Hello my dear, yes, it’s me again. I know we’ve only spoken a couple of days ago but I know you like to have all my little bits of news. I’m really sorry about this, but before I even ask you how you are, I need to ask you a question – how does a plot thicken? Do you add cornflour and then stir it? It’s such a silly phrase, but one which is used on a very regular basis.
Right now I’ve got that off my chest, I must tell you – oh no, now I really am forgetting my manners! That will never do. I know that it’s not considered to be important to many folk, but it is to me. How are you and the family today? That’s good and thank you, yes I will really enjoy coming to tea next week. The children may possibly have forgotten me by then!
Yes, thank you, both of us are coping reasonably well. Mrs. M is rather shaken; I’m sure that you’ll understand that. Neither of us is in our first (or second) flush of youth, and incidents like this can affect us for some time – both mentally and physically. Mrs. M was delighted to be back here last night. She said that the hospital bed was very noisy and she could hear it crackling. I think it’s something to do with the plastic sheet which covers the mattress!
Freddie rang me late morning and said that he had been told he could collect Mrs. M at any time after 4pm yesterday. By the time everything was sorted out for her release it was nearly 5pm when they arrived here. Freddie said that he wouldn’t stay for a cup of tea, but would pop to see us sometime today, and if we needed anything at all we were to ring him straightaway.
After he had gone and Mrs. M changed into her PJs and dressing gown we settled down with our cups of tea while Mrs. M tried to explain what had happened. I decided to let her tell me, in her own words, without me interrupting her – that’s quite difficult for me! You know what I’m like, for putting in my two-pennysworth!
So then – as she went out for her little walk, she switched the torch on and ambled down to the edge of the loch. Apparently it was completely silent outside as she wandered slowly along the water’s edge. She could just see the lights at the hotel twinkling in the distance. She decided to walk a little further before turning round and heading back here. As she changed direction a figure rushed up to her and knocked her to the ground. Mrs. M gave a little scream and then tried to pick herself up. However, the person pushed her down again by hitting her on her arm and shoulder.
At that point she thinks that she lost consciousness for a short time. The next part of the story is a little vague. Mrs. M thought she heard the man who attacked her speaking to another person who said “are you sure you’re right?” The first guy said “no, I don’t think so”. Mrs. M said that she could hear them arguing – and then they said something about a picture, which she didn’t understand. Apparently one of the men then said “I’d better ring him”, but she was unable to hear what else was said. She decided that it would be best to keep still and not to let them know that she was awake and could hear them. She then told me that one of the guys made a very short call saying “it’s the wrong one”. With that, the two men ran away quickly, leaving Mrs. M on the ground.
At that point Mrs. M thinks she lost consciousness again, because the next thing she remembered was Freddie and a couple of members of his staff from the hotel kneeling down and talking to her. She told Freddie that someone had pushed her down to the ground, but didn’t mention the conversation between the men. Poor Mrs. M didn’t know what to do for the best so she decided not to tell anyone about the men, apart from me.
I decided that Mrs. M should have an early night and I told her to go to bed after we had our supper. She has sprained her wrist and also her ankle so she is hobbling around. She has also got a huge bruise on her hip; which is presumably where she landed on it after her fall. The hospital staff gave her some painkillers, to make her feel a little more comfortable. I left her reading a book during the evening. I popped in to see her on a couple of occasions and she was asleep. When I went in about 10.30pm she was awake again, so I asked if she would like a warm drink. She decided that a mug of hot chocolate would be wonderful so I made us each one – complete with mini marshmallows. We both enjoyed our drinks and then I left her to settle down for the night.
When I got up this morning, Mrs. M was already sitting in the living room, although she was still wearing her PJs. Apparently she slept reasonably, although it hurt her every time she moved. I made us some cereal and toast while Mrs. M poured us both a cup of tea.
Well my dear, this is the up to date situation. Mrs. M is very stiff this morning and struggling to move very far. I’m sure that she will improve in the next couple of days. I need to have a further conversation with her, but I still need to treat her gently as she is rather vulnerable at the moment.
I’m expecting Freddie to come round at some point today. I’m proposing to tell him that we will be staying here until Monday or Tuesday and then heading back home. Until that time, we won’t be venturing outside at all. Freddie, very kindly, offered to go shopping for us. He said that if we decided what we would like, he’d call back, pick up a list and then go to the local store, which seems to sell everything. Freddie thought that that would be easier for us than contacting the shop and asking them to deliver it here.
So that is where we are now, my dear. Thank you very much for your offer to collect us, but I really wouldn’t want to put you to so much trouble. In actual fact, Bertie, Mrs. M’s brother has already said that he will pick us up and drive us back to Lavinia Court.
Yes, we will be perfectly safe. The door will be locked and as the weather isn’t due to be very good over the next few days, we won’t leave the cabin at all. Yes, my dear, I will have another conversation with Mrs. M. I know that you’re not convinced by her behaviour. I think it may be because you don’t really know her. However we will see what transpires in the next couple of weeks. I’m now going to make us both another pot of tea. As Always –
With Love – Jan xx