   Now the other thing I find impossible is telling a lie, I don’t know how I did it but I didn’t tell but I also didn’t fib; I told Mum that of course I asked him – I just didn’t tell her what his response was! 
Then, I was running in a cross country race up in the Lake District and staying overnight at my Dad and Jool’s house... it was sooooo hard not to say anything at all.  It was my birthday in March and I had a lovely birthday lunch in Harrogate with Mum, sister and brother in law, nephew, brother and sister in law and nieces... how hard was that to keep schtum?  Then, my brother Sam rang me to see if they could pop in on their way home from their holiday in Centre Parcs... OMG!  This is all in between going running three times a week with my lovely friends Carol and Caroline and going to numerous crafting classes and events with my other great friends Monica, Linda and Lorraine.  It’s also been a nightmare chatting to my neighbour Dianne and not spilling the beans.
Well, now the secret’s out!  We got married at 11.15am on Tuesday 10th April at Fakenham register office while on holiday.  In attendance were Michelle and Mark Elliott and Milly, Molly and Barney Elliott (doggy bridesmaids and page boy) and Mr Mo (doggy usher).
Something old: earrings
Something new: dress, shoes, bag
Something borrowed: Michelle’s hanky! (clean)
Something blue: my dress
All I need to do now is practice my new signature!!  For those who don’t know my new surname is Szczecinski (pronounced Sheshinski) I think Andrew will still call himself Mr Greenwood from time to time!!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Tropical Island Girl

Isabelle has just been on a Caribbean Adventure with her friend Barbara....

Our adventure began by flying out from Manchester to Chicago, then Chicago to San Juan in Puerto Rico.  We had a night here before boarding the Royal Caribbean ship Adventure of the Seas.
Our itinerary was:
Day One, January 9th; Welcome aboard, lunch and embarkation, sail away.
Day Two, January 10th; At sea, captain's welcome reception and first formal evening.
Day Three, January 11th; Bridgetown Barbados. Carlise Beach, showtime before dinner
Day Four, January 12th; St Luci. Shop till you drop girlfriend!!  Cool Art, Hot Ice show (ice rink) and casual dining
Day Five, January 13th; Antigua, it has 366 beaches - we chose Dickinson Beach on an organised trip, formal dinner this evening
Day Six, January 14th; Philippsburg, the capital of St Maarten.  Shop till you drop again - wow this place was blingtastic!
Day Seven, January 15th; St Croix, largest of the US Virgin Islands.  Beach day with the 'gang'.  Casual dining then karaoke final - Angie blew them away!  Last goodbyes to all our new friends...

We had a last day and night in San Juan, an opportunity to catch some more sunshine by the pool.  We also managed a quick foray to Old San Juan for some carnival action.

Blog update to come with more details but for now here's a slideshow.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Winter Schminter...

Well, Andrew is suffering seasonal adjusted disorder (SAD)! He's just not happy at all in winter and I think we are both dreaming of warmer weather and the start of the caravanning season.
Thoughts of longer days full of walking and fishing are occupying our minds just now and we've got all kinds of plans for various trips and adventures.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Hedgerow Foraging at it's best

Last year I was determined to collect sloes from the hedgerows and make some sloe gin.  So I joined forces with good pal Ian and together we got a good haul - Ian has his uses coz he's got a walking stick which we used to get to the bigger sloes at the top of the hedges.

Anyway, the sloes were picked and the gin was bought and Ian took them both off to his laboratory (garage) and after a year of shaking the jar and then leaving it alone (the hard bit), finally the brew was bottled!    Off we went to the Lake District for a little holiday and we took said bottle with us.. by heck it is grand!

So, you can imagine that as the hedgerows are particularly fruitful this year it would be rude not to pick more sloes! Off we went again, stick in hand and got a marvellous harvest which are now in the demi-john in the lab.  It's just a waiting game again.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

For Sale - My Little Car

I am selling my little Kia.

2004 KIA CERATO 1.6 LX 5dr

65,000 miles, (54 plate) I have owned this car from nearly new, the first owner being Kia. It has covered approx 65,000 miles with service history. Its in excellent condition, inside and out. Recent cam belt change, disks and pads at Kia, bill to prove. Excellent tyres all round, spare has never been used and is pristine. The car is spotless inside, I don't smoke and don't have kids so the back seats have never been used. The car and has been very well looked after, a few stone chips but never been bumped. MOT till Dec 30th and 6 months tax will be provided when car is purchased. This is a 100% genuine car and I would sell it to my neighbour, I'm that confident about its quality. The car also has an aftermarket (fixed) bluetooth system linked ot the radio which is excellent! Alloys, immobiliser, CD player, full size spare on brand new alloy, Kia mats, Air con is ice cold, front fog lamps, elec windows, central locking etc etc Any inspection welcome. £3,450 ONO.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Chickens enjoy some corn...

Each week our chickens get a treat... this week it was a corn on the cob..

Ian was very inventive and put a tent peg in the cob so we could hang it from the mesh of their pen to save it from getting covered in grit and muck.

Any way, they love their corn!

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

The Good Life ... continues

Well, we've been so busy there's been no time to blog!

The garden is coming on despite setbacks caused by the weather. First of all we had such a long winter, never the less we had managed to cultivate lots in the shed and were ready to plant them out. The ground was still so cold and we did plant some things out but were then thwarted by late frosts.

We've had some great weather this last week and finally the ground has warmed up and lots of things are now cracking on. This has meant that we have been fast running out of water and time to spend getting things out.

things we have achieved:
  • A mixed salad leaves bed
  • A selection of potatoes planted
  • Onions and Shallots
  • Cauliflowers
  • Broad beans
  • Runner beans (2nd lot - we lost the first ones)
  • Climbing beans (2nd lot - ditto)
  • French beans
  • Tomatoes - standard and bush
  • Peppers - pointed sweet, sweet california, hot cayenne, sweet mixed
  • Squashes - courgettes, patty pan, yellow, fruit rond, scallop
  • Peas - just sown as 1st lot didn't germinate in cold ground
  • Spinnach beet, just coming through
  • A selection of fruit trees transplanted from house garden
  • gooseberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries (normal and alpine)

Still to go out

  • Cabbage
  • More salad leaves
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • lots of herbs

Still to sow

  • brussel sprouts
  • sweet corn (2 types)
  • Carrots
  • parsnips
  • beetroot

The chickens are doing fantastically and are laying an egg each every day! Andrew and Ian have been busy building phase 2 of their safe enclosure and until then they are allowed to totally free range round the whole allotment, much to their delight. Once the enclosure is finished they will be allowed to free range when we are gardening and will have a nice large safe enclosure when we are not.