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Cadby and Marigold moved to the Vale, where they will fish on the lands administered by the Baronet du Bois.
Their first morning there, after Marigold left for her job waiting tables at the Monk’s Inn, Lady du Beaumont visited. Lady du Beamont is the mother-in-law of the Baronet. Now she goes by Dowager Viscountess du Beaumont because her former title, which she inherited from her late husband, was restored to her by her lover, Lord Stirwuard.
Dowager Viscountess du Beaumont helped herself to some nuts that Marigold had received as a wedding present, while Cadby prepared green dandelion salad.
That evening, Marigold returned home from work. She had won a bet at work (a chance card), and brought home 250 gold, plus her salary of 264. Feeling hopeful, Cadby and she began trying for a baby to start their family.
Cadby had prepared porridge, and they talked about music and maypoles at dinner. Family had always been important to Cadby, and he was happy to have a family of his own, now.
Early the next morning, a herald came by and let the family know that plague had come again to Ayre. She collected $80 in bill payment as well.
Cadby began work as soon as he had eaten his breakfast. Soon, it would be too cold to catch any fish, and he must make the most of the little time left before Winter.
Meanwhile, Marigold chatted with Lady Lorraine, the Baronet’s mother, before going to work. Lady Lorraine gushed about how happy she was that the Fishers had come to the Vale. She told Marigold she had heard of their successful wedding party, inquired about what it was like to be a new wife, and even asked about the recent Beltane celebrations in Ayre.
Cadby snuggled his new wife in the early morning hours. Marigold was pregnant, having woken in at 2:00 in the morning to notice her first baby bump.
At dawn, Cadby and Marigold got up to begin their work.
Lady Lorraine returned for another visit, just as Cadby was taking a sponge bath outside. She turned around and waited for him to finish. Then he greeted her, and quickly let her know he needed to get to work.
Marigold went to work, not knowing how many days she had left to make money before she wouldn’t be able to work. So far, though, her pregnancy had been easy, and her health had been excellent.
She was halfway through her pregnancy and she had sent word to her mother and aunts in Ayre. She thought they would come and help when it was time for her baby to be delivered.
Late at night, when the baby’s kicking had woken her up, Marigold went down to the river side in the bracing wind in her nightgown. She loved to watch the water.
Sometimes the Baronet du Bois would walk by, but he had not greeted Marigold or Cadby.
Cadby was getting the hang of fishing and was able to use minnow fish as bait, now. He felt closer than ever to Marigold. But he was starting to miss his fellow men-at-arms, feeling like he was losing touch with his old life.
Cadby applied for a farmgate business license. He didn’t have a surplus of fish to sell, yet, but he had found some pretty colored glass, and clam shells, as well as boots at the shore. Those things could sell. He saved the glass to show to the Dowager Viscountess, thinking she would be glad to pay a fair price for it, and she did.
Meanwhile, the baby’s birth was drawing near, and Marigold’s mother and aunts had arrived to help. Marigold’s mother was also going to move in, at least for a while. She could help her daughter, and she and Mildred had not been able to come to an agreement about Ella’s role at the house or acceptable boundaries for her romantic relationships, since Mildred feared that as witches, their reputation was especially vulnerable.
But the evening before the baby was due, Marigold’s mother told them that the baby’s presentation was perfect. She hugged her sister-in-law, and abruptly left. Perhaps she felt that Ella, who had been apprenticing as a midwife, could handle the birth.
Everything was ready for the birth. Marigold had been in labor for hours, and hours, and hours, but she was doing well, walking and breathing. Marigold and Cadby even went down to the sunset at the river.
Ella, who had collected some reeds along the river, began weaving baskets, and found that she enjoyed it.
That night, as Marigold was taking one more walk to the river as she labored, a dog ran into the yard suddenly.
Cadby petted the dog. He had been interested in having a pet, but now, he was more focused on the baby’s arrival.
Ella had been called away to help with another birth, so Cadby and Marigold labored on without her.
In the middle of the night, Marigold’s baby was close to arriving. Her mother had not returned.
