We were given to expect rain for much of the day. In the event the overcast clouds retained their moisture.
Soon after 9 a.m. we drove to Tesco Superstore in New Milton for our week’s shop.
I photographed the pink climbing rose on the front trellis.
The supermarket car park was almost full.
Jackie joined the queue that trailed around the back of the store. She tells me that all was quite orderly in the closely monitored establishment.
The woman with the trolley in the above picture was one of the majority
wearing neither gloves nor masks.
Some wore one or the other;
some sported both.
From my passenger seat I had plenty of time to study neighbouring cars’ special reflective effects, also including
this gentleman just arrived who hadn’t yet hoisted his face mask.
Jackie’s shop had lasted about 90 minutes. If we take that as an average
at least two gentlemen had waited a while for a pipe
or a cigarette.
One young woman had managed to procure Plenty toilet rolls.
Many of the fields along Christchurch Road are currently occupied by sheep and lambs. On our way home my Chauffeuse diverted along Lower Ashley Road where stopping for photography was possible.
As usual this aroused a certain amount of ovine curiosity.
Lower down the road a group of adults sheltered among trees around a serpentine stream.
Jackie had no sooner mentioned https://youtu.be/NeFqHXdXQyw
than these creatures turned tail and trailed off.
On the opposite side of Lower Ashley Road stands a pillbox, being a relic of World War II.
As Jackie observed, its presence shows how near we are to the coast. By 1940 there was a very real threat of a German invasion. These defence structures bearing slots for weaponry were intended to repel enemy forces.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s wholesome chicken, bacon, and vegetable soup served with crusty bread from the freezer. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden whilst I drank Benguela Bay Shiraz 2018.