Monday, 14 December 2009

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow...

Back from a weekend away on His home ground in South Oxfordshire, delivering presents to grandparents and godchildren. Driving through postcard-pretty villages with brick-and-flint churches, duckponds and ancient pubs I was reminded at every turn of Powerful Italian, Penniless Housekeeper (the first part of which was very specifically set there.)

Unfortunately I was also reminded of my utter failure to blog about the book and its background and characters as promised last week, and came back up the M40 full of virtuous resolutions to do it first thing this morning. (Or at least after I'd been to the supermarket, the post office and the dry cleaners.) However, a phonecall just now from the lovely and long-suffering secretary at Daughter #3's school, gently reminding me that it's the Juniors' Christmas party this afternoon and that I need to bring in party clothes and 50 cheese and pineapple cubes on cocktail sticks has turned my resolutions to ashes.

(Cheese and pineapple cubes? Does anyone eat those these days? And do I have to fashion them into a retro-style hedgehog?)

Back tomorrow. Honest.


Rachel said...


Cheese and pineapple cubes eh? They made sure you couldn't cheat and pop into M&S/Sainsburys after the dry cleaners then? Or (sigh) did you sweetly volunteer this offering?

Good luck with all those (semi lethal) cocktails sticks! Concentrate now!

Lots of love,


India said...

Volunteer? Yikes, no. Apparently little slips of paper were sent home in bookbags (where the one saying 'cheese and pineapple cubes on cocktail sticks' is no doubt still languishing.) I'd have gone for crisps. Or chocolate fingers.

I did trawl the party food aisle in Sainsbury's, but it seems this particular delicacy cannot be bought off the shelf and must be hand-crafted. Artisan food, you see. I might set up my own internet-based company supplying cheese and pineapple cubes to celebrities and posh London media types...

Marilyn Shoemaker said...

Looking forward to reading by review copy and getting our back story. I don't know abot the cubes.

Happy Holidays honey xx