29th August 2022
Early yesterday evening I received a telephone call – mobile to mobile – from Becky.
“Are you in Mum’s car?” she asked. “No”, I replied. Then I explained why not.
“We are following it”, our daughter continued.
As I learned later she and Ian had been on their way to surprise Dillon with birthday presents when they found themselves passing our Modus on the opposite side of a traffic queue at Brockenhurst, and assumed we would be on our way to a celebratory meal. They quickly reversed and slotted in a few cars behind. All was revealed to them at Lyndhurst.
This was that Flo’s time had come and Jackie was driving her and Dillon to Princess Anne’s hospital in Southampton.
Jackie returned home soon after 9 p.m. when we dined on scrambled egg on toast.
Today involved waiting for news. I spent much of it reading ‘Moll Flanders’.
This afternoon I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/08/29/a-knights-tale-positive-postscript/
Flo made us great-grandparents at 11 a.m. with the birth of her daughter, Elowen (Ellie).
Becky and Ian arrived here this evening and collected the shawl made by my sister, Jacqueline, and the car seat necessary to transport their granddaughter home.
Meanwhile Jackie and I dined on her sausages in red wine, boiled potatoes, cauliflower, carrots, and runner beans, with which I drank Calvet Prestige Bordeaux 2020.
The family arrived home with a healthy mother and baby at 00.10 hours. Naturally we passed the parcel over drinks.
As will be apparent there has been no time to discuss the many photographs taken by Dillon in his daughter’s first 24 hours, so a selection will need to follow.