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To The Bride and Groom but now..

Chris Evans | 10:10 UK time, Tuesday, 16 June 2009

...beware the bathroom scales.

Well would you know it - my favourite meals apart from me ma's hotpot and me wife's lamb shank are:

A full monty fry up
Fish and chips
Rack of lamb

Now to have just one of those bad boys these days induces a good 24 hours of guilt and at least two sessions in the gym; but yesterday we had all three - in that order - and two cheese courses and two desserts.

Natasha and I were attending the wedding of two very good friends of ours - I was best manning - did a poem. It went down quite well and everyone was grateful for its brevity.

Now the heaviest I have ever been in my life is 13 stone 6 - also after a weekend in Ireland with the same genial host whilst watching the rugby two years ago... I fear this time however he has stuffed me on to a new personal best.

Am going straight from the airport to the gym. I will blog again with the weight before and after my work out.

In the meantime my little fruit bats how about three cheers for the happy couple...


Didn't he do well !!!





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  • Comment number 1.

    CLP - serious offer - do you want to do our best man speech - the best man hates talking in public and so Mr bp has no one to speak up for him???

    just an idea

    Super bp x

  • Comment number 2.

    Morning CLP.

    Lovely pic! And well done for the Bezzy Man stuff.

    Weight loss. I've managed to lose over a stone and a half since February. Not dieting. Not paying some corporate weight loss company for 5 minutes on their scales once a week. Not counting calories.

    Just incredibly content with my lot at the mo, which seems to be the secret to my success!

    In fact, that's an under-statement. I'm probably happier now that I've been for a very very long time.

    It works for me!

    Laters dude!

    x x x x x

  • Comment number 3.

    Good Morning Chris,

    You are back at last, No next button!!

    Glad you had a good wedding, What a lovely couple!! I know what you mean about all that weight, so difficult to get it off!! Enjoy the gym!!

    Lots of Love,

  • Comment number 4.

    Morning all - you cited cited happy peeps.
    lovely and sunny here too.

    Nice pic Christoph -
    who you calling a fruit bat!! spose we are really. Two blogs in a day - to make up for leaving us yesterday???

    Back later - day off tomorrow ( yay!) so two days work to get through today.

    Beezer xxx

  • Comment number 5.

    morning clp,

    I was best man for my brothers wedding and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. never again will I be best man.

    the couple look so happy.

    morning deev, beezer, madi and super bp.

  • Comment number 6.

    morning all!

    Sbp - we went to a wedding once where there were 2 best men - one for ring duty in the church and one for speech duty afterwards!! might be a bit late for that now?

    i do like a good wedding - we had 3 last year but as far as i know none this year. Boo!!

    gorgeous weather here in sunny cornwall today - makes up for the stair rods that were coming down yesterday!! i was looking out for a little man building an ark i can tell you!!

    right, best get on with some work!!

    CG xx

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi CLP......hear it twas a good day....nice pic....busy today, so must fly.....

    PS Cricket last night Boooooo!!!


  • Comment number 8.

    morning nick and cg

    none on mr bp's close friends want to do it - so no speech

    plan 2? CLP - if i got a speech written could you get a showbiz mate to pre-record it? david bowie perhaps or Lewis hamilton?


    okay - well it was worth a try

  • Comment number 9.

    Morning CLP and bloggeroonies

    hip hip hooray
    hip hip hooray
    hip hip hooray
    will that do ya?

    Nice picture, so glad to have you back. Can't beat a great lamb shank!

    Sunny Surrey, few menacing clouds, am I bovvered, not on your life!

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 10.


    Wonderful to have you back - glad you enjoyed the wedding. Lovely couple - I hope they will be very happy. My wedding day was undoubtedly the happiest day of my life, I remember every minute as if it was yesterday. Our best man completely dried up he was so nervous, so MrS had to take over, he handled it all very well!

    As for the weight thing, well that amount of food is just a one-off, once you start eating normally again, you'll be back to your fighting weight!

    Hope everyone else is ok.

    Lyndyloo: read your wonderful news - a wee boy to love and cherish - fantastic.

    C xx

  • Comment number 11.


    I'm loving your persistence!! DOes CLP know David 10" I wonder ..... ?

