All the girls were given presents quite near the beginning which consisted of large bunches of neatly wrapped flowers and attractively carved mahogany coloured boxes which contained shining crystals and sticks of incense.
Everyone had brought their own presents and cards which she opened beside me at my place at the table. I had also brought her a small present, but I told her I would rather give her this later. Nothing mysterious to make me say this; they were only books but being my own publications, I felt slightly embarrassed. Quite apart from this, one was the classic comic book “The Adventures of Bishop Bonkers” and I did not really want this noticed with its bright gaudy cover! And it probably would have been, being an Internet feature since its original launch in 2007.
But it was a relaxing evening. People just ordered what they wanted to drink from a set waitress who brought orders quickly, and this way it avoided any busy Saturday night queues. Quite a few photographs were taken to record the occasion, and Christine looked radiant as usual. But she was only 21 once again, as she jokingly told people!
On the Sunday, Della phoned me early afternoon. She wanted to discuss a business trip/holiday she is going on to Paris for five days next week and if I still wanted to go with her. I said, yes, of course, anything to get away from the miserable weather of London and be able to spend some uninterrupted time with her.
Well, it is mostly a business trip I gathered, and she is driving over as she has to take various samples etc with her for her company. I think she is also going to do an initial consultation for a Paris apartment and will be staying in a nearby hotel and visiting some local suppliers, taking measurements, discussing initial designs with the owner’s agent, and so on.
She reminded me, that although primarily an arranged business trip, there would still be plenty of time for sightseeing and evenings out around work commitments which should only take up 3 days or so, all in. She also said she wanted to have a look around the antique stalls near the Louvre, and wanted to revisit the museum while she was there.
Its quite a long time since I visited Paris, but that said, we have agreed to go together, and I am quite looking forward to it. Well, its only five days, and there’s nothing that pressing that can’t wait for that long!
So in all, quite an eventful weekend. And I’ve still got a few days to catch up on anything slightly urgent.
For the moment