It has been an absolute age since my last post and so much has happened that I am now in a position where there is too much to cover in such a short space but then if I don’t I kind of feel like I am starting again.
I last posted July 27th last year and the time before that was January 20th. Its nearly been a whole year. I must thank the regulars of you that have been keeping the hits up, although by now I’ve probably lost a lot of you. After deliberating on how best for us to catch up I have decided it was best to do some sort of bulleted mini post for each thing I felt relevant sharing…
- I have finally given up smoking!
Yes that’s right as of October 27th 2013 I have been cigarette free. In January 2013 I wrote this: “…And that’s where the willpower has to kick in, I can do this, I can beat this – well until i’m laid on a sun lounger under the glorious sunshine in some foreign country again drinking free beer…” – that was in reference to the fact I had been using NiQuitine patches and had been smoke free for 5 days. Funnily enough I started again not long after that post I went on holiday to Mallorca and smoked like a chimney returned from that and thought ahh its not long till I’m next away and so carried on, went to Greece and smoked some more then in October I felt it was right, and I just wanted to. Touch wood I will remain this way…
Me and my beautiful fiancée managed to get away twice last year. In July we went to Mallorca met some great people and had generally a wicked time. Then in September we went away to Greece; Zakynthos to be exact and stayed in the town of Kalamaki. Greece is a lovely place and probably one of my favourites, not least because the sea is simply so clear. The scenery is breathtaking in places. Danielle and I had our own adventure hiring a Quad Bike for the day and riding around the whole island. We went right from the South along the West coast all up to the North (stopping at the mystical Ship Wreck in Navagio Beach) and then down the East coast back to Kalamaki.
Danielle and I have booked our wedding!! Next July is when it is all happening we are very fortunate enough to be able to hold our special day at Branston hall in a small village near where we live. We booked it in January and since then time has flown by I cannot believe it is literally a year until we get married!! Next on the agenda is to ‘Give Notice’ at the registrar in August.
- Ben & Sophie
Two of our close friends recently tied the know. A fantastic day for fantastic people. I was given the honour of Groomsman, a title I was certainly not expecting but one I embraced gave it the respect Ben and Sophie deserve. I was also Master of Ceremonies; they had obviously heard about the great job I did at my brothers wedding. With microphone in hand it was my proud duty to introduce Mr and Mrs Miles to the reception and then to introduce speeches and whatever else I thought necessary ;-) a brilliant day in all.
- Jamie & Katie
My best friend Jamie (Gunbuck) proposed to his girlfriend back in February of this year. An occasion that quite simply no one ever thought would materialize. Because of which I think everybody was just as shocked as Katie when he asked her. I for one am made up for them.
- Uncle pt.2
My Sister-In-Law is pregnant again and expecting a girl! It will be great to have a girl Goodwin in the family and my brother will have a full set!
My little brother has passed his driving test! He kept it really quiet but he has passed and is on the road… not sure how I feel about this but he wanted it bad so I am both pleased for him and proud of him.
I am currently reading ‘Wards of The Faeries’ by Terry Brooks. I wanted to get back into reading a while ago and thought I would give the Terry Pratchet books a go. However I found his style of writing too heavy and as if he was over explaining parts that didn’t require that much explanation. I also felt he was trying to hard to be ‘different’ and ‘quirky/funny’ and as a result came off being a dick. So I went back to the book store and looked at a few covers and read a few backs and decided on this one and my god am I glad I did. Such an enthralling read. It has all the mystical fantasy elements of Lord of The Rings and The Witcher but also has some steam punk elements in there as well. I would seriously recommend you check his books out.
So there you have it. A brief update on the things I felt relevant at this time to update you on and to start the process for regular (where possible) updates.
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