One tree and not two......
Andy and I met almost five years ago. Having had somewhat limited success in our respective love lives over the years (I could write a novel on the subject but I won't!) some close friends of ours took it upon themselves to set us up. Andy had been mates with Ian for around twenty five years and I'd been close friends with Ian's now wife, Jo, for 15-ish years but despite this our paths never crossed. I do recall Ian and Jo talking about Andy over the years but there was never really a reason or an occasion for the two of us to meet.
In the Summer of 2008 Ian and Jo seemingly had a eureka moment (more likely two bottles of wine and too much time on their hands during the school holidays!) and called me in the middle of the night to declare that they knew of the perfect man for me. I was a little sceptical as you can imagine but reluctantly agreed to go a double-date, only to spend the next month making excuses and putting it off! As the school holidays were drawing to a close I finally agreed to go up to Manchester for the weekend..........
The double-date was awful. Ian and Jo were like two meddlesome chaperones and it was the most awkward meal I've ever eaten! Andy was really nervous and as a result of one too many beers for dutch courage he was pretty hammered by the end of the night. I must have liked him though, as I gave him my number. The morning after, just as I was tentatively thinking about going downstairs, (Andy had slept on the sofa and I was in the spare room) I received a text asking whether I would like tea or coffee. It broke the ice and we spent a couple of hours chatting (whilst Ian and Jo kept out of our way!) and laughing lots. As I left we made loose plans to go on a proper date. Alone!
We went on that date a week (maybe two weeks) later and to my relief it went a lot better than our first encounter. Andy was living in Lichfield at the time and I was working in Shropshire so we agreed to meet in Birmingham. The date lasted almost twelve hours and by the time we parted company we both knew this was the start of something good. Well it was actually the start of something amazing and within six months we'd moved in together.
Soon after we welcomed a beautiful little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Dexter into our lives and things couldn't have been more perfect