That was Friday and on Saturday I had a meeting with YaYa Wedding Planners.com and by Monday I had been to a Bridal Fair, bought Fabric, arranged for a dress to be made, seen a jeweller and arranged for a ring to be designed and made, booked an intimate venue for a small family reception after the service, had an invitation designed and sent out for the June celebration (there is to be another reception in September when we are back from honeymoon), arranged a photographer and arranged for a small wedding cake to be made and of course had floral discussions with YaYa Wedding Planners.com. Voila!
I arrived back at the Lodge thinking that I could have a little respite but things are all go here! The Royal Show was in full swing - this being the highlight of the Petermaritzburg Calendar - and Vs relatives arrived the day after me, so I was caught up in a social whirl of activity! Quite the opposite the quiet existence I have become used to here. A lovely day at the Royal Show (which I will blog about soon) Another wonderful visit to Tugela Estates on Friday and as the Comrades was on - the Bush Lodge was exceptionally busy over the weekend and I have been given the role of managing a highly strung chef!
So it was on Sunday evening that I broached the topic of wedding apparel to my beloved. He ventured into his Vintage wardrobe and retrieved a pair of very shiny trousers and a dusty jacket."What about these?" he asked hopefully while brushing some 1987 custard off the jacket lapel. "It will dry clean well and it fits like a glove" - followed by pleas of -"I've hardly worn it."
Do all men have this allergy to new clothes? I protested that I could not possibly marry a scarecrow and the tricky negotiations began........
Since then I have been back and forwards to the mall with various size trousers (this man is also in denial about his waist size) and shirts that now come in not only collar sizes but regular, slim fit and comfort fit - my regular man wants to be comfortable and slim at the same time. I have had to concede on shoes though, and the old "very good, leather, cost a fortune, designer, almost new shoes bought for daughter's wedding ten years ago", have been polished and the new shoelaces bought. Not the average cave man - most of what I have bought is going to a tailors to be 'finished off' with a nip and tuck! When it comes to shopping, I am just about finished off too and will be giving the shops a wide berth for a while and I so wish I could afford the nip and tuck!
So all in all an exciting and eventful week and I know the next couple of weeks will also be as exciting - I head back home next week to resume my PE routine and work life. I had dreams one day of a lazy retirement and here I find myself with two jobs, two homes, a chef in tears, an extra family and a tractor to contend! Pray for Me :-)