    When my best friend got married, her other half didn't have a best man. Instead, when he stood up and made his speech at the (very low key) reception, he acknowledged all the chaps from the "gang" sitting around the room (including Mr Deevs) and said it was an impossible task to single out one of them to do the Best Man thing, so without their knowledge, and in their own ways over the years, they'd all been Best Men at some point or another. It was a real "pass me a tissue" moment as he's not known as the most emotive of people at the best of times.

    Twas luvly!

    Deevs x x x

  • Comment number 12.

    HI Everyone,

    Great to be part of the blog! I haven't been to a wedding in years!! In fact neither of my kids have ever been to a wedding, but next year my niece is getting married. They aren't sure what to do about a wedding as they don't want to spend too much money on it as they would rather put it towards a house. Quite sensible really!

    Yes Chris your friend did do very well, Lovely girl, reminded me of someone I've just met.

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi Every1, only joined on Friday and so nice of people 2 say welcome 2 me. Wot a lovely bunch of bloggers Chris has got .

    Fabulous idea of a poem as a best man speech- something different I like that.

    Have good day my fellow blogmen/women xxx

  • Comment number 14.

    hi happy_di,

    welcome to the blog. quite new here myself but was made to feel at home from the start.

    my brother was my best man at my wedding and his speech went down like a lead balloon, stunned silence and he cut the speech short.


  • Comment number 15.

    Greetings Ter The CLP And ALL Blog Dudes.......

    Bingo Star ere......

    A could just say "ELLO' just ter goot second blog spot... but no CLP.... no..... am gonna wreet out me blog in full and maybe get 10th ter 28th spot!!!!!!!!
    It's noot where yer finish..... it's the takinjg poart in the blog that's important ter me!!!!!
    Am a bitter a never getta top blog spot??????....... DAMN IT YYYYYYYYYYYEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CLP - In the words of Dr Evil outta Austin Powers..... "iiiii've been.... expecting youuuuuwww!!!!!".... most good ter see an early blog and anooother photo!!!!!!!
    A like it when a photo iz added ter the blog.... it paints a thousand words and more!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Gongrates ter The Father Mick!!!!!!!!!!!!!@@!@@@!!!!!!!!!!!!@!

    Goes ter show yer never too late ter find love!!!!!!!
    Goot me thinking, reminds me of my grand parents!!!!!!!
    Let me tell you a little Bingo family 'istory.... 100% true..... 100% true all!!!!!! >>
    My grandmother remarried in 'er sixties after joining the church, partly through loneliness, partly through wanting ter make new friends, after my grandfather died.... incidently who a never met!!!!!
    Died before a waz born!!!!!!!
    Anyway..... guess who she married..... the vicar!!!!!!!!! NYYYAAAAA!!!!!!!!
    Yeah me step grandad, but a regard az me grandad, az 'e waz the grandad a only ever knew!!!!
    E turned ter the church after both of 'is parents were killed in WW2!!!!!!!!!!!
    Imagine that..... both your parents killed and left on your own in the world!!!!!!!
    My grandad too 'ad 'ad a troublesome life but instead of going off on one!!!!!
    A mean life can make yer turn inter an alchohlic, drug addict..... end up suffering from depression..... but no. 'e turned ter the church and they both found love, just by chance, and 'ad a nice final part of their life together in their sixties!!!!!!!!
    Both sadly died just inter their seventies!!!!!!!!
    My grandmother died aged 70 and less than a year later my grandad died, probally of a broken 'eart!!!!!!!!!!!
    They say the good die young though!!!!!!!

    PS CLP - Watch the weight man..... first the Monaco mayhem..... now wedding indulgencies....... time ter force yersen ter the gym CLP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PPS Ave goot good news of me own!!!!!!!
    Just started a new job driving for Sainsburys!!!!!!!!!
    Spent too long in anoother job that waz basically a sinking ship!!!!!!!
    Suppose though shows am loyal and committed were a work!!!!! A did like working their but it waz all going.... aka noot going!!!!!
    Me old job.... we were aving our wages cut.... and noot getting the regular work!!!!!!
    Anyway.... finally jumped ship az a decided a can't live on such low pay..... so ave 'unted like a job 'unter 'unting for a job..... and ave managed ter find a superb job at Sainsburys!!!!!!!!
    What a good company ter work for compared ter other supermarkets thatta won't name!!!!!!!
    So proffessional, the staff are all cheerful and 'appy, the pay iz good, the trucks are in A1 nick and well looked after.... it's like being in a different world!!!!!!!!!!!
    It really iz.... after working in with so amny miserable people.... at first a waz taken back by 'ow nice all the staff area at Sainsburys!!!!!!!!!
    If a could shake Justin Kings 'and.... aka Sainsburys CEO, a would VERY firmly..... VERY FIRMLY!!!!!!!!!
    Just a small example.... they're so proffessional..... the store staff get a GPS message from yer truck az yer 5 mins away..... and low and be'old.... they are opening the gate az yer arrive...... no waiting for a miserable manager ter come and unload yer after waiting for an 'our who greets who with.... "you're late!!"
    The other great thing too.... am delivering frozen products only..... beautiful getting inter the back of me minus 25 trailer in this 'ot weather!!!!!!!
    (probally noot so good in winter!!!)

