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This morning Jackie drove me to Milford on Sea to have wax removed from my ears at The Private Ear Clinic situated in the NHS hospital. There is a memorial board honouring those residents of the village who had lost their lives in the First World War on the wall of the waiting room which was obviously once an entrance hall. Looking at this I wondered what those people would think if they could see the situation today.
The main problem ear was a little obdurate. The nurse decided to stop the process when she found the last of the content “a little crispy”, and to have another go next week. This will be in the clinic at Lymington hospital. Anyway, my hearing is fine.
Elizabeth came for lunch, after which she went off to see a client in New Milton; Jackie and I drove into the forest; and we all linked up at Redcliffe Garden Centre for refreshments, after which we returned to Downton.
Not far outside Holmsley, cattle
One of these creatures buried its head in the bracken
in order to tear at the brambles,
coming away with delicate hair ornaments.
Crossing the cattle grid, we turned down
Jackie parked the car, leaving me to wander down the lane
This view contains two different
varieties of holly.
Oak leaves are generally the last to fall.
Others stubbornly cling to branches,
even when they are as browned as the bracken on the verges.
On Wootton Common, now becoming waterlogged in parts, the grey ponies
stood out against the landscape
as they cropped the moorland grass.
This evening the three of us dined at The Raj in Old Milton. The food and service were both very good. We each enjoyed prawn puri starters. My main meal was lamb jalfrezi. We shared pilau and special rice and a paratha. Elizabeth and I drank Cobra whilst Jackie’s choice was the slightly smoother Kingfisher.