Going On

Thursday 19th August 2021

The Gay Mother had a brain wave to grow King Edward’s as a new potato – and in a corner of the shrubbery. She was given some by a neighbour in February when there appeared to be a shortage of seed potatoes which there wasn’t quite. Otherwise she is looking at new omelette ideas and launching into courgette flowers. The outside world continues to be beamed in via The Tablet and the Church Times and not liked. It turns out that the duck breast we had last September with Laura Malcolm’s recipe for plum sauce she considered under-cooked. I took five days with the Gay Mother after escaping from the Norman quarantine adventure. We motored down to Flushing to visit Aunt Lavinia’s son and daughter-in-law who have recently moved there. They were wiped out by the strain of renovation.  Their view is of yachts moored and Falmouth over the water.

The King Edward’s as a new potato were simply superb.

Back in London I had the London Openers Garden Party at West Park Lodge, which is an arboretum hotel (yet another category of hotel) at Hadley Wood. It was shattering to have to wear shoes and stand up at a function. Royston refused to attend. On the way back my shoes were killing me. The next day I ambled on Hampstead Heath with Miss Mullholland who said the Mendelssohn Quartet were easy except for the piano part. We lunched at Kenwood and prodded at the facade whose £££££ restoration is already falling to pieces. Royston and I did the same last year. Why hasn’t someone painted that windowsill?

Then Harry Rollo gave a performance except he wasn’t there. Nor were any of the circle. This was the performance that was supposed to have taken place in June but got exterminated. The performance involved the loudest sound I have ever heard made. It was incredible.

Joshua Baring dined. His week had involved a ramen episode in Kentish Town followed by a night in hospital – well, until 3 a.m. when kicked out. The proprietor of the ramen is refusing to take responsibility but there’s no avoiding it – nuts got into that ramen. Joshua did a pitch perfect imitation of the whole episode including the emergency answering lady. The doctor who received him said the same thing had happened to her the night before. I showed Joshua my new pieces of Royal Worcester Gold Lustre – the casserole and the vegetable dish – arrived from eBay.  He revealed that this range was Margaret Thatcher’s favourite. I got the idea for it after Joshua inherited about 4000 of its soufflé dishes from his grandmother – all that remained after the carers had stolen so much.

Joshua had that purified, beatific look brought on by suffering. Which suggests that if beauty salons could administer bereavement and anaphalactic shock to their customers they’d make a killing.

At a Function: The Arboretum Hotel, Hadley Wood

At a Function: The Arboretum Hotel, Hadley Wood

Acer Griseum at Hadley Wood. A Shame Royston King wouldn't Come because Acer Griseum is one of His Favourite Trees

Acer Griseum at Hadley Wood. A Shame Royston King wouldn’t Come because Acer Griseum is one of His Favourite Trees

The Henry More at Kenwood: From this Angle it's a Bear and a Woman

The Henry More at Kenwood: From this Angle it’s a Bear and a Woman

The Kenwood Henry More from the Other Side: It's a Woman with a Cot

The Kenwood Henry More from the Other Side: It’s a Rabbit 

Royal Worcester Gold Lustre: Right after Joshua Baring dined this Soufflé Dish came up on eBay. Slightly smaller Size. Just what I wanted. Now need a larger Gratin Dish

Royal Worcester Gold Lustre: Right after Joshua Baring dined this Soufflé Dish came up on eBay. Slightly smaller Size to add to Larger One I have.  Just what I wanted. Now need a larger Gratin Dish. Am Thinking of Raiding Joshua Baring’s store: he Knows his Royal Worcester Gold Lustre is Under Threat 

 

Posted Thursday, August 19, 2021 under Adrian Edge day by day.

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