The UK heatwave continued unabated into July, with no sign of loosening its oppressive grip. Cold, wet, grey, miserable days are now a distant memory and I have long given up fretting over the state of my garden, or trying to sleep. Que Sera Sera as Doris Day would say.
Life has returned to normal after Dom’s Everest adventure. He’s raised over £12,000 for Thames Valley Air Ambulance and in late July he gave his first public talk on the importance of teamwork. It went down a storm; there aren’t too many people who have met anyone who has attempted such a challenge and there were so many questions that time significantly ran over.
The Big Day
Wedding plans are now well underway and we’ve opted for a a very small, intimate ceremony. We organised a lot of Black Tie Balls when we ran a social group called Spice, so really didn’t feel the need to replicate a big gathering for our special day. Plus, the best part of these evenings was chatting to a small selection of friends afterwards, so we decided to use this as the basis for our big day.
It’s hard to escape the reports about how much a wedding costs, but some of the amounts we’ve been quoted have been mind-boggling. Wherever possible we’ve tried to avoid mentioning to suppliers that we require their services for a wedding, as they see this as an excuse to hike up the price – how this is justified is beyond my comprehension and I have tackled a few over it. We are ever so slightly over budget, but we’re simply not willing to go into debt for one day, no matter how special it is. The most important part of the day will be giving our vows to each other with our closest family and friends present to witness what has been a long time coming.
This of course has resulted in us both going on diets. Obviously, Dom is incredibly fit, but watching the World Cup with the odd beer ‘or two’ has made its mark. Myself, on the other hand, have a lot more to lose, but a 7lbs loss is enough of an incentive to carry on munching salads and cutting down on the vino.
My little blog continues to grow and this month I welcomed our 928th follower to Planet Dom. A very warm welcome to one and all, do say hello if you haven’t already introduced yourself and let me know what life is like in your part of the blogosphere.
That’s all for now, folks. I hope August sends abundant followers and endless traffic to your blogs!
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