A special dinner

Before I post this item may I suggest that you visit and read this post to get an idea of what is going on.

Then there were three, but now there are only two of us left. My Best friend died earlier this year. The other friend decided that we should discontinue the Din-din Club because as there were only two of the original eight left it was pointless carrying on, and he wasn’t feeling to well himself.

I suggested that we have one last dinner together and to toast to “Absent Friends” and then call it a day. He said OK, providing I did a “Galette Complète” with a “Salad Niçoise” (his favourite meal).


After the meal there was none of the usual jollity, beer and playing cards, poor Robin is an invalid now, he has to use a walking frame. He just wanted a cup of tea and to reminisce of our times in the Army, i.e., being shot at in the Suez Canal war and other delights!

Afterwards I drove him back to his lonely little flat where he can no longer cook and clean for himself, and has to rely on carers and ‘Meals-on-Wheels’. As I drove back to my house I thought there, but for the grace of God, go I.

Now I need someone to make a nice comment to cheer me up now.

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4 Responses to A special dinner

  1. Betsy says:

    Yes, I can see why it would seem more somber with only two of you. But your friends would be delighted that you carried on at least until now with such a lovely meal and toast to end the tradition! I suppose that’s one of the hardest things about aging, is seeing many friends pass on.

    I do have to say, though, Keith, that you do host a beautiful dinner. I love the plates with the fern pattern and such a pretty table setting. The food looks yummy, too…and that salad is gorgeous! :)

    I also think it’s great that you have had friends that have stood the test of time. I don’t have any from my childhood or high school years that I keep in contact with! You are fortunate!

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    Now that I’m old I seem to be going to more funerals than weddings. When I was young and fancy free I went to more weddings than funerals. Unfortunately, one of the weddings I went to was mine! – Keith.

  2. Dumdad says:

    That wonderful presentation would put the French to shame! Looks absolutely perfect and yummy. Cheers!

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    Actually it was at Le Cordon Bleu Paris that I learned how to prepare and present food. When I was at a loose end in Paris years ago I enrolled for the Domestic Food Preparation course just out of curiosity really. It was just a 10 day full time course about the proper use of kitchen equipment, preparing and presenting home meals. So you can’t say it puts the French to shame because they taught me! I can’t get a job as a chef on the strength of the certificate they awarded me.

    Actually it’s on the wall of the outside loo! Well, it gives me something to read when I’m disposing of last nights food. . . .

    I know. . . .too much information. – Keith.

  3. Toffeeapple says:

    I think you should cultivate some younger chums. The meal looks gorgeous.

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    It’s not the same, the younger generation wouldn’t know what it’s all about. They haven’t been up to their necks in muck and bullets, and wondering where the next fag is coming from.
    – Keith.

  4. sablonneuse says:

    Hello there, it’s good to see you’re blogging again. You put me to shame! Despite having lots to write about I can’t find the time to spend on the old puter nowadays but drop me an email (NOT yahoo)if you’re interested and I’ll fill you in. xx
    P.S. Yes, the meal looks EXCELLENT. What a shame the club is no more.

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