…Twelfth Night celebrations with Polish friends, hosted by Gosia Bryzinska and family. Gosia is a talented writer and also an artist –  her lovely sketches illustrate my book on Newman’s London.. Delicious food (barsch, bigos, a buffet of cheeses and pate and salads…). The Fourth King was chosen via a tray of gingerbread covered with silver sugar: whoever got the Star was the King and was duly crowned, and a box went round for charity which the King will send to Aid to the Church in Need…and  we sang carols. By turn Polish and English, with young voices providing descants, and some really glorious music soaring…. It was absolutely wonderful – the cosy room, people seated on sofas or chairs or the floor, candles glowing, wine and coffee going the rounds…joy.

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