Dorset Days, Still Stones

So we fetch up in Dorset for a time which will be full, diverse and densely populated with loved ones.

First there is a Conch Soc AGM to negotiate with supper after, Winterborne K Book Group, a trip to a Furniture Bazaar at Crewkerne with Maddy where I buy a lovely Tulip aArt Deco chair,  an appointment at Specsavers to choose some new frames, a film evening with Celia C to see Wes Andersson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (a cinematic disappointment) and a trip to Dorchester to see our niece Elisabeth in the Community Play Drummer Hodge.

The week builds up to a crescendo of family arrivals on Friday and a visit from Jenny and Maddy prior to the grand picnic event on the 12th.  Happily for Lis, and for us all, the weather holds fair if a bit windy but we are able to have our picnic en plein air at John’s Stones by Hardy’s Monument.  After our cream tea at Manor Hotel, West Bexington the Light/Perryman contingent repair to The Old Workshop where a tent is erected in the garden to accommodate the throng.

During the ensuing week various activities fill our days.  Barney and Dan do some climbing with the older children on Portland at Church Ope Cove.  We take Cream Tea to Maiden Newton to visit Bertie.  Claire comes down overnight to take Joel back to Cholsey for some school tests and Lukie returns him the following day.  There is an excursion to Monkey World and Christina and Cerys come for an Easter Egg Hunt, Cream Tea and film afternoon over Easter.  Come Easter Monday Nick and I are familied out and ready for a pace change before our French friends arrive the following weekend!

Bursting the Bubble

After a week of intermittent fun, frolic, filming and feasting it is time to break the Inshriach fellowship for another year.  Most of us will be dispersing on Sunday so we plan the Easter Egg Hunt for Saturday.  By happy coincidence, to complement the Lindt chocolate bunnies that I have bought for the children, Maddy and Andrew have gifted a large Thorntons rabbit.  We concoct a hunt which involves the children finding the named children bunnies which the mother rabbit has lost.  As it is raining the lost bunnies are hidden around the house, together with some small foil-wrapped eggs.  Once all are found we ceremoniously break the large mother rabbit and a chocolate fest ensues.

After a sustaining brunch before the young leave on their departure day, there is another ceremony:   ‘Balloon-Bursting’.  These balloons have seen good service as Zombie heads, characters in Dan’s cast for his movie short ‘The Rise of the Dead’.  Once Charlie and Ruby see what is afoot they are having none of it.  Their balloons are hastily taken back into the house for later despatch.

With much hugging and kisses our children and grandchildren say goodbye to each other, to us and to Lucy and Walter.  And then there were four.  Maddy, Andrew, Nick and I take ourselves out for a walk………

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