Are you the consummate hostess?
Does the idea of people just 'popping in' give you pleasure? Are unexpected visitors a delight?
For me the answer to each of these would have to be 'No', 'NO', and 'NO!'
It's not that I'm an anti-social person, rather that I'm a MUCH happier hostess if guests visit on my terms.
I like to have the house properly cleaned, flowers in vases, something baked, the guest bedroom and bathroom made up, you get the idea I'm sure.
Yes, I'm a perfectionist and this is probably one of the least savoury elements of my personality.
This peccadillo has no doubt been reinforced over many decades of living a long, long way away from my family, who would have to make a considered effort to visit me involving at least one 'warning' telephone call before they departed.
This system would give me enough time to go into a stress-induced meltdown trying to clean my home to within an inch of its life and be a bit worn out before they arrived.
Now, I live on acreage 10 minutes from 'town' and the chances of someone just popping in for a cup of tea & a chat are highly unlikely which is just how I want it because I like to spoil my guests and have everything 'just so' when I entertain. It is a rare day when someone knocks on my front door whom I haven't invited unless of course it's the septic or waste water man and that's a whole other story!
What do you think? Are you like me, going into a tailspin if unexpected visitors suddenly appear on your doorstep? Or are you the wonderful person I aspire to be, greeting all and sundry with open arms and ignoring the little dust-bunnies scurrying into corners to play hide-and-seek with the cobwebs?
Image unknown - if you know the source I would appreciate receiving the link.
PS: Have just received a tip from Chantal that the image could have been taken at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi - I've had a look at the site and in addition to thinking that she is totally on the money, have now found a new thing to add to my 'Bucket List'. Thanks Chantal!