Today we were planning to go to Orford Castle again. Bob is supposed to do portraits there on Feb 14, and we wanted to scope it out, test lighting, etc.
But the little ones have their earaches, and it was cold, and Bob’s stomach is still a little queasy from his cure the other day. SO we made it as far as the gas station, and lunch at Burger King, but no further. Bob called it off, and I think it was a good call. The boys were very energetic, so we went to Mildenhall’s community center to the indoor playground. We were there nearly two hours. The children had a blast and got worn out while Bob and I rested and took pictures and read the paper.
Leaving there, we went to Worlington for manure. Oh, yeah, I go out of my way for horse poop. We’ve seen a sign up before, so knew pretty much where to stop. They had 3 bags, at 40p each; I got all 3. Then we came home and I got out the shovel. Taryn rode her bike, I dug up the turf, and the children (as they woke up one at a time and got out of the van) carried the grass around back to fill in the bare spots. I have never lived in a place where I could dig turf like this. It worked just like the pretty pictures in the gardening books. Unbelievable. Then we covered the dirt and worms (lots of earthworms!) with packing paper and cereal boxes, and covered that with the horse manure, which was clean and fresh. Ummhmm. That’s why I’m doing this now instead of in the spring. I’ve never tried this lasagna or lazy gardening method before, but I’ve heard good things about it. So we shall see.
Bob got our bikes put together and organized the shed a little bit. I came in with the little ones, put William to bed, cuddled Ella, started a load of wash, and was *just* starting supper when Bob came in and said he was wanting to try our local Chinese takeaway. So that will be next, and then maybe I’ll run down to the commissary for milk and fruit.
I think we are beginning to settle.