Thanks for the mem­o­ries

Country Life Every Week - - Marriage Counselling -

I would like to buy the bride and groom a proper wed­ding present, but they’ve asked for hon­ey­moon do­na­tions in­stead, which I think is naff. What should I do? You’re dead right. Naff as a naff man pap­ping The Princess Royal on a naff day in Naf­fland. I barely re­mem­ber my own hon­ey­moon, save for the fact that we were both gib­ber­ing with jet­lag and in con­stant tears of ex­haus­tion. I do, how­ever, trea­sure a jade-green drag­onbowl made by a house­mate’s mother. Thirty years on, one needs the aide-mem­oires.

If a ‘hon­ey­moon do­na­tion’ (I can scarcely bear to type the words) is non-ne­go­tiable, then, ac­cord­ing to your pocket, buy them some nice lug­gage or leather hold­ers for what­ever the hell we sal­vage as pass­ports once Brexit is over.

Fail­ing that, go for a de­cent pho­to­graph al­bum and a voucher for Snappy Snaps in the hope that they will one day get around to print­ing their hon­ey­moon pic­tures and mount­ing them—a habit be­com­ing, alas, less and less fre­quent.

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