All our camellia bushes are laden with buds,
and the first bloom has appeared.
Soon after noon, Jackie drove us to Helen and Bill’s new house at Fordingbridge where, for us and for Shelly and Ron, Helen produced
a succulent and intriguing roast duck meal complete with crisp roast potatoes and parsnips; sweet carrots; and purple Brussels sprouts.
Having been preceded by pigs in blankets (small sausages wrapped in bacon), this was followed by Shelly’s splendid home grown raspberry trifle, cream, and Helen’s mince pies whose secret ingredient was cream cheese. Red and white wines were consumed.
Naturally Jackie and I needed no further sustenance this evening.