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A painting break

March 24, 2012

Today it was the SaMS (Saturday Music School) concert and Arlo was singing in the choir and playing clarinet in junior folk group. SaMS is a fantastic organisation getting kids from 5 up to 18 years old involved in music making every Saturday morning during term times, and at the end of each term there’s a concert. It’s interesting to see how the music groups change over the years. The choir used to be huge but now only has a few singers and the violin group which only had a few stalwarts a couple of years ago now has loads. Swings and roundabouts I guess. From the concert we had to rush to Pearl’s birthday party which was a chocolate fest and Arlo was the only boy. He seemed to cope though.

The beloved and I then found ourselves with three child free hours to spare so we decided to take a break from our respective painting duties (the beloved’s painting Grannie’s house; I’m painting tulips) and went to Buckfast Abbey – home to an incredible monastery rebuilt in the 20th century by a handful of  Benedictine monks, some rather lovely herb gardens gardens and an excessive amount of lavender plants (not at their best yet though) and then on to Buckfastleigh, the small pretty town close by. We also went to Ashburton and to Tuckers Seeds – which is possibly the beloved’s most favourite shop in all the world (unless you count the Axminster Tool Centre of course). It smells of wood and metal and hay and farms. It sells everything the beloved might need – including steel toe capped boots, and real burgers in hunks of bread – no prissy baps or bread rolls here, and the sauces to dollop on your chosen delicacy come in industrial sized bottles –  not silly little plastic cubes with tear off foil lids. Tuckers also sells seeds. Next year’s vegetable glut is fully secured. The beloved bought parsnip seed,  kale seed (but not the cattle food curly kale) and cauliflower seed.

The only thing we could do after that was collect our chocolate smeared, girled out son and go home and eat pizza

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