Sunday 8 May 2011

A Day - and Night - to Remember

Well, I am happy to report that the Big Day went swimmingly and joyfully. It was, like my son's wedding two years ago, one of the very happiest days of my life. Unfortunately the swimmingness didn't last quite to the very end, as, in an eerie replay of my own experience in Normandy last year, they found themselves locked out of their hotel in the small hours, in all their finery, with no one answering the night bell or night service number. They ended up trudging down to the other local hotel, only to find another late returner in identical plight there, after which the three of them returned to the after-party and attempted to get some sleep in a house without a single internal door (they're away being 'dipped') and with a dog who likes sharing a human bed. Truly a night to remember... But they bounced back with admirable good humour, and are now in Edinburgh on a 'minimoon' that will include a brief stay on Orkney, which I look forward to hearing about. And me I'm off to my spiritual second home - beautiful Derbyshire - tomorrow, but only for a day.


  1. Have missed your posts, Nige. Hope you're feeling better now. Congratulations to your daughter and son-in-law. Mini-moon - lovely description.

  2. Congrats to all - and at least the hotel fiasco will be something to tell the grandchildren..

  3. Sounds like a happy, happy day, but
    the worst first nights make the best stories. :)

    Ah, Derbyshire... My husband & are friends with Sir Derek & Sheila Day whom we met when they were posted as BHC to Canada in the mid-80s. Their son Nick was Comptroller of Haddon Hall for years and we stayed there for weeks at a time, in his 10-room "apartment" just off the inner courtyard.

    I ache to be in Derbyshire again. The whole valley is ambrosial. Lucky you!

  4. Wow, that's a dream job, Barbara! My favourite Derbyshire house, Haddon Hall - one of the most beautiful in England, I reckon. Lucky man...

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