I am so sorry that I won't be able to be at the ball today. I was intent on inviting Omar Sharif (Yuri Zhivago) as my guest, and he insisted that I travel to Russia to meet him and accompany him on the long voyage back to "Willow Manor".
I had chosen the dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in "Love In The Afternoon", but alas,
Upon my arrival in Moscow, "Yuri" informed me that we would be terribly delayed due to unforeseen snow storms! Yes, my dear, at this time of year!!!
Imagine my shock at arriving at the good doctor's country home and finding it quite an ice palace. This is NOT what I had envisaged for your party!
It was obvious to me from the get-go that it would take more than a few good White Russians to thaw out this scene!
At least my date is trying to be oh so gallant in providing me with warmth and charm. Under the circumstances, these "woolly" Russian socks will have to do, although it totally ruins the look I was so trying to pull off.
Wistfully, I was imagining all the delicacies you'd be serving at this time, but due to our lack of resources, we were lucky to be able to cobble together enough ingredients to make a traditional and sparkling dish. I was pleased that the colour of this dish matched my socks!
1 fluid ounce vodka
1 fluid ounce cream or milk
I must admit that things are starting to get a bit warmer here in the countryside and with the help of a few 'White Russians' ahem....Yuri is now "Darling Yuri".
Always the charmer, my date has changed into his party togs and things now have the potential of becoming positively steamy! He's pulled out his Balalaika
Sweet Willow, how I wished I could have been at the party with the good doctor, who, as you know, is also a poet. I would have requested that he read to all your guests. As it is now, he is reading to ME. By candlelight. It's snowing, we're in Russia in a country house..this is just like being in a dream!
Snow on snow the blizzard blew,
All frontiers enswirling.
A candle on the table stood -
A tallow candle burning.
All at once we are jostled from our all night reverie by the crew who tell us that there is a break in the weather and that if we move quickly, we can make the next train and get out of the country.
In the light of day, "Darling Yuri" clad in his rough overcoat is Yuri with the balalaika embedded under his arm and whisking us off in the sleigh once again.
Oh my dear Willow. Look what I spotted a woman wearing on the train! I shall bring you back yet another Zhivago hat ...the least I can do for being so late to the ball.
We are ever so sorry to have been so detained. Hopefully we will be there in time to join you all for brunch! In the meantime, our glasses are raised to you all at the Willow Manor Ball.