Robin and Carol’s wedding

Robin and Carol emerging from Kelso Registry Office
Robin and Carol emerging from Kelso registry office

Yesterday morning we drove to Kelso, in the Scottish Borders, for my first cousin Robin’s wedding.

They were married in Kelso registry office — my first ever attendance at a registry wedding — and then held their reception in the village hall in nearby Smailholm.

The highlight of the day, as far as the boys were concerned, was the bouncy castle in the hall grounds.

I spent most of the afternoon supervising our three. Isaac, especially, was really tired so every half hour or so he and I trotted across the grass to our car parked opposite the bouncy castle so that he could have a lie down in the temporary bed that I’d created for him in the boot of our Citroën Grand C4 Picasso.

It was a day of love and family and laughter… and a lot of bouncing.

Day 23: A song that you want to play at your wedding #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 23: A song that you want to play at your wedding

Goo Goo Dolls – Iris

The first thing to point out is that I’m already married. Jane and I got married on Sunday 25 July 1999, nearly 12 years ago.

The second thing to point out is that we played this song at our wedding reception: Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls. And when I say “we played this song” I mean we played this song.

I played guitar, Jane sang, my mate Jonny played keyboards, my brother Eddie was on bass guitar and his friends Iain and Brian played guitar and drums respectively. We had such good fun!

I’d always wanted to play in a band at my own wedding reception, so that’s exactly what we did! Our set list included Nothing Else Matters by Metallica, Iris by Goo Goo Dolls, Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison, Angels by Robbie Williams and La Bamba (in Spanish and English, with actions) made popular by Ritchie Valens.


Our at work cleaner is currently in Las Vegas getting married.

So the kind folks here got her a card and are clubbing together to buy her a wedding gift.

The deadline for writing in the card was today, so dutifully my colleague and I climbed the stairs to the office and added our names to the card.

Folks had written messages like “Lang may yer lum reek” (a traditional Scottish greeting) and “All the best!”.

I wrote:

God Bless, Gareth. PS Our bin is full!

Sadly there wasn’t enough room to also mention the number of plastic bottles piled up next to the bin ready for recycling.

She’ll find out soon enough though!