It’s lovely to see you again my dears – I’ve been wondering where the weeks have gone. No sooner than I get up on Monday morning and do a few chores – then the days fly past and I suddenly seem to be thinking – gosh, it’s the weekend again. I’m sure when I was younger the days were longer!
I’m sure you’ll remember that my lovely neighbour Philip Jones was abducted the other day. Now there has been a lot of activity in and around the building. Various officers from the police have been to see me as, although there are 42 flats here, I appear to have been the only person who actually noticed the abduction.
My friend, Teddy has been in Philip’s flat trying to get fingerprints. Fortunately Philip has a cleaner, a local woman who pops in twice a week for an hour. The flats are small so it doesn’t take a lot of effort to keep them clean and tidy. Well, the cleaner had been the day before the incident and, according to Teddy, had made a good job of dusting the various surfaces. Teddy told me that she found four different fingerprints – although one was only a partial print. Obviously, one set of prints belonged to Philip so there are three which need to be eliminated. One set is likely to be the cleaner, leaving two, which by a process of elimination should belong to the kidnappers. Of course, the police need to establish whether they have those prints on file.
I’m going to have a busy day as I’m expecting Giselle this morning. She’s coming for coffee and cakes – that will be lovely, particularly as she’s baking and will bring some of her delicious cupcakes with her. I do like a cupcake – when did they stop being called buns – and why? G is being kept very busy at the moment. I often see her in the distance when she’s coming out of various flats. She always has a wicker basket over her arm which is full of empty containers after she dispenses small quantities of cakes and biscuits to various residents.
Getting back to what I was saying, G is coming round in a couple of hours. I wonder what “news” she’ll have for me today and more importantly, I wonder how accurate it will be? G is a lovely girl, and full of the best intentions – but she does seem to get hold of the wrong end of the stick more often than you could imagine! Not that she is ever malicious – no, she’s not capable of that. She just doesn’t always realise what folk aren’t necessarily telling the whole truth. So, if they embellish a story before they tell it to G – she then continues in the same trend!! Chinese whispers. Oh yes, do you remember the famous one – “Send 3s and 4d we’re going to a dance” – whereas as the actual order – much earlier was “Send reinforcements – we’re going to advance”!! The message got completely garbled the more folk were told about it.
Oh well, I’ve digressed again – I’m so sorry my dears, I seem to be getting worse. No, you don’t need to agree with me. Anyway back to G who will, I’m sure, have lots of gossip for me. I just need to disseminate fact from fiction!
I’ve been sitting close to the window this morning. It’s such a lovely day, and I do like to see what’s going on outside. I can also see the coffee shop on the other side of the road near to the zebra crossing. I must admit to needing my binoculars to see anyone in detail. Fortunately, from the angle I’m sitting at, no-one is able to see me, even if they look up. Of course, if I do want someone to see me, I can just stand up and wave to them.
Now that’s fortunate – G is just crossing the road towards my building now so I’ll just give her a little wave. That’s good – she’s seen me and she’s crossed the road safely – I know, she should be safe on a zebra crossing, but remember what happened to poor Patricia!! Anyway, G’s hurrying towards the entrance and I expect my buzzer will sound in a minute.
Sure enough a couple of minutes later the buzzer sounds and G announces herself. I released the door catch, so she can get into the building and of course, she knows her way up here. I poured the coffee into two china cups and go to open my front door. G is looking very summery today in a lovely short-sleeved top and cut-off chinos. She’s also wearing her new trainers.
We sit down after she has emptied her basket which has a wonderful selection of goodies – not only cupcakes. She’s also brought me some lemon drizzle cake, and apparently a new one – a rhubarb and ginger tray-bake. She knows that I love rhubarb and ginger so that is very thoughtful.
Two minutes later we’re just starting to have a lovely chat about the young couple who run the coffee shop and G says “you’re never going to believe this”….. when there is a very loud noise!
The fire alarm has just gone off and….. we need to get out of the building NOW!!
Well my dears, I’m really sorry to have to leave you so suddenly. I’ll be back as soon as possible – As Always –
With Love – Jan xx