Here comes a story, I guess my first proper photo story, about the Slydale Family and how they spend their Friday evenings, which I think is quite similar how many other residents of Lingondale spend theirs as well! (also, the Slydales moved! ^^)
It was Friday evening in Lingondale and Gilroy Slydale was soon going to close the store. He, as well as his wife Ruby, absolutely loved Fridays. The last costumer of the day was Ewan Dale, who had picked up a pint of chocolate and the newspaper, and they couldn't help themselves but to have a little chat at the till. Ewan told him that this year the lingonberry harvest had been enormous and most likely they would have tons and tons of jam to sell to the grocery store, which Gilroy was very pleased with (and not only because a bigger quantity meant Ewan could charge him less!).
"Have a nice weekend, Ewan!" Gilroy called after the sheep as he was leaving the store. "You too! And give me a ring about the berries!" Ewan said before leaving.
Ruby came up to him, smiling. "So, closing time?" she said and Gilroy chuckled. The store would only be open between 10am and 2pm tomorrow, and Gilroy was looking forward to the weekend. "I will buy some things fore dinner before you sort the till." she told her husband.
She quickly picked out a few groceries. She was planning to make Gilroy's favourite food, and allthough she tried to be secretive, it was hard to be to a man that would ring her up. But Gilroy was sweet and always acted surprised, no matter what she bought.
"I think we should have a bottle of wine tonight." Gilroy said and Ruby agreed to him. They then rang everything up, Gilroy liked everything to be orderly in their store, and Ruby gave him a peck on the cheek as he was packing her bag.
Ruby waved goodbye to her husband. "I'll head home and start preparing dinner." she said merrily before hurrying away, catching the last bus of the day (on which she was nearly alone except for Mrs. Springer and her daughters, to whom she chatted with).
Gilroy did the inventory in peace and silence. He wanted to get home as soon as possible but wasn't in any hurry. He looked forward to a nice meal and evening with his wife and two children. "Chocolate wafers..." he noted up as things he would have to order.
Gilroy drove home to his home on Beechwood Drive 5, the front garden was still looking a little measly, they had just moved in, and it was really Ruby's area. The whole house was still in need of renovation, but right now it was good the way it was.
"Hello!" he said when he entered the house, and the kitchen, which smelled absolutely wonderful, which he was fast to tell his wife. "Rufus helped me." Ruby laughed
"We made kebabs and stew!" Rufus said. "I made the kebabs." he said and almost dropped the plate that his mum had asked him to get for him. "Yes, and they just got done!" Scarlett said. "Rufus go and tell your sister it's dinner." she said before putting down the tray on the oven.
"I really do love Fridays." Gilroy said when Rufus rushed up the stairs to get his sister. Ruby laughed and gave her husband a kiss before the children came and they had to begin plating the food.
They ate in the dining room. Gilroy poured up the wine for Ruby, and Rufus was told that he had to go and wash his hands before the dinner.
Once they had all settled down, they had a really fun dinner. It was not only very tasty, but it was also enjoyed with good company.
Scarlett told them about the English class she had had today, and how they had been assigned a book to read, but she had already read it, so Mr. Springer had given her another book. Rufus excitedly spoke about how he and his friends had spent the afternoon playing football.
Gilroy told them about the vast amount of lingonberries that grew in the forest, and probably blueberries too, and Ruby suggested that they should drive over to the Dale's tomorrow and buy a bucket to make some blueberry pie.
When it was all over, the children went to wash themselves and make themselves ready for the night, but they didn't have to brush their teeth just yet. The parents where struck with the dishes, but it went by very quick.
Ruby set up the table for a night in front of the television. The Sylvanian Show aired on Fridays and it was the favourite thing of the whole week for many critters, especially the children. Scarlett watched her mum from the stairs, waiting for the clock to turn 8pm.
"Can I borrow a pillow, mummy?" Rufus asked.
"Well of course, dearest." his mum said and smiled. Rufus hurried over to his favourite spot right in front of the television.
Gilroy cleared his throat as he stood himself in front of the television when it was just a couple minutes left. "Are everyone seated?" he asked and the children said an excited yes. He then ceremoniously turned on the television, which showed a picture of a clock slowly ticking. Too slowly, Rufus thought.
And then it began! Rufus almost couldn't sit still because of the excitement and Scarlett wiggled her feet to the theme song.
It was Rufus who was the most captivated with the show, and he sat with big eyes in front of the television and wished that one day that he could be on a television show, or play the world cup; on television.
They sat together in the dark, watching the television, laughed at the same jokes, enjoying the same performances. It was like watching a show in a theatre, but more intimate, Ruby thought. And that was why Ruby and Gilroy, and Rufus and Scarlett too, absolutely loved Fridays.