The Sock's contribution to VP's Guess who is coming to dinner? challenge is somewhat late due to being away and general brain fug. The Sock is not reading everyone else's blogs until having posted her guestlist in case she has had the same ideas as everyone else and has to rethink!
The invitations turned out to be much more of a challenge than the Sock had thought pretty much matching the experiences of real life where in the dim and distant days of dinner parties finding the right combination of guests to provide a convivial atmosphere was somewhat hit or miss.
So discarded guest lists included...
The throw them together and watch the sparks fly list..
Those two TV luvvies (whose names the Sock has long since erased from her memory) who floated around people's gardens draping bits of leopard skin fabric here and there whilst calling everyone dahling, thrown together with His Organic Jerkinness Monty Don, Bob Pippidew and possibly Peter Seabrook.
The intelligent but possibly heavy going list..
Dan Pearson because his original TV series about redesigning small town gardens inspired the Sock to create her garden. Also he is pretty easy on the eye.
Mary Reynolds designer of the Sock's favourite Chelsea Flower Show Garden.
Patrice Taravella owner and designer of the Prieure d'Orsan in France. The Socks stayed at the Prieure a few years ago and it is one of the Sock's most memorable gardens. In the space of a mere 15 years Patrice has created what is described as "a fabulous monastic-style medieval garden" . The gardens are both serene and stylish, the beautiful lavender cloisters are alive with the movement of humming bird moths, and although the gardens have a definite air of healing and sanctuary they are also extremely sensuous.
These invitees are all very well but it means the Sock is going to have to try and look intelligent all evening which might not be so much fun.
So who does the Sock really want on her guest list for a good evening? Yolanda-Elizabet springs to mind as she is funny and witty and we can swap endless cat stories. Fat Rascal must come to provide the Sock with moral support and so we will have some new gossip for our "ladies of letters" (or in this case email) relationship. And we must have MrsMatthewWilson so she can show us all THAT photograph album which means that Emma T and VP will need to be there to share in the amazement.. and in fact why stop there lets invite ALL the garden-blogging girls because they just want to have fun!
Ladies!!! Quiet a moment there is a ring at the doorbell