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Looking back and saying thank you

30 Dec

What a difference five months makes! Almost five months ago to the day, my parents’ sleepy Suffolk garden was hosting what I am guessing has been the biggest party of its 150 year history…mine and Mister Noodle’s wedding reception. With a marquee covering every square inch of grass in the orchard and all our nearest and dearest getting ready to eat, drink, dance and laugh the night away, the scene looked something like this…

A Suffolk Summer wedding...in the back garden

Since arriving in Singapore the constant equatorial weather means we have been permanently suspended in mid-August. Not so Suffolk! This is the snowy Suffolk scene that greeted us when we eventually returned home for our first family Christmas as a married couple.

Our journey back proved suitably epic for Christmas and involved an unexpected mini-break at the Frankfurt Christmas markets, courtesy of London Heathrow and our airline. Finally, 72 hours later and little bit more full of gluhwein than we had anticipated we made it home to Suffolk and Poodle Noodle could end his window-side vigil…

"Where are they? I've made Christmas pudding and everything!"

Our July wedding was a perfect way to celebrate with family and friends before embarking on our new life in Singapore and five months on there is no other way I would have wanted to mark Christmas than back in Suffolk. I have been able to curl up with Poodle Noodle in front of the log fire, eat my own weight in mince pies and cover up the evidence under layers of jumpers and scarves. The television has been almost permanently set to quality British costume drama – Poirot, Miss Marple and Upstairs, Downstairs and Mister Noodle has rediscovered the joy of buying pints of ale and getting change from a £10 note. Most importantly we have enjoyed time with family and friends and laughed and laughed and laughed.

With one more week before we return to the sunnier climes of Singapore there is still loads to fit in…London shopping trips, lunches and dinners and catching ups, new year’s eve with my BFFs, trips to the seaside and more nodding off in front of the fire. The last twelve months have been sometimes frantic but always fun and it seems apt that we will be finishing the year on the same note.

In thinking back over the incredible experiences, challenges and adventures of 2010 there is one person above all that I have to thank for making them possible. Mister Noodle, this post is for you and comes with a very big thank you. You have managed to get the girl who would never spend the night away from home to move half way across the world and have looked after her every step of the way. The first five months of being Mrs Noodle have been wonderful and I can’t wait for what 2011 will bring.

On that note, Happy New Year everyone and see you again in Singapore!

Credit where credit is most definitely due – Our beautiful wedding images were captured by the wonderful Sara Thomas of Sara Thomas Photography 

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More beautiful than a post-it note…

30 Nov

With less than a week to go until the deadline for posting to and from the UK and Far East for Christmas here’s a little reminder drawn from the days before internet and email task lists.

I discovered this clip last Christmas via the British Film Institute’s website and I don’t know if I can put into words just how much I love it. The animation was created for the English General Post Office in 1951 by German animator, Lotte Reiniger. It is an absolutely exquisite piece of animation for something so mundane – final posting dates for Christmas.  I hope you will enjoy watching it as much as I have…and don’t forget to post those parcels!

For 2010 UK Christmas postal deadlines go to: http://www2.royalmail.com/greetings

Christmas in the tropics

17 Nov

I know, I know, the embers from bonfire night celebrations in England are hardly cold and here I am writing about Christmas! There has always been an unwritten rule in my family that Christmas preparations cannot begin until after my dad’s birthday on 1st December. However, this rule has been well and truly broken by my own mother this year with the purchase of this fantastically glittery purple camel from Paperchase. Therefore I feel no guilt in writing about the festive preparations that are well and truly underway here in Singapore.

The theme for this year’s celebrations is Christmas in the tropics and with only three days until the official turning on of the lights on Orchard Road there are more baubles, lights and decidedly post-modern looking Christmas trees than you can shake a stick at.  Last December I was lucky enough to spend part of the lead-up to Christmas in Edinburgh, celebrating my cousin’s wedding. Both the wedding and the city were picture postcard perfect – the scent of cinnamon and mulled wine hung heavy in the air and the Georgian terraces were resplendent with fir trees and tartan bows. What a difference a year makes! No less spectacular but a world away from Princes Street, Orchard Road is all dressed up and ready for the Christmas parties to begin. On even the most dreary, drizzly days, the Singapore shopping malls are quite something to behold and from what I have seen so far, there is going to be fierce competition this year to be the most lavishly decorated. My favourite so far has to be the Japanese Takashimaya mall with its trees of teddy bears.

Very 'kawaii' (cute) as the Japanese would say

It’s probably a good idea that I didn’t share this image with my mum earlier or it might not have been just one purple camel she bought for the Christmas table…

For more information on Christmas in the tropics visit: http://www.yoursingapore.com/content/traveller/en/browse/whats-on/festivals-and-events/christmas.html

PS – The surfers image at the top of this post is from What’s Buzzin, a rather fine looking retro card company I happened upon by chance. Ah, the dangers of the internet, I can see a credit card transaction happening sometime soon… the image so perfectly captures me and Mister Noodle…maybe.