The week that was 365/9

Another CRAZY week peeps. Last week I left you with cakes, daffodils and pretty pictures of lakes and sunsets. THIS week is another kettle of fish.

We ‘re taking it from Friday night as that was the biggie, my Hag party, why a hag? (hen/stag – kindly dreamt up by Jean) This is a second marriage for me and I think there’s an awful lot of ‘I really want to get this right this time’ having seen the last matrimony go so spectacularly down the pan. I wanted to make sure every choice had been thought out well and done ‘properly’. Last time round I asked my best friend at the time Claudia, to be the Italian equivalent to chief bridesmaid and, as life has a habit of doing, after a few years we never saw each other again. I have no idea where she is now and haven’t spoken to her in years. That’s not to say I don’t have feelings for her, I do, but we drifted apart.

THIS time round I chose my brother Dom to be my chief bridesmaid testimony. So it’s his job to organise the hen night, right?

Now I’m closer to 50 than 40 (I know you wouldn’t believe it but it’s the truth) so I didn’t want to be stumbling half naked around Dublin/Newcastle/add your own hen resort. I wanted a posh meal as it’s something we rarely get to enjoy these days.

MW Nails spitalfields

Organised to perfection by Dom er actually it was his girlfriend Jean but moving on – Nails beautifully manicured at MW Nails in Spitalfields with a glass of fizz whilst they’re being done (very posh) and yes, it is the inside or a real aeroplane.

The Ten Bells menu

Followed by a meal at the pop up restaurant The Ten Bells, I had fried squid, venison and chocolate pave. Dee.Li.Cious and then off to The Pit, which is a bar carved out of the underbelly of The Old Vic theatre in Waterloo.

Hag Party

The night was such fun we’ve decided to try and do one at least once a year and Paul can come next time too.

Saturday – I wasn’t on the best form ever but look at the Full English little bro prepared for me. He and Jean are working on all the printing for the wedding here’s a few glimpses hopefully without giving too much away

wedding ideas

Oh and I fell in love with one of Jean’s pictures hanging in the front room. It’s by an illustrator called Juju Delivery You can’t read it but her gloves have good written on one and evil on the other. LOVE that.

Juju delivery

Sunday – Feeling a bit better and whilst helping the girls do their ‘Bug Club’ online reading books, out of the window I see this bird feasting on the berries in our neighbour’s bush. As I write this (Friday) I can tell you he’s been back every day sometimes with the Mrs and now the bush is bare.

bird in a bush

Monday – Half Term is over and we’re back to school, the girls very excited at seeing their teacher Mrs H and their friends again. Sadly Lucas has moved to Australia over half term but we get to see lots of photos of him on Facebook so the girls can see him happy in his new environment.

back to school

Tuesday – I work and work and work, I write my something borrowed post to remind myself in years to come of all the lovely things happening right now as I have a dreadful memory.

something blue

Wednesday – People are sending me wine to drink! Thank you Gallo. This looks very interesting a red to chill, I’m looking forward to trying it after the climb.

Gallo summer red

Thank you @TescoWines and thank you to @KnackeredMutha too, I’ve been waxing lyrical about her recently published book this week which is a gem, please take a look and if you like wine then it’s for you. Get someone to get it for you for Mother’s Day ;) I also take part in a wine Twitter party – lots of fun.

Knackered Mother's Wine Club

Thursday – Getting seriously busy, suitcase half packed as I find things around the house that I’ll need with me and don’t want to forget for Climbing Snowdon with #TeamHonk. I have to prepare EVERYTHING for the girls whilst I am away, that includes a party so present and clothes, swimming bag and homework!

Friday – that’s now as I’m preparing this in advance. I took a sweet photo as Julia Boggio suggested, of me and the girls. She’s right when she says get IN the photos with your kids because when they look back they want to see you too. We must stop worrying about weight, wrinkles and grey hairs and get in the photos as our kids love us however we are.

red nose for teamhonk

Right, I really have to go now, THANK you to everyone who has sponsored me and #TeamHonk. We’re going to do you proud, I’m taking my camcorder and camera with me and a Bride to Be sash so you’ll spot me in the crowd should you look on the webcam and thank you The Boy and Me for linking me up whilst I drag myself up and down Snowdon x

Love you all and thank you so much xxx

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  1. Notmyyearoff
    March 2, 2013 / 7:45 AM

    Looks like an amazing hen/hag weekend, your brothers girlfriend did a really good job! Hope climbing Snowdon goes really really well today!

  2. Jean
    March 2, 2013 / 2:06 PM

    Can’t take credit for ‘Hag’, that was Trace ;)

  3. March 2, 2013 / 9:38 PM

    What an amazing week and you’re the other side of that climb now. Saw the pic of you in your Bride to Be sash at the top of the Mountain – how fantastic a memory for your hen W end and how symbolic! :)

  4. Jennypaulin
    March 2, 2013 / 11:18 PM

    oooooh i bet you are celebrating right now or maybe you are fast asleep or even soaking your blisters!! you should be so proud of yourself (and the other honkers today)
    and what a fabulous week – your ‘hag’ night sounds wonderful and very posh!!!
    my fav photo though is the one of you and your gorgeous girls wearing your red noses – love it x x

  5. March 3, 2013 / 12:52 AM

    You are an inspirational woman you know! Congratulations on getting up and down Snowdon, it’s such an achievement anyway, let alone when you’re organising your wedding.

    Thanks for linking up.

  6. March 3, 2013 / 1:27 AM

    Gorgeous photos Mari. Your Hag party looks like a tremendous night! Hope you are out celebrating your climb and the wedding with your fellow bloggers tonight.

  7. Elaine Livingstone
    March 3, 2013 / 8:32 AM

    seems like a great night was had by all, Im in agreement a night out is better without getting that pissed you cannot remember it. Good luck with snowdon to all #teamhonk. love the pic of you all together, yes I need to get more pics of me with grandkids as I have few with my grandparents and I love to look back on them.

  8. emsyjo
    March 3, 2013 / 10:55 AM

    looks like you all had a great night out, Good luck with Snowdon!

  9. March 3, 2013 / 11:22 AM

    looks like you have had a super busy week, and wow looks like you had fun on your hag night :-)

  10. hpmcq
    March 3, 2013 / 11:40 AM

    i’ve been to mw nails with friend, fab set up isn’t it

  11. Coombe Mill (Fiona)
    March 3, 2013 / 7:50 PM

    You are obviously very good a juggling considering all that you have on. You look like you had a fab hag night and the picture of you and the girls is lovely.

  12. March 3, 2013 / 8:30 PM

    Crikey, I think you’ve done in a week what I do in a month!

  13. March 8, 2013 / 12:24 PM

    Looks like a great hag night! That is one busy week.

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