An old pal visits; no mail for months; unwelcome changes to the Lake; decimalisation disapproval; a schoolboy world record for Julian; “rest in peace”, cousin Nod; a useful legacy, and “our” new car.
Although recorded in a surprisingly understated way, January 25th 1971 must have been a day of great import for Gran, for Gilbert Whitley, long-term resident of Sydney, and valued, indeed loved, old pal from her early years appears at the front the door of The Ridge:
I was just preparing towards lunch when a knock at the door revealed Gilbert Whitley and Mr and Mrs Forson, with whom he is staying at Churt. It was marvellous to see Gilbert again after over thirty years… I persuaded them to stay to lunch, which necessitated much scurrying round at the shops but I was able to provide an adequate meal at short notice, which was much appreciated.
I phoned Brother, who was having his lunch and he came early this afternoon… the two old school friends were delighted to see each other again.
The visitors leave after tea and much talk, but Gran adds, “Gilbert is coming to stay for a few days whilst seeing to some business in Southampton so Brother and I hope to go on an outing or two with him”. [Read more…] about Forty Years in Chandler’s Ford – a Journal (Part 132)