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We’re back!

Well, we’re on our way back. As it turns out, when you don’t check on your blog for awhile, there’s a fair amount of housekeeping and maintenance to do before you can get up and running again properly (1,500 unapproved comments binned, 19,963 to go – I’m not even exaggerating).

So, where have we been? We’ve been pretty busy between one thing and another: working hard, not really playing hard but at least picking up some new hobbies, which you’ll hear more about soon, namely the wonderful game of curling and a more advanced level of gardening. For some reason, there never seems to be enough time to do everything we want to while keeping a clean and tidy house and trying to get enough sleep. It can’t be just us, right? Who actually has time to watch Love Island or any other TV show that’s on every day?! Especially when you have an awesome little black labrador who needs feeding and walking twice a day.

Inspiration struck and we’re going to have another go at this here blog. I seem to spend an hour and a half a day cooking anyway!

Cards on the table, I forgot my password. Charles, tech guru that he is, managed to break me back in and we’ve got a bit of boring stuff to do before we can come back full guns blazing, but are at least planning a re-design, which should make things a bit more visually appealing.

We’ll see you soon for more recipes and random ramblings about things we like, maybe some books, interior design (we’re starting to look at paint and flooring for our new house), what we’ve learned from our vegetable patch and maybe even some photography from the very talented husband. Keep an eye on our Instagram in the meantime. AB out.

Moving Day!

Hello, followers of Brookers of Blunty’s. As you might have gathered, life has become rather busier for myself and Mr Brooker. What’s more, Miss Campbell has become Mrs Brooker and I’ve invited myself to moving down to the Scottish Borders, meaning we are finally, officially, the Brookers of Blunty’s. I imagine we’ll bore you with some wedding photos shortly, but for now, we’re seriously busy trying to get the new house finished so that I can finally unpack. Living out of boxes will lose its novelty factor fairly sharpish!


As you’ll know, the most important part of the move will be getting our own kitchen, together, at last, so we spent a chunk of yesterday cleaning down the new units and floor, while waiting for the joiners to come and fit the hob (they didn’t turn up but we are hoping they might today), and this morning has been spent fitting the inner shelves to the kitchen units. I’m fairly sure we’ve managed to assign about 3 different areas for oils and herbs but hopefully it’ll all be ironed out when we unpack. The biggest hurdle is that I can only reach the first shelf in most of the upper cupboards, so all of Charles’ horrible horseradish sauce and so on will have to find its way to the upper shelves. My baking cupboard is also yet to present itself! 


There are all sorts of other things still to organise – namely gas, electricity, broadband and water – due to various screw ups on the part of the various providers, so there is a lot more outstanding than the new hob. Softly, softly and little by little, we’ll get there, and you’ll be hearing from us non-stop once we get there.

The best news so far is finding a little fruit and veg shop attached to the garden centre which sells the most incredible fresh produce for a fraction of supermarket prices. It’s about 7 or 8 miles away but most things are now, so we’re looking forward to plundering it weekly. I didn’t even know you could get purple sweet potatoes! 


Speak soon, ladies and gents; I might even manage to workout how to change my name by the next time! 

Our Wedding Venue

Things are getting really exciting in the Campbell/Brooker camp at the moment. I posted our wedding invitations yesterday marking the eleven and a half week countdown and a year to the day since we got engaged. It really has been the most wonderful time in my life so far, but what’s to come is going to be so much better. Charles has been so busy trying to get our house finished in May, but he promises you will hear more from him once we’re installed in the house and he has a little more time on his hands.  

The view from our bedroom window
 

Our wedding venue was one of the more contentious issues at the start of the planning process – between me and my family, that is, Charles didn’t particularly want a white wedding at all – as I had my heart set on Loch Lomond but my mother was having none of it, claiming it was too far from home. I didn’t really understand the issue, but bulldozed I nevertheless was. So we looked at venues in the Scottish Borders and on my back door, but nothing fit the bill in terms of giving us what we wanted and doing so in budget.

Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond
 
Until we found Forbes of Kingennie. I was browsing the Scottish Wedding Directory and happened upon Forbes of Kingennie in Angus, North of Dundee – a place I had never heard of despite it being only 40 minutes up the road. It looked beautiful, suspended over fishing ponds with beautiful countryside scenery, golf and fishing onsite for the boys and exactly the type of catering packages we were looking for.  
Forbes of Kingennie
The reception venue
  

Forbes of Kingennie
The reception bar
  
Forbes of Kingennie
View from the reception venue
  
Forbes of Kingennie
The ceremony venue
 
We took a few more trips up there before we booked it, but it immediately felt like the relaxed sort of place we were looking for. Charles and I had a trip up to try the food and walk around the grounds and had a lovely day taking photos and chatting about the future. We’ll be going up for 3 days as there is a 3 night minimum stay for the self-catering accommodation but it’s reasonably priced so it doesn’t add too much to the budget. 
Forbes of Kingennie Weddings
View from the ceremony room
  
Forbes of Kingennie Weddings
The ceremony room
  
Forbes of Kingennie
The reception venue
  
Forbes of Kingennie
View from the reception venue
 

It also comes with the most incredible honeymoon suite – a self-contained boathouse with balconies over one of the fishing pools, known as the Leannan Boathouse.  

Forbes of Kingennie
The honeymoon suite
 

The main bar has just been refurbished, which is a stroke of luck and it looks beautiful, with the addition of panoramic picture windows and a lovely wood burning stove (although we’re hoping we won’t need to use that in May!). 

The public bar
 

I hope you all enjoyed this post; we did promise to share some more about our lives as well as our revipes so I’ll try to spend more time on posts like this if you like them.