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Today was another featuring sunny intervals in cloudy skies. I began with a stroll round the garden where the latest opening rhododendron is progressing well.
Becky and Ian having stayed over, we all lunched at the Beachcomber in Barton on Sea.
The Solent’s waves were choppy; the Isle of Wight and The Needles were swathed in haze;
crows struggled against the blustery wind on the clifftop, and airborne alongside gulls.
This afternoon we took a trip to New Milton where Ian and I visited a solicitor for an executorship matter, while the ladies went shopping. Afterwards I sat on a bench in the Skate Park while Ian hunted for the shoppers.
Black- headed gulls scavenged on the grass against the backdrop of the distant mural;
a couple of young lads experimented with skateboards, until school was out when others joined them on bicycles.
This evening, before Becky and Ian returned home, we all dined on Jackie’s splendid beef pie, crunchy carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli, and creamy mashed potato. Becky and I drank more of the Malbec, Jackie drank Hoegaarden, and Ian, Peroni.