This afternoon we went to a friend's 50th birthday party. They live near Fordingbridge, so it meant a drive across the New Forest. I always find it a challenging drive, especially in the dark, because the animals which roam the forest also wander on to the roads. Today we came across a few pigs, a couple of goats, cattle, ponies, deer (on the way home), and my favourites: donkeys.
It was lovely to celebrate L's birthday with her, and her family and other friends, in their large country garden on a pleasant, summer afternoon. But, I felt sad too, as it was the last time we'll see them there, because they are moving in two weeks' time. However, we are pleased that they will soon be living nearer to us so we'll be able to see them more easily. They will also be nearer O, their disabled son. A highlight for us today was seeing O again, when he was brought to the party by one of his carers. We used to be his respite carers, when he was a child, but he outgrew us and his parents , and now he lives very happily in a wonderful house for a small group of vulnerable young adults.