Zerlina has had a lovely birthday. Her parents gave her a trampoline and she was thrilled. Weeza said that when she saw it this morning (her father spent three hours yesterday evening putting it together)she couldn’t stop saying how much she loved it and thanking them. Dilly, the children and I went over mid-morning and the three children spent ages on it. When they had finally had enough, z opened her other presents and was duly very pleased with them – we had got her a jigsaw, a glove puppet and lots of painting and craft stuff. She loves colouring, drawing, sticking and cutting out and was particularly excited to receive some proper scissors. Child’s ones of course, but they work well, unlike some. Also, fortunately, they work whether used right- or left-handed. We have the feeling that, like her father, she may end up being left-handed.
Weeza’s bump is now so large that she has only one dress she can fit into. She slept poorly last night and can’t lie comfortably. On the other hand, she is well and her ankles aren’t swollen, all she can do is wait. Tomorrow is Phil and Weeza’s sixth wedding anniversary – under the circumstances, they have made no plans, I will see if they would like me to babysit so they go out for supper, if she feels like it. If Phil goes to work, I’ll probably go over at some time during the day to lend a hand.
Back here, they’re getting on very well. I’ve taken a lot of rather dull photos, there’s not a lot you can do with kerbs and Tarmac. There’s a short stretch of privet hedge that had grown very tall, at least 15 feet, but all the leaves were at the top. I suggested cutting it right down to about 3 feet, so it will thicken up and put on a lot of new growth at the bottom. They have done that and also taken down more dead elm saplings. They grow for a few years, die and new ones grow from the roots, but a proper size elm tree has never grown since Dutch Elm Disease struck some 40(?) years ago. It’s such a shame. I love elm and there used to be so many of them in this area that several local villages are named after them – Elmham, pronounced Ellum (as the tree is pronounced here), is part of their names.