Last night we were having our pre-prandial in the sitting room and I remarked how infrequently we now entertained people for dinner at home. Although these photographs were taken in the dining room of our previous home, the set up is very similar, except the sitting room and dining room are one long combined space. For some time now I've been thinking that having a formal dining area really isn't a major requirement any longer. For one thing I think many people find it too intimidating, and for another
whilst the effort required to set up this pallaver is very minimal, the cooking and serving has actually become quite an effort. And then of course there's the washing up, and it all needs to be by hand, because it's completely unsuitable for a dishwasher. As it's part of the "living room" in our current set up, even unadorned it looks quite pretty from the sitting area, but I think in our next life the dining and kitchen areas will need to be combined.
Maybe this train of thought is as a result of getting older, of wanting to be less grand and also of recognising that guests prefer a more subdued style. Besides, in Bangkok it is not hugely expensive to dine out at very respectable restaurants, and by doing so one can enjoy speaking to one's guests, rather than worrying whether the soufflé has risen, or prancing around like a footman on hot coals, topping up empty wine glasses.