Today was a day for catching up with old friends, they live at opposite ends of the village.
Terry is about 83 years old. He was a Royal Marine and fought in the Korean War, he survived 3 years as a prisoner of war, during which time he endured terrible conditions and punishments.
He is a true gentleman, he must have a core of steel though to have come through all that. He never talks about that time - well only occasionally - and only with my husband.
His retirement has been spent here. He is probably the best-loved character in the village, and this tiny place isn't short on characters!
The other lovely man is John, aged 94 or 96, according to who you talk to. He lost his wife last year and yet he is still managing to live an active life and look after Arnold, an ancient horse.
Arnold was Hazel's (John's late wife) and she used to teach all the local children to ride on him, many years ago. Goodness knows how old he is.
A few weeks ago I bumped into John, in the field across the road, he was busy taking photographs of the sunrise. One of his photographs was chosen as the 'photograph of the day' on the local weather programme, on BBC1.
These two wonderful old men still drive.
Luckily, they both drive very distinctive cars!
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Jonny, Thank you for the phone call this afternoon, it was lovely to hear your voice and to know that you are well. Lucky you, another three or four weeks of holiday!
It is a shame that you missed speaking to your Pa, however, it was lovely that you got to speak to Davina.
Please keep checking into places on Facebook (when you get a chance) and then I can follow your progress.
Lots of love