Cate’s brother and sister in law are coming from Washington for the weekend. The planning for this is akin to the landings in Europe on D Day.
By the way – if you have ever wondered what the D in D Day stands for - it stands for Day.
First of all there is cleaning. Everything must be very clean so I have spent the last few days vacuuming, dusting and polishing. Yes I have polished the toaster and the microwave and I have cleaned the inside of the washing machine.
Then there is the food. I have acquired enough food to feed the Queen’s Royal Hussars – and their horses – for a month. But it is not just the quantity of food – it is also the type.
On these occasions Cate just loves to make something really nice for a starter. (I do the main course).
She scours cookbooks and always finds something completely delicious – and which will require substances of which I – and the people at the supermarket - have never heard.
These will include things like frosted lark’s tongues, free range smoked eel ears, Patagonian high mountain snow corn and Venezuelan beaver cheese.
After much diligent searching I will find these things – or the next best thing. I will find that I can in fact buy smoked eel ears but only in a 20 pound bag. Cate will only use two ears so the remaining 19.9 pounds will be stuffed into a cupboard and there they shall remain until they turn to dust.
Our cupboards are full of these types of these things. I noticed yesterday that our downstairs fridge contains a bag of about 10 pounds of cranberries. What are these doing here? I wondered and then remembered that we needed about 2 ounces of cranberries last Christmas – but I had to buy a 10 pound bag. I found some obscure spices a few months ago that had a use by date of 1995.
We have bought three dozen bottles of wine. If this is not enough I have a cellar downstairs with another five dozen.
The florist will arrive this afternoon with a truck full of flowers. Then of course there is the jumping castle and the balloons.
Some really churlish people made a list of all the lies the Republican candidates told during the debate. Carly was the winner and Donald Trump came second.
No one else even came close.