After a long labor, Marigold’s son was born. After the long labor, he looked a little blue right at birth, but within moments his color came back and he seemed strong. Cadby and she had already decided, if the baby were a boy, to name him Callum. Callum looked like he had his father’s skintone, with freckles, and his deep blue eyes.
When Ella returned, she began working on basket weaving again, as Marigold cuddled and nursed Callum. Both mother and baby were well, but exhausted.
And Cadby proudly helped out with Callum as well, often leaving his fishing to come and check on him, and caring for his wife’s needs.
The nights became colder and longer. Earl y one morning, Cassie Berry, who had begun working at the manor keep in the Vale as a servant and companion to the baronet’s daughter, walked by.
But in the Fisher’s cottage, everyone was tucked warmly in their beds.
Marigold had not returned to work at the Monk’s Inn, yet. She needed to nurse Callum. The boy was a strong, healthy infant with a good latch-on and a keen appetite.
When she had time, she still loved to go down to the shore. Both she and Cadby wanted to spend time together but it seemed there were too many things to take care of right now, and when he had the energy or time, Marigold did not. Her health was still superior, but the birth had taken some of her energy and she was still recovering.
But one afternoon when Ella had not returned from her work as a midwife, and Callum was sleeping, they found a few minutes to be nap and to be alone.
When Ella did return, she stood in the road for quite a while. There was a man-at-arms there, and both Ella and he were interested in getting to know each other a bit.
With winter’s snow threatening, the water was too cold for fishing, but Cadby still had plenty of work to do. He almost froze to death one evening, when the yard inexplicably began to flood with icy water, but he was able to stop the flow and return inside. Both Cadby and Marigold longed for hot baths like they used to be able to take – Cadby, at the bathhouse of the barracks, and Marigold, in the big wooden tub her aunt would fill for her at the cottage in Ayre. Gameplay Notes
The first time the reporter came, she gave them a bad review, but the next time, surprisingly, she gave them a Best of the Best, which I felt was kind of ridiculous. Maybe it was because Cadby showed the reporter the second bowl of colored glass he had found and she bought it.
I was worried about Cadby and Marigold’s cash flow, going into playing this household. I wanted to save any fish Cadby (or Marigold) caught, for food through the winter. Marigold also brought some food with her, from Ayre, to stock the fridge.
But with Marigold’s job at the Monk’s Inn, and later, Ella’s job as a midwife, plus the sales of glass, baskets, boots, and clams, they did fine. They even ended up on the last day of business getting two rewards and I took the cash. So they earned $6000 total and paid $4000 in taxes, rent, tithes, business fee. I think they have enough food for the winter, and they will be able to buy fire wood. I’d like to add to their house if possible but that may have to wait for spring.
We’ll see what happens through the rest of the round, but Ella may not have to stay, long term. The Vale needs peasants farming, basket weaving, raising animals, etc, and I was also thinking to have Ella work at the Monk’s Inn instead of Marigold, since Marigold will be busy with children. Marigold may have conceived again at the end of the round, but I didn’t check the ACR.
Rhett came by a couple times, fuming about Ella, but since he is not “local” and is supposed to be insane in the Almshouse (ROS), I sent him away and ignored it.
Right at the end of the round, Ella met Liam Cassoulet. I think they may hit it off, since they are both romance sims.
With the cold weather, and no wood on the lot, I was worried about the family’s warmth, but as long as they were inside they seemed ok. I will probably send Cadby to Ayre to market in the beginning of winter, at least for firewood.
Marigold’s pregnancy and labor were the first time I used the
Warwickshire to determine pregnancy health, labor statistics and outcome, fetal health, and how all of those statistics impacted mother and baby total health score (view here). As I posted on Tumblr, Marigold had the highest level of health going into the pregnancy. She had a healthy pregnancy. She has pelvimetry that is a little smaller than average, but Callum’s presentation score was excellent. Labor was long (without a midwife!) but the outcome was good. His fetal health was a little low but his infant random health score and total health score are in the good range. Sims in good health can still visit community lots but are more prone to illness. I hope his random roll at toddler transition improves his health. Marigold lost 17 health points but she is still in the Superior range, with no limitations on her health.