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A very scottish wedding

Kirsty and her dad

Hello everyone,  we’re back in the UK and have had a busy few days since flying back from Borneo.  After getting back into Heathrow on Thursday morning we took the train to Northallerton, and then drove up to the Kyle of Lochalsh, near Skye in Scotland for James and Kirsty’s wedding. It was all a bit of a challenge, getting Lou’s car on the road again (thanks Lou’s dad) and finding all our smart clothes for the wedding which had been carefully boxed away a long time ago. We decided to wear some of the clothes we’d acquired on our travels – Jon a suit and shirt from Vietnam and shoes from Bolivia, and Lou with a dress from Thailand and shawl from Malaysia but unfortunately we forgot to take a photo of us both to show you all.

The drive up was amazing with beautiful scenery. From Northallerton, we went over the Penine hills via the A66, and then up the West coast via the M6, past Carlisle and Gretna Green, Lockerbie, Glasgow, Loch Lomond where we stopped for a flask of tea, Fort William and Ben Nevis, the Glen Coe ski region and through the Highlands. We came back down via the East coast, finding time to fit in a quick whisky tour and tasting at the Dalwhinnie distillery. Our route took us past Perth, over the Forth Road bridge, through Edinburgh, and then down the A1 past Berwick to Newcastle.

Eilean Donan castle

To describe the main event; the wedding itself was lovely. Held in the grand Eilean Donan castle on the shores of the Loch Duich, the Groom and Bride looked really happy together and we’d like to wish them a wonderful honeymoon in Greece, and every happiness in their future together. As befitting a scottish wedding there was piper and a céilidh with folk music and we ended up dancing late into the night, finishing with Auld Lang Syne before stumbling back to our B&B down the road.

We were planning on making a short break of it in Skye but were put off by the rainy weather and forecasts of hurricane-like conditions. The previous day we had managed to fit in our first Munro (a Scottish hill), but it hadn’t been the best hike ever. It was very wet and boggy all the way around and we got soaked. We still have some very soggy and smelly hiking shoes in the boot of Lou’s car to show for it.

For those of you starting to suffer from Blog Loss Syndrome, you’ll be glad to hear we plan on continuing to blog for at least the next four weeks or so as we settle back into real life. Before work starts again at the start of October we still have to find a place to live, move all our stuff back in and Jon’s also got a job interview. We’re really looking forward to this next part of our lives and being able to do things we haven’t been able to do in a long time: catching up with all our friends and families, having our own house, cooking for ourselves, enjoying autumn walks, running and other sports, dancing tango, unpacking our music and books, playing the piano, gardening and yes, even getting back into work.

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Our Uruguay photos are now live


Walking around the old colonial town of Colonia

We´re gradually catching up with our photos. Here are our Uruguay (and anniversary) photos for you to enjoy.


Happy first anniversary to us

Celebrating one year in at Punta del Esta

Today we´re celebrating our first wedding anniversary. We can´t imagine having had a better year and we´ve chosen somewhere nice to celebrate. We´re in a nice little hostel come family home in Punta del Este in Uruguay which is a popular seaside resort for wealthy Argentines and Brazilians. The beaches are incredible here stretching on for miles and today we´re planning on heading out for a special beach picnic to celebrate along with some urugayan sparking wine and cards from home.

Our first home-cooked asado

We started our celebrations early last night with a traditional asado (BBQ grill) with the hostel owners and some of their friends. The barbecue was huge with logs burning on the right hand side and the embers then brushed under the grill to cook the massive cuts of beef and pork. All the food was cut up into bite-sized pieces and served centrally for everyone to tuck in and share. It was probably the best barbecue we´ve ever had (sorry Australians) and something we´ll try to recreate when we´re back in the UK.

This morning we´ve been remembering little bits about our wedding last year: the gorgeous weather, preparing the flowers for the church, the breakfasts we shared with family and friends, seeing each other for the first time and being surrounded by all our happy guests. It was an unbeatable day.


Our wedding photos

A lot of people we’ve met keep asking us if they can see our wedding photos, and we suddenly realised that we can share our actual wedding album with everyone as we had it made up online using Blurb.  The link’s here – then click on the preview link and wait for a while for it to load. Please don’t feel like you have to look at all the photos as there are quite a lot there, including some of our honeymoon towards the back!