Another family wedding; two new ducks; Gran – “extraordinarliy fit”; a Yorkshire Dales holiday; the car and caravan are sold; “God bless the Queen”; Serpentine in Cornwall; Julian runs a 10,000m ‘PB’; a morsel of family history, and missing Brother.
April 10th 1977: After Barry and family depart Chandler’s Ford for their home in Bushey, Gran:
… had just settled to a lonely afternoon and evening when Beverly and Ricky appeared, a delightful surprise. I gave Ricky Brother’s microscope and he was so pleased to have something which had belonged to Norris. They suggested that they would take me to the Caravan to get papers etc. that I had forgotten before, and I let Ricky take the South Moth Books and brought the Readers’ Digest Bird book for Geoffrey who always asks to see mine when he is here. Ricky then asked if I would like a ride round the Forest and I led the way to Ladycross of happy memories of my last outing with Brother. We saw a Stonechat on the way and, passing Hatchet Pond, I showed Ricky where the Bog Orchids grow as he has never seen them. We stopped at “our gate” at Ladycross and went for a walk, so that I could show Ricky and Beverly the Lungwort, also new to them.