Wreathed with smiles

November 30, 2009

Here’s a snap of the front door of Divorce Towers:


Yes, yes, I know it’s still only November ….I know Christmas is aaaages away ….but actually I had my Christmas party yesterday, so I got the wreath out early and stuck it up and it did seem to help get us all in a festive mood.

There were mishaps …..for instance, the mulled wine pan frazzled itself to a cinder when I forgot to replenish it and caused a very unfestive stink. I think you’ll agree it takes a special type of culinary incompetence to burn wine. I also forgot to serve the mince pies – I found them all sitting meekly in the oven this morning, waiting to be heated up and given out. If only they’d said something, banged on the oven door, anything!  And, of course, the kids took over the sitting room and sat in stately splendour on my new apparently-Mongolian cushions, watching DVDs amid my swish cupboards and beautiful poinsettias (special offer at Sainsbury’s) while all the grown-ups crammed into the kitchen BUT we did all have a good time, I think.

Best of all, I got lots of compliments on my new party frock, though slightly worryingly it turned out several friends had already tried it on in the shop and rejected it, for various reasons – there are not many frockshops in Dulwich. Still, I got a text first thing this morning saying I looked gorgeous which was lovely. I think in future friends should get together at parties and agree who is going to send the complimentary next-day text to the hostess. It really helps, and has completely taken my mind off the latest row with you-know-who, plus the fact that the tumble drier (bought in June) and the telephone (bought in September) have both inexplicably broken overnight. And both were from lovely John Lewis, too, what is the world coming to?

Still, my new mantra is ‘lovely frock’. I shall keep chanting it all day. And I shall be wearing it to death this Christmas, be warned!

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  • Rosie Scribble November 30, 2009 at 5:23 am

    John Lewis? Surely not!
    I think we need photos of the dress, quite frankly.

  • Laura Driver November 30, 2009 at 5:30 am

    Love the wreath and agree with Rosie – we need to see the frock.

    Must train your mince pies better next year!

    • Dulwich Divorcee November 30, 2009 at 5:50 am

      I refer you to the link above, am much too shy as you know to appear in the flesh! Am working on training the mince pies, anyone would think they didn’t want to be eaten! I have hundreds left, if you can think of a clever competition let me know!

  • suburbia November 30, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Lovely wreath, sounds a lovely party, can you pass me a cold mince pie please?

    • Dulwich Divorcee November 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm

      Yup, here’s the cold mince pies! I can also offer you a cold sausage roll (yes, I forgot to heat them up and hand them out too, we’ll be eating them until February!)

  • rosiero November 30, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Love the wreath and the frock. I am sure after a few, nobody noticed the burnt wine.

    • Dulwich Divorcee November 30, 2009 at 3:28 pm

      Glad you like them! It’s true, it did take everybody a long time to notice the smell ….must be a good sign!

  • Chic Mama November 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    You know you have brought me to tears……it’s still not December for a few hours. I am in denial that Christmas is only a few weeks away.
    Lovely front door though. :0)

    • Dulwich Divorcee November 30, 2009 at 3:29 pm

      Oh dear, I do know how you feel – I’m a bit in denial myself, as I don’t have the girls this year. Still don’t know how I’ll get through it! But I will …and so will you!

  • Brit In Bosnia December 1, 2009 at 4:16 am

    Please don’t talk about mince pies, cold or not. We can’t get them here and I’m now having a serious craving.

    Any pictures of you in the frock? I’m off to check it out now, sounds lovely. Loving the lovely frock mantra too!

    • Dulwich Divorcee December 2, 2009 at 10:38 am

      What a shame, I have hundreds of mince pies here and I don’t really like them …am doling them out for school lunch now at the rate of 4 a day to get rid of them …..

  • Muummmeeeee! December 1, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Who needs tumble driers and telephones when you’ve got a lovely frock – priorities pleeease…

    • Dulwich Divorcee December 2, 2009 at 10:39 am

      I know, I know, silly me …mind you, I need the phone to discuss the frock and the drier to er, dry the frock ….

  • Potty Mummy December 1, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    I love that dress, I bet you looked gorgeous in it. And it sort of reminds me of something… something to do with a magazine shoot? (BTW, somehow you seem to have dropped off my blogroll. Will rectify that immediately!)

    • Dulwich Divorcee December 2, 2009 at 10:41 am

      Aha, PM, you do have sharp eyes! Yes, the dresses are related – I confess I went to buy the one from the shoot and then found this one, which I liked even better. Btw, did you know that Links jewellery cost an absolute fortune? Like, thousands??? We really should have done a Lindsay …no, perish the thought!