Just a quick post so that you know we survived. It had grim moments and lovely moments - Leo was a trooper and kept everyone's spirits up; Ma was pretty miserable, as Pa had been shouting (bellowing, really) every ten minutes for forty-eight hours before we arrived and the sleep deprivation was getting to her. Also her mother died on Boxing Day a few years ago, so it's not a happy anniversary.
However, we cooked the goose, we drank a modicum of cider, Leo liked his spirally-jangly-rattley-mirror-toy and B and I got a smashing wooden egg safe and a stripy turtle-mat.
Now, a blatant advert. As you may know, I am of the greeny-downsizery-small-local-producers-type persuasion.
HandMadeMeat is a group of small-scale farmers who sell small quantities of seasonally available, good quality, non-intensively-reared meat, delivered to your door. The mail-order site is just getting going, although the participants as individuals are all experienced producers. I am going to put a permanent link to them in my side-bar when I get round to re-jiggling my template, but for now - if you like lamb, go make a space in your freezer, then visit them.
Now we are going to take some squidgy fruit to a friend's pigs, deliver some cardboard boxes to a freecycler without a car and post some eBay parcels at the Post Office.
Then we are coming back to have lamb chops and put another layer of paint on the kitchen floor. It's RED! And later, there may be photos.
For now, that is all.