The car goes “clunk”; hello Katie; a plant search with little hope; Santana and Osuna – equally matched; Soberton Mill for sale; Julian and Ricky – embarrassed; planning for Teesdale; another grand-child expected; Spring-fever brings depression, but the Royal Ballet is uplifting.
Gran has a good day’s botanising on June 8th 1963, with other members of Southampton Natural History Society, on Browndown Ranges, near Lee-on-Solent. The group is led, she says, by Mr Westrup, who is compiling the new Flora of Hampshire. Nottingham Catchfly is a particular goal, a new plant for Gran, and they find plenty of this as well as several attractive grass species, also new for her list, including Purple Small-reed and Bush Grass [now called Wood Small-reed]. She paints the Catchfly next day – the five-hundred and first in her collection.