We spent some of the day getting our youngest ready to go for a sleepover with a group of friends. But as we were doing this, Gill spotted someone in our front garden and she told me to come and look.... but it was just my friend Wendy who was unloading used guinea pig and rabbit bedding for me to compost. I went to say hello and she and her 17 year old son Ryan came in to see our two guinea pigs, and spent quite a bit of time chatting with Gill and our youngest, and cuddling the guinea pigs, and sharing tips about guinea pig care, etc. I left them to it! But I learned that they like bark to nibble, especially willow bark (maybe it dulls their pain?) so I gathered a load of willow bark from some old logs for her to take away, and some apples too, which all her pets (50 guinea pigs, 20 rabbits) love eating.
Our youngest went out, then our eldest went to see a friend... which gave us a 'window' of 2 hours to do with what we wanted. We used it very well.
On the dot of 4 our eldest came back, his friend coming to have a sleepover here a couple of hours later.
I spent some time doing yet more pears for drying, and was pleased that Charles, an old friend of mine, came to visit and chat, drink tea, and sample pears both fresh and dried.
So a fairly sedentary day, but nice and social, and lovely to have some time with Gill with no pesky kids around!!!!