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Published: October 1st 2017
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We woke up about 8:30am. After coffee, I gave Paul the grand tour of the farm. It was comfortable and sunny today – a nice change. Allison left with their friend John to go retrieve the new horse for Libby. Paul and I helped Michel build the sofas for the living room. Then Minstrel arrived, which was very exciting. He is a beautiful and well-behaved horse. After a brief lunch, Paul and I went for a long tromp through the countryside, along the public footpaths. I figured where I went wrong last time: it was very helpful having Paul's GPS. We walked through fields (some grass, some fallow wheat), through the local manor's deer park (which was enshrouded with ferns…it looked like SimPark gone wrong), then over a very precarious stile, through a marshland, down a road, across a nearly unmarked farm, down another road, then through a dense mass of brambles, where the sign had been hidden in the trees, across a field, over a bridge covered in brambles, then through a very, very muddy dairy farm, and back to home. Some of the pathways were clearly marked … while others were clearly hidden by the local farmers,
hoping to deter walkers. Bastards.
In the afternoon, we sat in the sunlight out by the stables. Then, we had champagne and dinner. Michel and Celine left soon after dinner. In the evening, Paul, Alison, and I walked up to the pub. It wasn't very happening tonight, but it was totally worth it, because Allison got an invitation to come back on Wednesday to meet Lady Brabourne, the daughter-in-law of the 90-year old local landlord, who is hosting the AGM. Allison will also get to meet Rochelle. We don't know what an AGM is (other that Annual General Meeting) or who Rochelle is, but we suspect it's about the hunt.
Then, we returned home for ice cream and went to bed.
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