We got married thirteen years ago today. I married the sweetest, kindest, most thoughtful man that ever lived; he really is my best and dearest friend, the person I would choose over anyone else to spend time with.
On the eve of our wedding anniversary, we brought our bicycles to Shannon Harbour in Co. Offaly. Fergal had found an old wire bicycle basket and wire-brushed it down and painted it (didn’t I tell you he was the kindest?) So with James in the baby seat behind me, my lovely wire basket in front, Fergal took Grace; we took the most beautiful route along the towpaths by the canal. We talked, laughed, photographed, cycled… And looked for James’ shoe which he disposed of along the way…
Fergal loves any water-mass; I love canals: I am fascinated by them: the ingenuity, the peace, the order. My mothers family were boat builders, generations back: they built the canal barges that brought the malt to the Guinness Brewery in St. James Gate in Dublin. It was my fathers family who brought those same barges to Dublin, to the Guinness Brewery, which, incidentally had been belonged to the Rainsford family before it changed hands to Arthur Guinness!
We came home, buying some bags of greasy, vinegary Italian chips on the way. I had roasted an organic chicken the night before, so we had chips and wraps and salad. It was bliss. I am so blessed.
Aw, that’s gorgeous. The canal looks so peaceful; though I’m with Fergal – I love any body of water. And boats, though mostly I just like looking at them more than proceeding on them.
Congratulations and happy anniversary to both of you lovely people.
Happy anniversary! Sounds like a lovely way to mark the day.
Happy Anniversery Emily! You deserve all this beautiful peace and happiness for all the happiness that you give to the rest of us! Its only right that you keep a little for yourself! Have a blessed and jolly one and really hope to see you soon. xxxxxxx
Happy anniversary Emily! What a lovely afternoon indeed! x
Sigh. Just. Sigh. Lovely. as usual.
Happy Anniversary! I love how you spent it and I find water so peaceful. I did not know that bit about the Rainsfords, that is so interesting to me. I love family histories & yours is so interesting.
Happy belated Anniversary! Ye’ sure marked the day well. Lovely photos as always 🙂 Hugs to all xxx
I didn’t see this post at the time so a very happy belated anniversary to you. Very interesting about the Rainsford’s history! And a very lovely day, now I need some chips!
Untold millions of pints of Guinness has been good for the extended Guinness family. Although the family holding in the company, now inelegantly called Diagio, has been diluted to just 3%, it is still sufficient to establish the family as the 26th richest in Britain.