From Southbourne Jane and I went over to West Bournemouth (or is it Poole?) to meet my former Secretary Mary and her husband Gerald, who have an apartment near Branksome Chine. We had lunch together and caught up on news from St Albans.
The garden then occupied me for some hours, dead-heading roses and watering - it has been so hot and dry for days now. Late this evening Jane gave a saucer of milk to the resident hedgehog. What a charming creature - though they are reckoned to be full of fleas. It is difficult to scratch, I suppose, when your fur is all prickles. So, a rather unchurchy post, but thought you might like at least to see the hedgehog.
By an odd bit of mismanagement Fr Brian and are are both away this weekend, and our Group will not be worshipping together - but more about that next week, I hope. And next week, too, Darryl Jordan (former curate at Christchurch Priory) is to be ordained Deacon for the Ordinariate.