So yesterday's visit was the first time I have seen him for 2 months although Trevor has been several times without me. We took filled baguettes in with us as one problem we have discovered is that John has no time for the use by dates on food, he buys food cheap from his local Market, he knows they are that cheap because they are on their sell by date but he sees no problem with still eating it months later! Being 'country folk' I think he is used to food being looked at differently, he doesn't expect his food to be pristine from a supermarket, he is happy with veg straight from the ground etc and his stomach is obviously tuned to his eating habits as he doesnt suffer from eating the other half of a pie a week after he has had the first half for dinner. But after discovering he was using rancid butter on his toast in the mornings (dated a year ago) we usually take food in with us as our townie spoilt stomachs can't take it.
I settled into the reclining garden chair that he always puts in the conservatory for me, he had placed a punnet of strawberries next to me as he knows how much I adore them, mind you every time I reached for one thousands of fruit flies took off from the fruit, a bit off putting. But who would moan when they are looking out at this
His beloved garden. I spent all afternoon sitting looking out at this beautiful garden, we walked round it and he pointed out his vegetable plot and how well they are all doing and of course we stopped for a quick word at the little plot he has made for Laura where her ashes are buried under a rose bush.
We ordered in Chinese for dinner as this is a treat he looks forward to when we visit and as always he gathered up the leftovers for next days dinner. Scraps that can't be kept for human consumption are put out for the many birds he has lovingly fed over the years. We have watched as many as 6 pheasants visit him on previous visits. We talked and laughed and commiserated with each other about our health problems, he tried,as he always does to get me to go and stay with him for a break and I promised as I always do to give it some thought. I left as I always do feeling rested, happy and pleased to have seen him. I love my father in law.
Father and son.
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