We have been invited to a special meal in celebration of the 30th anniversary of
our favourite local Indian restaurant. Unfortunately this is tomorrow – less than a month since my knee replacement surgery. We therefore cannot manage it. This morning, featuring the above photograph, we made a card for Raja and his staff and placed in the post on our way to my physiotherapy appointment with Claire at New Hall hospital.
Progress is very encouraging. Both walking and flexibility are a great improvement on the first operation last May. I just wouldn’t have been able to sit comfortably at the restaurant tables.
The day, as evidenced in my photographs, was dismally damp and misty.
Even mistletoe was unable to brighten the lane through Bodeham,
Dripping snowdrops were more successful.
Mallards and a moorhen didn’t mind the weather over this stretch of the River Avon,
where an egret (I think) wandered and a cormorant (I think) watched from a treetop.
A circling kite was occasionally glimpsed above the naked trees.
Woodgreen Common was rather obscure.
As we headed towards Godshill we witnessed exciting catching practice. A gentleman playing frisbee with a circular ring skimmed it through the air where his triumphant dog leapt to catch and return it.
Someone had left a cap on a bench overlooking what would have been a splendid view in better light. The Godshill road itself was so shrouded in mist that a recently fallen tree was barely visible.
Fog lights were essential on the high risk (of animal deaths) Roger Penny Way, where some impatient drivers continued to follow the 40 m.p.h. speed limit.
This evening we dined on an excellent takeaway meal from New Forest Tandoori. My choice was king prawn madras with special fried rice; Jackie’s was prawn curry with pilau rice. We shared a paratha. I drank sparkling water and Jackie didn’t.