Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

April 10, 2013

An Anniversary

On April 10, 1971 Elaine and I tied the knot in Cardiff Wales, U.K. As a small town Canadian boy, I sat in a room full of people and got about one word in five ( if that). There were folks from Wales, Yorkshire, Lancashire, the Cockney part of London, Germany and who knows where else. They did not speak the English I was brought up with. When Elaine nodded, I did.

I remember sitting in a room full of avid (rabid?) rugby fans. I did not know much about the game, but chose to cheer for England over Wales. It got a bit heated before they realized I was just putting  them on. My sister in law gave me a big wooden Welsh spoon since I was always stirring the pot.

In spite of the language barrier, I got through it. Elaine reverted to her Welsh inflection as soon as she got over there. She had to be in the country 15 days before the wedding. I only had to be there five.

We honeymooned up the west coast of Wales up to Anglesy then across into the midlands and returned to Swansea. It was very pretty and any new structure was  likely 200 to 300 years old.


As we were leaving London, on our way back to Canada, we had some of our gifts including a large slab of wedding cake tied up in a card board box. I was so sure that I was going to have to open it, I had string and tape in my pocket.

When we came up to Departure Customs, the very English inspector asked what I had in it. I replied, what was on the list including the wedding cake. He asked me why wedding cake?

I replied  " I just got married and was returning to Canada."
He asked "Where is your wife?"
I replied, turning around "Right here!"
Elaine had moved over to another line and had gone through.
I guess the look on my face said it all because  he looked at me and said" Cor! Go on through, you've got enough trouble!"

I wish I could duplicate his accent!







This is Llandaff Courts where our wedding reception was.

After 42 years, no regrets and I thank Elaine for putting up with me for that length of time!

19 comments:

Alica said...

Happy Anniversary to you both!

TexWisGirl said...

just laughing at the customs passing. :) so cute! bless you both!!!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Happy anniversary! It sounds as though you deserve that spoon, and the customs experience made me laugh! I guessing Elaine has kept you on your toes ever since.

Montanagirl said...

Wonderful story! And Happy Anniversary!!

luckybunny said...

Awww! What a sweet post, loved the end. Wonderful pictures! Happy Anniversary to both of you - you are a great couple!

luckybunny said...

Awww! What a sweet post, loved the end. Wonderful pictures! Happy Anniversary to both of you - you are a great couple!

S. Etole said...

Blessings for a wonderful anniversary and more.

Ron Jay said...

PRAISE THE LORD!

Happy Anniversary.

Michelle said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!! The customs comment did give me a good chuckle.

Terry said...

Happy Anniversary!

peihome said...

Aw, thanks for sharing your memories, Ian! I love the pics and your history. Will you ever go back to vacation?

Crystal Mary said...

Just loved seeing your young photos Ian, you both look wonderful. Congratulations and God bless you both. I pray you have many more special anniversaries and your love for each other keeps growing stronger.

Mary Ann said...

Cheers to both of you! What a wonderful wedding story! I loved the pictures, too!

Misty Meadows said...

Happy Anniversary to both of you! I loved reading your post!

Willow said...

Happy Belated Anniversary Ian. Great post ! The grounds where you got married looks beautiful.

Buttons said...

Happy Anniversary I loved that story especially the part of your lovely wife's wonderful a mind of her own:)Many more anniversary's to come I am sure. B

Dar said...

What a heartwarming entry into life together...she nodded, you nodded. Congratulations to you both for such a wonderful beginning and future.
BlessYaBoth

Linda said...

So sorry I am late...Happy Anniversary to you both! Love the photos! Ian, as far as Bloglovin goes, I added the button/link on my blog, and if you resgister you can as well, if you wish.

Julie Hargreaves said...

Happy belated anniversary