I’m a cautious sort of Z, not given to counting chicks, but I’m allowing myself to feel optimistic that I will have my pianola soon, possibly before Christmas but before the end of the year anyway. I spoke to the restorer this morning and he is trying to pin his helper down to a time to bring it. Tomorrow, I’m going to go and look at the rolls and remind myself of what we have. I’m afraid I’m going to inflict some of them on you, I won’t be able to resist.
Today, I went to the funeral of a friend’s mother – I was very fond of Edna, a delightful and very chatty lady who lived in Bungay. She was a few weeks older than my mother and they married in the same year, but they never met. She and her late husband first met at school when she was five and he was six and they were childhood sweethearts. In their teens, he used to walk her home from school and then cycle the five miles home. After the funeral I was chatting to the family and I was told about a cookery book, which I will pass on in case it’s useful to any of you – it’s about cooking for people with allergies and the writer explains the properties of various foods and suggests alternatives – there are some recipes but the idea is that, once you’ve got the idea, you can adapt others. Although no one in the family has allergies to common foods, I do try to bear it in mind when I’m cooking for parties and always provide some food that is free from the most common culprits, such as gluten, eggs or dairy products – I haven’t bought it yet but I probably will, it sounds interesting as well as useful.
In the afternoon, I looked after Hadrian, now aged two and a half, because Dilly was teaching and it was a great pleasure. Ben was thrilled and wanted to be as close to him as possible. Since I’ll have Hay every Monday for the next few months, I was very pleased that he was happy to be here. He didn’t even rush to his mother when she got back, though we could see he felt quite emotional and had to determinedly control his feelings – but he did so, and then we all ate cake.