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This morning Jackie and I kept our appointment with Neils Dagless of Dagless and Whitlock. He witnessed our signatures on the mortgage documents. There was no charge for his service, but we were asked for a donation to the Oakhaven Hospice. We were happy to do this.
Becky and Ian, who had stayed the night, returned home after lunch. Matthew, Tess, and Poppy will remain with us until tomorrow.
Later this afternoon we posted the papers to O’Neill Patient in Stockport, then drove into a dank and dismal forest.
Drizzling rain mist lay over Hinchelsea Moor,
and Wilverley Plain where we could just discern a few ponies,
a damp cow crossing the soggy carpark,
and its calves, passing a browsing pony,
and lowing “wait for us”, as they followed.
At Wilverley Pit I photographed one pony standing silhouetted,
remaining stationary whilst another photographer followed suit.
A young man patted a pony showing considerable interest in the snack he was eating.
Having been satisfied, the creature reported prospects to another,
which was then equally successful.
Cars kept their headlights on;
and a few intrepid dog walkers ventured across the vanishing moor.
This evening the five of us dined on Hordle Chinese Take Away fare. All except Matthew and Poppy drank Tsingtao beer.