    Whatta beautiful dee it iz!!!!!!!!!

    Mind you still noot made it yet az a 'ighly paid 45k per year train driver or INDEED az an airline pilot that ave always fancied aving a go at..... Yer see a love driving/ moving/ speed/ power/ forward THRUST!!!!!!!! (pilot maybe too 'ard for me... and boring.... imagine aving yer 'ead up in the clouds all dee.... mind you at least it's always sunny up there!!!!)
    Noot made it az a comedian or record producer either...... Actually starting ter feel depressed know, sorry now, maybe me job at Sainsburys isn't that good after all!!!!!!!!

    GOURANGA TOO ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@!

    Why did a ave ter ruin me damn blog at the end!!!!!!!

    'it 'POST'..................

  • Comment number 16.

    Yer see best a could get..... #15 even though a could ave goot #2!!!!!!!!!!

    15 - Reminds me of 800 less 815.... aka the # a goot earlier on the blog terdee!!!!!

  • Comment number 17.

    Penny Forem aka #9 terdee - ELLO.... congrates on the ARF opener success on Fridee!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 18.

    PS CLP - Actually 13 stone 6 noot 'eavy for 6 footer plus!!!!!!!!!
    A can never get below 15 infact am just under 16 stone at present!!!!!!!
    Don't worry about the numbers, unless it's lucky numbers..... it's like age.... it's only numbers..... the important bit iz..... it's 'ow yer feel!!!!!!

    Still though good idea for the gym terdee CLP..... off abit later mesen!!!!

    Noot that a care about weight.... onnly staying fit and in un-obese condition!!!!!!


  • Comment number 19.

    PS Sounds abit egotistical this know, sorry now, just in case any see me weight az just under 16 stone.... am noot fat.... it's all brains and muscle.... 'onestly!!!!!!

    Actually know, sorry now, a am worrying about numbers!!!!!!

    'ippocritical or what!!!!!!!

    Get it.... 'ippo... az in weight!!!!!!

  • Comment number 20.

    Bingo: good news on your new job. You sound really happy - that's terrific!

    And what a lovely story about your grandparents. They didn't get a lot of time together, but it would seem they were very happy.

    Bingo, your post today was just a tonic - loved it!

    Welcome to the blog, happy di - you will love it here - have fun!

    C xx

  • Comment number 21.

    Hi Bingo - What a wonderful blog - Lovely story about your grandparents - Yes it's never to late to find LOVE, and it definitely does exist, truly a gift from God. His timing is always best, even if it is at 60.

    Glad you have a new job, it sounds like you will be very happy there. What time do you have to go to work?

  • Comment number 22.

    Soz back again.... just glanced at the other previous blog commentations!!!!!!

    Ello ter Chezza..... glad yer 'olidee ter Greece went well.... soz about the fading tan situation!!!!!!!!
    Talkin' of 'olidees abroad...... some bloggers might remember last year me asking the question on the blog......
    A wonder if The Winton often goes takes 'is tent on a camping 'olidee.... errr cockling in Cockermouth Bay in Cumbria...... ave often wondered if The Norton..... likes ter go on 'olidee ter........ Manas??????
    Just a thought!!!!!!

    B's Mum - Thanks for the brum meet info!!!!!!!
    Don't think a can find the time ter go ter this one.... mix of work/ money and time pressures!!!!!!!
    I'd love ter come along but looooking like a can't!!!!!!! Although that's noot a defo no.... it's just a 90% loooking like a can't at present - know what am sayin'!!!!!!
    BIG thanks though for asking me along B's!!!!!!
    Defo like ter come ter other meets though when me job/ money situ iz abit more sorted!!!!!!!

