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02/10/2008



a happy anniversary ...

Yesterday October 1st, myself and J celebrated clocking up 25 years together. I am sure most of you by now have realised we have neglected to tie the knot, but be assured we are very much as Darby and Joan as any married couple out there!

We met back in 1983, whilst on separate nights out at what was then known as the Top Rank Suite in Brighton. During the evening my friend Fiona and I were getting some unwelcome attention, and feeling uneasy with the whole situation we decided to walk up to J and his friend, and asked them both to pretend they were our fellas! Well basically that was it, and at the end of the evening we arranged to meet up the next evening for a drink at my local pub The Spotted Cow in Angmering, and from then on we continued to see each other or phone every day.


Our lives pretty much carried on as normal until 1985 when J was involved in a near fatal motorbike accident, which left him on a life support for a week, followed by many months of rehabilitation. This was a turning point in both our lives, and in 1986 we signed on the dotted line for a mortgage and bought our first place together, a brand new flat close to the sea, which was to become our home for the following 12 years.

We both wonder where the time has gone, but look forward to the next 25 years together!

The rose above is a hybrid tea called Silver Anniversary.

48 comments:

Christy said...

Happy happy silver anniversary to you and your soulmate! Glad to see you blogging again. xx

méri said...

:))
Happy silver anniversary!

Wellcome back, :)

méri said...

I've just read your comment!
Enjoy the next days!
Here in North the weather is very, very good! I think South is good too, :)))

Kris said...

Congratulations on reaching the 25 year milestone! My Bradley and I did that last year so this year we've begun working on the next 25!

Country Bliss said...

Congratulations and a happy anniversary, 25 years is a very long time.
Yvonne

Magic Cochin said...

Happy Silver Anniversary! that was a touching and heartwarming tale!

Have a great day!
Celia

Panyan said...

Happy Silver Anniversary and may you have many more good years together.

BumbleVee said...

We too have never tied any knots and have clocked up a year more than you two.... and we don't know one couple whose weddings we attended over all those years that are still together.....maybe it's a good thing we didn't tie anything. We are still enjoying our time together because we really want to....
Happy Anniversary!

LizzieJane said...

A very Happy Silver Anniversary, here is to the next 25 years!

It is good to have you back blogging again.
Kathy
x

Kim~"HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

Happy Anniversary to your and your dear Husband! Wishing you many more wonderful years together.

Nicola said...

I'm glad that you are happy with your partner - long may it continue. And welcome back to the blogging world after your break.

pebbledash said...

Happy happy anniversary to you two! What a heart warming and life affirming post.
D x

daffy said...

25 years! How fabulous. Its strange how something so frightening helps you take stock of what you have and who you have in your life. Thank you for sharing it. My hubby and I met in a pub, the first words I ever said to him where " Phwoar! You're a bit of alright!" Thankfully it was enough and didn't send him running to the hills! :o) Congrats to you and J! xx

Flighty said...

Congratulations! Here's to the next 25! xx

carolyn said...

Congratulations to both of you and here's to the next 25 years, may they be as happy.

Gina said...

Wishing you a both a very happy anniversary Louise..and so lovely that you shared your story..the rose if really beautiful too!...take care, Gxox

sheila said...

And just where the heck have you been? I've missed you and your garden photos!

Glo said...

I'd like to add my congratulations on your silver anniversary, and thank you for sharing your love story ~ Here's to many more wonderful years together ~ home is where the heart is ;)

dancingonabladeofgrass said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

funkymonkey said...

Congratulations on your silver anniversary. I also met my husband back in 1983 and we married in 1987 with little fuss or ceremony - no posh frock and no less happy because of it. I hope you enjoyed your special day. Have agood weekend.

Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

Happy Silver Wedding Anniversary! Hope you enjoy many more love-filled years together..:)

Katherine said...

Congrats!
I love hearing how couples met and started out together. Your story is pretty unique. How wonderful to hear that the years how flown because it means that you have been living a happy life - one filled with love. That is my wish for you, many more years of happiness!

the flour loft said...

congratulations Louise and J... wow 25 years is quite an achievement.
Have a lovely weekend... hope you are doing something special to celebrate.
little promised parcel on its way to you.
with love
ginny x

Pretty Practicals said...

Awwww... congratulations to you both.

Cowboys and Custard said...

Hello Louise.. how lovely to see you back again..
Blog world isn't the same without you!
That is such a lovely story and obviously your fairy godmother was watching over you that night and brought you together. I like to believe that all things happen for a reason..
Congratulations and I hope you do have many many happy years together still to come..
Hope all is well with you.
Michele xx

Indigo Blue said...

What a lovely post! Congratulations to you both.

Sal said...

Many congratulations Louise!!
Here's to 25 more!!

Simone said...

Happy Anniversary Louise and J! I hope all is well with you Louise.

OhSoVintage said...

Add me to the list of everyone else in congratulating you and J on your silver wedding anniversary. May you have many, many more happy years together.
Ruth x

twiggypeasticks said...

Welcome back lovely lady and HUGE congratulations to you and your lovely bloke.
Twiggy x

Lucy B said...

Hi Louise

I'm new to blogging and am loving my experience so far!

Congratulations on your anniversary, I hope I sound as happy as you when I get to 25years with my James. What also really struck me about your blog is that you mentioned The Spotted Cow in Angmering....as a child my family and I along with lots of friends used to go camping in Angmering on a large farm where we used to walk to The Spotted Cow most nights....very enjoyable memories, thank you for reminding me.

Lucy
x

Jennie said...

aww Congratulations on 25 years together!

acornmoon said...

Many congratulations to you both xxx

lifeinredshoes said...

I was beginning to worry, then I checked this site, all better now!

The Dutchess said...

How wonderful...and so nice to see you again in blogland!!

Rachael Rabbit said...

I love your love story - so romantic. So random how we find love don't you think?

Suzanne said...

Happy 25 years to you. This was such a nice post to read, hope your next 25 years are happy and healthy.

Marie said...

Missing you over at the Patch I came this way and read your news. Happy anniversary, very belatedly. That is quite an achievement. What a nice story...x

Heather said...

So glad you shared the story of how you met, I always love to hear how that came about for couples. Congratulations on your many happy years together and best wishes for many, many more.

Linda said...

Hi Louise,
A belated happy anniversary to you both, I love the story of how you meet.
Cheers Linda

Suburbia said...

Happy anniversary! I think it is so much more romantic NOT to tie the knot :)

Paula said...

Happy 25 years together to you. My husband and I just "lived together" for 17 years before we officially tied the knot (here in my country you are not recognized as an official inheritor unless you have a marriage license? and we have now been together 30 years. I agree with you about the weddings and those that are NOT still together. A piece of paper doesn't make you married..the committment does Enjoy your Blog

Deb said...

Happy 25th Anniversary Louise!! What a wonderful story! I was born near Brighton.
Hubby and I will celebrate our 25th at the end of the month :-)

Elizabeth said...

Happy anniversary!
What an interesting story.
I usually go to your garden blog but see you are having a little hiatus from it........
hope your partner recovered fully from his motorcycle accident? Very traumatic and upsetting.
R. had a horrible bike crash in '95 and feels the effects to this day.
Greetings from New York.
ps I was at Sussex University a million years ago.

Charli and me said...

What a great and inspiring story. Happy Anniversary on your 25 years together and I hope you have many, many more :>)

...... Kristina ...... said...

I miss you :(
Love Kristina XxX

Wild Rose said...

Warmest congratulations Louise!

Marie x

LOUISE said...

Panyan, thank you very much for the lovely comment you left on this post. x