What happened in December? 

Well, December was a rather big month!

On the 1st December, Thomas made me so incredibly happy by asking me to marry him! Of course, I said yes and the next few days and weeks were a whirlwind of telling people and making wedding plans.

We’ve already got our wedding day booked (March 2020!) and we’ve decided to opt for a small wedding with just 32 guests. The following week we’ll have a party with all of our friends and family to celebrate too. Yay for getting to celebrate twice!

The rest of December was filled to the brim with the usual festivities. Thomas and I hosted a party for 25 people, we spent a blissful Christmas Day at my brother’s house, enjoyed a wine tasting evening and loads of other fun Christmassy things.

We also headed to the stunning Archerfield House for a champagne event and overnight with my parents, brother and soon to be sister in law. It was the most incredible experience and Thomas and I enjoyed it so much we changed our original wedding plans in favour of getting married in Archerfield House! The whole experience was so good – the house is gorgeous, the service was amazing and the food was to die for. It was the perfect way to start off the Christmas break!

Between Christmas and New Year we headed off on our very last trip of 2018. We headed into the Scottish countryside to beautiful Glenfarg House with a group of about 20 other people. There were board games, drinking games, country walks, competitive games of croquet and rounders and a superb party to welcome in the brand new year!

Books I read in December 

December wasn’t such a great month for reading since it was so unbelievably busy and exciting! I only managed to read three books, which took my total to 64 books read in 2018. Not bad at all!

First in December, I read Run and Hide by Alan McDermott. It’s a thriller that was a bit too far-fetched for me, but still enjoyable. It follows Eva and Rees who attempt to find out why several people around them have been killed and the murders have been staged to look like suicides.

Then I moved onto Forget My Name by J.S. Monroe which was a definite page-turner. A woman turns up at a house and claims not to know who she is or how she got there. Is she just suffering memory loss, or is there something more sinister at work?

Lastly, I read Untouchable by Sibel Hodge which was good, but a little too graphic for me. It’s a story about child abuse in children’s homes and how ex-residents of the children’s home are being murdered as they threaten to expose their abusers. The descriptions of the abuse were a bit too raw, but it was a good read regardless.

New posts in December 

My 2019 Travel Plans

My 2019 Reading Challenge

We’re Engaged!

What’s happening in January? 

We welcomed in January and the start of 2019 in the Scottish countryside surrounded by a group of great people. Since then we’ve enjoyed a meal in Glasgow with friends, hosted Thomas’ dad overnight at our house (and tried out a brand new recipe!) and I’m still working my way through the intricate jigsaw of Paris Thomas got me for Christmas.

The remainder of January looks set to be filled with more wedding planning, hosting a dinner party for friends and planning the final details for my trip to Amsterdam next month. It’s my soon-to-be sister in law’s hen weekend and with 14 girls going there’s a lot of planning to be done!

And that’s it for another month! As always, thank you for taking the time to check in to my blog and read about all my adventures and musings. If you’re not already then please follow along on Twitter and Facebook to stay even more up to date.  

Emma x