    Tango Baz - Thank you for your most kind words.... they amke me feel sane!!!!!

    Madcatian - Tarr... ave often thought of wreeting a book.... even though a 'ated wreeting at school/ english lessons!!!!!!
    Only thing that stoops me.... a feel it'd be a waste of time.... nobody would read it!!!!!!!! But BIG tarr anyway!!!!!!!!!!

    Wreet am defo off know!!!!!!!!!

    Soz a mean NOW!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 23.

    Morning (just!) everyone.

    Bingo - lovely to hear about grandp's. My M-i-L married again when she was in her 60s and had another happy 17 years of marriage before losing husband number 2! Just goes to show it's never too late!


  • Comment number 24.

    #22 - Nice!!!!!

    Suppose though when yer wreet about ten blogs arooound 15 ter 20 odd.... yer likely ter get yer lucky #!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 25.

    Ok a waz going.... back again just read pufftmd's commentation.... yeah never give up on love.... whatever yer age!!!!!!!

    Defo off know!!!!!!! Now!

  • Comment number 26.

    Welcome back Christoff, hope you had a great time over here at the weekend - come back soon . .!!!

    I'm sitting at 13st 6 as well - 6lb over where I should be

    - back at the Bikram this week after a weekend of over-indulgence as well . . . .not good . . .

    Have a great one . . . !!


    PS: Which part of the Emearld Isle where you in??

  • Comment number 27.

    Ok back again.... Ello Chrissie.... Thanks... yeah 'opefully things truning the corner abit after last year's badness!!!!!!

    Madcatian - Yo!!! Yeah, same az a said above ter pufftmd.... never too late!!!!!

  • Comment number 28.

    Hi folks, just tearing through...

    Lovely picture, sounds like a fab wedding.

    Don't get me going on weddings, I could talk all day in minute detail! 39 days and counting...

    Anyhoo, speeches, my dad was the big speechster in our family, but as he was, sadly, unavailable to deliver at his own funeral, just over a year ago, I had to take the reins myself, as my bro couldn't face it. Bro's giving me away in July but still doesn't want to do speech, so I'm doing my own! No-one who knows me would expect me to sit quietly and leave it to the blokes. And the first thing will be raising glass to me dad, and wishing him a happy birthday as we chose to have it then for that very reason.

    Much deep breathing beforehand I feel...

    Then my brother-in-law and husband (HUSBAND????) will do theirs, and they're both lovely so it should be fine.

    Anyway way, enough, enough.

    Sorry no time to catch up on posts since Friday, but I did notice Lyndyloo's news - how lovely xxx

    Hope Tinsel's still tingling too!

    Hi Bingers, hi Chrissie hi EVERYONE.


  • Comment number 29.

    boleyngirl: wow, just over a month to go - how very exciting!

    If I was getting married now, I would definitey give a speech, but in the olden days it was not the done thing!

    I did give a "thank you for being here" speech on my daughter's Communion Day, but I did go on a bit - nerves and all that. I did manage to stop just short of singing a few Frank Sinatra classics!

    C xx

  • Comment number 30.

    Bingo - Well done on the job front and what a lovely blog about your grandparents. I only ever knew one grandparent, been told many stories about t'others tho'.

    Re ARF - do I chance my luck again this week or is that just wishful thinking?!!!

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 31.

    Great to have you back CLP - and nice to see a pic of the bride and groom.

    Lovely story about your grandparents Bingo and that you gained a Grandad - thanks for sharing it. Good to see that your new job is making you so happy as well.

    Baggie and Boleyn - I'm sure the speeches will be great whoever ends up doing them. Loved Deev's story about her best man and Dad's speeches - very funny, although perhaps not at the time!!

    Welcome happy Di - enjoy the blog...

    Darce x

  • Comment number 32.

    Pen - don't be greedy, that would be a hat trick!

    I missed your mention - what was your ARF choice? Missed the first half hour of show.

    Darce x

  • Comment number 33.

    If I was getting hitched again, I'd do it "my way" the second time round.

    As a 28 year old bride. I conformed so much to what a bride shold be (pic on FB - you'll see what I mean!!)

    Should it ever happen again, or should me and 'imself renew our vows, I'd like it to have more of my personality stamped on it: yes, a bit of Goth influence for starters.

    I guess first time round I just went with the flow.

