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This afternoon Jackie and I transported to Oakhaven Hospice Charity Shop in New Milton several boxes of kitchen equipment rendered surplus to our requirements after the installation of the new kitchen. We then ordered a quotation for recovering our Chesterfield sofa from Jem Fabrics.
A drive to Hatchet Pond was next.
I have noticed that when families are cycling in the area it is always the youngest member who speeds on ahead. So it is with cygnets. Here, under a sky the colours and texture of a soiled lawyer’s wig, one of this year’s offspring led its parents along the surface of the lake.
On shore, it flexed its muscles
and told the gulls where to go.
A coot paddling among the surf,
and several mallards stepping out on the bank made up the avian population.
Angling families tried their luck.
A wandering pony searched for fresh grass,
while a patient donkey, at the head of the queue,
waited for its friend, the kindly vendor, viewed in his wing mirror,
to hand over the last of his own ice cream.
This evening we enjoyed second helpings of Mr Chan’s Chinese Take Away fare. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and Elizabeth and I drank Calvet’s Cahors Malbec 2016.