I am embarrassed at the length between posts recently, but equally, I am amazed when I realise that during June, on separate trips, we went to London three times, Oxford once and Shropshire once and whatever county Hay-on-Wye is, once! It sounds exhausting but it wasn’t, because each trip was for a fun and rather special never-to-be-repeated-reason which all seemed to crop up next door to each other- as tends to happen. parties, tennis at Queen’s, garden party in Oxford, reunion dinner at the RAC Club in London and so on… Even the funeral was a joyful occasion, with a wonderfully musical service all arranged with great care by the deceased in anticipation of the event, and sung and performed, beautifully, by his friends and colleagues.
But enough of our goings on. They are as nothing compared with ‘our Janet’, whom many of you know or at least know of. She is off to Buckingham Palace, no less, this Friday! So John and I will be doing the change-over in Douglas’s Barn while Janet consorts with royalty (and Carol sits on a beach somewhere hot!).Fortunately, our Tom’s Barn guests, on their 6th visit, are staying for ten days.
In last Saturday’s Telegraph Weekend section there was an amusing article by Emma Freud on, “What NOT to do when you meet the Queen”, describing what she describes as one of the best days of her life. I don’t think Janet will need to heed any of this advice, for example ‘Don’t wear shoes you can’t walk in” or ‘Don’t steal anything” and – in pictures – ‘Don’t put your arm around the queen’.
Do let’s hope that this wonderful weather persists at least until Friday for this special day. I asked Janet if she would wrote a blog post for us. She may need some persuading, or perhaps I will not embarrass her but just jot down all she tells us. It may depend on the kind of day she has had!