Happy New Year! um, it is a bit late in the day, but you know, the New Year should continue well into the year. Actually, I would prefer it to continue all the way into my birthday, which is in October. Not that you would send me a card, but if you would like to, I would not be opposed to it. So, since I last wrote, we’ve had you and Livia in Dubai raising money for Oxfam and Dubai cares, oh the ladies looked fantastic in all their dresses. I though Frieida Pinto was stunning in her vintage dress and was touched she auctioned it off as well. From reading Livia’s blog( yes I do read her blog regularly and love that she has all these celebrities stepping out for the GCC) I was amazed at how much the Green Carpet Challenge helped raise. Um, well, having you there must have been a bonus. You know what surprised me the most about you? and you can tell me if this is true or not… probably not, but I will ask anyway, do you sew?… I read, and yes, I do know that everything I read, is um, not true, but this makes sense because of what you both do for charity and up-cycling. I read that Livia and you like to mend clothing and you recycle clothes from friends which are passed down to your sons – What an incredible lesson you are teaching your children. My mum sewed a lot of my dresses and they were beautiful creations. I loved going to fabric shops and seeing her cut cloth into these fashion forward designs. Quite a few of my friends had glamorous outfits from some very posh places, and on occasion I wished for store-bought clothing too. Looking back, however, I think I was lucky to have a mum who thought of everything. Sadly, I cannot sew, so I buy.
Now, I have to warn you, I am going to be dedicating a few posts to Pride and Prejudice, it is 200 years since it was published and we must celebrate. Yes? But, I will not deprive those who would like a few photos of you, yes, yes, rather painful I know. Please bear with me… I will post some photos of you, in your um, wet shirt and in other regency era clothing. You know I will forever think of you as a regency gentleman( it is almost as though you would have fitted right in) I suspect many think that way. I’m sure it is mortifying. Nevertheless, you shall once again be Darcy – just for a little while, to remind us of Pride and Prejudice, for you are the epitome of this wonderfully written character. It will also serve as a reminder on how brilliant Jane was in capturing society at its best and its worst, giving us a sharp and witty novel, that is as relevant to modern day society as it was to 19th century England.