Well, a long time agon, in 1985 in fact, I had been going out with Hugh for just over 6 months and he decided it was time for me to meet his parents! This had not happened before as although he and I were living in the same town (so he had met my parents on numerous occasions) his family lived (and still do) about 300 miles away in Cornwall. So, it was arranged that we would each spend Christmas with our respective families, but I would travel down to stay with Hugh and his family between Christmas and New Year.
So with much trepidation I embarked upon my journey! My parents drove me up to Paddington station where I go on the train - no changes, a straight trip, but it would take 4.5 hours. I was well muffled up as it was a cold winter (and I had been warned that the Old Rectory had no central heating and I would find it cold!). I had on my thick winter coat and a very fashionable (at the time) snood. For those who are not sure what this is, it is a knitted garment that covers your head and neck, a cross between a hat and a scarf. And this is where the problems started!
|Me wearing said 'snood' on the beach later on in the visit!|
All of a sudden there he was! He had been on the platform when the train arrived. He had looked for me. He had not recognised me because of the blooming snood!! He then thought that I might have missed the train and he had called my parents to see if I had actually got on the train! They, and Hugh, were then worried, thinking that I must have either been attacked (!) or fallen asleep and would be ending up in Penzance (more likely!). How we had mangaged to miss each other, as we had both used the one and only phonebox at the station I don't know! After a quick call home to let my parents know all was well, we jumped into Hugh's car and drove off to the Old Rectory. His parents were lovely and welcoming and I spent a lovely few days down there - and yes, it was freezing and I had never been so cold in all my life whilst still in a house!
|New Year's Day lunch - me wearing the paper hat from the cracker and Hugh with the 'vampire' teeth out of his cracker!|
Mother-in-law in 1985
She always provides a home made Christmas pudding for our main meal there
over the Christmas period, even if it is New Year!
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