    Oh well. It was good tho - even if I did have to go home and get some decent CDs before the evening kicked off!!

    x x x x x

  • Comment number 34.

    deev - at the old age of 28 I am doing my wedding mostly me and Mr bp's way - and there will be more then a touch of goth!

  • Comment number 35.

    Hi Bingo - You are right number aren't important, it is how you feel and we all age differently. You get some old 60 year olds and some young ones!!!!! How does Chris do it - 6 footer plus - often wondered about that and how does he look so different at times, just don't understand!!!!

    Happy Di - welcome to the blog. It is great fun.

    Hi Puff - Yes, it's never too late for Love.

    Boleyngirl - Good Luck with your wedding. Good for you wanting to speak at your wedding - I'm not sure if I'd do that!

  • Comment number 36.

    Darce - Hat trick? Damn good idea. 'twas ELO, Rock 'n' Roll is King. Listened again on the i player thingy.......twice!! Sad or what..................yep!

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 37.

    My first time, 16 and a half years ago, I had a baby I was so in love with I couldn't care less about wedding arrangements and left it all to mt mam - never a good idea.

    I look like me in the photos but it still feels like it happened to someone else.

    This time we have had an absolute ball planning our perfect party, and getting everything - readings, songs, even "incidental music" believe it or not, perfect for the ceremony.

    Acsh, as a result I really fancy being a wedding planner! Only for nice people though. Or my other previously undiscovered skill - personal shopper for snazzy outfits for pensioners on a budget!


    a x

  • Comment number 38.

    Ta Mad Cat

    a x

  • Comment number 39.

    bloyngirl - i have gone the other way - I never want to plan a wedding again!

  • Comment number 40.

    Pen thats not sad - recorded my birthday mention on a cd!!!!!!

    All this talk of weddings - and not one to go to - I have lots of hats waiting too - sigh...... I made my first wedding dress cos I couldn't see one I liked (and the 4 bridesmaids too!!!)

    Bingo - wow you are working for the lovely Justin. Lucky you. Shame about the Brum meet - there is always Bristol and Norwich!! If you were on fb you would see on clp bloggers page!!! And for the record, I agree - over 6ft you need some meat on you otherwise you can look like a stick!!! Not a nice look - like that footballer - wossissname? crouch or something like that.

    What am I doing - should be working - loads to do
    Back later

    Beezer xxx

  • Comment number 41.

    Ooohh, can I just say to anyone still to see Take That - my envy knows no bounds!

    I did have the opportunity to get tickets for one of their shows at Hampden Park in Glasgow, but just could not face the nightmare of getting there, and then getting home again. Been there, done that, and it took me a week to recover!

    However, it does look like the TT show is utterly fantastic, so ...... enjoy!

    I know it was a LONG time ago, but weren't they terrific on Jonathan Ross? They are so knocked out by their success this time around - just love them!

    I must try to grow up one of these days!

    C xx

  • Comment number 42.

    I've just recently started loving Take That too. Love Up All Night.

    I really should go and make some lunch for hubby and daughter, and I still have some unpacking to do!!!!!

    Speak to you later.

  • Comment number 43.

    Afternoon all,

    Hey, we got married in Las Vegas and it was fab. Just flew over, got a licence and then walked the strip to find a place we liked.
    Was going to be a jeans and t shirt affair, then on the last minute MR MC decided on a suit. As it was mid November, i struggled to find a dress. Walked into every store in Manchester.
    Anyway, on the very last weekend before we were due to fly out, i found the dress and shoes . Had a fab day, just the two of us, and loads of parties when we got back.

    MC xx

  • Comment number 44.

    Beez - CD? LOL, it's not just me then?!!! tho' don't think I would go to that extreme. But yours was extra special.

    Boleyngirl - 'citing

    First wedding big, huge, massive church do, the works. Second, registry office me 'n' him, parents, no kids, they went to school - done!!!!!!!!!!!

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 45.

    ....and Chrissie - don't EVER grow up!!!

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 46.

    MC - A Vegas wedding - that sounds fab!!

    Went to a wedding on Saturday and the 2 smallest bridesmaids looked beautiful with their hair in ringlets and fairy like dresses but when they came in, the smallest one marched down the aisle with her dress hitched up under her arms. She had hurt her knee and didn't want to wear the dress as it rubbed on it!

    Darce xx

  • Comment number 47.


    thats what i love about little ones

    i'm hoping that my flower girl does soemthing equally as cute - YBF here i come :-)

  • Comment number 48.

