Virginia Barton

17 July 2013: Do you “do” holidays?

17 July 2013

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We don’t “do” holidays really. If you take a peep at a page I wrote in 1988 you’ll see why. (Click here)


But just about everyone else is heading off somewhere. Son and family will head for France in a leisurely way by car. One daughter flies to Croatia with her family, another goes to the Lakes with hers. They hope the fabulous July sun will still be shining when they all meet up in Cornwall in August.


Then there’s the Edinburgh Festival, always a powerful draw for the numerous thespians among us. And horrors! The Proms season has started which means it’s nearly autumn.


BH and self will be at home, bar a special day-trip to London next week where yet another daughter delightfully celebrates our 55th – alexandrite – wedding anniversary. She’s cooking our favourite menu. Bet you want to know what that is – well I’ll tell you anyway: Haggis, toad-in-the-hole and bread and butter pudding with “lashings of custard” for BH’s benefit!

(Poor Cookie, just hope it’s not a scorcher, that’s a tough order on a hot day.)






  • Harold says on: July 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm


    I always keep in mind what the great comedian Milton Berle once said: “Laughter is an instant vacation.” Helps when I’m stuck at work and everyone else is off!

    • ginny says on: July 18, 2013 at 4:01 am


      Milton Berle is a new name to me Harold, but he’s spot on! ginny

  • Doris says on: July 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm


    Happy Anniversary, Ginny!

    55 years! Wow. Now you know I’ve got to ask what EVERYONE must ask you ALL the time: WHAT’S THE SECRET TO A LONG & HAPPY MARRIAGE??

    • Ginny says on: July 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm


      You have caught me on the hop Doris, and your question needs a considered answer; next week with a bit of luck. I must consult my Better Half! ginny

    • virginia barton says on: July 21, 2013 at 3:35 pm


      Thank you for your good wishes Doris, they are much appreciated. Watch this space for the ultimate soul-baring of a 55 year-old marriage! Ginny

  • Ana V says on: July 22, 2013 at 11:43 am


    Congratulations to you both on the alexandrite anniversary!

    • ginny says on: July 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm


      Here’s to the next ten years Ana – now what will that be? Easier to find than alexandrite I hope – and cheaper!

      Have plans for our sixtieth, AND for BH’s 85th birthday, sparkly white wine and cake. Or the inevitable tea.

      Thanks for your congrats, will report on The Day. ginny

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