We were still talking yesterday about our meeting with Dr M at the hospital the day before. He was very ebullient and smilingly said, “I can’t explain how you are still alive, but you are.” It shows us that not everything is cut and dried but encourages us to make the most of every day.
Yesterday was fine although not warm and we went for a drive through the New Forest to Lymington. If you are not familiar with the area you might think we drove through mile after mile of roads lined with conifers. In fact the forest is composed of heathland, hardwoods, some conifers and lawns. The latter are a real natural feature and I suppose occur because of the high number of grazing animals such as cows, ponies, and donkeys which roam in the forest.
Although Lymington is only just along the coast from us, it was degrees colder; we are sheltered by the Isle of Wight and our weather is usually milder. After choosing a watch for Raymond’s birthday we drove to Beaulieu where we had lunch. We have to be careful about our choice of venue so as to avoid anywhere crowded. Our table was right by the window and we overlooked a lovely garden full of spring flowers.
There is so much to see at the moment in the countryside and gardens with catkins, pussywillow, blackthorn and all the ornamental flowering trees and shrubs in the gardens. Raymond has a few calls to make today but I am staying in, partly because I have to wait until the nurse comes which is sure to coincide with a delivery from Waitrose. It is the first time I have used them for online home shopping but I am hoping that it will make cooking and catering a little easier if I am unwell.
We had been planning to have a weekend with visits from Jonathan and Anna but Anna has a cold and will not come while she is infectious. We are all disappointed as we wanted to have a pre-celebration of Raymond’s birthday but she is being careful for my sake so we hope we shall see her the following weekend.