RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #176 Broken&Over

Lovelt Ron’s prompt this week:

Broken & Over

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My haiku turned tanka this week!

Forest, Trees, Mato, Nature, Twigs, Wood

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Leaves overturned by
Feet stepping on broken twigs
Each snap a pleasure
The crackle of winter walks
Appreciating outside

Ritu 2017

And a Senryu

Heart, Sky, Dahl, Blue Sky

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Broken hearts can heal
With a little tenderness
It’s never over

Ritu 2017

Whisked Away! Anniversary Fun – #MondayBlogs

Unless you weren’t reading my scheduled posts (if not, why not?!) on the weekend, you know that it was our wedding anniversary and I was whisked away for a night, no children, just us!

We rarely get a chance to spend time together alone. Date nights happen so rarely, so this opportunity was seized with both hands!

The day started with lovely flowers and gifts, including a new charm for my Pandora bracelet! and a romantic breakfast!

So we disposed of dropped off the children to their grandparents, and headed off into London.

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It was a grey day, the Shard was even swamped in low cloud! I was kinda glad we hadn’t booked dinner there, wouldn’t have been much of a view, would it!?

But we arrived at our hotel, The Grange, Tower Bridge in good time and checked in. Ironically the room number we were assigned was 1118 – and our anniversary is 18th November… 11/18! A good sign?

Hubby Dearest still tried to wangle an upgrade… but a suite, even at a discounted rate, would have been £250 extra… no thanks!

Inside the room, there was a surprise. Towel swans in a heart, and an anniversary brownie! The view showed the Shard and the Gherkin too. The room was lovely though, the bathroom beautiful, and the bed, oh so comfy!

But we weren’t in there long… my stomach was trying to get my attention, and we needed to eat, so we popped to the Wetherspoons next door, and grabbed a late lunch, and bubbles, obviously!

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Back to the hotel, we pondered over whether to stay in, and use the spa facilities, or to go out… but before that Hubby needed to have another try and getting a better room! (He does like to try!) We were moved to the 14th floor for an even higher, clearer view, but a similar room. Dumping our stuff there, we decided to head off into the West End and see what we could do.

And it was so pretty in Leicester Square! There was a Christmas market on, the lights twinkling, and everyone wrapped up in hats and scarves as it was a cold night!

After popping into a last minute theatre ticket booth, we ended up with tickets to see 42nd Street, starring Sheena Easton, and a voucher for a free hot drink and cake at the Theatre Cafe!

Drink and cake consumed, we sauntered over to the theatre, taking in some of the shops around, including some beautiful old book stores…

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Then we arrived at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in Covent Garden.

The show was sold out. The theatre packed. We propped up to the bar and more bubbles consumed, (glasses 5-6 of the day) along with a random half an hour conversation with an older couple from Somerset! (You know me and random conversations, but this one was started by Hubby Dearest for a change!)

The show itself was magnificent! I clapped until my hands were red, and sang along to songs I knew, grinning from ear to ear at the ones I didn’t and harking back to the days I wished I could have learned how to tap dance!

Hubby Dearest wasn’t as enamoured of the production but he’s not your musical theatre sort to be honest. Still he had beer. He was hapy!

After the show, we pondered over whether to grab dinner, but having a late lunch and then cake before the show meant that we were still not hungry, so we walked around a little before heading back to the hotel.

More bubbles…

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We chatted and people watched… and giggled at a John Malcovich lookalike who was falling asleep on the barstool, and ended up having to be escorted to his room. By this time it was nearing midnight, and I was getting hungry and tired too…

The room beckoned, as did the room service menu!

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A club sandwich, and a portion of nachos later, we were ready to go to bed…

I shall not report back on the night hours!

And in the morning we were able to enjoy a complimentary breakfast and a late checkout.

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There was so much food, I wasn’t able to eat the rest of the day (maybe that was a good thing!)

We travelled back home, stopping to grab some groceries on the way, before being reunited with our babies.

