The storm winds roared throughout the night and did not lessen until late this afternoon when we took a short forest drive.’
Rather like me, Ellie is a reader of eclectic choices. Although her words are not yet fully clear, she knows what is being said to her, and can identify pictures and is indeed able to trace the written word with her fingers, saying, in her own way, the words she is apparently reading.
One of her current favourites is Jackie’s Gardener’s World. She can display an apple when she sees one.
Her favourite card is this one from Sue W, which she often carries around with her, tracing the words and pointing to the sheep, several times a day – this set was produced by Jackie.
Needless to say, her parents have brought her up with books from her very early days.
On our drive mushrooms pierced the verges of Church Road;
Mallards are still at home on Pilley lake;
Cormorants were at their posts on Hatchet Pond, where coots scooted beneath them.
Naked oaks were everywhere silhouetted against the sky.
Jackie also photographed the birds on Hatchet Pond;
the Christmas tree and visitors to Buckler’s Hard; and trees against
the sky shortly before sunset.
On our way home, I pictured the sunset over Southampton Road at Pennington.
For dinner this evening we all revisited Jackie’s still plentiful chicken and turkey stewp and fresh bread, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Fleurie.