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The calm before the storm

June 9th, 2012 | Posted by Sonja in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

It’s gone awfully quiet here.  I hope it’s not the calm before the storm but everything all of a sudden just seems to run too smoothly if you know what I mean.

More surprise parcels have arrived and I should probably start to get them ready for their next trip over to Germany.

The dress has been ordered and will be delivered on Thursday (now that might be a day that ends in tears to be honest…) and the other half has also started to narrow down his search for something to wear.

There have been some minor problems – like not being sure about the venue for the afternoon.  There are only four hours to gap though so if we have to we will just celebrate at my brother’s place before heading across to the party venue for the evening.

My brother and his partner in the meantime have confirmed that they are now having new wedding bands.  They had been wearing rings for a number of years but weren’t sure if they wanted to go and get some new wedding bands.  In addition, everything that has to be sourced is, as far as possible, being sourced locally within the area in which they live rather than falling back on some of the big chains.

It’s just so happens that there is a tiny jewellery workshop across the road from them.  They now had a couple of consultations and they are actually making their own wedding bands!  Well to a certain point anyway and then the experts take over – I guess they wanted to make sure they would actually slip on on the day.  I think it’s a really lovely touch and makes their wedding band so much more special.  Can’t wait to see them!

I could cry!!!

May 29th, 2012 | Posted by Sonja in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

In fact I just did.  Sitting at my desk at our branch office with colleagues that I’m not all that close to and after a rubbish night’s sleep in the hotel, I have just had an email from my brother.  Today was supposed to be a really good day.  He had an appointment with the Registrar this morning to officially hand over our paperwork so it could then be sent for final approval at the Courts.

Unfortunately there is more paperwork missing.  All of a sudden we are being asked to provide payslips, details of any capital, whether we have a mortgage and how much is left to pay on it. This has never been mentioned before.  Seriously?  What does it matter what we earn? Surprisingly my brother and his partner did not have to provide any of this…so we must assume that this is because technically we are “foreign”.

With me not being at home and not having access to any of my paperwork, I worked myself into a right state. And yes I know that crying doesn’t help – but it sure made me feel better at the time.

Anyway, after composing myself, having a cup of tea and a few deep breaths I spoke to my other half and my brother. Then to my brother again.  And again. And then to the other half again.  Then sweet talked our HR department to print me some duplicate payslips and an hour later I was ready to email everything across to the Registrar so she could then forward our application to the Courts.

Now the waiting game truly begins.  The next thing I should hear is the official confirmation of our appointment once our papers have been approved – unless there is something else missing.  Like my shoe size or inside leg maybe… Not that I’m bitter or anything!

Good job I’m working on some fairly boring project work at the moment. I don’t think I’d be in a state to actually get anything decent done today.

Surprise parcel, no tat and a nice sky!

May 26th, 2012 | Posted by Sonja in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Yesterday my first “surprise” parcel arrived.  I am itching to tell you what it is but as family and friends have now started to read this blog, that would take the surprise out of surprise…

Anyway, as soon as I got home from work I ran into the garden to test it.  Promptly got told off for it so it went back in the box…for now…

It’s been amazingly difficult to get hold of them.  You wouldn’t believe how much tat there is out there when it comes to weddings.  Don’t get me wrong – I’m sure there is a place for cute doves, fake wedding cakes and plastic champagne bottles – it just isn’t our wedding…or my brother’s for that matter!

“Mr Sensible” then asked how on earth I was planning to get the stuff to Germany.  Alrighty, point taken. Don’t think this would make it through the airport so I will just have to post it to my brother.  He’s going to love me when I start sending him all these parcels which he then isn’t allowed to open!

Here in Leeds the Leeds Loves Food festival is on this weekend and I picked up these beautiful little chocolates (amongst other things).

How pretty? I know – and rather yummy. They are made locally here in Leeds with no artificial nasties and have some fantastic flavours.  Raspberry & Rose, Passion Fruit, Lychee & Rose, Salted Caramel and so on.  Check out Lauden Chocolates for the full range.  Wedding favours sprang to mind but I know…getting the stuff to Germany… unfortunately they would probably completely melt in the August sun anyway.

And in case you are wondering, yes, there is one missing in the corner… in fact there are four missing. Oops!!  We have been sharing them nicely though as you only get one of each flavour in the pack and we both wanted to try them. They are pretty rich so half of one certainly gives you enough of a chocolate fix.

That leaves me with a final picture for today. I couldn’t help it. We don’t get this very often here in the UK so when you do you just have to take some time to lie on your back and enjoy the view…

And breathe…

May 21st, 2012 | Posted by Sonja in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

My brother phoned today to say that the passport copy had arrived. That was quick! Hopefully, that is the last hurdle dealt with and everything will be accepted.

Maybe we can now get on with the nicer parts of planning our wedding.

You are now free to leave the court

May 18th, 2012 | Posted by Sonja in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Today, my boyfriend went to the Leeds Magistrates Court to have a verified copy of his passport sworn in front of a magistrate. It cost us another £25, but if this document is not official enough, we don’t know what is.

We had to chuckle when he told me that after it was done, the clerk of the court said: “You are now free to leave the court Mr …”.

I put the copy in the post to my brother straight away. Hopefully, it won’t take long to reach him and our paperwork will be finally sorted.