Thursday, 18 December 2014

I'm Engaged | Lifestyle | BigBlogmasProject2014

I've been meaning to post this for a couple of weeks but have been far too busy with other things! As you can read from the title I have some very exciting news that I just wasn't expecting to share for a long time but HORRAY, I'm engaged!
As many of you may know, I went on holiday from late November to early December to Mauritius where my boyfriends fianc├ęs family are from. Shehzad had been there many many times but hadn't had the opportunity to do all the exciting touristy things, much like anyone else would experience when going to visit family it's all family orientated. So he was really excited to show me around and for us to visit places together where he had never been before.
A week in to our holiday we visited one of the two only animal parks on Mauritius, La Vanille des Mascareignes in the South of the island. A gorgeous little nature reserve with lots of animals such as Nile crocodiles, giant tortoises, Mauritian fruit bats, long tailed macaque monkeys and plenty of fish in the aquarium.
It was such a hot day and my skin was suffering from the previous days sunburn (oops no factor 50) so we took a slow walking tour with a tour guide who told us much about the island, the flora and fauna and even let us feed the bats and monkeys! After our tour we went back to the giant tortoise field where we spent probably half an hour looking for the oldest one only to realise it was right under our noses, sat next to a very inviting bench. There we sat for a while, Shehzad filming and feeding the tortoises leaves and branches. Then I posed for a photo next to the oldest tortoise. It was then that he said "I can't wait any longer..." and pulled out a little red box from his pocket. I squealed with excitement and my eyes began to well up as he got down on one knee and asked those four words I never expected to hear this side of Christmas, 'Will you marry me?' And of course there was no thinking about it, I said yes!

 Tanned hand, oops!

I think the tortoise was tired of the excitement because he wandered off to cool down in the pond...
After I'd finished gazing at my ring and smiling heaps amounts and all that gushy behaviour we decided to etch a little heart on the bench where it happened so that maybe some day when we return we can remember the special day. Then we popped to the gift shop where I got some lovely handmade gifts to remember the occasion even more.
It was a truly magical day and ended up being the best holiday of my life and one that I knew I would share the story of as soon as I got home. I feel blessed to have found someone that feels exactly the same about the future and wanting the same things as I do. We haven't set any wedding planning decisions in stone yet. We're going to enjoy spending Christmas with my family and the excitement of being engaged for a while and see how we feel in the New Year about setting a date and venue.

And here are just a few snaps of my absolutely gorgeous ring! I love the style of it and it's the perfect fit. I might do a little post about it after Christmas if it interests anyone. I haven't had a change to get my camera out and snap some sparkly pictures yet!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Hogwarts in the Snow | BigBlogmasProject2014

Today's Christmassy post involves a little fake snow and one of my favourite movie franchises of all time...
As some of you may know I am a huge HP fan! 'Hogwarts in the Snow' at Warner Bros The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour is something I've been waiting to see for years and I finally got to for my birthday this week as a surprise from Shehzad! We drove up to Leavesden Studios for a 1.30pm slot. I've already been to the Studio Tour a year ago in October but it was something I knew I'd happily go to again! You can see the original post and photos here. I just wanted to share my favourite photos from my day out, so I apologise if 1) you don't like HP and 2) you don't like picture heavy posts. I will be sharing my purchases from the day when I get round to taking some snaps. I haven't even had time to take photos of my birthday presents. OOPS!

Gift shop items in the window
the cupboard under the stairs
the very festive doors leading to the Great Hall

A Festive feast at the table!

flaming Christmas puddings!

Hermiones Yule Ball gown, so pink!

My aim is to make a blanket just like this patchwork one on Rons bed in the Griffindor boys' dorm. 

Selfie in the mirror or erised, had to happen!

Saving the best until last, as the name of this post suggest... Hogwarts in the Snow!

I had the best day at the Studio Tour. It's somewhere I could visit time and time again without getting bored. Of course I don't want to spoil all the fun so I suggest you go and see all the magic for yourselves!

Have you been to the Harry Potter studio tour? If so what did you think of it? If not, is it something you'd like to visit?

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