Day off today – hurray – time to recover from the Archdeacon suddenly turning up without warning at the service yesterday 88| when yours truly was on duty with an all-age worship (see previous cartoon)
Phew. Thank goodness I’d had a team meeting and got organised XX(
Anyway – on our way out into the countryside we called in at a big furniture store which had been advertising its wares in a sale. You know the sort |-| – and sure enough, despite hundreds of sofas etc, there was hardly anything we liked, and nothing we could afford :no: We’re going to have to get something new when we retire. Does nobody do sofas with backs that are high enough to rest your head any more::: >:-(
Coffee at a favourite garden centre, then we went to see the rock houses at Kinver Edge. Have you ever seen them? They are quite remarkable. They really were proper houses in the 19th century, carved out of the red sandstone cliff. Apparently they were warm in winter and cool in summer. Each family had a parlour (where they did all the cooking etc) and a bedroom and some stores, and the community had the deepest well in England 8|. With plenty of water, and able to grow their own veg, the residents reckoned they were well off. People lived there until the 1950s!
Then we walked up to Kinver Edge itself, where there’s an Iron Age hillfort. We do like a bit of history in our excursions, so we were well-chuffed. Beautiful sunny, cold day – and when we got to the top, we could see for miles. Fabulous. I love trees in winter – well, any time of year really – and on our way down a very tame robin flew down and turned his beady eye on me, and we looked at each other for a long time. Wonderful.
Decided not to go back to the garden centre for lunch, but to try in Kinver itself: not a good idea. We ended up in a pub where the food was very OK-ish … I think they heated everything in the microwave, which made the poppadoms and naan all chewy and meant that my lemon tart was warm round the edges and cold in the middle
Never mind. By this time it was mid-afternoon and we decided to hightail it for home without venturing any further. Hub is working on his childhood coin collection: one of the many ‘archive’ jobs we have to do ahead of retirement, as we cannot take everything with us. He’s going to get it valued this week, although he doesn’t expect to get much for it.
Me? … I sat on the sofa with a crossword book, and DOZED OFF. Wow :zz:. This is my new party trick and it’s great!
For more on Kinver Edge you can go to the National Trust website here: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kinver-edge/