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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day
from
Arundel Eccentrics

Nothing very much to do with Arundel.

Nothing much to do with Antiques.


Just a few bunches of flowers to remind
 us that Spring isn't too far around the corner



My husband Nass, is, although he would
 tell you otherwise, a true romantic.

Not that we always celebrate Valentines,
 but some years we do.

One year our favourite restaurant, 
Paperdelle's, was completely booked solid 

Paperdelle is a lovely little Italian
 restaurant in Arundel High Street.
It was started by Bruno,
a friend of ours several years ago

It's now owned by Clive, 
Bruno's son, and has spread 
beautifully to provide 
Osteria downstairs.

In those days, it was just the upstairs.

Very Italian, fairly small, gorgeously intimate,
and it booked up very quickly.

On this special evening,
Nass had a quiet word with Bruno, 
who was a friend of his.


They lugged a small table down
the narrow winding staircase
 into Arundel High Street, 
and next to the bench right in the centre.

There we sat, complete with candles, wine, and 
waitress dashing back and forth across the street.
Wrapped up against the cold.


A memorable evening.












One other Valentines day, 
I was working as a vegetarian chef 
at West Dean College.

Ever been?


They have the most beautiful Victorian Gardens there.

I used to work with Eric, the head chef, 
and we would regularly wander
 over to the gardens, 
early in the mornings. 
We'd choose and pick produce that would
 go in to my veggie dish of the day.

Salvador Dali was a regular visitor 
when it was owned by
Edward James. 
He sponsored both Dali and the artist Magritte.

You will still see paintings in the house and 
even a Dali plastic tree in the grounds


It's the most wonderful
 place to visit,
 or study, or work.

Anyway, the reason I mentioned it
 long hours, 
split shifts,
the drive,
twice a day.

 I would return home, 
late and extremely tired.

One  Valentine's evening,
Nass had prepared a meal  ready for
when I arrived home.

Well, it smelled so.
The table was laid ready,
my son Jay was ready to wait on table.


I was exhausted, but when Nass suggested
 going for a drink before dinner, 
 I thought I should, 
as he had gone to so much trouble.

He suggested going to see Bruno,
 at Paperdelles, for a glass of wine.


"It's Valentines they'll be booked solid."

No...he was determined.
So..we went and he suggested 
we sat in the corner table, with a 
"RESERVED"
 sign on it.

"We can't sit there, its reserved"

" Yes we can, I reserved it"

"Well, what about the dinner at home?"

"I  fried onions to make it smell"


The aperitif was ordered and , 
brought by a chuckling Bruno.

 I noticed in the middle of the table
 a beautiful, small, heart shaped box.

On opening it, there were
 hand made chocolates, inside.


Now, I KNOW what you are thinking,
because I thought the same.


After dinner, I munched my
 way through ALL those chocs, 
which is something I NEVER do.

No, really, I am a one at a time ..savour it..person

Not a ring in sight!
Nass laughed like a drain,
(whatever that means)

" You thought there was a ring in there"

" No, I didn't"

We DID eventually get engaged.

Just not that night.
Apart from that and the 
nausea after all those chocolates,
it was the perfect
Valentines Night out.


I hope you have a wonderful Valentines 
and a lovely day today.
Whatever you are up to.

SPRING AND SUMMER...Just around the corner








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