I do believe this is the longest I’ve ever gone without posting on Second Hand Shopper, since I began the blog in 2007. 3 months doesn’t sound as long as it has felt, though. I have had good reason for not posting, I promise – there has been a whole world of goings-on to keep me distracted.
Firstly, the last time I posted was in reference to the Catney Village Fete. For which it was warm and sunny (with one, very British, shower!) and I was able to wear this:
In August, Dapper and I went up to Scotland for a fortnight and made our way up to Scott’s View for our usual fish supper at sunset.
Only this time, Dapper dragged me to the top of a hill and dropped down on one knee. The next day we made our way over to The Celtic Goldsmiths on the A7 to pick up the ring we had picked out last summer. It is not a diamond, it’s based on a combination of a traditional sword hilt design and the Scottish love token of primroses. The heart pattern is also the emblem of the Douglas clan, to which our family has some tenuous connection…
After this we continued our journey Northwards, stopping in to see Juju in Stirling as always, and finding our way up to the Isle of Skye. Where we climbed the Quairang, hunted dinosaur footprints on the beach and generally came to understand why the Vikings decided to call Skye “skye” (which, by the way, means land of mists or cloud and not of sky as we understand it. They had no word for sky – perhaps understood that it was a void rather than a substance…)
If you know much about pregnancy and are wondering how I look quite so bumpalicious at 15 weeks, I can inform you that it comes down to a simple formula: two babies = bigger bump! Oh yes, the sonographer at my 12 week scan took one look at my insides and called in a doctor – just to make sure she hadn’t missed a third baby, y’know! Before any one asks, twins don’t run in either family, Dapper and I are just REALLY lucky!!
So, Dapper being every bit as old fashioned as he looks, feels it important we be married before the bairns arrive, so on top of everything else, we’re organising a very simple ceremony for family on October 14th. We’re still going to have our big wedding next year, but this year will just be about getting the paperwork sorted. It has actually been remarkably stress-free to organise, probably with having had no worries about top tables, who sits where, bridesmaids, readings… And having already sorted the ceremony should make next summer a doddle too. Everything is a very relaxed and low key, so I think that helps!
And that’s me caught up! I hope you can all forgive the absence, in light of the major life changes going on – I will attempt (but can’t promise) to be better blogger from now on… and post some maternity outfits along the way!