Our 9th wedding anniversary ❤️

I saved up for ages to hire out a beautiful beach villa for Alun and I to celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary in.

I saw “Studio 9” for hire at Eagle Bay, which piqued my interest because we’d not been there before. It looked amazing, so I booked it.

Here are the pics:

This is stunning!
Rooftop deck with a clear view of the beach!
We could hear the waves and smell the sea air. Bliss!
My new favourite place to be.

Once we’d dropped our bags off and were done exploring the studio apartment, Alun and I headed down to the beach.

Eagle bay Beach is listed as one of the most pristine beaches in WA xx
Isn’t it gorgeous?
Absolutely stunning.

We stayed to watch the sunset and headed back to Studio 9 to have dinner and settle in for the night. The bed was so soft and comfortable. I’ll have to look at the tags on the pillows, I’d definitely like to buy some for at home.

The next day, we went on wine and beer tour. It’s a popular thing to do down South and Alun and I had been to 2 beforehand, so I was looking forward to seeing pretty vineyards and awesome breweries while Al was happy he’d get to have my “samples” because I don’t drink. Haha.

We’ve come away from each tour with lasting friendships, so we were both looking forward to making new mates, too.

Here are some pics:

There were 11 guests on the tour: Joe, Francis, Jess, Luke, Jodie, Andy, Irene, Deb, Cheryl, Alun and I. We all ended up great mates by the end of the tour 😀
Part of the tour was a gourmet lunch of tasting/sharing platters. I love the communion and togetherness these bring.
We both saw the “anaesthetic” poster, and Alun being a Nurse found it hilarious.
We tried both types of Gin. I am not a fan. Yuck.
At the last winery, our tour guide hadn’t booked in with them and got into a mad shambles with the owners to take us on tour of the facilities. Al, Deb and I snuck off, went to the bar and did a tasting while giggling like naughty kids.

The tour was titled “Beer, wine, cider and Gin” so that’s why I booked it; thinking it would be nice to try out 4 different types of alcohol (well, for Al anyway) and see different types of places. The tour was a new business and from the get-go, it was a mess.

The driver was an hour and a half late (!!!) picking us up, which meant that instead of 6 visits around the southwest, we were suddenly down to 5. The tour guide was brand new and took ages finding each winery, often having to make u-turns or stop by the side of the road to call his boss and ask for guidance.

Praise God, we were all really patient and gave Sean a lot of support throughout the tour. I think he was lucky we all didn’t demand our money back, the tour itself was disorganised and disappointing. We all felt so jipped but were good sports about it. I’m proud of us.

Instead of visiting vineyards, brewing companies, and good old-fashioned pubs (Al’s favourites), we went to 5 wineries and sampled the same sets of red and white wines. I asked Sean by the 3rd winery when we were going to see some semblance of beer and Sean looked exhausted and fed up, saying, “I don’t know”.

We didn’t get to sample any beer at all in the end. Or cider. We talked amongst ourselves and found out a few couples had paid for the “Gourmet wine tour” while the rest of us had paid more to go on the “beer, wine, cider and gin tour”. The tour owner didn’t ask us, but sneakily lumped a lot of us into the wrong tour and was hoping we wouldn’t mind.

We all minded very much!!! It would have been nicer if Paul (the owner) had just told us he’d been unable to organise the tout with beer and cider, refunded our extra money and asked our patience as this was all new to him. We could have worked with that. Instead, 8 out of the 11 of us were ripped off and pretty unhappy by the last stop when it was clear noone was getting a pint of lager.


The pros were that we all cheered each other up, we laughed almost the entire time on tour, sang together on the bus and were firm friends by the last stop off. We were all extremely well behaved and all very kind to Sean who looked lost, angry and exhausted.

All’s well that ends well?

It’s 8:22am on Sunday and we check out at 11am. I’m awake; so I’ll pack our things and tidy up while Alun sleeps so that all he has to do when he wakes (I’ve set his alarm for 10:30am) is get up, get dressed and we’ll head home.

14 responses to “Our 9th wedding anniversary ❤️”

  1. Congratulations! You both celebrated in style. Thanks for sharing your story.

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    1. Thank you for reading and leaving a kind comment xx

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  2. Happy Anniversary and many more to come! Love the photos! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much! We had a great weekend ☺️

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  3. Happy anniversary! May the love be sweet, the years be long, the days be memorable!

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    1. Thank you so much, Warren! Big hug xx


  4. Happy Anniversary to you both, dear Janet. I’m so glad you and Alun got to do something nice for the occasion, even if it didn’t all go according to plan all the way through. Your photos of the studio are absolutely amazing! What a stunning place! The views there are just gorgeous, too. I would love to stay somewhere as beautiful as that. I’m so pleased you got to make some new friends, also. I think this was a lovely way to celebrate your 9th anniversary. I wonder how you’re going to better that for your 10th next year? Have you made any plans for your 10th anniversary yet? I can’t wait to read more about that when the time comes. Much love to you, my friend. Xx 💖💝💖

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    1. Thank you so much darling Ellie 🙂 we had such a great time and enjoyed sitting out on the rooftop deck so much. It was glorious when the sun came out 🙂 hahahaha the 10th anniversary! I want Alun to re-marry me! We didn’t have “the big one” for our wedding all those years ago – we were both poor students and got married in a Wedding Registry. I’m hoping we can have a MASSIVE recommitment ceremony where I can wear the big puffy dress, have a sparkly tiarra and a veil – the whole thing 🙂 Alun’s not convinced and says it’s a waste of money. We’ll see! I have year to work on him!

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      1. I’m so glad you had such a lovely time, Janet. I love the idea of having a 10th wedding anniversary with the the ‘full works’ as they say 😊. I’m sure you will look stunning and beautiful in a gorgeous wedding dress. I really hope that Alun will get used to the idea between now and your 10th anniversary. I’m wishing you good luck with persuading him 😊. Xxx 🥰💞

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      2. Thank you, Ellie! Alun loved our 1st wedding, very simple and small so he says that’s enough for him and says we don’t need “a big one” but we girls can be very convincing, right?

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      3. I hope you can convince Alun and that you can have the wedding of your dreams, Janet. Xx 💝

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  5. Disorganised tour aside, this is such a sweet post. Happy anniversary, lovebirds!

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