Monday, 24 March 2014

1 year married.

We did it! We've been married for a whole year! 

Yes, those of you married for like 20 years or something can shake your heads and go 'aww, they think that's so long!' 

But we're so excited and happy, and we're astounded at what God's done in our lives in the last year.

We gave each other presents to celebrate... I stuck with traditional paper, and gave Malcolm the book 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight'. The title is followed by the caption 'chivalry, seduction, and a challenge to the death'. Malcolm commented that 'hey, it's like marriage!'. Ha.
Malcolm knows the way to my heart, and gave me a new handbag that I've been eye-balling AND totally blew me away with a sketch he did of one of our wedding photos. How could I have been so oblivious to my husband's talent all this time?!? I mean, he's doodled before, but his sketch is just beautiful.

Anyway, gift-giving aside, it was a wonderful day.
It was tricky coming up with something to do though. See, usually one can go back to the garden/restaurant/whatever where one went on a first date or on the honeymoon or something but we had none of that to fall back on. I mean, we spent our honeymoon in a game lodge and then passed through Durban to have dinner at the harbour where we went on our first date. I don't see anything resembling a harbour or game park here.
So, with the attitude of' 'when in Rome' we headed up to the castle after church to have a picnic in the park next to the schloss. Despite the fact that a little family decided to start a soccer game in front of us and that it drizzled for some time, it was a rather romantic picnic. And it feels scandalous eating in a park when people seem to just walk or jog through, or play soccer.



We headed back home eventually and then went to set up for a cake party. Some friends had the idea of a cake party to invite and get to know others in our building and area, so we invited those we knew, and asked them to extend the invitation. We got there early to set up, and were SO surprised by how many people came. It was incredible and so much fun getting to chat and meet people. At nearly 7pm people were still hanging out, so after cleaning up what we could, Malcolm and I left to go out for dinner. It involved speed-walking home carrying left over cake, and rushing in to grab money and run out again to the busstop to catch the bus, but we made it in time to catch the next bus.

We learned our lesson about 4 star restaurants already while on honeymoon. We had a very romantic private dinner the one night, away from the main dining area. We were served steak but it was really rare. Malcolm and I don't enjoy raw meat. Maybe it was to attract lions. I don't know. We were left alone to have privacy, which was great, but it also meant we couldn't ask for it to be cooked further. We weren't allowed to walk around without a guard, because the camp isn't fenced off, and it was dark, so we weren't going to go look for somebody. There was a bell to ring for emergencies but we decided that raw meat wouldn't count. We weren't sure when they'd be back to check on us. So, we took full advantage of the fire they'd lit for us. We had a relay meal cutting a bite to eat, running over to the fire with our forks and sticking it in the fire to cook it, returning to our table and eating it, hoping that we wouldn't get caught. 4 stars.
So for our anniversary, we opted for an Italian place (with real Italians working there - how's that for authenticity?!) and pizza. As long as there was candle-light, I'm happy :)


18 comments:

  1. Happy 1 year!! Your picnic outdoors sounds beautiful, but I really loved the story from your honeymoon of inventively cooking your own rare meat. I can't eat meat at anything less than medium well, I can relate!

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  2. I am laughing at your raw meat story, how odd they just left you like that!

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  3. Horray!! Happy Anniversary to you both!! Congratulations on one whole year! May there be many many more! =)

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  4. woohooo! one year is such a sweet milestone...we celebrated our one year Italian style too! ;) cool kids club!

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  5. Congrats! What a great milestone! So happy for your guys. :)

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  6. Aw... Happy anniversary!!!

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  7. aww, i wish i could have celebrated with you at that cake party! happy anniversary to you both -- i think the picnic at the castle made a perfect celebration :)

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  8. Congrats, Erica!!! Your anniversary sounds like a lovely time--many happy wishes to both of you!

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  9. Happy 1 year anniversary Erica! Also, that is so funny about the meat and the candle!

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  10. You would have loved the cake party! And thank you :)

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  11. It was a sweet milestone! Can't go wrong with Italian! And, since we were using the last of our wedding-gift-money, it was affordable too ;) :)

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  12. I guess they were wanting to give us space, but it was maybe too much!

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  13. Malcolm won't eat ANYTHING that isn't thoroughly cooked! It felt super sneaky sticking their forks into the fire, but it was quite good ;)

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