We drove over to dinner last night with my friend Regine and her husband Jean-Claude. The children stayed with Norrie and Mary. The drive was beautiful; I am more and more taken with this region. We had the GPS plotter leading the way and when she said: “caution you are entering a restricted area” we knew we had arrived.
Regine and Jean-Claude have a house just below the palace and Her Highness was not there but had sent food, crockery and servants. So I got closer to her than most. We had a fabulous evening; great fun people, lovely wine, good food including the MOST incredible brie stuffed with truffles which I don’t think I will ever forget. I sat next to a top surgeon and apparently Grey’s Anatomy is quite realistic (I don’t expect many people talk to him about soap operas but I just had to ask). He in turn told me I am far too thin so I had three puddings, what joy.
At one stage I heard my husband say to Regine: “I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but you seem to have a talking hedge.”
He was right. The hedge was bleating on about how tired he was and how noisy we were and how he had to work in the morning. Regine offered him a glass of champagne.
“I’m in my pyjamas,” said the hedge.
“We accept people in pyjamas,” she replied.
But he wasn’t moving. So we all told him (very loudly) we would be quieter. Rupert (what a hero) drove home around midnight and now we are getting ready to collect the children. Tomorrow we head to the Languedoc so I expect I will be off air for a while. After a brief trip to Stockholm for work we come back to this region for our last week and finally see THE house inside. As long as there are no talking hedges, I would like to buy it…..
Copyright: Helena Frith Powell 2009
May called me this morning. She made no mention of the talking hedge but she did talk about you and your husband. Nothing but superlatives. You are such a looovely couple and you Helena are sooo beautiful! I now know what the hedge was talking about….
Have a great holiday.
Thanks Elisabeth – Rupert asked me to ask you to say sorry to May about not saying goodbye, he was taken off by Jean-Claude to get a football for Leo. He really enjoyed meeting her as did I.
3 puddings, now there’s a woman after my own heart.
You’re obviously having a good holiday!
What on earth is a talking hedge?
Hello, I just wanted to stop by and leave you a comment to say how much I’ve enjoyed reading your blog today. You posts are excellent and your pictures, well, they perfectly match your writing.
Best wishes & thank you for sharing them…
Thanks Elise, what a lovely thing to say.
Amber – the hedge hid a grumpy Swiss man in pyjamas.
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