Yesterday having been Bill’s 90th Birthday, Helen hosted open house today, so, carrying gifts, Jackie and I visited for a short time in the afternoon where we also met John, Stephanie, Billy, Max, and Rory; David and Jenny; and, briefly, Rachel. Helen provided plentiful snacks and a variety of beverages.
We retuned home through the forest via Hale, where cattle were in the
process of leaving the green and following walkers down the rocky sward of the hill.
Further on along the Purlieu ponies on the march rustled and thudded
in the woodland, or, with frisky foals, clopped along the tarmac flanked by mossy roots on raised banks and sculptural piles of similarly greened logs.
On the approach to Godshill we encountered another mare and foal. Note the wooden posts intended to deter drivers from parking on the verges.
We arrived home in time to see the last set of the Wimbledon Men’s tennis final between Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokavic.
Then we all dined on Jackie’s lemon chicken and savoury rice with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank Passamano Frappato Syrah 2021.