27 May 2018

Engagement

Beloved Daughter and her beau are taking a three day break in Salzburg, Austria - away from their workaday lives in manic London.

Yesterday morning, they took a cable car ride up one of the surrounding mountains. I believe it was Untersberg. And there on the Alpine summit, Stewart got down on one knee in order to ask Frances to marry him. He had a beautiful diamond ring in his hand. Naturally, she said yes.

All of this came as no surprise to me because last Wednesday evening Stew phoned me, asking for permission to pop the question to Princess Pudding. I appreciated that traditional approach and advised him to pick a special moment, a moment they would always remember. Perhaps at the top of a mountain would be a good time to do it.

Frances has always been the most wonderful daughter - the apple of her father's eye. Caring, creative, intelligent, loyal and hard-working with a personal moral code that speaks of justice and fairness. Shirley and I are very lucky to have such a daughter and we are both delighted that she will be wedded to Stew before too many moons have passed by.

Over the phone I asked him if he really loved her and he said, "I love her very much". That says it all.

Excitedly, she phoned us from the top of the mountain soon after her affirmative response had been delivered. It is a gloriously happy moment she will remember forever. Such lovely news, filled with hope.

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  1. Ah! How wonderful! I wish them all of the best forever and always!

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    1. You are so kind to say that Ms Moon. Thank you.

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  2. She has a kind, open face
    I like her

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  3. Simply wonderful! Another chapter begins. Congratulations all around!

    Your family is having an exciting year :)

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    1. I guess you are right Jenny - what with "Bosh!" etc.. Maybe we will win the National Lottery next week!

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  4. It's a happening that the family will always remember. Congratulations.

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  5. Congratulations to Princess Pudding who has found her handsome Prince! (Who needs royalty? Pah!)

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    1. When the wedding happens the father of the bride will walk this princess down the aisle with dignified pride...unlike Meghan's dad.

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  6. A wonderful place to make a proposal of marriage. I wish them all the best.
    Alphie

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    1. A place to remember forever. On top of the world in a blue sky day.

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  7. Many congratulations to you all. This year must surely be "The year of the puddings!"

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    1. No Christina, as they will tell you at your local Chinese takeaway - it's The Year of the Dog.

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  8. What a romantic setting for a proposal! And Stewart is a true gentleman to ask you for her hand. Congratulations to the happy couple and the proud parents!

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    1. It must be unusual these days for a young man to seek permission in that way. Very touching.

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  9. How lovely! He sounds like a good'un (does he have any brothers?). Many congratulations to the Pudding family.

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    1. He does have a brother called Richard who works in the mining industry in Australia!...but he's already married.

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  10. Oh what a wonderful man! Lucky both to have found each other. I have a tears of joy down my cheek; I am so happy for them. You have a lovely family Neil and your future son-in-law is another positive addition. Congratulations!
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. Thanks for your empathetic understanding Maria.

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  11. Congratulations - to the happy couple as much as to the proud parents!
    You say you are lucky to have Frances as your daughter. She is lucky to have you and Shirley as parents, I think! And for a child to turn into a great adult, luck does probably play some role, but a lot can be put down tomgood upbringing by loving, responsible parents.

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    1. Kind thoughts Meike... the sort of thoughts I have come to expect from you. Thank you.

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  12. I feel a tear in my eye...what lovely news for you all! Congratulations all round.

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    1. You are a softie Frances...just like my Frances!

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  13. I wish the young couple all the very best life has to offer. Love and happiness...two words that go together...two emotions that should always be part of life.

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  14. What a spectacular way to propose!
    I wish them a fabulous life together and I hope Mrs Pudding enjoys being the mum of the bride :)

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    1. Mrs Pudding is already wondering what to wear though we have no idea what kind of wedding they'll be wanting.

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  15. What wonderful news! Congratulations to the happy couple and to you all. I wish them a lifetime of love and happiness together. ❤

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. You're a kind woman.

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  16. That is such happy and wonderful news YP...congratulations to all...you will no doubt make a wonderful speech at the wedding.x

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    1. My speech will be as long as the address delivered by Bishop Curry at the recent royal wedding. In fact I might just recite his speech.

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  17. How considerate of them to wait until Harry and Meghan's nuptials were over so as to now steal any of their thunder.

    Congratulations, Father of the Bride. They are a very handsome couple and I know they have the smarts, and caring, the fun, and the daring to make theirs a most happy marriage.

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  18. Congratulations to you and Mrs. Pudding and, especially, to the Princess of Pudding Manor. What a wonderful day. May their lives be filled with love and happiness. I believe that, in this day and age, when two people decide to be together and to forge a family it is a most wondrous and beautiful thing.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time and the trouble to reflect upon this news Donna.

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  19. What happy news! Congratulations !

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  20. Congratulations to you and all the Puddings! I admire Stew for calling you ahead of time and doing it the old-fashioned way. A mountaintop in Austria sounds like the perfect venue!

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