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On another dull morning I scanned the last few colour slides from 1980.
In October Becky enjoyed pushing the buggy in Tooting Common.
There was someone in it. That was Sam.
Jessica was also on the walk.
Here is Matthew the following month,
and in December with Sam, who,
on 25th was helped by Michael to open his first Christmas presents,
And, of course, we had a festive tree.
This afternoon we took a trip to New Milton to buy a posting tube for Pauline’s parcel, post it, and take a waistcoat to Johnson’s Cleaners. We began with the tube from the art suppliers. We made up the parcel outside the shop, parked a bit nearer the Post Office, and went our separate ways – Jackie to the cleaners and me to the Post Office.
On the way I walked past two garden chairs of the perfect size for me, displayed outside Hand Made New Forest. Following the invitation, I tried them, and found them to be extremely comfortable.
When Jackie met me outside the Post Office a short while later I asked ‘Did you see those chairs?’. ‘I saw them,’ she replied with a broad smile, ‘and I sat in them’. ‘Shall we get a pair?’ was my next unnecessary question. We ordered a couple, of a different colour.
By early evening the weather had cleared enough for us to take drinks in the rose garden, where
Roserie de la Haie is flourishing;
and the mirror behind Golden Showers happily reflects the similar hued Laura Ford filling the gap between between the two levels of the climber.
This evening we dined on spicy pork with vegetable risotto, followed by profiteroles. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I finished the malbec.