Mum and Dad’s Diamond Wedding Anniversary

This is just a wee post to thank my Mum and Dad for a wonderful weekend in Devon, at a hotel just outside Honiton, to celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary – 60 years of being happily married!!!

 

Mum and Dad, Steygail, Dumfries & Galloway

Mum and Dad, Steygail, Dumfries & Galloway – Photo from 2014

 

We all had a wonderful time, it was great to see all the family in one place, and we all can’t wait for the ‘Platinum’ anniversary! 🙂

And a wee note of thanks to my brother and his wife, and the kids, for putting us up for the night in Weymouth 🙂

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125 thoughts on “Mum and Dad’s Diamond Wedding Anniversary

  1. Oh that is wonderful, marvellous, adorable, beautiful – I don’t have the words. I do have the words for the gloriously creased hills behind them in the picture – like badly ironed moleskin trousers but moleskin nonetheless so I want to reach out and shut my eyes and just feel that glorious soft velvet finish. Congratulations to your mum and dad. Long may they rid and as a pointless PS – I was conceived in Weymouth 🙂

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  2. Ah, that’s fantastic 😀 Congratulations to them both! My mum lived in Honiton for a while after moving out from Ashburton. That part of Devon always calls to me like home. I still have family in the area but I don’t get down there as often as I’d like to! Mind you, Fife is even further away for you to visit.

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    • Thank you Sarah 🙂 Honiton and Ashburton area is a beautiful part of Devon Sarah, we didn’t unfortunately get any time to really explore. My parents are actually from Cornwall, they still live in Penzance, as they both have done for at least the last 65 years 🙂 They chose Honiton for the hotel, because we were meant to be flying down, it was close to Exeter airport, and my brother lives in Weymouth, so it was a sort of central location 🙂 As it happens, we drove down instead!

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      • It was a long drive for only two nights, we stayed at my brother’s house in Weymouth on Friday night, and drove back on Sunday. I spent 24 hours driving in total, over the 72 hour period! It would have been great to have had more time to explore, it’s been many years since I’ve been down to Dorset and South Devon, my geologist instincts were in overdrive! Lol! 🙂

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      • Yeah I bet they were!!! If you do get the chance to spend a bit of time on the coast there let me know as I’d love to hear your expertise on a photography and fossil hunting trip 🙂 I get too fatigued to drive very far at all on my own which is really annoying! It’s a good thing my hubby likes driving as he ends up doing all the road trip work.

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      • I love the Dorset coast, I used to go down there most summers when I lived in Surrey, it’s certainly somewhere I would love to go back too – I could bore everyone to death with countless geology posts! Lol! 🙂
        That’s a shame that even driving makes you really tired, it must be really frustrating for you – it’s when I read some of your posts that I really truly appreciate how lucky many of us are, just to be able to go out whenever and wherever we like, your illness must be very mentally draining on top of the physical fatigue.
        I’m glad to hear that your hubby is happy to drive you around though 🙂

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      • I think geology is something that works better on location!! Shrewsbury Museum has a really good geology exhibit at the moment. They have some great visual aids and a truly beautiful animation that really brings the whole thing together though. I’m fascinated by natural rock formations. Caving was a hobby of mine before I became ill and I loved the wetter caves where you find the most extensive stalactite and stalagmite formations 🙂 Utterly breathtaking! I have to think along the lines of how fortunate I am to have done things like that and seen wonders with my own eyes. It’s very easy for anyone in my situation to turn to the flip side of that and get hung up on what has basically been taken from you. There’s so much I miss, but at least I did it!

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      • You’re right about geology working best on location, it’s far easier to explain ideas when you can see the rocks in front of you 🙂
        I’ve not been to Shrewsbury museum, but it sounds great – so often museums have a fairly boring geological display, often with just a few fossils and minerals, with very little to explain how they formed and got there.
        As much as I love geology, you would never find me on a caving expedition Sarah, I take my hat off to you 🙂 Just the thought of being in such enclosed places is making me nervous as I type this! Lol! I guess you have seen some amazing rock features whilst out caving 🙂
        I love how positive you are Sarah, you are an inspiration to the rest of us!

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      • I saw such beauty in those caves! They really were awe inspiring. I never had a problem with any of the tight spots because my mind was always thinking ahead to what extraordinary cavern could be just around the corner! Also, how often do get to abseil down a waterfall?!? I think museums with a bit of funding are finally starting to look at how they present their exhibits. It has to be engaging! Thank you for your kind words Andy 🙂

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      • I can relate to always wanting to see what is around the next corner, but I do that on walks in the wonderful open space of above ground! I envy you for the sights you must have seen, and abseiling down a waterfall must have been amazing, but you wouldn’t get me doing it for all the tea in China! But I take my hat off to you for doing it! 🙂

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      • Sadly my illnesses are highly unlikely to ever really improve. Not getting too much worse is a blessing! I’m better in water than on land so if I can get my scuba qualifications I won’t rule out some cave diving 🙂 It’s all a case of enjoying the things you can do while you can!

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    • Thank you Gilly, I’ll certainly pass on your congratulations 🙂
      It wasn’t the deer park we went to, it was actually a smallish hotel on the A30, the Monkton Court Hotel 🙂 It was very nice, but I must admit, I like the sound of the deer park too! 🙂

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  3. What I LOVE about this photo is the big SMILES! The happiness factor is so important in life. Look at how your Dad hugs your Mom closely, and how she leans into him. Just fantastic! Congratulations to your folks. It sounds like everyone had a great time!

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    • It was a fantastic weekend Kathie, both for my parents, and for the rest of us 🙂
      And the scenery is from southern Scotland a couple of years ago, when my parents came up to visit us. Dumfries and Galloway has some glorious landscapes 🙂

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    • Thank’s Amanda, I’ll certainly pass on your congratulations – my parents have been bowled over with the number of people sending them congratulations!! 🙂
      The scenery is quite dramatic, it’s from part of southern Scotland, near Dumfries. I’ve heard that New Zealand has some wonderful scenery – of course, some of it was shown off very nicely in the Lord of the Rings films 🙂 My parents have also seen that neck of the woods too, amongst many other parts of the world, including Western Australia (many Cornishmen moved out their when tin mining collapsed in Cornwall).

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      • Ah yes, the WA mining state!! Gold and Iron ore being the biggest industries over there in the West! NZ is beautiful and like Norway too but now I can wonder more about the similarities with Scotland. Similar latitude Norway and Scotland but Australia is so vastly different. I am happy your parents have had loads of congratulations. Such a thrill for them.

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      • Norway and the Scottish Highlands are very easy to explain their similar appearances, both have very similar geology’s, they were formed in roughly the same area at approx the same time. New Zealand’s geology is also very similar, and formed in pretty much the same fashion as Norway and Scotland, but at a different time, and due to different plate tectonic activity! 🙂
        That’s today’s geology lesson over with Amanda! Lol! 🙂

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      • Haha! Thanks Andy. I have never thought of Scotland in the same way as I think of Norway and yet logically I should given your ‘lesson.’ I don’t know why. I assume the west coast Norwegian fjords are a little more dramatic than the areas in Scotland? I have this sense that the mountains are much steeper in Norge???

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      • You are certainly right about Norway being much more dramatic than Scotland, Scotland’s mountains are mere hills compared with those of Norway, and her loch’s are mere ponds compared to Norway’s fjords. I like to think of Scotland as a wee Scandinavia 🙂

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    • Thank’s Scottishmomus, I’ll certainly pass on your congratulations 🙂 A family gathering is certainly something to be cherished, it’s a rare occasion for my brother and me to be both together in Mum and Dads company 🙂

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