It’s the last day of January, 2013. In a small town on the coast of Queensland, a storm has just blown through. The roads are flooded, and rain threatens on the horizon. Two people meet in a backpackers hostel. They play pool and laugh, amazed at how quickly hours pass in good company. One is an English man on his way from Cairns to Brisbane, just one month into a trip of a lifetime in Australia. The other is an Australian woman, finishing up an unpaid internship on a nearby island, cut short by the storm’s wrath.
They play pool until the lights go out, then they talk until a new moon rises. When sleep seems like the less desirable option, they head out to the beach to wander in the starlight, gaze at galaxies, and marvel that there could be such a beautiful place with nobody in it. They start the next morning, the first day of February, with something new. Puppy love.
Four years later, they’re still together. It’s been a ride that has taken them all over the world, and to the depths of bureaucratic paperwork. But still, they’re in love. On their anniversary they eat Vietnamese food, a new tradition, and talk about the places they’ve been, and what the future holds. The girl thinks she sees something brewing in his eyes, but he keeps those secrets.
Less than two weeks later, those secrets reveal themselves in the form of a ring, moonstone and silver. It’s presented on a seaside clifftop under a full moon this time. Below them, a different beach stretches out to the horizon, with nobody there but them to see just how beautiful it is.
Yep, Dean and I got engaged last month! I have been so crazy busy at the moment with our trip to NSW and us moving to Melbourne in a few weeks, that I honestly haven’t had a spare moment to write this post the way I wanted to write it. So you’ve all had to wait, but I think it was worth it 😉
Life as someone engaged is… pretty much exactly the same as it was when we weren’t engaged, but with more bling! Obviously Dean and I have basically been living together since 3 weeks into our relationship, so the only big difference is I get to look at a lovely ring, and people keep asking us when we’re tying the knot. Still, it’s fantastic and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Also, we’re probably going to elope…