Love, Marriage and Facebook

PUBLISHED: 12:21 27 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 04 May 2010

Not sure if I have mentioned this, but my middle son Aaron and his fiancée Louise are getting married in September and I am so excited. Aaron is the first of my three sons to get married and the plans for the big day are now well under way. On Sunday I m

Not sure if I have mentioned this, but my middle son Aaron and his fiancée Louise are getting married in September and I am so excited. Aaron is the first of my three sons to get married and the plans for the big day are now well under way. On Sunday I met Louise's dad and step-mum for the first time. We thought it would be nice to get all the introductions out of the way before the big day. We had a lovely time and I felt really comfortable with them and also genuinely happy that we are all going to be part of the same family. Louise's dad is very excited about the wedding and told me several times during the afternoon how much he liked Aaron. It's not that I need any confirmation that Aaron is lovely lad as I am very proud of him, but it is hugely humbling and satisfying when someone compliments you on your children. I felt a little lump in my throat and told him that Louise is the daughter I always imagined that I might have had and then had to make a conscious effort to keep my emotions in check. I know I am going to cry buckets on the big day and am slightly concerned because I am going to do a reading at the church, which I am already nervous about. I have heard that you can buy a spray that stops make-up running, but I'm not sure even that will get me through what is going to be an emotionally-charge day. Goggles maybe?

A little while ago a friend created a Facebook page for me. I fiddled around for a while, got bored and gave up but recently I decided to check it out and realised that several people had contacted me and a couple of them were people I had lost touch with. So I have decided to make a bit more effort, but just as I think I have got to grips with it all, I get pulled up short and made to feel like a technical dinosaur.

The other day in the office, two people were talking about being 'poked' on Facebook. I'm not sure at what point my ears pricked up and I started eaves-dropping, but let's face it if you heard someone about to tell another person about a poking incident the night before you would probably pay attention. Anyway, it's a Facebook term. It means that you contact someone, but you don't leave a message, you just...well poke them. I have to say that getting messages from people I used to work with or had lost touch with seems totally worthwhile, but I honestly don't think I am going to be 'poking' anyone.

Have you ever wondered what the Old Palace in Ely looks like? Well on Saturday you have the chance to find out. The Sue Ryder Care charity, which is housed there, is opening its doors to the public, from 10am till midday and you will have the chance to look round the building and the beautiful gardens. The charity is looking for a new home as some parts of the Old Palace are no longer suitable for its work with vulnerable people, so maybe worth taking a gander now.

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