Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Day 169

That'll teach us to have a good time. We've both gone down with stinking, evil, colds - as has at least one of the friends we went to Reading with. Another has a stomach bug and a third got mugged by a nun whilst we were there. I wonder if anyone survived that place unscathed?

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Days 162-168

Not a lot of progress on the wedding front over the past few days, largely due to Goth Girl turning herself into a complete and utter Rock and Roll Queen during that time. We had a wild night out at the Kerrang! Awards party, where the free bourbon flowed enough to keep any American girl happy. Sadly, actual rock stars were somewhat consipicuous by their absence. I spotted Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and friends saw Kelly Osbourne, Juliette Lewis and (erm) Charlie Simpson from Busted/Fightstar, but that was about as rock (and as talented) as it got. It didn't matter, Goth Girl and I had a great time wandering through the crowds and dancing like dervishes to the music.

Next morning it was up, bright and almost early, to head off to Reading for three more days of music. After checking into the Comfort Inn (a hotel so badly named it may actually breach several pieces of consumer legislation) it was a gentle stroll into town to catch the bus to the festival site. Despite missing the first band we wanted to see (I am sure Mumm-Ra didn't miss us) we had a fantastic few days, listening to old favourites, hearing some music we might never have otherwise heard and meeting up with an old friend or six.

We now have a slightly odd week ahead of us, which will be rounded off by a trip away. Bizarrely, given the subject matter of this blog, it will actually be the first time Goth Girl and I have been away on our own and we are REALLY REALLY looking forward to it. More, I guess, when we get back from that.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Tolkien update

Goth Girl has found a picture of him, just in case you were wondering what he looked like. He's the one on the right.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Day 161 - Adoption day

Much excitement today, because this was the day that Goth Girl adopted a baby.

Not, I hasten to add, a human baby, but an 18 month old Milky (or Verreaux's) Eagle Owl called Tolkien.

He lives at the Hawk Conservancy near Andover, which those of you who know me will know is one of my favourite places in the entire world. You can read all about it at - follow the link to the side. (Nope, I've not worked out how to put links into the text, either.)

I took Goth Girl there twice last month, once with each set of parents. She fell in love with Tolkien and so we've adopted him. I doubt they will let him come to the wedding, though.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Days 144 to 160

What news of the happy couple, I hear almost no-one cry? (Yes, thanks to the couple of you who do read this, you mad fools).

Well, we have almost been busy. We've now provisionally booked a reception venue for a possible date in January, so all we need to do is find a church prepared to indulge Goth Girl's need for both incense and a loud rendition of 'Jerusalem' and we'll be able to confirm things. Oh, not to mention one which will marry two divorced people, which is apparently not an easy task even in these enlightened times.

We've also found out that I got the size of the engagement ring wrong - fortunately we learned this before it was finished, so the arrival date hasn't gone back at all.

Aside from that, we have had good things going on in other areas of our lives which I won't talk about just now in case I jinx them. Oh, and I took Goth Girl to her first test match. I hope she doesn't think that they all get abandoned after tea on the fourth day...

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

What happened to all the posts?

Goth Girl and I just came close to having an argument about this blog.

I always said I would not post our entire lives on here.

She just said that, by not posting stuff, I am making us look boring.

I don't want to open our little world up like we are some kind of freak show. I just want to use this to keep people up to date with what is going on. If you don't see stuff on here, it's not because nothing is happening. It is just that there are things we still want to keep private; more importantly, if we told you everything, you would probably run screaming from the room.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Days 137 -143

It has been a week of tears, laughter and enormous amounts of fun. The week started badly and ended with Goth Girl and I joining forces to smoke out another venue that thinks that it is reasonable to charge more for the same service if you are Joe and Joanne Public getting married, rather than Megalomaniac Plc holding a corporate event.

Aside from that, not a lot to report.