Whale, of course, was very pleased to come home but Bear was quick to express his displeasure. In fact, within minutes of his arrival, Whale must have overheard Bear’s complaints when I had to go and help him settle back in.
CC and Jay had shopped for a ‘welcome’ meal but on Friday evening no-one felt like doing justice to a celebratory dinner so we put it off until Saturday. Bear opted out and went to bed early in a mood but the rest of us enjoyed beetroot salad (freshly cooked beetroot cut into cubes with a garlic and parsley dressing ): aubergine bake (grilled slices of aubergine layered with fried onions and herbs and topped with breadcrumbs and mozzarella) ; and a Nigella Lawson chocolate pudding recipe which results in a gorgeous chocolate cake and sauce all in one, served with Hagen Daz vanilla ice-cream.
I am now trying having to get back into the old routine after nearly two weeks of relative relaxation. It was wonderful to stay in bed until after 8 0’clock some mornings; to feed the cats and then have a leisurely breakfast; to be able to sit at the computer undisturbed (Whale has already called me four times since I started this post); to relax in the evenings without being called just at an important moment in a programme . . . . . . . . .
Oh well, Bear is booked in for a few days from August 4th to sort out his diabetes, so there’s another little break to look forward to.