So what has the past week been like? Heaven.
And it’s amazing how clean the living room was without crumbs, crisps and vestiges of food surrounding Bear’s armchair and spreading all over the floor.
It’s such a shame that one person can completely alter the atmosphere in a house. This week the ground floor has been free for everyone to come and go as they please.
We’ve played music instead of having the TV blaring out all afternoon and evening.
We’ve had meals all together at the table and we’ve had conversations and laughter. Something that doesn’t normally happen chez-nous.
Last night was the ‘climax’ with CC’s birthday meal – a long, leisurely evening starting with champagne and nibbles, continuing with a smoked trout starter and a main course of vegetable lasagne ( lovingly put together by Jay) interspersed with the odd moment of riotous dancing and ending with a superb chocolate cake before we all collapsed on the armchairs to watch a couple of episodes of Armstrong and Miller on DVD.
The cats probably missed Bear more than we did but last night Chloe slept on my pillow (she usually sleeps in the bed beside Bear and has refused to snuggle down with me in his absence) and this morning Toby finally deigned to have a morning cuddle, lying on top of me like a proud sphinx and extending a paw to ‘hold my hand’ while I stroked his head wth the other one (a favour normally reserved for Bear).
As a ‘last day’ treat Yvette and I had a ‘girly lunch’ at the local restaurant and then we went back to her house and she took me round the ‘wild’ part of her garden where she has a wood and a field full of wild flowers.
Five more hours and Bear returns.