We had visitors today, an elderly couple we became friends with within a couple of weeks of our arrival on the marina in 2014.
They come every weekend to take their boat out, and on the way out of the marina going home, they noticed our car in the driveway and stopped as they hadn’t seen us for quite some time.
It was lovely to see them.
MSM made them most welcome, put the kettle on and then disappeared upstairs so that we could catch up, though there was really no need.
When she came down again and we were still chatting, we asked her to stay and join us.
We then became privvy to some wonderful reminiscences between the three of them.
They knew the same areas, the same streets, the same farms, though not necessarily the same people.
MSM is a few years younger than they are, but could remember the same things about childhood pleasures such as ice creams delivered on a bicycle with a large ice box on the front. I remember those too, the wax papered rectangles put between two wafers, though for them there was a round mould that took a round wafer, then the soft ice cream was put inside and flattened off with a knife, then topped with another round wafer. The whole thing was then ejected from the mould by pushing up from the bottom like a cake tin.
It was a most enjoyable couple of hours in their company.
We have always found that we tend to make lasting friends with people a generation older than us.