    BP - she probably will - this little one was so cute, everybody laughed. Not long to go now for you - whose is first - yours or Boleyn's?

    Darce xx

  • Comment number 49.

    Hi All

    Sorry not been on for a while been -Extremely busy over here, time is 8 hours ahead, so I often don't get chance to get on line.

    Luckily on final testing and should be back in Blighty by Friday - Monday next week Hurraaaa.



  • Comment number 50.

    boylns way before me - i still have over two months - she be a married woman by then

  • Comment number 51.

    Ello...... A didn't wanter say this on the blog az it makes me feel abit........ MAD!!!!!!!!!!

    But ave gotta problem a don't now, soooorry know, if a should share!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 52.

    Morning, afternoon from a sunny and soon to be warm upstate NY. Temps supposed to be in the 80s today.....finally, we getting some decent summer weather. Hope you all had a good weekend.

  • Comment number 53.

    Tis Me - I'm back!

    I've been meaning to blog all morning, but it's never good coming back to work after a holiday. Post and emails everywhere and then I discovered that half my emails had gone missing, so spent ages recovering them. I wish people wouldn't fiddle about on my machine while I'm not around...!!!

    No point me trying to catch up on the blog, as I do have a life and it would probably take me the next few years of it catching up on what's been going on whilst I've been away.

    If you are happy, then I'm happy too.
    If you are sad, then I send a big hug {{}}
    If you are excited, then I am jumping up and down with you.
    If you are hoping for something, then I am crossing my fingers for you.

    That should cover every eventuality.

    To be truthful I am not over keen on weddings, but's that's just me. Nice picture of the happy couple though and glad you had a good time Chris. Don't worry about the weight as has been said above, it will soon drop off as you go about normal life again.

    I had a great holiday, went to stay with a friend in the States. Weather was a bit pants, but apart from that a good time was had.


  • Comment number 54.


    only you can decide if it feels right to share your problem.


  • Comment number 55.

    hi bondy

    bingo - if a problem shared is a problem halved then us lot will decimate it - whats up?

  • Comment number 56.

    A can teeell yer what me problem iz but a don't now, sorry know, if a can!!!!!!!!!!!

    A really want to...... but

  • Comment number 57.

    Hi SB, hope you're having a good day!!!!

    Bingo, a problem shared is a problem halved .... we're here for you mate...

    Hi bignick....

  • Comment number 58.

    Hi Bondy - hows it going?

    Go on Bingo - you now sorry know you want to.......

    darce x

  • Comment number 59.

    Hi Darce, It's slow going at the moment. How's it with you?

  • Comment number 60.

    Bingo - gwon!!!

    AliB - welcome back, glad you had a good time.

    Hello Bondy, how's tricks?

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 61.

    Ok...... i'll tell yer what me problem iz on CLP's rare '2nd' blog of the dee...... later!!!!!!

  • Comment number 62.

    Hi Penny, as well as can be expected. How are things with you?

  • Comment number 63.

    Bingo! Keeping us in suspenders as per the norm! We'll be here, waiting!

    Yo Bondage! How goes it?

    Welcome back AliB - I'm still playing catch up from my holiday but the tan has gawn!

    Hello to everyone else who has appeared since my last inane drivel was posted on here!


    The Deev
    x x x x

  • Comment number 64.

    Not too bad thanks Bondy. Mr.D's enjoying the golf course and lads that lunch at the moment and I'm trying to bite my tonque, which of course is impossible for a woman!

    Welcome back Ali - what part of the States did you go to? Hope it was a nice restful break but its not good to come back to it all is it?

    Darce x

  • Comment number 65.

    Hi Everyone - I'm back!!!!

    MC - your wedding sounds great, after all it really is just about the two of you.

    Pen - bet second time round was better than the first, The wedding and the marriage!!!!

    Bingo - Please share your problem with us, we may be able to help. Oh I've just read your last post, Look forward to CLP's second blog!

    JLF - always good to get a weather report from NY

    Alib - Loved your post. It's great having you here and thanks, love, for the hug.

  • Comment number 66.

    Hello CtD.... things are fine thanks. How's it with you?

    Darce, you not a golfer then...LOL

  • Comment number 67.

    Thanks for the welcome backs. Not got much of a suntan to fade, having spent one day sitting in the sun. The rest of the time it was overcast and dull with rain, rain and more rain during the night.

