Today, we are back to life with a bump.
After the fever pitch intensity of the last fortnight of wedding planning, then the busy-ness of the big day itself, and the delicious lull of the tailend of last week, now we are back to reality! Matthew is back to work, and all this week I'm in school prepping for back to school. The boys return September 3rd, training commences September 1st, so this week I'm in for two full days and two half-days to get my room in order. I've been so frenetic with all the nuptual based activities and things to organise, it will be lovely in a way to return to the tried and true rhythm of September, as tiring as it always is.
Last week was charming. After the wedding we were lucky enough to have several of the players still around, and it was great to do lunches, dinners, and drinks. Throughout the wedding experience Matthew and I were just blown away by the phenomenal amount of support and the huge outpouring of love in our general direction. Our friends and family are just the best!
Our little minimoon to Matlock was super too, just the ideal respite from it all. Aunty Kaz very kindly looked after the katzen, leaving us free to enjoy the break. Originally we had been forecast rain, rain, rain, but instead our time in Derbyshire was sunny, cool and delicious. On Thursday we arrived and shared a 'chippy tea' (always a treat for northern types!) before conquering a few of the local hills (never trust a road called 'Steep Turnpike' - the clue is definitely in the name!) then finding a cute local pub with a good range of real ales.
Friday dawned clear and crisp. The forecast was for rain, so we set off straight after a yummy breakfast for a walk. We walked a few miles in a loop to the nearby beauty spot of Matlock Bar and had a great time snooping and playing on the 2p machines. Then we stretched our legs some more and had some delicious tea and scones by the Riverside. The rest of the afternoon was filled with strolling and reading. We then found a cute little cocktail bar and a super Italian restaurant before retiring early. Fresh air makes me sleepy!
Saturday we found ourselves stuck with our bags as our B&B had no storage. Matthew's team, Blyth Spartans, were down to play a match against Matlock FC (our minimoon location being no accident. Check out my wife-points!), so he met up with the boys and I curled up and enjoyed copious cups of tea! I would have loved to attend the match but the suitcase was an encumbrance. An afternoon of reading and writing was a very pleasant way to spend some time instead!
On Sunday we enjoyed the first of what I hope are many 'Super Secret Sundays'. More on that in the next post!
Then yesterday was a day of cleaning, tidying, writing notes and ironing.
Because today, life gets real!