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There are many long-stayers in the garden this year. One of the most amazing is the sweet pea.
This morning Jackie drove us to Steamer Point and back.
On a wall outside one of the houses near the cliff, a lad perches to get a good view of
Friars Cliff Beach.
Believe it or not, this sparkling waterfront is out of season,
so dogs are now welcome to frolic in the sand and roam off the lead.
Waves throwing up spray buffeted the breakwaters
supported by strong beams bound by weathered bolts.
Also frolicking on the beach was a family group,
who later joined the throngs in the Friars Cliff Cafe
where I consumed The Big Breakfast, not quite as daunting as the Olympics one, and Jackie settled for the more standard Friars Breakfast.
Later this afternoon we visited Mum in West End.
We took the route through Beaulieu where the now grown cygnets were being taken for a walk amidst ducks and jackdaws by their parents.
The donkeys in the background gave the birds a wide berth as they set off on their customary traffic disruption exercise.
We spent a couple of hours with Mum during which Jackie cooked her dinner. Elizabeth and Jacqueline joined us and Jackie and my two sisters left Mum to rest while we drove to Jewels Indian restaurant and enjoyed a convivial meal with much reminiscence. The food and service were excellent. My choice was king prawn pathia and pilau rice with which I drank Cobra. We shared a naan.