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This afternoon Jackie and I attended Bill’s 85th birthday party at their home in Poulner. Photographs in the gallery are captioned with the names of the assembled company.
Mo, after I photographed her, borrowed the camera and took these last few pictures herself.
It took us rather longer than anticipated to return home. We were almost there when we spotted a gentleman in a rather precarious state on the verge of the A337. He walked with a limp, appeared to have a week arm and tottered off the verge into the road at intervals. He had his back to the oncoming traffic. As soon as she could Jackie turned round and drove back to him. His speech was unclear and we soon realised he was intellectually challenged. We managed to glean that he wanted to go to his care home in New Milton. He was walking in the wrong direction, but accepted a lift, saying he would give us directions. By the time we passed our house we knew he didn’t have any idea about the right direction, so we turned and drove to New Milton. At the roundabout that would have led us to Station Road had we turned right, he insisted that we should turn left. “Keep going”, he said. We kept going. All the way to Barton on Sea. Eventually we drove up Downton Lane, passed our own back drive and turned left. Back at the roundabout we turned up Station Road. “Keep going”, he said. Then he got us to turn right into a side road, and, of course, keep going. Eventually, he recognised his abode. We stopped there. He disembarked, we shook hands, and he entered the house. We made our escape and drove home.
We had enjoyed plentiful barbecued meats, salads, and puddings, so we didn’t need any more sustenance this evening.