Well my dear, it’s so nice to see you again. I’m tickety-boo and back in rude health. I really wanted to tell you about the visit I had from Mrs. M yesterday – and very welcome it was too. She rang me a couple of afternoons ago to say that she hadn’t seen much of me recently and would like to come round for a coffee the next morning. Yes, I know we spent a couple of hours at her apartment a few days ago when we were trying to find her Swarovski ornaments and jewellery, but we didn’t really have a conversation, as we were in different rooms emptying cupboards and drawers before putting everything back again.
She was aware that I had been a little under par and thought that it would be nice to have a chat. Now I must tell you something, my dear… I really wouldn’t have believed it. Mrs. M said that she’d bring some scones for us. I think she popped into The Roasted Bean and collected them as I know that Giselle made some yesterday morning and had taken them in.
It was an absolute delight to see Mrs. M arrive at my door bearing gifts. She brought a small pot of homemade strawberry jam (made by G) and a small tub of clotted cream. I think she twisted the arm of one of the owners at the coffee shop! Mrs. M bustled round setting up my little table with a tablecloth and linen napkins – we always use napkins – while I made the coffee and got out the china.
We had a lovely chat – about nothing in particular. We decided that we had heard enough about Gordon for the time being, so we weren’t going to devote any more time to him. Mrs. M has now put her claim for the missing ornaments and jewellery in to the insurance company and I understand that they expect to settle it shortly. I’m pleased for her as she was quite upset about the theft. I think that Gordon may well have had something to do with that, but at the moment I’m keeping my suspicions to myself.
I’m aware that Mrs. M’s cleaner was concerned that she may have been a suspect, but Mrs. M has allayed her fears as she is a lovely woman and is well thought of in the building as she cleans for about ten of the residents. She lives in a little house in the village and can be seen doing bits of shopping for various folk who live here. I have asked her if she will come and clean for me once she can sort out a time-slot.
Mrs. M was asking me whether I think it’s a good time of year to have her apartment decorated. I’m not too sure that it’s a great time to have the upheaval. They are only small flats (sorry – apartments) but having to move everything into the middle of the rooms and trying to work around them seems unnecessary, particularly when she only had the whole place decorated in the past couple of years. I suggested it would be a better idea to wait until she goes up to the Isle of Islay to stay with her sister and to have it done while she is away. The decorator is a distant relative of hers, whom she has known since they were both children, so there isn’t any concern about items going missing! Mrs. M likes that idea but as she isn’t going back to Scotland till the spring the decorating will be left till that time. I’ve said that I’ll pop in and out to check that everything is left tidy and to ensure that all furniture is placed back in its correct position.
She asked whether I want to have my flat decorated at the same time, but as mine was only done at the end of last year there isn’t any need for it to be repainted for another couple of years.
We thoroughly enjoyed our scones with jam and clotted cream – in fact we decided that we couldn’t possibly manage to eat any lunch. By the way, I’m not going to discuss whether it should be jam first and then the cream on top, or vice versa! There were two scones left – one of which Mrs. M took with her and the other I have popped into my freezer for another day. I also told her to take the remaining clotted cream and the last of the jam, so I think she will have her final scone for supper.
It was lovely to chat about everything and nothing. I enjoy Mrs. M’s company – and guess what – she didn’t ask me for any yarn! I think that was the first time she hasn’t hinted that she would like some wool for one thing or another. Perhaps it was an oversight on her part – I really can’t say!
Anyway my dear I had a lovely morning and thought that you may like to hear about a day in my life where there wasn’t at least one crisis. It was nice to ignore all the things which are going on around here and just chat about normal things.
I know it won’t happen too often. I’m sure there will be something else happening which affects this little community in one way or another. However, it was great to have a lovely, peaceful morning – As Always –
With Love – Jan xx