My brother was over from Berlin this week, working in Lancaster (he's the talented one in the family - a musician and theatre sound designer) so I drove over and spent the day with him.
I don't get to spend much time with him, so it was going to be a lovely day regardless of what we did. But it was made even better by the fact that my brother was very happy to visit the factory shop where Liberty fabric is printed.
I'm very lucky to be married to a man that loves to go fabric shopping, but I was still surprised when I discovered that my brother is also great company when it comes to buying fabric. He wandered around the very small factory shop and pointed out all the prints that he liked and then bought some (which I later found out was for me to make in to a cushion for him!). And then (and this is where he once again showed me why he and Jim get on so well) he told me to buy more fabric.
The same as most people, I can't resist Liberty fabric, especially when it's £5 per metre. There may not be much choice in the factory shop, but what's there is good.
These Liberty's are pretty much all destined to become dresses for Lily and Bella. Plus there's an extra one that my brother bought, that has Big Ben on it (Lily's obsession) that I have to make in to a dress just for Lily.
The absolute only, ONLY silver lining to losing Mum (and I would sacrifice it to have her back) is how close I now am to my brothers. And discovering how much my oldest brother likes to fabric shop just makes it even better.
Next time I take him serious fabric shopping!