Archive for September, 2007

Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

John and Maria snuck off to London without me (some silly excuse about a Pearl Wedding Anniversary being an occasion to celebrate together, and not with a bear), but when I realised Claire and Robert were joing them for afternoon tea and a show in the West End I insisted on accompanying them. This involved a trip down to John’s parents the day before, and then catching the train into London the next morning. It’s the first time I’ve been on the London underground and Claire and Robert headed for the British Museum to spend the morning. They very much enjoyed viewing the Egyptian exhibition, but I was unimpressed – plenty of cats and not a bear in sight! Claire tried to explain there were no bears in Ancient Egypt but it sounds like a pretty poor place to me. We then travelled to the Dorchester to meet with Maria, John and John’s parents for afternoon tea. Now this was more like it. A glass of champagne, delicious sandwiches and cakes, and the respect a bear of my wide experience deserves.

Wilbeary taking afternoon tea at the Dorchester

I was very sorry to leave, but we had tickets to see ‘The Sound of Music’ at the Palladium. Maria and John were full of reminisences about this theatre, and the time they saw Yul Brynner in ‘The King and I’. The show was fantastic. We didn’t see Connie Fisher in the part of Maria, but the understudy was excellent and the set was very clever. Claire and Robert then headed back to Harpenden with John’s parents, and made me come with them instead of heading back to their Park Lane Hotel with John and Maria (clearly the kind of place I’d like).

Home alone

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

You think you can trust people and then you find that they have sneaked off without you!!

I had a bit of a lie in this morning and got up to find the house empty. I assumed they had all gone off to Patchings, a little surprising since I know it’s Maria’s birthday.

I waited around and eventually Claire came home, she had indeed been to Patchings but Maria and John have swanned off to London!!! Without even telling me (never mind inviting me)!!!!

Matters were not improved when we received a phone call (a rather drunken one I would say) going on about how lovely the hotel is, how great the cocktails were, the fantastic (and expensive) meal in the restaurant (something about a River Cottage chef). Then there was the photo emailed to us showing the lovely flowers and complimentary cake for their anniversary.

London at the Intercontinental for their 30th Wedding anniversary

I could just about understand they might want to spend their birthdays and anniversary (30th!!!!) off on their own, but then I found Claire and Robert were also going down to London for high tea at the Dorchester on Monday, together with Maureen and Rob (John’s parents). It seems I was the only one left out!

So I’ve put my foot down and insisted I go too, after all I am a member of the family. Claire muttered something about the car only being a 2 seater and the Dorchester having a dress code. Cheek! As if I wasn’t smart enough for anywhere.