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Celebrating 10 Years Of Marriage

13 years ago I met the man of my dreams, 3 years later in July 2008 Sam and I said our vows and tied the knot.

Me & Sam

I can’t believe we have now reached to 10 year mark, how amazingly fast have the years gone??

2 kids, various house moves around Shropshire, to Lancashire and back to Shropshire I think we have finally found our forever home town, somewhere we finally feel settled!



We now look back on our wedding day with amazing memories, a civil ceremony, evening reception and overnight stay held at a local venue to us, Madeley Court Hotel. The weather couldn’t have treated us better on the day.

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Having my side of the family live in Lancashire I was thrilled that they would travel over to celebrate our marriage with us.

Shortly after our marriage we were delighted to announce that we were to expect our first child. In June 2009 welcomed our son Lewis into the world. We were young parents at the age of 23 (although Sam was 24). Parenthood came as a whirlwind but we embraced our mini bundle and rode out the storm. Lewis really did change our world for the better.

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2 and a half years later in March 2012, after a sudden and shocking baby loss in December 2010, Leah made her presence felt as she turned our family of 3 into a family of 4. If we ever fully considered Lewis to be a full on whirlwind, Leah was a category 5 hurricane! But that said we would never be without her, she really has made her presence felt!

Throughout our journey of early parenthood Sam has been utterly amazing with the kids. He can be at times be the instigator of mischief causing more trouble than the kids but he can also play the referee when things get out of hand. He really is an amazing father to our children.

Sam and I really do stand as a team, we work well together at our own family business, working hours together and somehow not managing to fall out. We also bring a good level of flexibility to our household, allowing each other to take time off as and when needed to so that we get to spend valuable time with the kids. We really do understand each other well and always have done.

Fast Forward 10 Years

To celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary this year Sam arranged a surprise trip away for us both. The kids were to stay with friends overnight.

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Our first stop was the amazing Tylney Hall Hotel In Hampshire a gorgeous 4* hotel, it was absolutely amazing!

Sam booked us Deluxe Room with Romantic Package where we were treated to chocolates, a single red rose and a gorgeous bottle of champagne on our arrival. As we were celebrating our anniversary we were pleasantly surprised to learn we’d also received a complementary upgrade to a Mansion Deluxe Room. My gosh, it was an amazing room!

The hotel is a Grade II listed building set in an astonishing 66 acres of land. A stunning hotel, with stunning features and surroundings.

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Our package for our stay included use of hotels indoor and outdoor pool, gym and sauna. Additional to our stay Sam had treated me to a pamper session in the hotels spa, a full body scrub, massage and hot stones. An amazing way to feel like a new woman in 80 minutes haha!

The evening we were treated to a stunning 3 course meal in the hotels Oak Room Restaurant. Unfortunately no phones were allowed within the restaurant but I will say the courses were beyond amazing.

For my meal I had the Cured Scottish Salmon with cucumber, avocado, jersey royal and mussel for starter. Devonshire Chicken with breast and confit wing, caramel onions and morel. Then for desert I had the Wild strawberry and Pimms, Wild Strawberry Sorbet, meringue and Pimm’s Jelly.

Sam had the English Pea and Ham Soup, ham hock pressing, burnt onion powder and mustard. For mains, Fillet Of Cornish Turbot, tomato essence, caviar, spinach and herb crumb. And for desert, a Half Board cheese board with quince jelly, celery, chutney and artisan biscuits.

My gosh, it was all amazing and what a truly special way to end our first day celebrating our anniversary.

With a heavy heart we woke the next morning and had to leave the hotel, we’d truly had a special time. But we had somewhere else to be to celebrate the actual day of our anniversary.

A trip to Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)!


Truth be told, I never got into Downton Abbey when the TV series was actually on TV, I got into it last year when I came across it on Amazon Video. I’ve since watched the sets 4 times! So it was truly amazing to see the actual house, visit the set, the grounds and look inside the house.

As the house is still owned and actually lived in visitors are not permitted to take photos of the inside of the house which was sad. But I can vouch that the inside of the house really does match that of what you see in the series. It doesn’t feel quite as big but it’s all there, and it’s grand! Sadly the servants quarter and basement isn’t there, that’s all filmed on set but the living part of the house is all there.

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It was great to hear or the history of the house, it’s past Earl’s and Countesses of Carnarvon and how some of their stories matched the story on Downton Abbey. Such a fascinating visit!

We truly did have an amazing anniversary and I can’t wait until I say we were celebrating our 20th Anniversary.


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    5th September 2018 at 9:38 am

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  2. MotherGeek

    14th August 2018 at 7:02 am

    Your hubby’s a keeper 😉

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