Sunday, 13 January 2008

Lazy anniversary...

Ian and I have now been married for seven years (and together for twelve)...however our celebrations this year have been foiled somewhat as the result of over-celebrating (read: drinking a little more than may have been sensible) a friend's birthday last night...so we woke remembering our very happy wedding day with the help of some paracetamol.

My parents dropped these beautiful birds round for us - I love that my mother places such importance on always buying things in pairs to celebrate our anniversary - they are painted metal and I can't stop looking at them: I love both their shape and their patterns. She told me that she bought them from the Lavender Room in Brighton when she went visiting there for a day.

I tend to do a lot of looking at photos anyway - the ones that we have up never seem to become part of the furniture for me - but on anniversaries I tend to go around the house throughout the day and spend a bit longer looking at the photos of Ian and I together. This one above was taken when I was 18 and Ian was 19 and it's still one of my favourites. Ian gave it to me in a battered frame that he'd found in a charity shop that had no glass in it...and then decorated it with silver swirls and wrote a message down the side of the frame in silver pen...because that's the kind of gift you give when you still have a 'teen' on the end of your age. It's also the kind of gift you can't get rid of, even though everyone else who visits may look at it and wonder why we don't at least buy a frame that has some glass in it. I look at this photo and can't believe it was actually taken nearly 12 years ago...it feels like yesterday...

And this is my favourite photo of Ian...party because I don't think he knew I was taking it and I think you get more of a sense of what the person's actually truly like when there's no self-consciousness. A bit like that odd thing that has only happened to me a handful of times, but is so wonderful when it does - does this ever happen to you? - where maybe you're waiting for your husband/partner to come and meet you somewhere and suddenly they come into view and you see them in a crowd before you have a chance to separate them out and realise that it's actually your own partner...and as you watch them come towards you for a split second you get a sense of what they look like to everyone else, an independent being without all your own connotations of your everyday life together that you attach to your usual vision of them. And it's so perfect when this happens and you actually like what you see; a person who looks kind and that you'd like to know and who even looks a little bit scrumptious to you and it reaffirms that you have very definitely made the right choice!

25 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post - Happy Anniversary! I love the teenaged you, it's a photo full of joy nd fun. I don't wonder that you keep it...

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  2. I don't remember how I stumbled on your blog and I don't think I've commented before but I had to say that this is about the sweetest anniversary post I've ever read. Love what you had to say about seeing him in a crowd. So true! :) Both photos are perfection. And in case I haven't popped in to comment before I really do love your blog. One of my new favorites. :)

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  3. Happy Anniversary! These photos are wonderful. I love the one when you both were teenagers and the photo of Ian is excellent.

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  4. What a truly lovely post. A very Happy Anniversary to a gorgeous couple.

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  5. you are so cute! I have only been married 6 months and can't wait for even one anniversary...

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  6. Happy anniversary to both of you. I love the photos and the love birds from you mom.

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  7. happy anniversary, what a great post, lovely photos, and words of much sentiment!

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  8. lovely post - HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you both. Know exactly what you mean about the moment before consciousness strikes (but couldn't have expressed it as well)
    p.s my daughters received one each of those birds from my best friend for Christmas, so we have two in our home also. They are really beautiful, what a funny little co-incidence!

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  9. Childhood sweethearts!! How fairytale, and how lovely. Happy anniversary to the pair of you (so many winter anniversaries among people I know...)

    And yes, I've had that same feeling. Sometimes I used to go and meet him after work and he'd be in the pub talking to friends, so he wouldn't notice me arrive. He is just what I imagine he is - and you know, phew, because I went out with horrid boys before and they were nothing like I imagined. And, hand in hand with that goes the joy of watching his face break into a huge smile when he finally does see me. Priceless.

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  10. Lovely post, such true sentiments and so beautifully expressed.
    Whata perfect photo too, to take you both back to your early days together and the freedom and joy of teenage years.

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  11. Happy anniversary - your post was so so lovely. And scrumptious is a much underused word. Must slip it into the conversation several times today.

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  12. Hello Florence, that is so sweet! Nice photos. I hope you had a good time on your anniversary.

    (pardon for the slow reply. Thanks for your comment - very very much appreciated! Let's hope we both can craft in a more balanced way :) )

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  13. Happy, happy day to you both.

    You were the same ages as my son and his girlfriend when that first photo was taken. I really hope that they feel as happy as you are in 12 years time.

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  14. Oh bless, this makes complete sense. I think very few people ever experience 'the crowd' thing but if you have then you know you have experienced something very special and unique.

    The birds are truly lovely, what a beautiful gift.
    A very Happy Anniversary to you both
    x

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  15. what a beautiful post : )

    wishing you both a very happy anniversary...i hope your hangovers are well behind you by now!

    sweet love birds you are + such a special photo. you warmed my heart with your words today x

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  16. Happy Anniversary! Lovely decorative birds too.

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  17. Happy Anniversary Florence - love the teen picture and those beautful birds.

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  18. What a lovely post - Happy Anniversary!
    The birds are beautiful - lovely photos too!

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  19. *Happy Anniversary*
    Such a beautiful post, and such lovely photos!
    love Alison x

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  20. Congrats, Congrats, Congrats on your anniversary!!!! Teenage sweethearts like my husband and I who were married so young but have stood the test of time (married 12 years now!! EEK) Your post in beautiful and those photos are completely fabulous!!!

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  21. I love those birds, I almost bought some just like a while ago, but had no pennies...then when I went back to the shop they'd sold out. I was so upset!!!
    Happy anniversary!!! May there be a million more!

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  22. Happy Anniversary! What an eloquent and beautiful post. May you have many more wonderful years together.

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  23. A slightly belated Happy Anniversary Florence, but one full of good wishes nonetheless :) Love your photos, your hubby looks rather like one of the dashing young men from a Jane Austen novel!

    Can't wait to see some of your lovely kimonos on your new mannequin - made by giggle when I pictured you going to collect "Lady Valet" from your neighbour!

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  24. Happy Anniversary.....you two are so cute. What a lucky lady to get such adorable birds from your mother! SUCH CUTENESS!

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  25. This is such a lovely post. I get the same feeling when i see Rod unexpectedly somewhere. I remember bumping into him on tottenham court road once and that heart flip when i saw him and realised this was my man ... i didn't notice all the crowds of people there only him. We are so lucky to have found our loves. x ginny x

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