So sensibly I called on some key friends, "the kitchen fairies" to run the kitchen for me. They were an intelligent, eclectic mix - Esther who read physics at Liverpool, Matt who read history at Kings, and Lisa, an artist from Goldsmiths. They divided up the kitchen work between them - Esther on salads, Matt on the cooker, and Lisa hanging my artwork and generally assisting as required. What a brilliant bunch! Having them there, was certainly like magic for me. Snippets of their conversation were around, how to earn an alternate living as a history/maths/physics tutor, the principles of atomic physics from a black bin liner; medieval history; how to run a kitchen like a station! All I had to do was indicate where things were kept, and talk to my family.
|Me and Lisa|
It was lovely to see everyone. My 4 aunts had a good opportunity for an extended conversation with each other (they live a long way apart) and so did the cousins. I think they are all very pleased with the travels of Jim and me, and delighted at the opportunities that are opening up to us. I might have been stressed by entertaining, but I was so glad to see them all. It was lovely to realise how many people I have batting on my side.
11 year old Grace was delegated the job of family photos and made a good job of handling an unfamiliar camera with minimal (non-existent!) instructions from me. A girl with initiative! Obviously a woman from our family!
|Aunt Lily, Aunt Joan and Cousin Allison|