The Slainte Family has spent their first week in their new mansion, Barondale, there have been ups and downs for the Family during the week and Deaglan decides to give the Family a big surprise on the weekend to celebrate their first week as well as Mother’s Day.
Deaglan is doing very successfully at work and the children have all made it up to B students in their new school. Arwen has been working very hard on her garden to gather the best and freshest ingredients for cooking and making her Natural Herbicide Oil. Deaglan has heard from some of his coworkers that there is a lovely National Forest a few hours north of where they live in Willow Creek, in a town called Granite Falls. His coworker told him how breathtaking the scenery is there and are both cabins and campgrounds to rent there as well as beautiful hiking and fishing areas. He also mentioned to Deaglan that he’s heard that some people have met a hermit there that grows the most amazing organic plants and knows a secret organic fertilizer recipe for growing the best plants. Deaglan thinks that this might be the perfect opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day together, their first week’s achievements, give the family a well needed break, explore new areas of their new country and maybe Siobhan can convince the hermit to share her secret fertilizer with her!
Deaglan announces, “I have a surprise planned for us this weekend!”
Aiden exclaims, “I hope it is something active where I can play!”
Siobhan says, “Calm yourselves children, we still don’t know what Daddy has in store for us, although I am excited myself!”
“Don’t you worry!” Deaglan says “I believe there will be something to entertain everyone! We are going to Granite Falls National Forest to camp for the weekend!”
Arwen shrieks with joy over this news.
Alroy comments “I bet this will be a fun family adventure.”
“I sure hope we enjoy ourselves there, I know there are many new activities for us to try and Siobhan, I think you will find the hermit’s gardening knowledge very interesting.”
“Oh my yes, I am looking for a better way to fertilize my garden and perfect the quality of the plants!” Siobhan replies.
“Than it’s settled, every one get a good night’s sleep and be ready to leave first thing tomorrow morning, you kids better have an early night.” Deaglan commands “I also bought everyone new camping gear for the trip you will find them in your rooms!”
Arwen trills “Oh, Daddy I love new clothes!”
Everyone heads to bed early, the Family is excited to head out for Granite Falls National Park !
After settling in the family family decides to check out the different activities. The boys and Deaglan head off to the stream to fish and Siobhan and Arwen stay at the campsite.
Siobhan grills Alroy’s lovey salmon right away because the fish will not fit into the cooler whole. After that since there is still time in the day, they decide to go explore the national forest area. Deaglan wants to fish some more, he is secretly embarrassed that his son had caught a bigger fish than he did, Alroy wants to check out the Visitors Center, which houses lots of local specimens and artifacts. Aiden is hoping to maybe see a bear? And Siobhan and Arwen are hoping to find the hermit and learn some gardening tips, Siobhan hopes she will learn her secret fertilizer recipe!
Once it gets to be amost dinner time and the sun is setting the Family heads back to the campground for a dinner of grilled salmon, after everyone gathers around the campfire.
Deaglan asks everyone “how did you all enjoy the trip?”
Alroy immediately answers “I caught a huge fish! I swear it was like 3 feet long! Wasn’t it Mum! Wasn’t it!
“Now Alroy no one likes a tall tale” Siobhan replies
Aiden moans “I didn’t catch anything…” he perks and adds “But I did see a bear!”
Deaglan asks Arwen “Did you and your mother enjoy meeting the Hermit? I guess it turns out the rumors are true!”
“Absolutely” she replies, “It was a beautiful place and we went cloud gazing with the Hermit while we were there.”
“That sounds like fun.” Deaglan says. “Siobhan, did you get any good gardening tips?”
“Why yes I did.” Siobhan replies “When we were finished cloud gazing she showed me around her garden with all its many herbs and after we had become good friends she shared her herbal recipe for Organic Fertilizer with me!”
Deaglan exclaims “That’s great! I know how much your garden means to you. I’m so glad that every one had a great time and that you had a happy Mother’s Day!”
After they hang out for a while around the campfire roasting marshmallows and having great time, Deaglan brings the triplets in to the tent to tell them a bed time story!
The next morning was Sunday and marked the end of their vacation in Granite Falls. The Family packs up and heads home, little do they know there is a very different kind of surprise waiting for them at home!
Stay tuned for Chapter 7