Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
And a good time was had by all, I believe.
Our first guests of the year have come and gone. My brother and sister-in-law. I realised something fantastic happened to all of us over the years, just as these things go when we’re lucky — and it’s that we’ve all arrived at a version of ourselves we’re happy with. We’re leading lives we enjoy, in places we enjoy, and there is much food and much drink.
We had a sort of food extravaganza in the past weeks. Everything from Pithviviers which Mike’s brother introduced us to last night and I fell in love with, to prawns in anis, pesto, oysters, poke bowls, an obscene amount of cheeses — and did I mention much drink? I was also introduced to Fava Bean Paste by Hodmedod’s which is a very interesting seasoning which has an extremely intense miso flavour. Perfect for adding depth to sauces.
In Number 42 news, the house isn’t looking bad at all. The new mattresses for the guest rooms arrived. Softer for Summer Girl number I’s room, firmer for Summer Girl number II’s. This year we also get Mr. Summer Girl, or is it just Summer Boy? Anyway, their brother who is as much fun as they are. He’ll be accompanied by his wife. When he was first divorced and was looking for a new relationship we used to have sessions voting on who he should communicate with on a dating app. He ended up marrying the person we all voted for!
Work is exactly how we like it, quiet and stable. The Louis XV Aubusson set is going to live in a glorious chateau in Brittany. Some gorgeous pieces are here including a processional size Madonna. Her base is extraordinary, it’s got angels the size of wine bottles.
Very reminiscent of the work of Salzillo. He loved adding in some angels to his sculpture groupings.
And finally, Mike’s pre-surgery consult is later this month. That’s the point at which they set a day which will be sometime in September. He’s chosen the robot surgery and total removal. We’re positive about the whole thing.