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Otley, Otley, Otley...

...oi, oi, oi!

rain 8 °C
View Year of the Nink on Buccas's travel map.

We've spent the past few days thoroughly enjoying the semi-normal routines of life in Otley. I have explored the many and varied charity shops, and am now well-acquainted with the Sainsbury's down the road. The weather hasn't been entirely conducive to walking the Chevin, but maybe that's just because the three weeks of sun in Spain have reduced our tolerance for cold weather. Annie and Andy have been working, and Simon too - which I suppose technically negates our nink status temporarily, forcing us briefly into oink territory. Rosie is now an accomplished crawler, and gets herself around on two feet rather well, as long as there is something to hold on to. She's also developing some impressive self-feeding skills, which seem to be accompanied by smearing-yoghurt-on-her-face skills. Rosie has taught us all to sing 'If you're happy and you know it' and leads the way with head-nodding/raspberry-blowing/hand-clapping. Such a developmentally appropriate little charmer!
We have learned about the phenomenon of East Enders, but are still a long way off fully understanding the relationships and past histories of all the characters. We've got 'Cilla' under control, but I doubt that I'll make it all the way through '2001: A Space Odyssey'. We've enjoyed fish and chips from Gay Lane Fisheries, and we've discovered that balsamic dressing is a perfectly acceptable substitute for balsamic vinegar when making a balsamic chicken bake.
On Tuesday, Andy had the day off and we spent the afternoon exploring Forbidden Corner, an intriguing folly of mazes, labyrinths and water-spouting statues. The extremely changeable weather added to the mystery of the whole experience - we would enter a building in snow and emerge to find sunshine and blue skies. Rosie enjoyed herself immensely, and was not at all perturbed by the mausoleum.
But now it is time for the next housesitting mission - look out Northampton, here we come!

Posted by Buccas 05:50 Archived in England

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