Monday, 8 March 2010

Balls to your partner

Back in The Enchanted Village, the social whirl stops long enough for us to just hop back on it.

Delicious canapes at Monty Chocs-Away's, then a bus ride for 24 villagers as we set off for a charity ball stuffed full of farmers (apologies to my father but I know he won't be reading this) and quick-stepping blue rinsers. The live music becomes too much for a youthful Randy Munchkin (more used to disco and hip-hop) whose pain threshold forces her to consider disembowelling herself with a fork.

Mr Grigg becomes hoarse after shouting more than usual just trying to make himself heard.

Champagne Charlie's eyes are out on stalks at the d├ęcolletage on display all around him. If he had a gun, he would probably shoot it. I am pleased for Posh Totty's sake she has chosen a demure Audrey Hepburn-style dress, otherwise she would be forever known as something quite similar but at the same time quite different.

From a nearby table, Darling Loggins swans over in a dress from e-Bay with a bow the size of Sturminster Newton. Mr Loggins and I catch up on gossip going back at least twenty years and Pelly Sheepwash comes back from the other side of the ballroom and announces: 'I've just seen Margaret Thatcher.'

From where I am sitting, the other village table looks much better behaved than ours. But we are closer to the bar, which seems like a reasonable excuse to me.

As the evening progresses, the music becomes more to Muscle and Randy's liking so they get down on it on the dance floor. Copious amounts of alcohol are consumed and the waitresses take away the kitty, thinking it's a tip. And then two o-clock comes around and we all have to go home.

On the bus, the community singing is somewhat muted, although Drink Up Thy Cider turns effortlessly into Dinah, Dinah, Show Us Yer Leg. Mr Sheepwash says nothing. He just looks down his nose ever so slightly, thinking: 'A man of my intellect? With my reputation?'

Smiles, hugs and hiccups are exchanged as the village outing comes to an end. The assembled cast disperse in a none-too-orderly fashion after the bus tips them out in the square.

Jet lag? What jet lag?

That's about it

Love Maddie


  1. You Griggs really do know how to have a good time. Just off the plane from the other side of the world and onto the dance floor.... I swear that's a photo of my mother and father in the Strand Ballroom in New Waterford, circa 1949.

  2. Maddie, I want whatever vitamins you and Mr. Griggs take to be able to party hardy after a long flight! My own pins would've been tucked under a comforter long before sundown!


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