FOR BREAKFAST this morning we had boiled egg and soldiers with a pot of Earl Grey tea. Each egg was delivered in style on the back of a Mini. These very British egg cups were a gift to us from one of our best friends for our civil partnership, to remind us of the fun we had trying to find the transport we wanted to get us to the church on time!
We didn’t have bridesmaids (for obvious reasons!) and best men, just ‘best friends’ representing various stages of our lives. I asked my closest friend in Liverpool to help me hire a Mini, one of my partner’s favourite cars, to take us to the church then onto the hotel later that day, then to the airport the following day. Finding a Mini to hire for the weekend was almost impossible – it would have been cheaper to buy a used one.
So I had a rethink and went for another favourite of my partner’s, the VW Beetle. I found a company that had a Beetle and Camper Van for hire, so booked the Beetle to pick me and my attendants up, and the camper van to collect my partner, his parents and attendants. I kept it a surprise from him though. All he knew was what time he would be collected. His cousin, one of his best friends, told him I had hired the Yellow Duckmarine, a WWII amphibious vehicle that rides around Liverpool as a tour bus then sails around the Mersey docks. As he was staying with family the other side of the Mersey, it was just about plausible enough to throw him off the scent, and the thought of him arriving in a bright yellow armoured vehicle having sailed across the Mersey kept us all amused.