Going all Gooey in Goa

MARK:  Saturday 17th September 1988.  A pleasant enough day, with high cloud and glimpses of sun.  The temperature on the Wiltshire/Somerset border a pleasant 20 degrees centigrade.

Phil Collins was Number 1 with a Groovy Kind Of Love.  The England cricket team’s tour to India was cancelled, after Captain Graham Gooch and seven other players were refused visas because of their involvement in South African cricket during the apartheid boycott.  And Great Britain were competing at the Olympics in Seoul, winning 5 gold, 10 silver and 9 bronze medals.

And oh yes.  A certain Miss Sarah Barnard said “I do” to a fine looking Yorkshire man AKA Mark St. John Bailey at St. Philip and St James’ Church in Chapmanslade, near Westbury.

In reflective mood...

In reflective mood…

The Church Bell (singular) rang out.  Ian and Ali Marr threw confetti for all they were worth.  John Smithson and Simon “Lucan” Partington sat in the choir stalls, even though they could not sing.  Auntie Barbara – who loves a good wedding – kept saying “ahhhhh”.  And Angus Wheeler was as good a best man as I could afford…

27 years ago.  It seems like yesterday.  The excitement amongst guests for the wedding breakfast in the marquee on Sarah’s parents’ lawn was “in tents” and we hadn’t even had the speeches…  It’s funny what you remember.  One thing I do clearly remember is the opening line from my wonderful father-in-law Dennis Barnard’s speech.  “I am so pleased my daughter is marrying Mark Bailey, as it will mean she does not need to change her initials in her blue gym knickers”.  Follow that!

Fast forward 27 years and I would have never have thought that one day somebody would be mad enough to travel the world with me.

At the risk of embarrassing Sarah, I would like to pay tribute to her.  Over the years she has had to put up with a lot.  I am not, as many people know the easiest person in the world to get on with.  She has been a tower of strength when I have been repeatedly been visited by my “black dog”.

So today was a great day.  One of the few Anniversary days we have spent together since we were married.  Walking on deserted beaches.  The waves from the Arabian Sea crashing over the golden sand which stretched out for miles.  No one else there.  Just the two of us.  I’m lucky, very, very lucky…

Without a care in the World...

Without a care in the World…


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  1. Andy Gilbert

    Another fantastic post and obviously great memories. Carry on enjoying.


  2. Many congratulations, and what a wonderful place to be celebrating. Jacqui and I celebrated 26 years in August, so we’re not far behind!


  3. Bridget

    Wistful in Winslow, (where near Aylesbury Lindy & David?)
    I too remember that day – can’t believe you didn’t remember the telegram from Hong Kong!
    I remember watching the Olympics from Seoul once we reached Bali on our honeymoon – there were no subtitles and a very grainy picture.
    Many many congratulations to you both on your anniversary (so easy not to get there!) and here’s to many many more – especially if they can be as idyllic as this one.
    So glad the trip is going so well and am loving hearing all about it.
    Love to you both

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  5. Lindy

    Well, we’re Absolutely Amazed near Aylesbury! We can’t believe it’s 27 years either! We’re thinking of you both on our special day too – 17th September 1988 was clearly an exceptional year and you get to celebrate in an exceptional part of the world! Can’t say Aylesbury quite compares … but we do share the same sentiments, Mr Butters and I! Happy Anniversary you two from we two!

    Lindy & David

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    • And I’ll never forget sitting with you at St Davids on a De Vere trip on the 17 September 2008 and discovering we had exactly the same anniversary in 1988. Best wishes to you and David – from us two. M and S x


  6. Beautiful. Ah that beach. Happy Anniversary. Looks wonderful. Travel safe. 🇬🇧 🚂

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  7. Stuart Bailey

    Really remember your wedding day. Especially the tent, where most on our table were teetotallers or driving, so Chris (Towers) and I, manfully and womanly, finished off most of the champagne! Although I was concerned about the slight backwards gradient as I stood for the toasts! But everything about the day was lovely. Happy Anniversary! Love Marie &Stuart x

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  8. Mary@icloud.com

    An incurable romantic. Who would have thought it! Goa looks just as I remember it. Happy Anniversary.

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  9. Simon Partington

    Lucan being reflective with a glass of milk….simple pleasures, simple pleasures ………….right, Sarah!

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  10. crissiet@btinternet.com

    \\can’t believe you have been married 27 years. Congratulations. I remember you collecting for my 25th Wedding Anniversary that I had whilst working in Enfield! I also remember one or two of your ‘black dog’ days so Sarah is a Saint!! Enjoy those travfels. It’s lovely to hear about them.


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