    Darce, I went to Conneticut. My friend is American and we met through work about 12 years ago and I've been visiting her every year since. She's got three girls, so I seem to spend most of my week going to soccer and lacross matches and events at their school. But it's all good fun. It's was nice to have a change of scenery and a break.

    Bingo, we are here to help, so share away xx


  • Comment number 68.

    Improvement on last week Bondy, thanks. Hope things speed up for you soon.xx

    Darce - you tell 'im girl - no biting of the tongue you hear!!!!

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 69.


    Life is oh so dandy at the mo. Holiday was fab, work's busy, the sun is shining and I am smiling non-stop.

    I fear that very soon I may taken to the nearest village missing its idiot, and dropped off!

    x x x x

  • Comment number 70.

    No Bondy not a golfer!! Also work full time.

    Darce xx

  • Comment number 71.

    Madi - #65 Spot on!

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 72.

    Bingo: you know there is tremendous support on this blog, so if you want to share, you can. But I know what you mean - once you say something, it's out there!!

    Pen: thank you - I have decided not to grow up!

    Adam: hi - good to see you. Don't know where you are, but hope all is well.

    007: just hang in there. Easy for me to say, but MrS and are going through something very similar at the moment, and it's not easy. It will work out, though, you can be sure of it.

    AliB: welcome back, glad to hear you had a good holiday. Where were you in the good ol' US of A?

    Going home tonight to assist in Part 2 of packing for the holiday MsS is taking with 30 of her school friends! They leave for Majorca on Thursday, and I am absolutely distraught. MrS, on the other hand, is planning a peaceful life whereas I face two weeks of sleepless nights and lots of pacing the floor!

    C xx

  • Comment number 73.

    Pen - the biting of the tongue didn't last long I can tell you!!

    Ali - that sounds really nice - you get to see a bit of the local life when you stay with friends. Its great that you've kept the friendship going, so easy to lose it when people move away.

    Darce x

  • Comment number 74.

    Bingo - A problem shared is a problem halved. We are all here to help M8



  • Comment number 75.

    Chrissie - I was like that when my youngest only went to guide camp! I think it's quite normal after all we are only human. Mr P, on the other hand, relished in the non-bickering with her sister!!

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 76.

    Afternoon each..

    Lovely pic and blog as ever... they look very happy...looking forward to the 2nd post purely as someone who never weighs herself...wouldnt have a scooby but i`m happy!

    Having had 3 weddings between the 2 of us i dont think we`ll be doing another one..although never say never! Love the planning and getting organised bit tho..Boleyn and i should set up shop!

    Lyndy...yay, a blue one! Congrats and glad u are both well..

    Bingo..you know we are all here for you.. and thanks for brightening up our day as ever..great news re job.

    I could be here for ever so will say hi to everyone else..hope the weather is as nice with you as here...

    miss ya when i not with ya...

    mSc x

  • Comment number 77.

    Pen: so you know how I feel!

    The thing is, she is one of the most sensible people on the planet, but I can't help but be anxious. I can only advise her to a certain extent, which so far has covered every base - and I do mean EVERY base!

    It was so much easier 10 years ago!

    C xx

  • Comment number 78.

    Chrissie/Pen - thats the trouble with us Mum's, the men are quite glad of the break from them.

    Are the girls from your first or second marriage Pen?

    Darce x

  • Comment number 79.

    Hi all.....back again....wow, this morning was slo blog day, then this arvo', manic...

    Bondy, you sounding up beat....good!!

    Bingobongo...good news re new job....sorry I'm a little late on that compliment..

    Just to say weather here at mo' is ab fab...really warm, loadsa sunshine....

    Deevski....village idiot indeed...

    Sorry for not mentioning you all...bit busy today...not like me is it..?? Shock horror.


  • Comment number 80.

    Chrissie - how old is your daughter?

    When my 2 eldest were in their teens, we took 4 of their friends with us. They started going out in the evening and discovered this club they could get into. My youngest was a baby at the time and I went along to the club to see what they were getting up to. The entrance was down a flight of stairs and I had to get somebody to help me down the steps with the pram and then I set up camp at a table near the dance floor. They were so not impressed, especially when they had to help me out!!

    darce x

  • Comment number 81.

    Darce - first, but Mr P is dad in every way, shape or form, as they were very young at the time, and the less said about their biological father, the better. That's their words, as well as mine!!

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 82.

