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6th January 2005 - magic and sparkle for our Lara

We are preparing for a very important visitor to our home this weekend (all visitors to our home are very important). Lara is coming to stay and we have a PaD dinner party tomorrow night to celebrate. Sheís in Europe with her family and has taken a short break to spend a couple of days with us. We hope to reciprocate the wonderful hospitality shown to us in March in NYC by her and her lovely well as the rest of the gang.

I had a quick look around our guest bedroom last night and my heart sank at the tatty state of the bedding so I popped into that bastion of Britishness, Marks and Spencer to buy some new stuff so she doesnít have to sleep in the tatty stuff. This is it Ė all ready for her. It doesnít go with the room because it is not green but fashions change in bedding as fast as they do these days in clothes and clearly green just isnít fashionable at the moment. Ah well, this will have to do. At least it meets with my other main bedding criteria Ė darkish colour and a random pattern so if we slip up and leave the bedroom door open then dog paw prints wonít show!!!!!

As I climbed out of the car I realised I am a walking ad for M&S (whose Christmas slogan this year has been magic and sparkle by the way) Ė M&S cardi, M&S blouse, M&S trousers, M&S bra, M&S knickers, M&S socks, in fact the only things I am wearing that are not from M&S are my boots and they are from Clarks so now you can see what a fuddy duddy I am.

Itís partly that I hate shopping (as Iíve said before) and partly that itís just too convenient Ė itís at the bottom of the road and stays open until 10pm each night. That means that if I need to buy something I can pop in on a Monday night at 7pm, itís empty and I have the place to myself. So probably 70-80% of my clothes come from there and I donít care how much of a fuddy duddy it makes me. The company has been in trouble of late with falling profits and changes in management Ė I can see why when their clothes are cut badly and never fit quite right any moreÖÖbut I still buy from them to meet my other needs.

The bed in this photo is a long-held dream bit of furniture for me Ė I had hankered after a sleigh bed for so long I canít remember when I didnít. I saved up all my dosh and bought this beautiful piece of furniture, solid French Cherry wood and exquisitely made. Why then is it in the spare room? Because itís unmoveable without a special tool from the manufacturer and I donít have the tool so when DM and I decided to sleep at the back of our house, rather than the front, we had to buy a new bedÖ.gggrrrrr.

Laraís visit is so exciting Ė I canít wait to see her tomorrow. There is so much to talk about and so much to do to show her a bit of our world after she so graciously and generously shared her world with us in the Spring.

This time last year I took one of my most successful photos ever on PBASE in terms of hits - it is kind of nice, but I suspect that's not the reason why it's so popular!!!

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brother_mark08-Jan-2005 02:16
How cool that Lara is visiting. I hope you have as good a time as last March.
Guest 07-Jan-2005 10:43
Heheh, I hate shopping as well so having a shop so close is a definite bonus, whatever the shop is! You can't go wrong with M&S though, especially the food!! :-)
Sarah 07-Jan-2005 08:05
Looks lovely! (I can almost see a sub gallery of people's beds handbags last year)As for M&S, I think it is a fab place to shop. Although not much in the way of Spurs merchandise ;o)
Guest 07-Jan-2005 03:41
A sleigh bed! How I long for one. Lara will be quite at home there, I'm sure! Can't wait to see pics of your get together!
Guest 07-Jan-2005 03:20
LOL! After being cooped up all day with kids off of school for a snow day I was wandering my house searching for my PAD this evening and sat down to browse the meta-gallery for some inspiration.... and after seeing your I knew I had to show you my bed. Hope your PAD gathering is WONDERFUL!!
Stu07-Jan-2005 00:50
That is one gorgeous bed. I think you need to get the manufacturer to send you a replacement thingummyjig.
Cheryl Hawkins06-Jan-2005 23:49
Looks so cosy and inviting. That is a beautiful bed. Sounds like you have a wonderful few days to look forward to.
Ian Clowes06-Jan-2005 23:42
Have a great weekend!
Guest 06-Jan-2005 23:01
Awww!! Someday I will sleep there too!!!!
Gail Davison06-Jan-2005 22:33
Wonderful bed!
Jim B06-Jan-2005 21:27
Very nice bed and very nice bedding ... I hope you got the bedding in the M&S sale!
Faye White06-Jan-2005 20:45
Ahhh - looks lovely, comfy and so inviting! :) Can't wait to hear about the visit.