I enjoyed Christmas but it’s New Year I’m really looking forward to. That’s when we’ll be back with what writer Armistead Maupin calls our ‘logical family’. As opposed to our biological family.
Of course, I love my family, but our ‘logical family’ are our friends – the friends-for-life kind.
Maupin is the man responsible for the Tales of the City series. If you don’t know the books, you don’t know what you’re missing.
They were written in San Francisco in the 1970s and 80s and centre around a group of people who share a boarding house. In the TV series of the first three books, made in the 1990s and early 2000s, the principal characters were played by such stars as Olympia Dukakis, Laura Linney and Paul Gross.
Dukakis played the owner of 28 Barbary Lane, Anna Madrigal, who brought all the disparate characters together.
There are some similarities to our friend Jenny (below), in Castillonnès, Lot-et-Garonne. Like Mrs Madrigal, she is a collector of people and stories – and I mean that in the nicest way.
She acts like a magnet for interesting people.
Among them is Christine, who will also be staying at hers while we’re there. She’s an art teacher in London, who’s opened our eyes to some great painters over the years – Turner, in particular – and is also a great person to go shopping with.
We’re on our way to Jenny’s this morning. We left Lille last night and are currently in Chartres.
As Damon doesn’t drive yet (I think I spot a possible New Year’s resolution here…), the ten-hour drive is down to me, so we break it in the Eure-et-Loir capital.
“Like Mrs Madrigal, she is a collector of people and stories”
By this afternoon, we’ll be in the south west. We have a week of DIY ahead in Belvès, along with a catch-up with the builder, a meeting at the chamber of commerce and a rendez-vous at the mairie.
Whether we’re toiling or relaxing, it’s sure to be a great week, spent with our ‘family’.