Liz Moody’s Dulwich Life is written by Anna Sayburn, inspired by Gainsborough’s portrait “Mrs Elizabeth Moody and Her Two Sons”. It imagines how Mrs Moody might live today.
Monday 31 March
Took the boys over to Mummy’s for the day. Mummy’s yoga friend from the skiing trip was there having coffee and a crisis. Mrs Yoga’s husband found the digital camera chip which had her ‘unofficial’ skiing photos on it, including the ones of her with their instructor. He flatly refused to believe she was just demonstrating how good the downward dog position is for stretching out the hamstrings. So now it’s all getting a bit messy and Mrs Yoga’s worried about how to hang onto the Tuscan olive groves, etc.
Which was when I had my brilliant business idea. Olive oil tasting parties! Like Ann Summers parties but with olive oil, wine, and maybe little breadsticks and, um, olives and stuff, instead of scratchy nylon knickers.
Mrs Yoga was a little bit dubious, but I think I talked her round. We agreed we’d have it at Mummy’s house; I’ll handle the invitations and marketing, and Mrs Yoga will provide 10 bottles of different herb-infused oils for tasting. Sam can take the orders and do the accounts. His top maths results must be good for something. Mrs Yoga will make enough money to hire a decent divorce lawyer and I can rescue the family fortune and ditch Mr M’s horrid household economies. Genius.
Photo: Thanks to Marysia on Flickr