Today, the Colombos treated us to lunch. We were celebrating publication of John’s latest book, Immense Estates. First, though, they took me over to The Hatter to pick up my freshly-cleaned and blocked fedora.
So I am rehatted. We all had fun trying on headgear. Inspired, Danica remembered a hat she had stashed in the basement. It’s a winner … not red, like the one she tried on in the photo, but black like mine and still brand new. I would like to have bought her a grey hat that looked very smart with her parka. Maybe next time.
John Robert Colombo looked seriously good in a grey Stetson fedora and Ruth almost found the purple wide-brim she is after, but today was not the day, as you see.
The Colombos can return to The Hatter easily. It’s in their neighbourhood and right next door to one of their frequent food-shopping stops.
Ararat International Fine Foods is a small store with a long history. “Forty-six blessed years.” said the genial owner. “Were there other years that weren’t so good?” I asked. “Forty-six blessed years,” he repeated, ignoring my attempt at humour.
Photography inside was not wanted, which is a pity because the place is absolutely packed with interesting products, curios and kitchenware. Outside, a photo was deemed OK.