Saturday, August 16, 2014
The last days of this trip by Von and family
Von has been with us for nearly 3 weeks this time so it is sad to see her go. She flies out to the Shaky Isles tomorrow.
On Friday she put on a dinner for me at Jenny's place with Simon cooking. She wanted to thank me for getting her over.
Unfortunately I had a really bad wog on Wednesday and Thursday so, even though I was improved by Friday, I was still clearly infective so spared them that by staying home -- with great regret. I sent Joe along to take my place and since Joe is good-humored, I gather that they had a nice evening. And no-one can beat Von's constant good cheer.
Then today, Saturday, I had already arranged, via Von, to have a last day with all the littlies together -- to be preceded by the ever-popular dosas. So it was the biggest dosa lunch I have hosted so far. There were the three sets of parents plus Anne, Joe and myself: A total of 9 adults and 5 littlies.
As usual, Hannah and Matthew conferred throughout the lunch. Both have only inchoate language skills so far but they seem to understand one-another. I gather that it was the first time Suz and Russell had attended one of my dosa lunches and I gather that Russ found that he really liked dosas.
The restaurant was a bit slow in getting the dosas out so we were obviously a bigger party than they expected. I should have booked and warned them.
I ordered masala dosas for all the adults as they are always a hit and the mothers ordered for their children. I think the kids got egg dosas and onion dosas.
I had Von sitting next to me so I had the benefit of the best conversationalist present. Even as a little girl Von was a great observer and couple that with her good native intelligence and she has lots to say that is worth saying. She is certainly a most rewarding stepdaughter. And her constant happy outlook is a tonic to us all.
I felt pretty well after my encounter with a cold so felt able to attend the lunch without too much fear of infecting anyone. The original post-lunch plan was for us all to retire to my place for tea, coffee and biscuits but I thought that was a step too far in the circumstances. So Von arranged for everyone to go over to Jenny's place instead. Regretfully, I just went home, with Anne following me shortly thereafter.