Yesterday, I waved off Darrell, as, at last, all the days on his countdown to “London Lounging” calendar had been crossed off and he was finally London bound to stay with his best friend and mentor Hugh, who lives the showbiz life in Notting Hill.
Darrell said that as soon as he got off the Wolverhampton to Euston train London’s distinct and unique aroma hit him …. a sensation not akin to taking your first breath of sea air, he said, what is he like?With a fully charged Oyster Card Darrell then proceeded by underground to Hugh’s pied de terre ….
…… via Latimer Road, where he had to admit, his heart started to race …. he was minutes away from Hugh’s ….. and London Lounging.
Hugh, although on a “shoot” all, day, had still managed to conjure up a bijoux supperette using leftovers from the “shoot wagon”, salmon with a herby crust , asparagus, tiny Marie Claire potatoes, sweated spinach and Chantilly carrots, all in a rich, creamy sauce ….. telling Darrell that leftovers was the buzz word throughout London society, as far as home cuisine was concerned, it was sooooo de rigeuur to be frugal, and make a meal out of nothing!!
…. which naturally, he got , “Animal prints, they never, ever, ever, ever go out, Darrell” Hugh told him “ ….. they are a staple of any London wardrobe, and for lounging? Ohhhh mon dieu, c’est ca!!!!” Which made Darrell glow with pride!
It was 4 o’clock before they finally got to bed ….. despite Hugh’s car calling for him at 5.30 for an early morning call ……