Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives #Family – Contrasting colours – a poem for my wedding anniversary by Robbie Cheadle

Time to enjoy the third post in children’s/YA author and poet Robbie Cheadle series of posts from her archives. Apart from her creative writing, Robbie is also a fabulous baker and you will enjoy visiting her online bakery 

This week Robbie shares a post that she wrote on 9th of February 2017 which was her sixteenth Wedding Anniversary…


Today is my wedding anniversary. This morning, sixteen years ago, my family home was in an uproar. My three sisters, my mom, my soon to be sister-in-law and I were having a lovely day preparing for my wedding. It was a day of complete spoiling as we all had our hair done at home by a hairdresser, who was also a friend and who was coming to the wedding, had flattering make up applied by a professional make-up artist and had lots of lovely photographs taken by a professional photographer.

Unlike many of the brides I have know and read about, I was not at all anxious on my wedding day. I had never organised an event like a wedding before and so I had complete confidence in all our chosen service providers and it did not even occur to me that things might go wrong. As a result I never worried about anything and was quite relaxed. The odd little thing did go wrong, of course, but I never really even noticed those silly little things. I realised the day before the wedding that the back seat of my Dad’s car was not big enough to accommodate me in my extremely large, hooped wedding dress skirt and long train and my Dad so we had to rush around and arrange to borrow a bigger car. I arrived a bit to early. My Dad has a horror of being late and so he hustled us all to such an extent that we ended up arriving before the guests were all seated in the Chapel and our minister rushed out and asked us to drive around the block. A playful little wind blew up while we were having our photographs after the ceremony and I have my veil across my face in some of the photographs. The photographs didn’t take as long as we expected and so we were early for the reception and had to wait in the garden. We had a lovely time practicing our dance all across the lovely, green lawn. None of these small things mattered. Now, sixteen years later, we can look back and laugh even more about them as they added character to the day.


Contrasting Colours – A Poem about Terence and I

My husband is…. I am….
a calm expanse of water, glass smooth and clear; a whirlpool of relentless, swirling motion;
a gentle zephyr, mildly puffing through life; a tornado, tearing across fields and dales;
a leader with a firm attitude and commanding tone; a soldier, determinedly marching through life;
a tawny owl, silent, watchful and wise; a red breasted robin, bright eyed, perky and daring;
a spacious cavern, silent, restful and still; a babbling stream, vibrant, noisy and turbulent;
a grandfather clock, steadily marking the seconds, minutes and hours; a cuckoo clock that loudly announces the hour;
a dictionary, providing an exact and definitive meaning; a mysterious poem with different shades of meaning;
a mighty redwood, solid, sturdy and dependable; a day lily flowering in a myriad of deep and bright colours,
a mural painted in calming blues and greens. a collage of bright colours, yellows, oranges and pinks.

So chocolate kisses and sugar hugs to my dear husband on this special day, may the next sixteen years be as joyous as the previous sixteen have been.

©Robbie Cheadle

How lovely and so pleased that Robbie chose this post as part of her archive series.

About Robbie Cheadle

Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the United Kingdom. Her father died when she was three months old and her mother immigrated to South Africa with her tiny baby girl. Robbie has lived in Johannesburg, George and Cape Town in South Africa and attended fourteen different schools. This gave her lots of opportunities to meet new people and learn lots of social skills as she was frequently “the new girl”.

Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant and specialises in corporate finance with a specific interest in listed entities and stock markets. Robbie has written a number of publications on listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and foreign direct investment into Africa.

Robbie is married to Terence Cheadle and they have two lovely boys, Gregory and Michael. Michael (aged 11) is the co-author of the Sir Chocolate series of books and attends school in Johannesburg. Gregory (aged 14) is an avid reader and assists Robbie and Michael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books.

A selection of books by Robbie Cheadle

One of the recent reviews for While the Bombs Fell

What a lovely, poignant book! It’s the only one I’ve read that describes what life was like for very young children growing up during World War Two. There is also quite a bit of English history included, which I found quite interesting. The wartime recipes are a nice touch.

It’s told from the perspective of a girl aged 4-6 years old, and focuses mainly on the daily life of kids living through horrendous times, without truly understanding what was going on in the adult world. Many of the stories told reminded me of my Dutch father-in-law’s descriptions of growing up during WWII in the Netherlands.

It’s appropriate for young children as well as young readers. Fascinating read.

Read all the reviews and buy the books:

And on Amazon UK:

Read more reviews and follow Robbie on Goodreads:

Connect to Robbie Cheadle


Thank you to Robbie for sharing this lovely romantic post from her archives and if you would like to share your stories about family, including our fur babies.. then please take a look at the details.

Posts from Your Archives and the theme this time is all about family.

  1. Personal memories of childhood or teens that are still fresh in your mind.
  2. Family history, stories of your parents, grandparents and further back if you can.
  3. Fur family past and present.
  4. Favourite recipes.
  5. Memorable holidays.
  6. Places you have lived.
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  8. Grandchildren tales.
  9. Any family related post – education, health, teen years, elderly care, lifestyle.
  10. Please remember that there are some younger readers who visit.

I think you get the idea.

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You have to do nothing more as I will capture the post and images from your blog and I will then post with full copyright to you.. with your creative work and your links to buy and to connect. I might sometimes need a little more information but I am quite resourceful in finding out everything I need.

So far in the Posts from Your Archives from September 2017, there have been over 700 posts from 200 + bloggers that have reached a different audience and encouraged more readers for their own blogs and current posts.

Previous participants are more than welcome

82 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives #Family – Contrasting colours – a poem for my wedding anniversary by Robbie Cheadle

  1. What a clever idea for a theme, Sally!

    And, Robbie, I believe I remember this post from your blog.The photos are lovely and he poem is a clear example of how opposites attract. My husband and I are much the same.

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  2. I love this post, Robbie. It was good that you had no worries about the wedding. Since you dad wanted to be early, he had time to borrow a car. Your poem is lovely. I laughed when you wrote Terence is a dictionary and you’re a mysterious poem. Your photos are gorgeous.
    Thank you Sally for posting Robbie’s precious memories! ❤

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  3. Robbie, a beautiful post full of love and joy … the contrasting poem gave such insight into you both! I loved your recollections of the big day and how the minor problems became part of the good memories! Dancing across a lawn one a wedding dress sounds idyllic! Happy Anniversary to you both … may your love and close bond continue to blossom. ❤️

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  5. What a wonderful wedding day, remembered perfectly with your poem. It tells me a lot about you that you didn’t notice any of the problems–if they were even there. Me either. I guess we were both just enjoying.

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  6. Robbie, Sorry I missed this special day memory, when you posted it, And I hope you both had a wonderful Happy Wedding Anniversary, I loved your description of your wedding day, no nerves, and the image of you practising your wedding dance across the lawn..
    And your description of his and hers attributes 🙂 Opposites attract comes to mind.
    Just Fabulous.. 🙂

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