Seeing as how Gav & I have so much history in St Andrews, I invited him over last weekend for One Last St Andrews weekend of Gavin & Alice. It had been miserable weather all week, but it perked up and got out beautiful, just for us!
We started the day with delicious pies from our favourite bakery, Fisher & Donaldson. This shop literally turned me into a meat-eater. Genuinely. I didn't eat meat before I accidentally took a bite out of one of these bad boys. Could you resist these pies?
Though I've spent a lot of time around St Andrews Cathedral, which is probably one of my favourite places in the entire world, I had never actually climbed up St Rule's Tower, so I decided that Saturday was the day!
I did not enjoy edging my way nervously up the tiny spiral staircase, but the view from the top was SO worth it~
Here's Gavin against the beautiful backdrop:
.... and some shots Gav took of me and him up there!
Our tower tickets also let us go into the Cathedral museum, which was full of medieval gravestones. I was in medieval nerd heaven.
At this point, we were pretty much actually melting so we had some ice cream~
Then we walked along up the Fife coastal path, which is just gorgeous...
A little way along this path at an unspecified location, you can scramble down to a little beach. If you scramble over the rocks for a bit towards what looks like nothing, you come across this steep slope with bits of rope hanging down. Pull yourself up the ropes, there's a secret cave ♥
I discovered this cave in my first year at uni and had a lot of cave adventures, where we lit a fire and toasted sausages and marshmallows and stayed very late and stumbled back home a little worse for wear... :P I invited Gavinpants to one such cave adventure as we were just getting to know each other quite well! We had a lot of fun, and I believe it was the next day we decided to be a 'proper' couple. Awwww. How very teenage. :P I introduced him to veggie fingers and he introduced me to gin and Irn Bru. A winning combination, hahah.
Here are some photos I dug up from Facebook from our first Cave Adventures back in March 2009, taken by my friend Fiona:
|Me, my friend Anna, and Gavin|
|Gavin demonstrating his fire-lighting mastery|
Anyway, we had a look around the cave one last time, then walked back to the little beach where Gavin thought it appropriate to pop the question. ;)
It was very lovely, and, well, obviously I thought it was a pretty good idea too! So I guess that's that. :)
We finished off our lovely day with a delicious Japanese meal out and our second viewing of the Avengers at the cinema. (We are the biggest, best losers ever.)
People have been asking me lots of questions, so here you go! The finer points of the Alice & Gavin partnership. :)
- It was a surprise, but I knew it was coming more or less! I don't know how normal that is, but the idea of being caught totally by surprise terrifies me. Ohmygoodness if someone just turned round out of the blue and asked me to make such a monumental life decision on the spot without having talked about it, I think I would just panic and vomit on them or something.
- I did have input on the ring to some extent, but all ultimate decisions lay with Gavin. Didn't he do well? ;) I am a bit funny about metal and buying me a metal object without prior consultation is kind of a no-no! For example, gold totally freaks me out. (Ahh, my "quirks". Heh.)
- It is palladium, which I find very exciting! I think it is the unsung cousin of the jewellery industry, especially for engagement rings. It's lovely!
- We don't have a date! We are in no hurry, and will wait for such a time as feels appropriate. I'm currently unemployed, and we would like for us to settle somewhere and have some financial ground to stand on before we do Wedding Spendies. (But don't worry. I have a pinterest! Hahah! I can plan on a budget. :P)
- So yes, probably a long engagement, which suits us both. I know some people see it as a "we are planning our wedding" kind of announcement, but for us it also means a whole host of other things. Marrying is obviously our endgame, but we don't mind taking our time. :)
- I would kind of like to tentatively suggest spring 2014, but that is completely dependent on things going to the timescale I am imagining! First stage, graduate and find a job...!
- There will be kilts. And a ceilidh. These things I insist upon. :P
I feel a little bit like my life is getting turned upside down right now, and it is indescribably lovely to be able to be so certain about something in a way people can understand. Also, of course, Gavin is, you know, the coolest person I've ever met, and he doesn't even have to try. (Sorry for paraphrasing Juno, but it's just so appropriate in every way!) I feel incredibly blessed to have found him so comparatively young, like I have a head-start on life! :) I mean, just look. He's the best.
Aaannnd that is quite enough soppy for one entry. ;)