The evening ends with a masked ball, and this is where the dilemma starts...what to wear? Last year's theme was children's historical book characters, and unfortunately the Count had not noticed the word ‘children's,’ and he came dressed as The Marquis de Sade with me trotting along behind as Lady Godiva. The Queen (dressed as Mary Poppins) was not amused, but Humphrey Stigbolt-Jenkinson-Smythe (Noddy) and Lady Henrietta Dugdale Plympton (Wonder Woman) thought it was hilarious.
This year the only requirement to adhere to is a mask, and I have gone for a simple venetian affair in 9 carat gold encrusted with diamonds and framed with feathers from the rarest of endangered species. For the dress I have elected to go really traditional and stick to plain reds and greens with a full-length ball gown in red satin complemented by a green off-the-shoulder wrap in chiffon with a pair of emerald earrings and matching necklace. Although I would usually wear high-heeled Deltra Escarmoix sling-back shoes in gold with a sapphire buckle, this year, due to a painful bunion, I will make do with a pair of Reebok Trainers.
The Count, once again, has misread the invitation and is attending wearing only a mask. He says his ‘manhood’ will receive very little attention, but I disagree as most of the people there get great pleasure in looking down at the unemployed.
Also by The Countess...