'Twas a wet and wintry morning on Sunday 20 February. At about 1100 hours the doorbell rang.
AsH had been full of trepidation for the last four days - awaiting the arrival of Yuwrajh and Hassan from London.
She had hoped that their SatNav would misdirect them into a tributary of the River Trent in the Midlands, which would then land them in the North Sea. What a lucky escape it would be for her and the spouse.
But they followed their noses - which led them straight to our front door. The aroma of nasi tomato, acar timun, spicy roast chicken with serai and cheesecake and mee rebus was too overpowering.
And here they are having their spot of lunch .................................
.............................................but not before Yuwrajh had unloaded all the goodies and yum yums for Miss Hamid's birthday. Thank you, terima kasih, kam sia, dhanyavadh!!
All the above will complement the spouse's tea-sy birthday present. It will be Tetley tea in bed in the morning, Typhoo tea for elevenses, Yorkshire tea and 2 ginger biscuits at teatime. (I had hoped for a diamond necklace ..... for the past 26 years.) But he's got Scottish blood and woe is me.
Thank goodness Yuwrajh has the blood of the Maratha warrior - as well as successfully undergoing Singapore's National Service. I know that next year he will scour the jungles, and Harrods and Holloway and Boon Lay Shopping Centre too, to get his ole Teech her heart's desire.
Finally, thank you Hassan for driving the car that brought the bad penny to our house - AND for repairing the toilet cistern. You did it in one minute - the spouse spent the last month staring at it every day and wringing his hands! You are welcome any time to visit Leicester, with or without Yuwrajh. But give us time to prepare our list of DIY jobs for you to do.
Above all, thank you Yuwrajh for remembering. You are a joy to be with - lively and warm - just like the old days. Here are a couple of Yesterday's Photographs to 'warm the cockles of your heart' and perhaps make you cry.
Take care and have a safe journey to New York.