Pathways and Plums

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September 5th 2015
Published: October 1st 2017
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I woke, surprised to see that the family was still here. They had apparently left at 3am as planned, but the motorway was closed for maintenance. They ended up delayed because of detours, then missed their train. The next train was two hours later, and they would have missed the funeral anyway. So they opted to come home, instead of driving for nine hours for now purpose.

While they all worked around the farm (pulling down trees, taking care of horses), I went for a walk on some of the local footpaths. I wasn't out long, as I was charged with bringing bread home for lunch, and I didn't want hungry workers waiting on me. I got the bread, chatted with Paul, then went out again. I had a map of the trails in my head (sort of – I don't know the territory and there are a lot of trails). I thought I was headed the right direction until I came to a locked gate. Allison said it still might be the footpath, but that someone locked the gate. I'll try again tomorrow, when we can carry Paul's GPS.

In the afternoon, we went out to the home store and the grocery. Then, after putting Iggy back out to pasture, we carried a ladder to the plum tree, stuck it up in the brambles, and picked plums. Or, actually, the 16-year old who keeps a horse here picked the plums. She got totally stuck but seemed to really enjoy herself. We also let the battery chickens out for the first time, and they seemed to be fine.


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