On Halloween we went down to the restaurant where we had our wedding reception exactly a year prior, and had a very nice dinner.
There’s always something tangible in the air on the 31st itself. We had to avoid the motorway due to issues with the car, so we drove through so many beautiful Hampshire villages. On the way back in the darkness they were so unspeakably gorgeous. There were a lot of pumpkins out in the older villages, they might still have the culture of them being serious business. More populated areas, not so much with the pumpkins.
We went through so much tree cover, and saw lots of fields with mysterious tall shadows where there should have been open sky. Everything was magical.
An anniversary also means getting presents!
We had our metal bed for about 4 years (in fact I can find the old post where I mention getting it), before that we were on a divan belonging to the landlord for 5 years. Metal beds have their problems, ours became a lot weaker when we first moved house with it, lost a bunch of the screws, and had parts of it held up willy-nilly with the best fitting stuff we could find. And then I mangled it by doing an impression of the way they get into bed on The Sims 2 shouting DO BE DO!
During our move to this house we somehow lost even more screws, even though we tape them to the bed frame when moving, and so a support pole in the centre of the bed was kind of precariously hovering. That recently gave up and broke the end of the bed in the process, so it was extremely dodgy sleeping on it at night.
I did happen to have a bed on my Amazon wishlist, because I saw it and fell in love with it, but I didn’t expect to be able to get it for ages. Well, Will bought it for me for our 1st wedding anniversary!
It’s lovely, lower than the average bed but still not totally on the floor, nicer for Freya and the elderly cats to climb onto. It also has no endboard, so Will’s ridiculously long legs don’t hit anything now. I love it!
Getting a new bed prompted some much-needed bedroom tidying.
Unfortunately I missed Kadek’s Halloween party while doing this, we were invited to more than one party in Soton this weekend, but Will’s mum was working and couldn’t drive us. Not only that, but the car tyres need replacing, we’ve been cautioned against driving too long at once, it was risky enough going down there for anniversary dinner, repeating it once or twice more at the weekend would have absolutely taken the piss.
I know it’s not like me to miss a Halloween party, but I really had to miss this one. But, Halloween is on a weekend next year, Kadek and me have already talked about hosting a spooky banger on the 31st itself.
And we have such an amazing house for hosting parties in right now. It’s gonna be lit . . . in about 365 days lol.
The cats are pretty much just loose in the house most of the time now. They have gates they can disappear behind when they find Freya’s nosing too intense, but she’s getting better about it.
I feel like I’m really bonding with the cats at the moment as well. I already knew Piccalilli and Charlie 9 years ago (sadly Mopsy and Roxy are no longer around), Bertie I didn’t meet until a couple of years ago, and he was super shy.
They all seem to be getting more comfortable around me, and are happy to flop on my bed or rummage in whatever I’m doing. Bertie has even started loudly meowing at me to talk to me, something he previously only did to Will’s family.