On the decking an unusual new pair of pigeons glistened in this morning’s drizzle,
which bejewelled ornamental grasses alongside the Phantom Path.
Heavier rain had spattered rose Just Joey with up-tossed soil.
Even lollies didn’t detract from audience rapture,
although Jessica, in the centre background, had spotted something to divert her attention,
which she then conveyed to Jane Keeler.
Care was on hand to administer a puffer to a young lady who had perhaps become overexcited.
Barry, of New Forest Chimney Sweep and Repairs, visited on time, to sweep the chimney and check on its condition. It will come as no surprise to anyone who has read about the general maintenance of Old Post House under the previous ownership, that the sweep extracted 65 litres of soot, and pronounced a relining, although not essential, to be advisable. He would be unable to do that until the Spring. He left our sitting room spotless.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s classic chicken jalfrezi, pilau rice, and vegetable samosas, followed by mango Soleros. I drank Kumala reserve shiraz 2013. Jackie and Ian chose Kingfisher, and Becky a Grenache rose 2014.