We have had a very nice couple of days - we were fed high-in-iron lasagne and VERY nice red wine by Kate and Vic on Monday night. Then yesterday we saw a few friends, collected some rhubarb and onions, distributed some jam and then visited Turquoise Lisa to collect the birthing pool and birthing ball.
We both agreed that it was 'a bit weird' the first time one meets people one has met via the internet. However, we had a very nice couple of hours drinking tea in the Turquoise Garden, playing with the children and putting the world to rights. I don't think B and I frightened Lisa too much and she showed no signs of being manic at all :). We really don't live very far apart at all and I am hoping she will return the visit soon!
Then we dropped in at Cheshire Oaks and went in to 'Mamas and Papas' in a deliberate attempt price up things like cots. Without wishing to sound like a stingy arse that isn't prepared to do the best for my baby ... OH MY GOD! THE PRICES! We were so traumatised that the only solution seemed to be to go and have a pizza and a huge dessert each.
That calmed us down sufficiently so that we were able to decide that we'd try to freecycle as much stuff as possible. And when we visit Ma and Pa in Somerset again, B is going to Ascend To The Attic Of Despair and see if the cot that was both ours and Ma's when we were babies is in recoverable condition.
I hold out some hope. But I am slightly frightened by the offer of the Harrington nappies - "Well dear, they're up there. If the mice haven't eaten them".
Kate and Vic have offered to buy us a new cot mattress and Ma is going to make some of those drapey things that go round the Moses Basket we have been given - the ones with it are Winnie The Pooh; the NICE, old fashioned, ORIGINAL, PROPER Winnie The Pooh, not the Disney version, but I have taken a stand and I cannot put my first foot on the slippery slope (*waves to Sara and Sean in slightly bashful fashion*). B did become temporarily entranced with a set of cot bedding in Mamas and Papas featuring two cartoon characters called 'Zeddie and Parsnip', who appear to be a Zebra and a Rabbit, respectively, and who have formed some kind of unholy alliance centred around bedroom linen.
However, we quickly changed our minds when we realised that one of those grobag thingies you pop the baby in to sleep was twenty eight quid. We soon moved on to an un-named alliance of a Hedgehog and a Snail, that we christened 'Spikey and Slimey' and which were half the price. However; I think I might have a crack at making one, instead. I also think I might have a crack at knitting this. In fact, I don't see why the child shouldn't have a whole collection of knitted Cthulhu-mythos characters - except, how would one do the Hounds Of Tindalos?
- Checking the bees have enough stores to eat
- Picking up a bale of straw
- Cleaning out the chickens and putting down said new bale of straw in their pen
- Making rhubarb jam
- Pay some cheques out and send some statements out, just to keep in touch with The Real World (tm)