We're having a FABULOUS time :-)
Our arrival- well, we knew we found the right place by the sign by the gate 'Welcome xxxxx' and then on our wander found another welcome sign by our room, and met Cormac and found the kitchen and met lots of lovely people.
We've had wonderful food, fabulous company and enjoyable work.
We've a comfy room for the 4 of us, Big One was able to feed pigs from the first morning, and loves her job of collecting the eggs. She keeps asking if its time to go get them yet! Little One has been scared of the chickens, but has got braver when she's on her bike.
Today was cafe day- which meant masses of children to play with ( sometimes a few too many for Big One), and having to share the two play houses, sand pit, huge play net and rope swings as well as swing horses. That kept 5 of us busy in the kitchen, with the bakers busy yesterday afternoon preparing lots of yummy cakes. Glorious sunshine made for a busier than normal cafe, but that helped the sales.
I got to pick nettles yesterday, dual purpose of tidying the stinging stuff away from where little legs were walking today, and getting lunch collected so we had nettle soup yesterday. Good stuff.
This is the place where the idea of WWOOF was born, and where Education Otherwise got started. The Swindon Literary Festival is organised by Matt here, and they have all sorts of interesting things happening here- this weekends South American Evening ( ok not technically here, but still) as well as Work Weekend.
We've been a bit surprised by having a day off tomorrow, but I'm sure we'll find ways to pass it happily.
I've fitted in some yoga as there's a beautiful yoga room here, with an early morning practice and being able to attend an evening class. DH and I have both fit in some carving, so we feel we're doing very well for enjoyable individual time. I've even managed some crochet.
I feel very privileged to be here.
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