Getting together

Half-term visit to sister and family. Sister is married to my husband’s brother which means a) cousins should probably not marry each other and b) we have same mother-in-law, now  – very happily – resident in Care Home next door.     She seems very pleased to see children, though takes some persuading that elder son is not already In The Services; tells him he really should join The Navy, and younger son The Police Force (no suggestions for daughter or self).

Sister and I return for further visit on following day and sit with mother-in-law in Lounge; care assistant passes through and says she is somehow reminded of that saying If The Devil Should Cast His Net Now He Would Get A Good Haul.  Five minutes later, are joined by another resident who fixes us with beady stare and says If The Devil Should Cast His Net Now….

Rest of stay spent very happily walking, eating,  talking, admiring sister’s new tortoise and playing silly Halloween Party Games with great enthusiasm.

Spend yesterday standing in for Verger at wedding in village church; Verger currently on Holiday Of A Lifetime and has sent me message from Australia saying that she hopes It All Goes Smoothly – which naturally has effect of making me more anxious about arrangements than ever. Anxiety not helped when no sign of bridegroom, Best Man or ushers ten minutes before wedding due to start; guest helpfully tells me that groom is Definitely Around as had posted pictures of his breakfast beer-drinking on Facebook that morning.  Vicar throws off cassock and is about to storm into pub when Wedding Party finally arrives – all except bride, who eventually makes appearance forty minutes late, by which time organist’s repertoire and my conversation with bridesmaids both rather drying up. But service lovely, Happy Couple very happy, and everybody smiling as they emerge into warm afternoon sunshine.

And feel happy and smiling myself after spending evening at friends’ birthday party.


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