Barney’s children are a delight to have in residence. They entertain each other, and us and we do our best to do the good grandparently thing. We offered them possible outings and in the end they chose the Tank Museum as the weather could not promise to stay dry. They haven’t been for a while and there are new displays and a larger café has been opened.
Barney arrived on Sunday morning. We were all due to drive up to Hardy’s Monument for a family picnic at John’s Stones. As we were nearing the hill summit we picked up a phone call from Elisabeth D who told us that, in view of the misty and unpromising weather, the picnic would take place at The Old Schoolhouse after which we would adjourn to The Manor House pub/hotel for the cream tea which Lis treats us all to. And so we all gathered in the big schoolroom at the Dukes and ate our various picnics then drove down to West Bexington for our tea. As happened last year all the young children chased around the lawn and the Cholseys were driven down to that part of the Chesil beach below the hotel, there to frolic at the water’s edge and get thoroughly wet, especially Amelie and Joel. Back at the Old Workshop I made them sausage wraps before Barney drove them home ready for their school week.