Sorry I’ve been so quiet, I promise it won’t happen again but it just so happens that this week has been a bit of a turning point in my life.
Last saturday was when it all began, a completely regular day; meeting the parents for coffee in the morning, wandering around the local town centre for a kettle, reading a few magazines then BANG. We’re going out to dinner apparently, and in no less than the place we had our first date, Eastbourne. For those of you who know Eastbourne, it isn’t a whole lot to shout about but to us, it’s where we began.
Suitably excited, I put on a lovely-ish frock and my favourite purple flats and off we went to a mystery restaurant, which he’d booked (wowza!). Not so long later, after a lovely drive through the South Downs, we arrived at the Farm @ Friday Street. It was a cosy little place, with pillar candles on each table and antique-like framed photos covering every wall. Just the kind of place that he knew I’d like. We both had a tremendously yummy meal here, one of the best I’ve ever had and it wasn’t horrendously over-priced either.
I enjoyed a salted beef, brie and red pepper burger with slaw and skin-on fries. Not so great for someone who’s lactose intolerant, like myself, but I wanted to push the boat out. It turns out, I could barely manage the burger, let alone the delicious fries and slaw! Green Ranger had the steak burger with fries and slaw too – he knew who’d picked the better of the two, heehee!
Afterwards, he took me down to Eastbourne’s empty beach and parked up for a little walk along the shore. Just past the beautifully decorated pavilion, where live summer music is hosted, he took me down to some rock pools and sand, as the tide was out. Green Ranger has been searching for sand on a beach since he moved down to the South. A few steps later and he presented me with my Chanel ‘Chance’ perfume bottle.
Now, to get why he did this, I need to elaborate slightly. When I was going to be proposed to, I’ve always wanted to be wearing the last drop of perfume in my bottle, as that was my favourite and my nan always used to wear Chanel, it reminds me of her. As she isn’t around to see my grow up and we were incredibly close, I wanted her to be a part of it somehow. She’d have liked that.
Anyway, he got out the bottle and said I might need it. When I’d spritzed myself, he got down on one knee in the wet sand and asked me to marry him. Of course, I immediately said ‘yes!’. It was one of the happiest moments of my life and I smile about it all the time. He’d got the aquamarine and rose gold ring on a trip to Rye from an antiques shop a week before (blog to come).
What with this and our Iceland wedding planning, it’s all been a bit busy (a post on the actual plans will be posted shortly.)
I almost forgot to mention that I start a new job tomorrow too! I’m all nerves, so I’ll keep it short but I’ll be working on digital marketing and social media for Kuoni, the long and short haul, luxury travel brand. I can’t wait for the new challenges and experience that this role will bring.
So, it’s fair to say, I’m on cloud 9 right now and all grown up.
Are you engaged? Do you have any wedding plans right now? Are you about to embark on a new job?