So we went away for Christmas. Robin Hood's Bay just south of Whitby. Absolutely gorgeous place, beautiful cottage, lovely and peaceful. A mound of presents, a mountain of food and a 'few' bottles of wines and spirits. Of course we both fell ill at different times and it did rain a bit but we had a brilliant time.
Got to see Whitby and Scarborough too. It was also lovely to catch up with cousin Ian and his partner Nic. That's one NY resolution we've planned to keep; NOT to leave it another 10 years before we see each other!
Yeah, sorry about that. We have been busy though. Move (back?) to Manchester. New Job for Graeme, new home and travel. Even a new nephew, young master Thomas Piggott. :)
We're both really enjoying being back in Manchester, there's a lot of new stuff to discover, and LOVING being this close to family again.
In between all the domestic stuff we got to spend some time in North Yorkshire for our birthdays thanks to Sam & Rob. We've explored various galleries and museums between here and York and just this weekend we went all the way to Edinburgh to celebrate our anniversary.
I, Sean, have never been but Graeme knows it quite well as Ruth went to Uni, and got married, there so he played tour guide and I loved it.
We took a few pictures on our travels, no surprise there, so here are the links to the galleries;
They say never meet your heroes as you will be disappointed, well last night we were both lucky enough to meet an exception to that rule.
Armistead Maupin has written Tales Of The City for about 40 years. First serialised in a San Franciscan paper then collected into a first novel, 'Tales' has had 9 volumes and this newest one, Days Of Anna Madrigal, is feted to be the last in the series.
These books are so important to so many people across the world as, especially in the late 70s / early 80s they were the first time that gay people were shown to be equal, not better or worse but equal.
Last night's reading & interview had a Q&A session. Questions were asked and answered with the authors trademark wit and candor but everyone there just wanted to thank him for writing the books in the first place.
So, two years ago today we had a massive party and 'got married'. Only we didn't, get married I mean. Due to paperwork not turning up etc the fabulous time we had in Spain with so many of our friends and family wasn't actually 'official'. So today we went to Hammersmith & Fulham and registered our Civil Partnership.
Don't worry we're planning on doing an 'actual' wedding next year once the recently voted law change is acted on ;-)
Here's a pic our witnesses Rachel & Simon insisted we needed and the shout out we got on Graham Norton's BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday.
We're getting very good at doing 'free' London and really enjoying being tourists in our own home town.
This has been the first year we were able to take advantage of Open House, an annual event where many different types of buildings, not normally open to the public, get invaded by hoardes of nosey people, like us.
After a couple of false starts Saturday morning, we completely underestimated queue times & sizes, we stuck with our 3rd choice, Lloyds of London. We also got to see the Vintner's Hall, Guidhall, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Canada House and the Supreme Court.
Very exciting after a VERY quiet, and unusually long, winter a decision has been made. After 5 years in Spain and more than 10 years after we left London we are heading back 'home'.
5 years is a long time and tho the winters can drag a little we have had tremendous fun in Sitges but we both thought it was time to give the UK another bash. We're both looking forward to spending more time with our London / UK friends and being a lot closer to our families.
Still got Sitges Gay Pride to look forward to next week though ;-)
I (Seán) can't grow a proper moustache to save my life but my hirsute husband is at it again, in aid of charity you understand. Please support him in his efforts, to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer, by following the link and donating what you can.