Town Mouse

A golden week

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

AGAINST a con­sis­tent back­ground of crisp weather, this week has felt both mem­o­rable and strik­ingly var­ied. It be­gan in Cam­bridge and the splen­dour of a high ta­ble din­ner. I sat with my back to the hall dur­ing the meal, which prob­a­bly im­proved my con­ver­sa­tion. The magic of the can­dlelit com­bi­na­tion room to which we re­tired af­ter din­ner, how­ever, proved rather more dis­tract­ing.

Then there was a short trip in the heart of Lon­don to a house in the Dick­en­sian street war­ren around St An­drew by the Wardrobe, ex­hil­a­rat­ing for its sheer un­ex­pect­ed­ness. The fol­low­ing day, I cy­cled into Wind­sor Great Park, rid­ing through the frosted stands of trees and tak­ing in the mag­is­te­rial view down the Long Walk to­wards the cas­tle.

My ef­forts to over­see a chil­dren’s party in the crowded bowl­ing al­ley in Ele­phant and Cas­tle introduced an el­e­ment of the ridicu­lous to the week, but it ended—ap­pro­pri­ately enough—in Ox­ford. There the whole fam­ily walked along the river, busy with row­ing boats, to a 60th birth­day party at If­fley. It was a very happy oc­ca­sion and ended with the host­ess per­form­ing in a ukulele duet— a fit­ting con­clu­sion to a golden week brought to an abrupt close by dense fog and train chaos at Clapham Junc­tion on Mon­day morn­ing. JG

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