I like Coffee, I like Tea…

Well, my dear, I hope that you are having a good day.  I’ve been a little out of sorts over the past couple of days, but there is really no need to worry about me as I’m coming out the other side now.  If you are wondering about the title, it is quite appropriate, albeit a little confusing.

 I’m sure you know that particular song although it’s strange as although the title is “I like Coffee” etc – the lyrics are “I love coffee, I love tea – I love the java jive and it loves me”!  Now I really don’t wish to start a debate but it just crossed my mind.  There are obviously some very strange things which enter my subconscious thoughts at times.

Now this all began because Teddy invited me to go to the Roasted Bean for a coffee and a toasted teacake.  Well, I’m hardly likely to say no – neither would you if you were being honest – and I trust you always are!    We decided to meet there as Teddy was only ten minutes away, so I got myself ready but by the time I was ready to leave the building Teddy had come across to meet me at the lift.  She had already been into the coffee shop to reserve a little table in the corner, where we could see who was coming and going, but could also have a private conversation without being overheard.

Once we had settled ourselves in the comfortable chairs – they are great to sink down into, although I do need some help to get back up on my feet again – and we had placed our orders Teddy was more than ready to let me know the news.  Incidentally, Harry wasn’t with her on this occasion as he was being pampered at the pet salon.  Apparently he was having a little trim, hair wash and blow-dry and his nails clipped.  He will look even more adorable than usual.

Sorry, what was I saying before I wandered off topic?  Just let me gather my thoughts my dear.  Right, yes Teddy has been trying to get some information for me regarding our missing Buildings Manager.  It would appear that Gordon had asked for some assistance from a police officer ex-colleague.  He had collapsed when he was in his car – fortunately he wasn’t driving at the time.  Although this was on the Wednesday before the contest, the friend didn’t hear the message till the next day.  He then couldn’t find Gordon and decided to log him as a missing person.

In the meantime Gordon had spoken to another friend who managed to get him to a doctor.  As Gordon has private medical insurance he was seen by the doctor privately who arranged some tests immediately.   However, after this little episode it was recommended that he had a couple of weeks away from the stress of work.  This friend and his wife had already booked a holiday cottage in Norfolk and were due to be going in a couple of days.  They asked Gordon to go with them for a complete break.  I understand that they are spending their time fishing from the bank of their riverside cottage.  I believe there is a little cabin cruiser available for them as well.

Now my dear, I am really sorry that Gordon has been unwell.  However, I do feel that it should have been possible for him to contact someone in the building, just to explain that he would be away for a couple of weeks. I appreciate that it is possible to forget things, but just to drop everything without a word to anyone I think is a rather poor show.  At the very least, he needed to tell his employers so they could arrange for a relief manager.  Of course, someone may have contacted them on his behalf, although I’m not aware of seeing anyone in the office or a notice on the door saying that the manager is away.

At least Teddy was able to give me the information for which I was grateful although as I’ve already said,  I’m disappointed that no-one felt it necessary to let residents know that the manager would be away for a few weeks.  However, I’m sure I will get the whole story in the fullness of time.  Things have a habit of coming out – whether you want to keep them secret or not!

I almost forgot to tell you that I had my usual hot chocolate, with cream and yes, I had a toasted teacake with butter and very nice it was too.  Teddy had one of these coffees with the froth on the top and a little pattern on it – very pretty, although I don’t think it improves the taste very much.

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She decided to have a chocolate brownie and declared it was scrumptious.  I’m sure they were made by Giselle – I don’t know what she does with them, but there’s a hint of a flavour I can’t quite recognise.  They are fabulous and I understand why the owners of the coffee shop are always asking her for more of them.

I thorough enjoyed my chat with Teddy and wish we could meet up more regularly, but I know how busy she is – her workload seems to be piling up again and she is dealing with several different cases at the one time.  She really enjoys the work though – I know she has to go into different scenarios as soon as the officers request her presence and some crime scenes are harrowing.  However, she has chosen that career and wouldn’t continue to do the work if she couldn’t take the various situations she has to deal with from time to time.

Right my dear, I hope that you liked my little update and I’ll keep you informed on other matters as soon as I can.  I need to decide what I’m having for lunch today, as the morning has just disappeared again.  As Always –

With Love – Jan  xx 

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I'm retired, disabled and after sudden death of wonderful husband, have moved closer to my son, daughter-in-law and baby, Charlie. I live in sheltered housing at the bottom end of the scale called Independent Living. I had been in an online Knit and Natter group for a couple of years before Ian died and the members of the group were and still are a wonderful support to me. Since moving here I have now got my own little Facebook group where the members are now my friends and extended family. It was suggested that I write a blog - so here we are!!

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  1. Jan you make The Roasted Bean sound wonderful. So Gordon has been taken ill. If he was able to go and see a consultant and then join his friends in their holiday cottage, surely he could have used a phone to inform people what was happening. Surely he is answerable to someone higher than him who would have sent a temporary manager. He must know he hasn’t informed his employers of his whereabouts. The mystery continues.


    1. Hi Maggie – it seems a little suspicious to me. I think there’s another reason for his disappearance. It’s all very convenient that he was unwell. I wouldn’t have thought he could get away with such poor behaviour, and lack of manners. xx


  2. I’m glad that the mystery of Gordon’s disappearance has been solved, although I agree information should have been given to the residents and management immediately. It still sounds very strange to me. It’s very convenient isn’t it!
    I do wish we had a lovely sanctuary like the the Coffee Bean. It sounds lovely.


    1. It’s lovely to hear from you Frances. Yes, it think it’s all rather convenient. I’m not at all happy about it, but I’m certain that the information Teddy gave me, wouldn’t have been conjecture. She is very careful to ensure that she understands information before she passes it on – but I’m sure there is more to this than meets the eye. xx


  3. Oh Jan I would like to visit your coffee shop it sounds wonderful – back to Gordon I think there is still something fishy about him!!! He would need to let his employer know surely – he is a mysterious man !!! No doubt we will find out what is going on eventually x x


    1. Hi Sandra – it is a rather lovely space which I feel we’re really lucky to have. I’m not convinced that we have the whole story as to Gordon’s disappearance – it’s a little too fishy! However, I’m sure I will find out some information in the fulness of time. xx


  4. Oooh those brownies sound good! I think there is something very “odd” about Gordon – things are probably not quite as they seem!


  5. I wonder if the unusual spice in your brownies could be cloves. I have a recipe for a chocolate zucchini cake that has cloves as a seasoning. Really rather scrumptious even if I did think it odd when I first read the recipe. I’ve actually added just a smidge of cloves to a regular chocolate cake, scratch or box mix), for a change


    1. It’s nice to hear from you Karen – thank you for your suggestion about cloves. I do enjoy the flavour as long as it isn’t overdone. I enjoy mulled wine occasionally, but some recipes seem to be very heavy-handed with cloves. I’ll bear that in mind – interesting. xx


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