Uncle-and-Auntie Pat soon made me feel at home. They cooked me a slap-up15 meal — heaps16 of scrambled egg, jacket potatoes and fresh vegetables followed by strawberries and cream.
Then they told me about Wishing Well Farm.
They showed me to my room, up in the attic. I had a great view of the farmyard.
I couldn’t help noticing that the farm shop was very quiet. In fact, I didn’t see a single customer all day.
That evening, when I came down to say goodnight, I overheard Uncle Pat talking with Auntie Pat. They both looked glum as they pored over their accounts.
I felt sad, but I slept soundly23 that night, and lost myself in dreams of the old wishing well.
slap-up — шикарный
heap — куча
couldn’t help noticing — не мог не заметить
overhear (overheard) — нечаянно услышать
glum — мрачный
роrе — сосредоточенно изучать
account — счет
loan — заем (в банке)
soundly — крепко