Another day off, this is becoming a habit! This time the lawn has been mown. It was starting to resemble a jungle for it has been quite a while since it was last cut and August has been good grass growing weather It is no word of a lie that I took the strimmer to it before I even attempted to use the lawnmower! I’m not proud of that but as you know I have not been at home much and I don’t think the neighbours would take too kindly to me mowing at 0100. Plus I am pretty sure that I would not do a good job in total darkness. Admittedly if you look at the lawn now you would probably say that I haven’t done a good job full stop, but at least it is of a respectable length. It is all too grown up for me!
Tuesday, the last day of August, we had our first day off together as a family for the first time since our holiday in Italy at the end of June. Throughout July Lucinda had worked each weekend while I worked each weekday and throughout August, as you know, I have worked. It was really nice to be together as a family and spend some time together as a threesome before the new baby makes its entrance. Hopefully now that the majority of the hard work has been done and the new workload becomes routine we can settle back into a routine of our own.
It has been nice for me to be able to read Éowyn her three (yes three) bedtime stories again. However, gone are the old favourites of ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘The Whale and the Snail’, ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’, and ‘Room on the Broom’ for classics like ‘The Gingerbread Man’. In fact, I am a little perturbed that she seems to favour ‘The Gingerbread Man’ it hasn’t exactly got a happy ending, unless you are the sly old fox. ‘Not my gumdrop buttons!’ At least it is better than reading the ‘In the Night Garden books’, I just can’t compete with Sir Derek Jacobi’s oration of Makka Pakka, Akka Wakka, Mikka Makka Moo, Makka Pakka Appa Yakka, Ikka Akka, Ooo!
Éowyn’s favourite pastime at the moment though is visiting mommy pig at the bottom of Nanny and Granddad’s garden. That sounds strange, but at the back of Lucinda’s parents’ garden there is, what amounts to, a small holding. There are some goats, a sheep and until recently a pig. However, the pig is now a mommy pig and has 7 little piglets. Éowyn is fascinated with them and keeps picking up windfall apples from the garden and running to the pig. When she is there she launches the apple into the pen shouting “PIG! APPLE!” It is hilarious and it is not just with the pig. Lucinda took her round the lake to feed the ducks. There she was standing at the shore throwing the bread into the water shouting “DUCKS! BREAD!” Perhaps my daughter has a future as a zookeeper. Somehow “ÉOWYN! PEAS!” doesn’t quite work.
Éowyn has become much more comfortable on the phone. There was a time that she would be jabbering away but as soon as you put the phone next to her she would clam up. Not any more. She will quite happily chat to you down the phone, and has left messages on Nanny Fran’s answerphone and spoke to me at work telling me that she had drawn on her legs (see photos below).
Time is precious so I will not bore you any longer, enjoy the photos and stay tuned. Lucinda is officially on maternity leave now so the countdown has truly begun.
Peace and Love