Seem to have survived Easter.
My mother has been staying with us since Thursday, and without wanting to speak
too soon (she's here for another week yet) things are going well. We're normally
well and truly fed up with each other by now, but she doesn't seem to have been
as bad this time.
Of course, she still comes out with her twaddle. Today, at lunchtime, we were
driving in the car and I happened to mention to everyone to look out for pheasants.
My mother chirped up that we wouldn't find any at that time of day, since they
only come out at certain times. (I didn't bother asking where she expected them
to "come out" from!) Anyway, I was grateful when, just a couple of
minutes later, we saw a brace standing by the side of the road. But she seems
to have "old biddy itis" - very negative about absolutely everything,
often with no first hand experience of the thing in question.
But still... Good Friday we went to Hockey's
farm, who were having an open day. Good fun, saw lots of animals though
not really many more than usual. Nice to get out though, and glorious weather.
I then drove into the forest where we stopped for an afternoon drink at the
Corner Inn, one of our favourite forest watering holes. Of course, Alice
liked it because not only did she get her favourite drink (J2O) but she also
got to play on the climbing frames for half an hour.
Yesterday, we just headed into Salisbury for breakfast at David Browns, and
got some stuff for the bikes - new brake blocks for Alice's bike and new tyres
for mine. Got home and fitted everything. Also spent some time in the garden
- the grass got its first cut of the year and the lawns look much the better
Today, Easter Sunday, I didn't expect many places to be open so we headed into
Southampton and as a special traet for Alice, went over to Leisure World to
see the new Winnie the Pooh movie. She seemed to like it, although I think it
was aimed at kids younger than her. Not as good as The Magic Roundabout, which
we saw six-or-so weeks ago. Still, she had her popcorn and drink so was quite
Tomorrow, we have an Easter Egg hunt. I've never been to it before, Jacqueline
normally takes Alice. But I think I'm expected to tomorrow. Also, I've got a
load of bills I need to pay by the end of March, so need to set up all the instructions
tomorrow. And a VAT return.... Loads of fun!