It was a wonderful weekend, which ended up with me and Lil Princess at the Walk-In Drs… She has an infected bite which has developed into impetigo – eek! And I have the start of a throat virus… wonderful!

Still, the memories are made, the time we spent, precious. I can’t complain!

Thanks for all the congratulations and wishes Peeps! Your words mean a whole lot to me! ❤

 

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 144

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“Real love stories never have endings.” Richard Bach

 

Following in the vein of this special love filled weekend for my Hubby and I, Spidey found this quote which I absolutely loved!

Isn’t this just so true?

If you have found that love of your life, you don’t want your story written, and just signed off ‘happily ever after’… No! You want to continue growing together, evolving together, and writing more chapters of your life together.

Real love should be a never-ending series of books, not a one off chapter book!

I’m off to continue my 16th Anniversary celebrations!

Have a Serene Sunday Peeps!

#SoCS Nov. 18/17 – Psst!

Linda’s #SoCS prompt this week:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “psst, or any other attention-getting noise or word.” Find a word or noise that you’d use to get someone’s attention, and start your post off with it. Enjoy!

 

 

Ahem… Cough, cough… Are you listening?

I feel I need to be a little honest here…

I’ve been a bad girl.

Well, okay, not like law-breaking awful, but still, I have been naughty.

You know I spent all that time posting all that yummy healthy food, and my weight loss journey?

I’ve only gone and fallen off the wagon!

Okay, so it’s not as bad as it could have been… but ever since Easter (wow that is a while back!) I have been struggling with my willpower. Too many chocolate eggs around didn’t help… and I found myself craving the things I shouldn’t have.

If I wanted something, one wasn’t enough, I needed two. But I managed to control myself for a while longer.

But…

Since the summer holidays, OMG, I can’t stop eating!

I try so hard to be good. And I am. During the day.

But once the evening hits, I am unable to stop myself from pigging out on the stupidest of things!

As a result, I am now at the stage where I need to lose half a stone, or seven lbs to make me feel better about myself again!

Eeeeek!

But, since it’s anniversary weekend, don’t expect me to start this weekend!

Maybe I’ll be part way there by Christmas…

Now, let me get back to my chocolate fruit!

Anniversary Musings

16 years ago, I finally became a Mrs.

It was a beautiful day, albeit a little cold, being November!

A year of frantic planning, which had followed a beautiful four-year romance, during which we made the choice to be together forever ♥

We did the whole shebang, full on traditional craziness, from all the colourful customs, like the Maaiyaan (turmeric ceremony) and the Chura (Bangle ceremony), to some more modern, personal ones like a fancy dress night – well my family did anyway!

And the day itself was magical.

The beautician turned me into a princess, and my prince was there waiting for me at the Gurdwara, ready to take our vows in front of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji, and our loved ones.

We had a beautiful ceremony, followed by a fun-filled reception (I even had a bubble machine for the kids – and me!)

The Doli (leaving ceremony) was emotional, where it really hit home that I was leaving my parents, but after a heart-wrenching set of goodbyes, we finally set off on the journey that would take me to my new home.

And here we sit, 16 years on.

Happily together, with our own home, two crazed tweens, a furbaby and two feathered ones too!!

My Hubby Dearest has been my rock for the last 20 years, to be honest, and every day my love and respect grows for him a little more. He’s put up with my craziness over the years – and there is still plenty of that to come! He lovingly calls me ‘#Hashtag-Valiye’ – Hashtag Girl, basically, having had to share me with this blog, and all the social media that comes with it for the last few years.

I can truly say that I would not want to spend my life with anyone else but him.

Hubby Dearest- Happy Anniversary my darling, I love you more each day, thank you for being who you are, and for accepting me for who I am. Thank you for gifting me with our two children. Thank you for your never-ending support, and belief in me and my capabilities. My wish is that we are together forever, writing new chapters of our life together as we gain wrinkles and memories ♥

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Our First Dance

And so today we are off to celebrate our 16th Wedding Anniversary – sans children or pets – with a weekend away!

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