Andy Grandmottet-Shaw, 51, and her husband, Yves, 49, met in 1996 after legal disputes about some loudly music. They live in Porto and have one daughter

Andy first clapped gazes on Yves in 1996, when they were living in the same block of apartments in Newcastle.” Someone used to play this loud, appalling music and my boyfriend presumed it was him ,” says Andy.” I used to bang on the ceiling hollering:’ Shut up, you French wanker !'” Yves shrieks.” Yes, she just assumed it was me. Blame the French person .”

But it turned out he wasn’t responsible for the interference. The duet eventually converged properly when Andy’s then-boyfriend invited Yves round for a beverage.” There was clearly some strain there ,” says Yves. “Yes,” Andy agrees.” Major sexual tension !”

Before long, Yves went to Nottingham for operate, while Andy stayed in Newcastle to continue her “masters degree”. By the time he returned after Christmas, Andy and her boyfriend had divided up.” He was a lovely guy, but we didn’t have anything in common .”

In a deviou plan to meet her French neighbour again, she stopped round to his flat to ask if he could change a lightbulb for her. Then she invited him to join her and a friend for dinner.” My poor friend went home early ,” she remembers.” We precisely gazed at each other all nighttime .” Yves adds that there was a lot of” drunken snogging “.

“Yes,” says Andy.” But I sent you home subsequentlies .”

The couple spent the next two weeks together, before Yves announced that he was moving to Nottingham for act. They decided to keep their arrangement casual.” You told me it was fine to see other people ,” says Yves.

“Yeah,” Andy agrees.” I didn’t really mean it, though !”

One day, Andy went to meet Yves in Nottingham.” I was anxious ,” she remembers.” I’m debris with faces and couldn’t remember exactly what he looked like .” She needn’t have worried.” When we met in town? Wow! That was the best kiss ever .”

Still, at this degree, neither was looking for a serious relationship.” He was all heartbroken over another girl, saying:’ I’ll never cherish again .'” But they continued to see each other after Yves moved to London a few months later.” I access to drive from work late at night to come and assure her ,” he recollects.” One era, I aimed up sleeping in the car. I rang the doorbell at 2am, but she didn’t wake up because she was drunk .”

Andy chortles.” Yeah, I probably was. I think it amazed me that you’d sleep in the car .”

By the end of 1997, they were officially a duo and Yves moved in with Andy. It is fair to say it didn’t extend smoothly at first.” He “ve lost” cat. I told him not to leave the window open .” Although she was ” frenzied”, she eventually forgave him. The duet decided to get married in 1999.” He’s so handsome and such a charmer ,” Andy says.” We bicker, but it’s from a lieu of humour and we have the same sensibilities at our core .” Yves says their relationship has become stronger over occasion.” At the beginning, it was all drink, laugh and lust. I think we bid on laugh and took a chance .” He doesn’t think they spat that much.

” What about the honeymoon crusades ?” says Andy. “Oh yeah.” Yves chuckles, remembering one occurrence when they had been fighting in the car.” I thought it would be funny to move the car while she was in the petrol station shop .” Andy, who didn’t realise, went in to someone else’s car and started shouting at the three men in the driver’s seat.” That good Spanish bloke didn’t know what hit him !”

In 2003, the couple moved to Portugal; they have since faced numerous difficult period together, including bereavement and Yves’ battle with an vigorous cancer. He is better after medicine but it was a scary time.

” I don’t think all persons who find us on that honeymoon would think we’d still be together 20 years later ,” says Andy.” He prepares me whole, though, as cliched as it dins. He’s funny, riling -”

” I’m not annoying ,” ends Yves.

” You clearly are. But you stir me a better being. I know I can be -”

” Arsey? Short-tempered ?” They laugh again.” Andy sees me a better being, extremely ,” says Yves.” I couldn’t be without her .”

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