My new favourite place

So, you would think I’d have learned by now that drinking wine at lunchtime is not such a good thing, huh? Or, indeed, eating a three course meal, for that matter. Because now it’s 17.31, I’m back at my desk with all of the day’s work still unfinished (and, yes, unstarted) and do I feel like ploughing through it all now? No, I decidedly do not. And you can’t make me.

Today we visited our wedding venue, Orocco Pier, for lunch. The visit was kind of like a consolation prize, for today is a bad day for me, being the day my parents leave for Florida for their annual summer holiday. They’re up there now, in the sky. It’s quite disconcerting having parents in the sky, especially if, like me, you suffer from The Panic. Even if the plane doesn’t crash, they still have to stay safe while driving around central Florida for two weeks, and ohmygod what if something happens to them? And also: what if something happens to us while they’re gone?

This last bit of angst is not quite as far-fetched as it seems considering that this time last year my parents’ plane hadn’t even left the ground and Terry was in hospital having an emergency operation on his fistula. My parents were in international departures, Terry’s mum was in Crete, and, in short, wasn’t a body around to drag me back down from the ceiling and convince me that it was all going to be OK. They said the operation would take an hour: it took three. By the third hour I was seriously considering going and knocking on the door of the woman across the road and asking her to come and sit with me before I done LOST MY MIND, people.

Serious illness has a way of making you feel much more vulnerable than you otherwise would. And that’s not to say that I wouldn’t be sitting here obsessively refreshing Sky News and waiting for news of a plane crash if Terry hadn’t been ill – but I have to admit that I’ve never felt more alone than I did on that day last year, and I pretty much live in fear of a repeat performance. Our health and happiness seems so much more fragile than other people’s. I know it’s not really – hell, the events of this time last year are testament to that. But the fact remains that we’re still more likely to have to rush to hospital suddenly than most people are, and it’s at times like this that I’m most aware of that.

God, that was depressing, wasn’t it? Here, have a photo of the Forth Rail Bridge to make up for it:

Bridge_1  This is where we’ll probably have some of our wedding pictures taken – it’s just a stone’s throw away from the venue (we’ll get married in front of a huge window looking out onto this same view) and will no doubt be swimming in rainwater in March. It was nice and sunny today, though, and ohmigod, the food was good. It gave us both a warm, fuzzy feeling about the wedding, and no, it wasn’t the wine.

And now it’s SIX o’clock and I haven’t done any work. Gah.

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  • Jen


    Looks fabulous, they are going to spectacular wedding photos!

    Did you get any of your work done? 😉

    If it’s any consolation I had probably the most wasted day ever yesterday, so I’m sure your’s was ALOT more productive than mine lol.

    Jen x

    July 8, 2006
  • Hi Amber,

    Found your site through – when did you recently start writing for the site.

    The photo of the Forth Rail Bridge struck an accord with me, because one I love going over it when I travel from Leuchars to Edinburgh and two I recently ate at the Orocco Pier (my cousin lives 100 yards away).

    I look forward to reading more of your blog.

    Good luck with your wedding planning.

    Elle x

    October 20, 2006
  • Hi Elle 🙂 I recognise your name (and site!) from Bridalwave – good to see you over here too!

    Orocco Pier is indeed fab… We’ve been there for lunch a few times now and always really enjoy it. And yes, the Bridge is fabulous: it’ll make a lovely backdrop for the ceremony, I hope 🙂

    October 21, 2006
  • Karen Duncan


    Hi Amber

    Saw you’re blog when I was doing an internet search for wedding photos at Orocco Pier. Didn’t find much except the ones I’ve already seen! Myself and my fiance are getting married at Orocco Pier in August 2008. It’s such an amazing place isn’t it! I hope you and you’re future hubby have a fantastic wedding day. Post some photos when you get them – would luv to see them!

    Karen x

    March 22, 2007
  • Hi Amber

    I saw your site while researching my own web page I hope you hav a fabulous day and if you want any help from a locally based photographer it would be great to hear from you.


    September 6, 2007