Saturday 25th June 1994
It was a warm early summer evening. The sun set around 10pm, with it being solstice weekend, and the village of Pentyrch, 5 miles outside Cardiff, was scented with BBQs. We spent much of the evening outside, although as it got dark we went into the disco, the reason why we were all here. Nobody was dancing so we took it upon ourselves to get on the dancefloor. The next track to play was East 17, Deep deep down. We stuck it through, for irony as much as anything else. What we didn’t know was that 20 years on, we would still be sticking it through (that sounds so wrong), but hopefully this time not for irony.
Much has changed over the last 20 years. We both did GCSEs and A-levels. We both went to University, more than an hour apart. Hannah to Stafford to study Music Tech and I went to University of Gloucestershire to study PS2 games. Somehow we both came out with degrees. We moved back to south Wales to be together, even though we were both applying for jobs elsewhere. Han got a job at the University of Glamorgan and did a masters in e-learning. I went to Cardiff Uni and did a PGCE for FE. We bought a house in Barry, on the island. We got a dog. We thought marriage would be fun, at least the wedding party bit anyway. Two weeks after our honeymoon we found out Eli was on his way.
So we had our first ‘unplugged’ weekend in many years. Little Barn, just outside Nevern in Pembrokeshire, looked idyllic on the Under the Thatch website. There was no phone signal, no radio, no TV, no noise at all apart from nature and the wind. Perfect for a few days together to read our books and catch up with ourselves.
I hope this place is still there in 20 years so we can return for our 40th anniversary.