Entertaining and smoking..friends and family

                 A beautiful woman in Sarlat, smoking in 2006(photo Louise Percy)

Today is an auspicious day. It’s the 10th of the 10th of 2010…lots of tens. And when I was growing up, the total of 10 was the number to which we all aspired.

Today I have had two major “10’s” I had a wonderful chat with my daughter who lives in Sydney and has chosen to be like me in the “hostess ”stakes…except she is also a very hard working lawyer and I don’t know how she finds the time. But she does, and she and her partner have wonderful dinner parties, even on Friday evenings, and when I ask her how she manages she replies “Mumma you taught me”.
 So that’s a "10" I think.

The other “10” is that I have stopped smoking. I stopped 23 years ago when I was pregnant with my son. And 4 years ago, in a time of renewal and love, I started again, and little by little the smoking became more bad influence than a joy in new discovery.

Last night I  hosted a dinner party for friends and family. They don’t smoke at all, never have, never will. So I decided that I will give my daughter and son the benefit of a mother who challenges life on all levels.. .but not the nicotine one. …please pass the champagne...


  1. Excellent decision. Alcohol or nicotine are fake friends when they become too invasive.

  2. Thanks Damo. Yes, I wish to enjoy life to the full and everything else in moderation


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