Nothing quite so portentous as my blog title implies, beyond my sister and brother-in-law hitting town to enjoy the incoming with Keith and me. Breaking from their teaching duties, and us from minding the store, we will enjoy our rib of beef and Yorkshire pudding on New Year’s Day. My readers may not all know this, but our London residence coincided for a number of years with my sister and her family living in Hertfordshire. As it happened, we were separated by only 40 minutes door to door, with a convenient train service and their proximity to the station. Consequently, one thing we did with some regularity was enjoy a Sunday roast lunch, an enjoyment we hope to reprise day after tomorrow.
With just the four of us, the table will be a little less grand, although I will again haul out what heirloom silver and linen, as they are my sister’s heirlooms, too. A smaller Regency period dining table will be pressed into service but with contemporary upholstered dining chairs. Astoundingly, with my sister now in Pasadena, I see less of her than when she lived in England. Keith and I want all of us to be comfortable while having a good long visit.
Given a bit of luck, and a tot or three of champagne, our visit will hopefully avoid focus on what has been a challenging year for all of us, and challenging for my loyal readers who are doubtless sick to death of my complaining. Let’s then, all of us, look forward with optimism to the New Year and gleefully turn our backs on the memory of 2009.