We strolled down to the Dolphin tonight at our usual time, just after 10p.m. and unusually it was fairly empty. A friend of ours, Mick was sitting at the bar with another man, an elderly gentleman who I had seen many times before but never got in conversation with. Mick was talking to the old gentleman so as we arrived we were drawn into the conversation.
A pint or so later, Mick had to leave and we were left with the other man and got into conversation with him, which we’d never done before. It turns out that he was a navy man, and had a lot in common with my husband, a love of the sea and an interest in ships and sailing. Because he was older than us, his experiences were of former times. were really interesting. We talked of whaling, sailing, inland waterways, rivers and sea travel.
Then we got on to talking about cricket, another passion of my husband’s and our new acquaintance. We introduced ourselves and continued our chat over several pints of estimable Otter Ale until at last time was called and we had to leave. What a pleasant evening, and a new friend!