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Sentimental journey
Owen and I spent most of last week on holiday in Dublin. I took heaps of photos, and for once I even managed to get them all online within a day of getting back.

Before we went, my work colleagues asked me: What on earth is there to do in Dublin in September? Answer: wander round lots of interesting libraries, churches, and museums; go along the coast to the nearest sandy beach, pick up interesting rocks, and paddle in the sea; enjoy the sunshine; go shopping; sit in pubs and cafes, drinking and eating and talking; and get engaged.



For me, the best holidays aren't necessarily the ones where the aim is to find as many things as possible to fill the time, or the ones in the weirdest places; they're the ones where I get to spend time with someone I love, doing things we enjoy, finding things to be interested in, and sharing an umbrella when it rains. I could try to count how many photos we took on holiday, how many books we bought, how many coffees we drank; and it might be fun to make those lists; but when does the holiday start? When we step out of the house? When we start packing the bags, when we start planning the trip?

In 8 days' time Owen and I will have been going out for 3 years. In that time we've (between us) lived in 5 different houses in 3 cities, had 7 jobs, been on 4 holidays to 3 countries, and become 6 years older. We could measure out our lives in Scrabble games. What is there to do in Oxford or thereabouts, for a lifetime or so? The holiday's already begun.



Answers to the four FAQs:

1. We sort of asked each other.
2. My ring looks like this, but it's being resized at the moment; I'm going to buy him a ring to wear; for now we're wearing matching rings from Claire's Accessories.
3. We don't have a date set yet, but aiming for as early next year as is practical.
4. No, I'm not pregnant! :-}
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nja From: nja Date: September 30th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful news. Love to you both.
beingjdc From: beingjdc Date: September 30th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Filth! You'll be seeing each other naked soon or something.

Well done, as you were.
mpinna From: mpinna Date: September 30th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations! :-)
arnhem From: arnhem Date: September 30th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations, and best wishes 8-)
From: fluffymormegil Date: September 30th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hurrah! Congratulations!
ultraruby From: ultraruby Date: September 30th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hundreds of congratulations! I'm all smiley and pleased for you both. x
rmc28 From: rmc28 Date: September 30th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
As I've just told Owen, I am utterly delighted and happy for you both. Many congratulations!

Matching rings: what a good idea.
classytart From: classytart Date: September 30th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations.
aldabra From: aldabra Date: September 30th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations, and what an excellent ring.
kaberett From: kaberett Date: September 30th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hugs*

I'm very, very happy for you.

Sorry for not keeping in touch as much as I should.

The best of luck.
kaberett From: kaberett Date: September 30th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
(Hmph! You made me cry.)
crazyscot From: crazyscot Date: September 30th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eeeee! Congratulations :-)
ewx From: ewx Date: September 30th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
w00t!
From: bibliogirl Date: September 30th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
How marvellous! Many congratulations to you both ;)
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: September 30th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations!
jvvw From: jvvw Date: September 30th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations - that's super news!
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: September 30th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happiness to you both.
barrysarll From: barrysarll Date: September 30th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations!
the_elyan From: the_elyan Date: September 30th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful news, and many congratulations! I'm sure you'll be deliriously happy.

Hope to see you soon.
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camellia_uk From: camellia_uk Date: September 30th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations!! Fantastic news :-)
(and, since I'm sitting in the living room, congrats from all my housemates that you don't know too!)
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brrm From: brrm Date: September 30th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hurrah, congratulations to you both!

What is there to do in Oxford or thereabouts, for a lifetime or so?

B33R!
burkesworks From: burkesworks Date: September 30th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations to you both! Let there be cake and turn loose the happy dancing badgers!
From: kaet Date: September 30th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations!
emperor From: emperor Date: September 30th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Squee, as I think I just said on addedentry's LJ! Congratulations. I'm ever so pleased for you both :-)
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