We had an OK night of sleep. Sierra still woke up several times throughout the night. When I came to wake her up for breakfast, she told me that baby Jesus came during the night and put his hand in her mouth to take away her cold. Her cold has been gone for a several days now, but we thought that was an interesting remark from her.
Tim gave me the "day off" from watching Sierra so I could get a little time to myself. After breakfast, I walked to Bournville meeting house. The duck pond that we pass on the way there had small remote controlled sail boats on it. The ducks were displaced for a while with the little boats on the pond. When I arrived at the meeting house, I was greeted warmly. I sat with a lady named Margaret. Things were a little different than usual because they had a group of about 30 "young friends" (high schoolers) from various meetings across England staying there for the weekend in a short retreat format. Meeting began at 10:30 and was an unprogrammed or silent meeting. Four people shared out of the silence during the course of the next hour. The church across the street let its bells ring out every 15 minutes which seemed louder since the meeting was silent. The meeting room was very simple and beautiful with huge wooden rafters. After meeting, they had a short tea/coffee time in a small fellowship room. Margaret explained that usually the average age of attenders is in their 70s with one baby and one 3 year old for children. I had been surprised to see a large pipe organ in the main meeting hall. Margaret told me that Elizabeth Cadbury purchased the large pipe organ for the meeting. Other Quakers have referred to the Bournville meeting as the "Quaker cathedral" due to the ornate pipe organ. It was a nice walk back to Woodbrooke in the cold sunshine.
I made another trip in the afternoon to get some more groceries. Sierra needs a little more variety than what they can offer here. Tim also needs some extra nourishment, so I picked up some microwave meals for him. One of the "tea spots" has a stove top, microwave and small oven to cook food.
Today was the first time Sierra asked to go home. We wondered how long it would take for that question to come up.
Tomorrow is our trip to Warwick castle...so I need to get planning on transportation there. Take care.