30: Niki buys Redwood Business - and Plesman dies
It was a different story when a letter came from America, offering Niki the chance of buying out the Redwood family lingerie-dress business, and the prospect of making a home in the USA again became a possibility. The plan was not without attraction for Ivan, for if they went they would live at Atlanta, close to some big aircraft construction plants. It was decided that Niki should go alone, and see whether she thought she would like the idea. Ivan escorted her to Holland and saw her off on the trans-Atlantic flight. She had gone with his blessing, but his heart was heavy as he returned alone to Cala d'Or. But Ivan was overflowing in happiness, when his old friend Longin Lipsky decided to settle down in Palma. Longin, too, was retired, and he was "unattached", just as Ivan was a grass widover. They felt they really were bachelors again and settled down to a noisy, naughty, nonchalant renewal of their friendship, forty years on from their first meeting in Moscow. At the Bar Formentor, the Picadilly Circus of Palma, where everybody you know passes by in time if you sit long enough drinking Pernod, Ivan and Longin held court, the centre of an hilarious circle of pals.