Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Our first anniversary celebrations

I've been really bad and not blogged this sooner, but I hope you'll forgive me for the tardiness of this!

It all kind of started on the 19th April (day before our anniversary) when we took a bit of a road trip with Stewie and his belongings up to Conlig because he was going to stay with friends for the weekend.

We traveled home via Belfast and decided to stop into the Odyssey to get some food from the Indian Ocean. It was delicious (as usual) but the dish I ordered reminded me more of Chinese than Indian food, besides the point though, because we had a lovely meal then headed home to get tucked up in bed to watch a movie and eventually fell asleep.

We got up the next morning after a long lie in, which is very strange for me seeing as it was a Sunday and that's usually the busiest day in my week. We got up and packed our overnight bag and headed down to Newcastle for our overnight stay in the Slieve Donard Hotel. Neither of us had been before (at least as far as we can remember) and as we drove towards the building I think both our jaws dropped. It's a stunning hotel built right beside the sea with a beautiful view of the Slieve Donard, so it was a great place to go away to and relax.

The Slieve Donard Hotel

We walked up to the door and were greeted by a doorman holding open the door for us... I felt all posh already! We walked in and I was breathless at the beautiful reception hall. We got all checked in and headed to our room - we dumped our bags and headed straight for the spa to enjoy the swimming pool with an incredible view and the heat experiences. This was sooooo relaxing! We hadn't booked any treatments but this seemed to be enough on its own.

When you visit Newcastle, it seems like a law that you have to get some ice cream - after all you are beside the sea! So we headed into Newcastle to get some Maud's and couldn't help but get their top selling flavour known as "poor bear" but used to be (and still is in my eyes) "Pooh Bear" because it's ice cream with honeycomb through it. It's such a delicious treat and something we try to make ourselves at home but it's never as good as Maud's version.

We walked back to the hotel and up to our room, then watched a little tv while we waited for the time to head downstairs for our evening meal. A very posh affair indeed!!! As soon as we were seated the wine waiter introduced himself and took our order, as soon as he left a waitress offered us some bread rolls, then shortly after that we were asked for our order from the menu. And what a menu it was!

I ordered the barberry duck with rhubarb chutney and potato gratin and Rob ordered the fillet of beef. Both very delicious dishes! And came to the table looking rather classy too....

Then for dessert I went for the hot dessert of the day - sponge pudding with custard.

We had brought our top tier of wedding cake with us so Rob skipped dessert and had some of the cake where as I was a pie and had both!

I can't believe it has been a year where we've gone from this:

to this:

And it's a shame we didn't get to have any of the cake a year ago at the wedding because I would imagine (well I hope so anyway) that it was tastier than the top tier was after being frozen for a year and defrosted. The marzipan kind of "sweated" through the cake making it all taste of marzipan and it was also quite a hard cake (and yes it was defrosted fully!) so we didn't eat very much of it at all. Still we had a beautiful meal and were well looked after.

After what I thought was a great night's sleep on a really comfy bed (Rob wasn't fond of it and thought he was getting a sore back) we woke up and headed for breakfast with almost everything you could want for breakfast, the option of a cooked one, cereals, fruit, cheeses, hams, toast, bagels, croissants... and much more. It was a lovely relaxing breakfast in a dining room while some guests read the morning paper and sipped their tea.

I was sad to be going home so soon after this but we had an incredible time there and I'm pretty sure we'll be back, if not for the night at least for the spa!!!! We had a fantastic time celebrating our first full year of marriage and we had a fantastic first year together. I'm excited to see what the future will bring for us and what other things we will be celebrating together.


  1. Happy wedding annversery.
    Wow you kept the top layer cake.
    That is wonderful, that u can have it after a year on the same day

  2. what a fantastic first anniversary! That hotel looks gorgeous; I've bookmarked that in my "travel" folder for future reference :D

  3. Happy anniversary! Everything looks amazing. I hope it was a great time! :)

  4. Happy Anniversary! I also want to thank you for your comment on my blog about Peabody. I am going to miss him tremendously.

  5. Happy anniversary! It looks and sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate!

  6. Thanks HC! It's a pity it didn't taste as good as it did a year ago though!

    Hi Chris!!!! If ever you do end up coming to NI, you really should give me a call, it'd be cool to meet ya!

    Hey Katie, it really was a fantastic time.

    Hello Honeyb, Thank you. And you're welcome for the comment. I'm sure you will miss him, he sounds like a special little guy.

    Hey Deborah, thank you! It really was wonderful!

  7. Happy anniversary and what a fantastic break everything does look so amazing :)

    Rosie x

  8. Thank you Rosie. It was very restful!

  9. Happy Anniversary - that hotel is GORGEOUS!

  10. Hey That Girl! Isn't it incredible? like a big castle!

  11. Ruth, Happy Anniversary....perhaps you'll have news of offspring next year? lol

  12. Belated Happy Anniversary Ruth. You both look gorgeous in your wedding photo, and I can say, from meeting you last month, that marriage certainly suits you!!!!!!

  13. Happy anniversary, how lovely!

  14. Aww, Happy Anniversary, RuthE!

    What a great wedding photo. Did it surprise you how fast your first year went?

  15. Happy Anniversary!!! Time flies when you're having fun - and even faster when you're blogging.

  16. Hey Peter, only offspring plans we have for the next while is puppies, but you never know what might happen.

    Thank you Trekkie! You're so sweet! I hope marriage does suit me - I'm loving every minute of it anyway.

    Thanks Julia

    Toontz it did surprise me how fast it went but also how well it went - I had almost everyone warning me that we'd spend most of our first year arguing and being mad at each other but it wasn't like that at all!

    Hi Giz. It's so true... it'll be coming up on my blogaversary soon too!

  17. Happy anniversary, Ruth! I have to LOL at Peter's comment. Such a Greek! LOL! :) I can't tell you how many times we heard that on our anniversary last week.

  18. Ya'll are a beautiful couple. Awesome first anniversary.

  19. Hi Elly. I couldn't help but LOL at it too. Mind you it's quite a Northern Irish thing to ask too so I've been getting it a lot anyways.

    Awww thank you Jennifer!!!! You're so sweet.

  20. Sounds lovely, especially the spa! And Rob is an absolute hunk, as I'm sure you know ;)

  21. Happiest of anniversaries to you sweetie and many more to come your way always.

  22. The spa was incredible Neen. And yes my hubby is rather hunky... I'm a lucky lady.

    Thank you Pixie! You're a sweetie

  23. Ruth everything looks and sounds lovely. congratulations to you & Rob (who is a cutie, btw) on your first year of marriage. wishing you both many more to come! LOL my 24th anniversary came around so fast ;-)

    Dell xxoo

  24. Thank you Dell for your lovely comment... I'm sure our 24th will suddenly appear and we'll wonder where the time went too.


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