'Early worm' or 'night owl'?
It’s 6am and I am up and blogging. Why on earth am I up this early? Well, poor little Josh had a really bad nightmare a couple of hours ago. I got up to give him a cuddle and then couldn’t get back to sleep. The thought of tea, toast and blogging was too tempting to resist, so rather than just lie there thinking ‘Why can’t I sleep….!!!” it was better to get up and do something. Actually, I am a ‘morning person’ (meaning that I love mornings) rather than a ‘night owl’ (someone who can stay up really late). What about you Cris? Are you an ‘early worm’ (i.e. someone who likes to get up early) or a ‘night owl’? Or do you ‘burn the candle at both ends’ (i.e. you get up early AND you stay up really late).
I am glad that you feel more relieved, Cris, after reading my blog. And I enjoyed looking at all of your photos. The marina looks lovely, with all of the boats. Have you ever been sailing? And your book list is quite eclectic (i.e. varied). I also love Animal Farm and Sense and Sensibility. Trudi is right – go for Orwell’s 1984 and tell us what you think of it. If you enjoy it, you might also enjoy something like ‘Brave New World’ by A. Huxley.
I can believe that the kids below you sometimes stay up until 11am, but at the same time I can’t believe it (do you know what I mean?) In Thailand, parents also keep their kids up really late. Kids need to sleep! Obviously, there are exceptions, like parties or special events, but in general when you think of all the physical and mental development that small children have to undergo as they grow and develop, they really do needs loads of sleep. I think that Josh is having disturbed sleep because of some of the cartoons he watches, but Steve disagrees. Young kids are so impressionable - surely what they watch on TV must affect them? What do you think?
I promised you all some photos of my sister’s wedding. She has just got back from her honeymoon so photos are flying across the internet. Let me show you some and tell you about the day. But, I have blanked out some of the words. Can you guess what they are? I have provided a list of words at the end for you to choose from, but if you want to make it harder for yourself, then don’t look at the list of words. Fill in the blanks with a word you think is correct, using the context to help you guess the missing word, then compare your words with the ones on the list. Check whether you got anything the same or similar, or are your words completely different? Answers in my next blog.
It was an (1)___________ day. We (that is the bride Louise, my other sister Alison, bridesmaid Kate and myself) went off to the hairdressers first thing in the morning to have our hair done. Then we all jumped in (2) ___________ and headed off to the wedding (3) __________, which was a small stately home in the middle of the Northumberland countryside. We spend a few more hours up in Louise’s room (the bridal suite, which was enormous) getting ready, doing our makeup, gossiping (you know, all the things that girls like to do…) and helping Louise get into her amazing red wedding dress. Isn’t she (4) ____________?
One of Louise’s friends was the (5) _____________, and she took shots throughout the whole day, so we have a really interesting collection of pictures showing different stages of the day. Here is a picture of Louise and her (6) ___________ just before we went down the staircase for the ceremony.
The wedding ceremony was held in the home itself, and was a civic rather than a religious ceremony. We were really (7) __________ with the weather, as you can see from the next family photo. It had snowed all week, and the morning of the wedding itself had promised rain, but at around 2pm the sun came out and we had glorious (8) ___________ all afternoon. That meant photos in the garden could proceed as planned! The little boy in the photo is Joel, my (9) ___________, and he is held by his dad Jay, my brother in law.
I love this shot. Matt, the groom, is in the middle, with his 2 best men Jay (left) and J.D. (right, friend). I think black and white photos create a really lovely effect.
We then had drinks, followed by a delicious (10) __________ with my favourite dessert (sticky toffee pudding) and then a ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee). This is a type of folk dance. You normally have a partner and you dance either alone with your partner or in small groups to music played by a small (11) __________ (violin, flute, drums and guitar). A ‘caller’ tells you what to do and describes the steps for each dance, then you just dance your heart out to each number. Here are a couple of shots (can you find me in the picture – I’m not hard to spot)
The most important thing was that Louise and Matt had a wonderful day. I was amazed that I managed to stay awake partying until 3am. Maybe I am a (12) _____________ (2 words) after all?
OK, I can hear the kids jumping up and down in their room, so it’s time to get them up. Poor Steve will need lots of coffee before he can even open his eyes. My husband is not a morning person!
Speak to you soon (probably Thursday…). Just to say, I am reading all of the reader comments and will reply to everyone in a nice long blog by the weekend. Please keep posting, I am enjoying reading all of your comments (Hyoshil, Merce, Praveen on 14th April and Filippo, Chaos, Tanya, Ana Paula, Mahjabeen, Vladimir, Bahij, Silwar and Anna from 12th April) Thank you so much and please keep blogging.
Best Wishes and have a very, very good day :-)
Choose from the following words to fill in the blanks: photographer, night owl, band, amazing, nephew, buffet, cars, lucky, bridesmaids, venue, sunshine, gorgeous.
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