As we are having a few “renovations” done chez Castle Greysquirrel at the moment, Hugh, Darrell’s best friend and mentor, who lives the showbiz life in Notting Hill, sent Darrell a complimentary pass (via friends of friends) to get a feel for what will be en trend of an interior type nature dans 2016!!!
Now, Darrell not wishing to appear rude, accepted the pass, but after half an hour or so had to admit that furniture really wasn’t his “thing”. He said that had it been fashion, he would have been in his element ….. “I know this must sound very shallow and ungrateful, but a table is a table, a chair is a chair ….. one is for nomming at and the other is for lounging on …. c'est tout!”
On the other hand, he did very much like and appreciate the fripperies that “adorned” a lot of the stands ……. and said that he had been quite inspired to perhaps use a few of them at Castle Greysquirrel …….
……. however we might have to change our usual brand of soup, as Tesco’s own brand might not have the same artistic affect as Campbell’s when displayed, a la mode, on our sideboard!
Darrell also completely, though regretfully, ruled out using egg slicers to enhance the ambiance of our lounge, as he said he could foresee unfortunate consequences arising, most likely involving Nigel’s head, if we became that avant-garde!!!!
On another of the stands Darrell couldn’t help but notice that someone appeared to have been sleeping there, and had had quite a party ….
…….. perhaps the hotels around the NEC are a little bit expensive he reasoned, but you’d think that they could have tidied up a little before the exhibition door were opened!
As lunchtime approached and without a packed lunch, Darrell began to notice that most of the stands offered “hospitality” in exchange for a little interest in their wares …….
….. so at that, Darrell’s original disinterest in hand planed oak and dove tail joints rapidly disappeared ….
…… as he generously availed himself of their comestibles ……. and an ample sufficiency of sweeties to enjoy on the train home, not feeling at all self conscious when asking for an also complimentary tote bag to carry them back in ….. what is he like?
And, was there anything he thought suitable enough to grace the halls of Castle Greysquirrell?
Well…… yes, there was …….. two life size illuminated trees …… which Darrell felt would be the talk of all our friends at our first evening garden soiree of the year …… when the weather picked up!
Oh good grief …. I haven’t yet been able to ascertain as to whether he placed an order or not ….. I shall despair if he has …. and then insist that he send them back tout suite!