It really IS quiet in Blogland! I think i’ll have to mosey over to sarah’s tomorrow and catch up, since i really can’t justify more than a few minutes on dial-up.
Today has been great; kids treated me to a lie-in which was much needed after a rough night with Amelie who was itchy and Josie who was in fine spirits but very much **AWAKE!!!!!!!** its reasonably tough doing it ALL for 4 kids, i rarely cook, i rarely shop so adding that into a business and getting up to everyone all night had taken its toll. But the girls are addicted to Rog and Ruth’s Care Bears DVD and watched that while i snoozed.
After a quick stint on Animal crossing (Fran got a new shop, i got a basement, Blanca appeared on the train) we packed up lunch, tidied up a bit and headed out to Killerton again. Today was a Civil War day, as Killerton was a Roylist Household which was over-run by Roundheads, who used it as a base for the siege of Exeter. A small encampment of suitably attired people were there, with guns and appropriate crafts and cooking. I did laugh, incidentally, when the flag fell and its spiked point missed me and the girls by a fraction of an inch. “That was lucky,” i said “That was more than lucky” quipped the serving wench. Hmmm… i wonder if that advertising campaign was running in 1649? 😉
The girls were quite taken with the story of the Civil War. (What’s a Civil War mummy? Its a war between people in the same country… Why’s it called civil then? Its not very polite to fight in your own country is it?) fran naturally wants to know more; Maddy liked the guns. Amelie DID NOT like the guns. Both big girls tried tablet weaving and made rope, we looked at embroidery, lace making and camp cooking. Loved the man with his rope making machine: “I’m a retied engineer” he told me. No really, i’d never have guessed. 😀 Lol… i suppose not EVERYONE is surrounded by engineers but it does seem to have been a feature of my life 🙂
So we’ve come away with an interest in the Civil War, tablet weaving, lace, wax candles, embroidery, soap making, rope making plus the laundry that is also housed there. Fran suitably impressed to discover that she could easily have been a housemaid by the age of 7. *Tries to imagine Fran ever surviving life as a housemaid…*
We’ve done BBQ’s with BIL,SIL and nieces tonight and lots of garden play. Really this is an EXCELLENT holiday arrangement – wonder if i can offer myself as a permanent house-sitter?
Photos tomorrow 🙂