"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Monday, September 22, 2008

Channeling Cinderella

Busy weekend.

On Saturday the Chap was involved in various activities that didn't include me, so I amused myself with walking and shopping.

That evening we had a ball. Literally. And a banquet.

The Dress.

The Dress with the Shawl.

Dessert plate at the banquet, which took place in a hotel adjacent to the house in which we stayed.

Back at the house. Passing from the garden terrace to the ballroom.

The musicians.

Part of the ballroom showing staircase and balcony.

We didn't actually dance, I'm ashamed to report, because we were too busy socialising, chatting with friends, and wandering the rooms. By the time we returned to the ballroom, the musicians had packed up and cleared out.

So we headed upstairs to our room.

Yesterday was fantastic--a luncheon in Old Town Alexandria, with members of my husband's association, and the French aristocrats.

A young piper (grandson of our host and hostess) piped us in.

My aunt and uncle picked us up and gave us a tour of Old Town and environs. The afternoon ended at their residence, on the banks of the Potomac, with drinks and dinner.

Here's their view of the river.

During the Friday cruise to Mount Vernon we passed right by their building, only I didn't realise it!

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