Next month Dan's Croatian pen pal is coming over to visit for a week. She loves all things British and frankly knows a fair bit of about the place that is foreign to me. She is keen to explore but doesn't want to do the traditional touristy things, she's more keen to go to the places and do the things that British people would do.
I've probably said before that when she and her husband came over last year for the weekend I threw it out to my friends - what is a traditional British weekend, all views welcome. The answer came back - take them to Wetherpoons. Hmmm.
So what are we to do. We know she hates Manchester, loves Liverpool and was charmed by the Ribble valley and Southport (no, she didn't see the sea). She wants to see The Lake District and I've demanded a trip to Shrewsbury. But where else? We can go as far north as Dumfries, as far south as Shrewsbury and as far east as Hull. Can't get much further west than my house or we'd be in the drink.
Even though there's too much choice about days out, it's the days in I'm stressed about. She also wants to learn about my days. Dan will be at work for two of the seven days so I will be alone to entertain. I've heard that she would really like us to cook together. She is an amazing cook and baker, I am a reluctant one. What to do? Practice cooking leek and butterbean crumble every day for the next fortnight until it's acceptable for someone other than the regular members of the household? Hand over my recipe box and let her do it while I direct then declare it's just how I make it when it's delicious? Have a G&T and not worry about it? All of the above?
I know people always says "people are there to visit you not your home" but on this occasion that doesn't apply. What is a girl who does not clean behind her fridge, to do?