An Oakhaven Hospice Donation

This morning I finished reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘A Pale View of Hills’, and after lunch published

Later, I carried out a dead-heading stint. Dillon came down to let me know he was ready to help me move the long low Chinese oak cabinet from the Safari Suite bedroom to our sitting room for collection by Oakhaven Hospice staff tomorrow.

We then discovered that, in his brief absence, Flo had moved it on her own.

All that was left for me was to empty it, find alternative places for its contents, including the ever increasing pile of items for other charity shops and our recycling bins,

and have it ready for tomorrow.

Elizabeth dropped in to give Flo and Dillon a booklet on the Hampshire Open Studios exhibition, to drink a cup of tea, and to eat a Tunnack’s tea cake.

This evening we dined on Tesco’s tasty Thai inspired Salmon and Cod fish cakes; Jackie’s flavoursome savoury rice; and peas and sweetcorn mix, with which the Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden, I finished the Shiraz, Dillon drank Thatcher’s cider, and Flo drank Ribena.


  1. I am sure Oakhaven Hospice will appreciate that beautiful oak cabinet. I’m glad it is finding a good home now that you & Jackie have decided you don’t need it any more.

  2. What can I say when one pregnant woman can accomplish what two grown men were planning to do? Jokes aside, it is a beautiful piece of furniture and congratulations on your downsizing progress. My husband would be jealous and I’m not going to tell him so I can maintain my unsorted bags of stuff in peace a bit longer.

  3. A generous donation that will be appreciated by the new owners for many years to come. May it soon be filled with children’s books, sheet music and teenage literature and in about fifteen years, the oldest child will grab it and it will become the masterpiece in his first apartment. (Imagination went wild -again- sorry)

  4. It’s amazing that Flo moved the cabinet while it was still full. I’ve sometimes moved heavy furniture by pushing it with my legs while sitting on the floor. Savoury rice; and peas and sweetcorn mix sounds good.

  5. The cupboard is absolutely gorgeous, it reminds me of our first piece of furniture, a sideboard that adorned our flat in 1968.

    1. Thank you very much, Sue. I am sorry to see it go – but we still have two more of the upright versions – all bought in a closing down sale in Westbourne Grove

  6. love the cabinet but then it’s obviously been loved enough to store many things in it….which suddenly are seeing the light of day.

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