Well, my dear, I wonder if you recognise where the title of today’s post comes from? Possibly not – you need to be a fan of Gilbert and Sullivan in order to know that those are lyrics from a song in Iolanthe – there is a trio in the second act which is sung by The Lord Chancellor, Lord Mountararat and Lord Tolloller. Now I’m not wishing to preach about the music I enjoy; you know my dear that I wouldn’t ever do that. Everyone has their own special interest and mine just happens to be Gilbert and Sullivan.
I thought that the title was appropriate under the circumstances as I have a little bit of gossip for you this morning. I know we all enjoy that as it can break up the monotony of life in general. However, I thoroughly dislike malicious gossip and I’m sure you know me well enough to realise that I wouldn’t engage in any of that under any circumstances.
OK, so now that we’ve established the ground rules, this piece of gossip is relating to my old school friend, Georgie Red who now lives over the corridor. As you are aware, she isn’t the quietest soul around – it’s something to do with the whistling – but I’ve been noticing that she appears to have quite a lot of company just now. When I say “quite a lot” I don’t mean in the quantity of people, no, no my dear, I am referring to one person in particular. She is, and I have chosen my words carefully, what we delicately used to call “walking out” with a rather gorgeous guy called Billy. I understand that folk often call him Billy Goat, although I’m not sure of their reasoning. I’m sure I remember that billy goats were rather smelly creatures, and Georgie’s new beau couldn’t by any stretch of the imagination, be called that. In fact he seems to favour a very subtle perfume – possibly an aftershave lotion. I’m not exactly certain of the brand, but it is definitely very pleasant.
I have been introduced to Billy – he is a very charming gentleman who enjoys going for long walks in the countryside. Dare I say, he is rather different from the other chaps I have known Georgie to take up with over the years. He is definitely more “upmarket” and I’m just hoping that she doesn’t do anything silly to jeopardise this fledgling relationship. They have been seeing one another for about five or six months now, and he is a frequent visitor to Lavinia Court. I think it’s lovely for them both and I hope that it won’t fizzle out.
I do know that Georgie has been making tentative enquiries as to the availability of a two bedroom flat. This would be a huge step for both of them so I think that option may well be planned for next year. Billy has just retired – he had his own business, I don’t exactly know the details, but I understand there was quite a lot of manual work involved. I really do wish them both lots of happiness and I promise to keep you updated with all the bits of news from that corner.
I do have other news to tell you about, but I’ll wait to let you know about the children’s concert held here yesterday afternoon. Everything was fine – but I feel I need a break from talking about Talent Contests and concerts.
I have had a quick look around Mrs. M’s apartment and currently haven’t discovered the items she has mislaid. However, I have agreed to spend a couple of hours checking everywhere thoroughly. Considering how small these flats/apartments are, there seem to be plenty of places where items can disappear.
I’m going to keep this fairly short, my dear. It’s been lovely chatting with you and I hope you enjoyed my little bit of news. I’m going to listen to another couple of tracks from Iolanthe and then make some lunch. I’ll be back again soon but until then – As Always –
With Love – Jan xx