First night in C’s new home. I went over after teaching yoga. I was exhausted from the moving, decorating and the emotional upheaval but got through the class OK. People really liked it. There was a tangible quiet as we all sat together at the end, and it was a shame to have to get moving to put the chairs back in the assembly hall.

The first night, neither of us slept well. Caroline didn’t sleep until gone two, and that’s when I woke up. Face next to the white wall and in the glow of a street lamp I thought I was in an Arctic expanse, snow stretching as far as I could see. As I came to, I remembered where I was, a cosy room in Alresford next to a lovely girl.


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