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Did I mention the incredible weather we’ve had this week? Wall-to-wall sunshine, pretty much, and warm during the day too. I’ve probably enjoyed more white Easters than I have white Christmases, so it’s always nice to get some mild spring weather at this time of year and we certainly made the most of it. On Good Friday we enjoyed the National Trust For Scotland’s Easter Egg Trail at Threave near Castle Douglas. I think we were among the first egg hunters of the day and the kids had great fun finding the clues and solving the anagram. In fact, Iris’s anagram solving was so spot on that the Easter Bunny decided to give her more anagrams for her Easter Sunday egg hunt too.


There was quite a haul of chocolate, much of it from Switzerland thanks to our guests last Sunday and the kids really enjoyed following their clues. Arthur had pictures to decipher and Iris tore through her anagrams. Kester had help to solve his clue. One of the eggs had been nibbled by a mouse overnight but there is still plenty left over.


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Not so much a daily blog as a monthly of late, due to being a single parent of three for a week. Normal service has now resumed, thankfully, and while Matt gets on with one of his “morning jobs” – not filling wood, pulling up nails, sanding a door or any of my other suggestions as they are apparently “evening jobs” – I am getting a chance to catch up.

The biggest development has been getting used to the wood-burning stoves which we are now skilled at lighting and keeping stoked up. We’ve just had a delivery of wood from a different supplier. Our first batch was OK but under seasoned and so smouldered rather than burnt. At first glance and use this batch appears better – bigger, lighter logs that burned efficiently – the stove was still well lit this morning after being stoked with five logs at 10.30pm last night. We’re also looking into buying in bulk from a wood co-operative to stock up on the processed compressed logs which are hotter, cleaner and more efficient but more expensive. We’ll see.
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It was also half-term last week so we had some trips out to the local chocolate factory, Threave and the beach – the first two with grandparents in tow. There’s great auatumn colour this year and we even saw a scampering red squirrel at Threave.

Finally, I leave you with an image of Arthur’s helpful attempt at laying the lounge fire!

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