Thursday 20 October 2011


Been a pretty quick week, all in all. The wedding is a few weeks away and the Dark Lady is in organisational overdrive.
There are lists. There are suppliers to contact. There is music to sign off. There are speeches to prepare. There are clothes to fit. There are vows to write.


Apparently so. We are going for the secular option, so no churches for us. However, it seems vows are something that need to be thought about. Being a cynical old Hector, I hadn't thought about any in case they are so cheesy I fall to the floor weeping with mirth. The promissory equivalent of having "Angels " or "I Will Always Love You" played at your funeral.

So far I haven't been able to think of anything other than "Your eyes are like limpid pools". That and maybe I should promise to obey.

All this for what is going to be a very low key affair with mainly family. No children (well, with the exception of The Dark Lady's children, ofcourse!) No dancing and an early night. We are off to New York the following morning about 3 so not sure we'll be propping up the bar until the taxi arrives.

People are asking if I am getting cold feet. Not a bit. Can't wait in fact. It will be a fabulous day. Just how we wanted it. However, even a relatively simple ceremony like ours takes a lot of organisation. How the Beckhams or the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arranged theirs I have no idea. They must have used a party planner. What they both had in common was thrones. Cut the throne and that's a whole heap of trouble sorted.

What has this got to do with the blog title? It's all about constraints of time.

I have been trying to keep up with my flying. Am currently converting from the German made Ikarus C42 (who said the Germans have no sense of humour?) to the Australian Jabiru.

Have had several lessons with instructor Keith in Upminster. All going well but just waiting for a run of decent weather that coincides with our diaries.

Last couple of weeks wind has been too strong. Got an hour in yesterday but still a little gusty to be allowed up by myself.

Dark Lady has said she wants to be my first passenger. Odd but am in no hurry. I am ok flying alone. I have a very strong self preservation instinct so have no desire to make a smoking crater in the earth. However, it seems a lot more serious when there are two of you. Especially someone as precious!

Hmm. "You will always be my precious"

How does that sound for a vow?


Ginny Johnson said...

Alex. Never had to say vows but whenever I've needed tolet someone know how special they are and that i'll always be there etc . I've found the more you think about it, the cheesier it gets! Keep it brief (Alex !!), & just say what you feel. Chances are DL already knows. Ginny Johnson

The Impaler said...

When a wedding happens (well, hand-fasting, in my line of pastoral work...) I absolutely HATE 'canned' vows. They compare like canned lima beans to freshly steamed asparagus, in my opinion.

If you get into a snag writing the vows, I'd be more than happy to throw together a veritable vegetable medley of vows for you.No charge as it's done for a friend. :)

And for no extra charge, I'd even try to find a recording of Mendelssohn's Wedding March from a cylinder.

Or, I could just stand in the back of the room and smile a lot :)

Congratulations... and don't worry about having the DL as your first passenger... it'll make sure you triple-check everything and fly safer :)

Unknown said...

"I love you so much I don't want to take you to heaven and back"

Anonymous said...

Hello Alex

Yes vows. Gosh. You know how I love to re-write lyrics: how about this track rewritten as your vows. “ I wanna be like you”: from the Jungle Book. I’ve done only the first verse and the chorus, so this would be your part……

Now I'm the last of your Lovers
Oh, and I’ve been down on one knee
I’m not at the top and I just can’t stop
And that's what botherin' me
I wanna be your man, girlcub
And stroll right into town
And be just like the other men
and have a wife hanging' around!

Oh, oobee doo
I wanna be with you
I wanna walk with you
Talk with you, too
You'll see it's true
A man like me
Can learn to be your hubby too……..

Of course you’d have to sing them to the tune. :)

I’m off to wedding this weekend: well, it’s on Monday morning , in the North Sea.!


Rachel x

Slyppery Syd said...

At lest you won't need a DJ at the wedding. Just select your favourite records and bung them on one of those multi-play record players.
...... or invest in a jukebox - oh what fun that would be!

Slyppery Syd said...

Writing vows? Just get your listeners to come up with some suggestions! I'm sure they will be willing. But beware of those cross-dressing truck drivers, the vows may not be clean. Hissss hissssss

Martin Lower said...

"You will always be my precious"

Makes you sound like Gollum....