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IMG_2603.JPGLast year we headed off into the forest of dean to Clearwell Caves, and it’s that time of year again.. Over the weekend we set off again for Whitemead Forest Park and our little villa for the 2007 Clearwell Caves Halloween Party. You really have to (if you can) go there to really experience how good it is. Last year was my first time, a Clearwell virgin if you like, and there’s nothing like being bitten (no pun intended) by the bug of partying down in a cave with a bunch of vampires, werewolves and witches. The whole ‘dressing up’ thing for me had to go through a slight change, given that the latex skull cap for last years Nosferatu look took a few too many hours for my lovely fiancee to do again this year. I will admit that stretching a latex cap and gluing it down with spirit gum probably isn’t high on the list of things that you’d expect from your other half, but she’s dead good like that, however this year, I sourced another method of going bald!! Added to the all encasing latex was a woochie face piece, to complete the ‘all bones and no skin’ look. To say the vision was limited is a bit of an understatement, I also didn’t actually work out that no one could see my facial expressions, jaw movement was ok, they could see me talking, but as far as expressions were concerned, I had a boney grin all evening. I can recommend the 5 hour under the latex sauna for your skin complexion!! The party was as always fantastic, and just as surreal as you can imagine. It’s not everywhere you can bump into alice in wonderland outside the gents loo’s as shes looking for the mad hatter, nor witness 5 cybermen lap dancing with an all female pirate band on the ledge of the caves, nor, for the truly bizarre, satan throwing up at the side of the road, assisted by a clown as 40 witches, ghosts and ghouls looked on This however is what makes the Clearwell Caves Halloween party what it is, surreal as it may sound, is spending the weekend with our friends, above, and below ground, whilst becoming something completely outlandish for the evening.. We took quite a few photos, just so you can enjoy the weirdness of it all yourself..

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IMG_2442.JPGSo its exactly one year until our wedding. Which really should be quite frightening, but in a way to be honest, I’ve never felt more relaxed and certain about anything in my life.. This feels perfect, right and what we’re meant to be doing..

The 28th of May 2007 was when I asked Michelle to marry me, on, or rather under the Pont Alexander III bridge in Paris. It seems that the only one shocked about it all was her, everyone else was expecting it, and wondered why it took us so long!! But that day was very special, and probably one of the happiest days of my life.

It’s a wonderful thought to know that by this time next year, we’ll be married, and sat down with the people and friends that matter to us. Those people that have been on our long and interesting trip through life since the end of 2005.

I can definitely say that since meeting Michelle I’ve done more, seen more people, enjoyed life more, and been more me, than ever before in my life. It’s clear from the photos of us that I have found my soul mate. Michelle is my best friend, and never ceases to stop encouraging me in everything I do, and is always my rock, confidant and advisor, as well as the person I trust most in the world. Even through we only met at the end of 2005, and started seeing each other on January 2006. It feels like I have known her forever, but the last year and a half have flown by, but I have more memories and have had more fun that I can imagine.

It will be an honor for me to become her husband, and I hope that I can give her everything she deserves over the rest of my life… I’ll see you at the altar in 365 days Michelle… x

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