    Sounds like you landed a good one second time around Pen. What is it with some fathers - the father of my 2 eldest granddaughters hasn't seen or tried to contact them for over a year now.

    Darce xx

  • Comment number 83.

    Having not had kids then i cant say i understand but i do sympathise...when i think what my sister put my parents through i cringe (i was the goody 2 shoes!)...

    ..but, when does it change around and the child start worrying about the parent? For me it was 12 years ago today (the date my dad died). Only being 19 at the time my mum became my priority and i started worrying about her if she wasnt back when she said she was, ringing her to make sure she was ok and asking where she was going... mad! But she says it felt supportive so maybe i did do the right thing even if i was old before my years!

    My sis on the other hand was only 17 and she was still a wild party animal... out every night and basically having the time of her life..and you know what? she prob did stuff that would make us all shudder but she`s turned out to be one of the most sensible, level headed, caring people i know..

    So.. keep worrying, its only natural but be assured they are probably more sensible than you think and will all be the greatest people in the world...in fact they probably are already..

    mSc x

  • Comment number 84.

    Sorry if that came across bit heavy...not intended like that!

    enjoy the rest of your tuesdays... i`m off to depress the rest of the world now! Actually im` off to Clinton Cards (other avail etc etc)... wish me luck..and arrange a mortgage to pay for the cards please!

    mSc x

  • Comment number 85.

    Wise words mSc !


  • Comment number 86.

    Go on bingo - we have all shared something with this blog at one time or another so feel free friend x

  • Comment number 87.

    Hiya Darce: my daughter is 18 - had her birthday in March. Since then, she has been clubbing every weekend and having the time of her life! She has a new boyfriend too, so it is "all systems go" at the moment! Ironically, the bf will be in Majorca too, for about 4 days while MsS is there!

    But as I say, she is very sensible and I know she won't do anything "daft". We have a fantastic relationship and we talk about (almost) everything. I am not her best friend, I am her mum, but anything I can help her with, of course I will.

    It's really not easy, is it?!

    Scoobs: of course you are right. And you have not come across as a bit heavy. Bit of a shame that you had so much responsibility at such a young age. Very different circumstances for me, but I was more or less looking after myself from the age of 13 which was not fun. Circumstances just come our way, and we have to cope as best we can, I suppose.

    BTW: I bought three cards the other day and they cost me £8! Outrageous!

    C xx

  • Comment number 88.

    Darce #82 They've got no scruples. Don't know how they can live with it.

    Great post Scoobs, so true.

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 89.

    Chrissie - no its not easy and it doesn't seem to get any easier as they get older - just different worries!

    darce x

  • Comment number 90.

    Pen - me neither but look what they miss out on.

    Darce x

  • Comment number 91.

    Back and 11 quid lighter.. for FOUR cards!They are lovely cards but still...!

    Debs2 - you prob wont get this but HAVE A FAB TIME! Loving the hours countdown... i`m only working on weeks (3 tomorrow!) til Top Gear at the mo but hours will make an appearance nearer the time for sure!

    And hope the Script were good too Lyndy.

    GM away tonight with work so Mamma Mia in DVD(not seen yet!), takeaway of some sort and glass(read bottle) of wine chilling...

    see you all at humpday...

    mSc x

  • Comment number 92.

    Darce - absolutely, at least you're there to help, but easy it ain't! How old are they?

    Scoobs - scandalous!

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 93.

    Scoobs: enjoy your evening - sounds great!


  • Comment number 94.

    Darce, if it's any consolation I can't stand it either. Much prefer football......

    Baz, thanks. Try to stay positive....

    Chrissie..... thanks.

    madcatian, thanks.

    AliB.... our local high school just won the NY state lacrosse title..... first time ever, quite the big deal!!!!!

  • Comment number 95.

    Pen - The eldest has just turned 3 and the little one is 22 months.

    My youngest granddaughter is 14 months and my son and I haven't seen her for months as her Mother won't allow it. He has taken it to Court and is waiting for a date. Hopefully their will be access granted - its eating him up not seeing her.

    Darce x

  • Comment number 96.

    darce - all I will say is that mothers can be just as bad as fathers

  • Comment number 97.

    read there not their!!

  • Comment number 98.

    So true Bagpuss. x

  • Comment number 99.

    drowning in

    Beez xxx

  • Comment number 100.


    maybe you should postpone your Wednesday appointment and work instead. !!!!!



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