Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Susie and Charlie's Wedding

Despite a journey during which we had to visit an unexpected number of bizarre little Nottinghamshire villages (we decided that sitting in a 60 min tail-back on the M1 sounded very litle like fun), we had a lovely time at Susie and Charlie's wedding. They got married in a little hamlet south of Warwick where Charlie grew up, and it was exactly what English countryside should be like. Pretty little stone-built villages nestling in the folds of rolling hills covered in pasture, chocolately brown ploughed fields and elegant copses where you expected to meet a Jane Austen character on a horse. (Yes I know it's the wrong bit of the country - but it just felt quintesentially English!).

The church in Chesterton was perched on the top of a hill overlooking a pond and was surrounded by sheep (as all good churches are). You could even see "Warwickshire's most famous landmark" (really?): the Chesterton Windmill.

We had a lovely time catching up with Jenni and Susie and Anne and Kate and everyone and eating delicious food. Nathaniel managed to behave his way all through supper, and as reward got to watch Ian being given the task of carving the lamb for our table! He was even supplied with a special apron!

We spent the rest of the weekend in Abingdon generally enjoying ourselves and sailing and picking blackberries (did I mention that a certain little boy is rather fond of them?!!!) and making merry. The high point of the weekend for Nathaniel was the hire-car that FF got - a VW transporter, or "Gra Beer Van-car". It has been requested many times since!!

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