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Sunday, 4 December 2016

In which One reminisces...

Behind door number five on the SAdvent Calendar is a winter afternoon memory...

We were living on the Holly Lodge Estate, gated, of course, in Highgate. 

Many of the long, foggy winter afternoons were spent in the elegant sitting room in front of the fire watching snow fall.

It was the North London standard sitting room: stripped wooden floor, central gas log fire, ornate looking glass above, with proper library shelves, holding appropriate literature, above low storage cupboards housing the must watch films of the day...

This picture of One and Boy, see above Dear Reader, was taken by Dawn, One's erstwhile work chum who would make the journey from Cheltenham to see us on a regular basis.

One met Dawn when we were both head-hunted by a Radar Console Design Company to work on the Dover Port Control system.  It wasn't long before we realised that both of us had been promoted way beyond our actual capabilities and we became firm friends.  After all it was the 1980's and if you wore massive shoulder pads, drank cocktails and stamped about issuing orders, anything was possible...

But I digress,  back to the winter in Highgate...

Many a winter's day saw us walking miles across the Heath or all the way to Camden market and then back to the cosy sitting room.

There really is nothing quite so lovely as having a delicious, well behaved, beautiful baby as a constant companion. 

Where has all that time gone, and when did that exquisite creature turn into a six foot four, hairy barn door?




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