Back to Topsham again, the palest of pale blue skies and a stillness you could feel in the air . The tide was out and the estuary full of wintering birds feeding on the muddy flats ,Godwits ,Advocets , Curlew to name but a few . I found a spot against a wall and the winter sun strained to provide just a little warmth .V dozed in her wheelchair , blind to the beauty around her , lost somewhere in a world of her own.
I watched elderly couples stroll hand in hand taking in the afternoon sunshine and envied their conversations ,when did I last have one with V ? I can't remember . But I enjoyed my solitude -it was peaceful and undemanding and I remembered there was still a piece of fruitcake left in the tin -life's not all bad .