Sight of the day - the Sage walking towards the house, followed by an eager cluster of about twenty bantams and one partridge, hoping for an early lunch. They received it.
For those of you who came to the party and can visualise it, the section of the drive between the house and the lawn is finished at last. The gravel was put down this afternoon, all the hardcore having been tamped down and levelled this morning. They are now working on the part of the drive between the lawn and the field we call the Ups and Downs, widening it and putting in a kerb so that the gas delivery lorry won't break down the edge again. If you come again next year, there really should be plenty of parking space. I hope you will.
I've typed up those final fifteen lots, although we haven't done the condition report yet because I need daylight to make the best of my eyesight. Also, all the Academy paperwork was completed from our end yesterday and delivered, and has gone through today, so there is no last-minute panic. We are independent, and it feels good.
I wonder how the local authority will fund the schools it's still obliged to, now that the larger, most successful and efficient ones have become academies. They have relied on the money they make from us to subsidise them and, while we were receiving a good service, we were okay with that. But the balance tipped too far. We are not irresponsible, however, we want schools to be good, and it's particularly in our interest to look after our feeder primary schools.
I could have a bit of a rant but I won't. The Sage and I knocked back a bottle of champagne instead. Particular good news is that Jan is getting much better and sent a text to Lynn, her colleague, today. She's still tired and headachy but on the mend.
The yoghurt tastes lovely but was very runny. I strained it through a muslin cloth to reduce the whey. I'm not sure if it's just that I'm too used to commercial yoghurt and that it should be so runny? I'll have another go after the weekend and see what happens then. The back of the Aga seemed to keep it nicely warm overnight.