We spent part of the weekend at my Bro's up in Middlesborough.
Belle was needed for a bridesmaid dress fitting so we spent a steaming saturday in baking hot lifts searching for dresses that didnt exist. Poor Kerry, it seemed that the whole bridesmaid dress hunt was going to be fruitless. We did the BHS, Debenhams, Marks and Sparks, Next thing but absolutely nada in stock. Apparently if you get married after August, the chances of finding "off the peg" dresses is like trying to find a cream bun at a weight watchers meeting. Pronuptia said they "could" get her a dress but it would take 4 months (Kerry and Leigh get married in October). Blummin ummers, such a palava. Cue E-bay shops. I forget that you actually get shops on ebay and not just used goods. She has spied two lil stunning dresses in a Canadadian ebay shop who will ship in time for altering and the wedding. That night my Bro made me my first meal cooked by him.
Naturally I was preparing myself for either e-coli poisoning or worse - DEATH. But actually he made a mean hot chilli beyond all hotness. Cheers Leigh, we might come more often :)
I took a trip to the church and venue to check out the settings and lighting. I absolutely fell in love with the wee church in Stainton, on a hill with arched ever greens to wander through. There was a wedding going on too and I was checking out the photographers kit and moves. Hee hee heeeeeeee. She was club Nikon armed with two beasty D200's. I felt safe. I love my D200 and actually much prefer my D70 but having spied the new D3 out this month........ Im hoping that my bookings this year will pay for one. I didnt really want to do weddings to start with but I love the atmosphere and emotions so much that I have 3 booked next year with room for more. So if you know any couples taking the plunge, do pass on my webite details :) I couldn't resist taking this of Belle on the steps at the venue - she had a ball admiring the Koi carp that floats around the rear of the staircase.
I know what she will be doing when the wedding comes round (and hopefully not swimming with them!)
On the way home we stopped of at Kirkby Stephen (a stunning lil village on the Pennine/Cumbrian border) and at Lambrigg Wind farm to take in some snappies of the views. As Mark was driving the stops had to be few but had he of not been in the car, I think I could have stopped at every darn corner of the A66!!! I love twee villages, I dream of owning a home at Great Helmsey for weekend retreats. **sigh**.
Tomorrow we are off to Wales for a few days and then I promise I wil get back into the swing of things. These 6 weeks school hollies throws me off my pattern and as enjoyable as they are, routine just seems to get chucked into the air. I have not stopped since I got back from Menorca. I think I might be a teensy bit glad when Belle goes back to school.