Listen – Do you Want to Know a Secret?…

Well hello again my dear, it’s so lovely to hear from you.  Yes, we are fine, although as the weather has been somewhat disappointing we haven’t actually been out as yet.  Let me go back a little bit, and then I’ll bring you up-to-speed.  That’s another very strange phrase – how do you bring someone “up to speed” – what exactly does it mean.  I realise that it’s generally taken as being – explaining what the current situation is, and how that position has been reached!  It’s another of those vacuous phrases which means nothing. So, I  should say – “please allow me to tell you what has been happening here”!  That sounds much nicer – well, it does to my way of thinking! The alternative, well to this elderly woman seems to imply running faster and faster until…

Sorry – rant nearly over.  I think I must be one of those old-fashioned souls – perhaps I’m obsolete – now completely out-dated and I’ve been superseded by a newer model!  I like people to say what they mean.  I don’t think it’s necessary to pepper every sentence with swearing and I think it’s completely avoidable to swear in this little tale of mine.  I hope you agree with me.  I may be old-fashioned in my views, but as it’s my story – my rules!!

I’m really sorry, my dear, you’ve been good enough to ring me and all I’ve done is ramble on in an uncontrolled manner.  I really do apologise.  I promise that I will try to behave myself, at least for the rest of today.

After all my ramblings and ranting at the beginning of this conversation I’m afraid I do need to tell you something.  At the moment I’m not sure how it fits in with anything else – or indeed if it is related – and I’m not about to play a guessing game.  I think it is better for me to maintain a watching brief to see what transpires.  I would hate to malign someone, by me misreading the situation.  It’s all too easy to put two and two together and to end up with an odd number.

I know this isn’t helpful to you, and although I really could do with your advice, I don’t want you to read too much into the piece of information I’m going to give you.

Please don’t tell me to get on with it.  I’m finding it very difficult to verbalise my thoughts just at present.  It is awful to think that you have misjudged someone for some time.  Having said that, I could be completely wrong, and it may have been a really innocent exchange which I overheard and misconstrued.

My dear, I know I’m not explaining myself very well.  I’m thinking this through while we are talking, so I don’t get ahead of myself and lead you up a creek without any possibility of finding a paddle to extricate myself.

I think the best way of me going about this is to explain the events since our last conversation.  Will that be OK?  Right then, if you remember I said that Freddie had asked his staff to put a couple of spy cameras outside.  One is above the porch and focuses on the door and the other is in a tree closer to the loch and shows anyone coming up the path to the cabin from the loch.  I really like having them there and I’m happy to know that if anyone comes up to the door then Freddie will be aware.  I’m not expecting visitors here, but it’s better to be safe rather than sorry!  If nothing else it provides peace of mind, certainly for me.

Yes, Mrs. M is quite well, considering that she seems to be coming out with more bruises every day which are changing colour quite dramatically.  She has been doing a little knitting while I’ve been keeping a watchful eye on it.  At the moment, it looks OK – probably unwearable, but that really isn’t the point.  As long as she is happy with the work she is doing, I am unlikely to complain.

True to his word Freddie emailed me the menu for yesterday’s lunch.  Although everything sounded gorgeous, I was really boring and chose salmon.  It is one of my favourites, and not too heavy on the digestion.  Mrs. M, after changing her mind on more than one occasion finally settled on roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.  I thought that she would have that, as we don’t often buy a joint of beef as it is rather too large for us.  Yes, we have steak from time to time, but roast beef carved from the rib is something to be savoured as a special treat, when eating out. 

I have found the older I am, the less I choose to eat meat.  There aren’t any specific reasons; it is simply my preference.  I love roast lamb and I do cook myself the occasional chop or lamb noisette which makes for a wonderful roast.  I don’t dislike meat; I just find it quicker and easier to cook fish for myself.

I’m so sorry my dear as I’ve strayed from the subject again.  It seems to be taking me longer and longer to get back to it once I’ve wandered away.  I’m sure it is an age thing, so I’m not going to beat myself up.

I was saying that Freddie brought us a lovely lunch yesterday and also delivered a small apple pie and a wonderful rice pudding.  I was able to cut the apple pie into six slices so we still have some left for tomorrow.  We both love rice pudding, but I managed to hide some of it into the fridge right at the back so that Mrs. M wouldn’t spot it when she wanders into the kitchen – and specifically, heads towards the fridge.  She is still using the crutches, although I do think that in the next couple of days she will try to manage without them, particularly while she is inside here and can move around whilst using the furniture for support.

I’ve just realised that I still haven’t told you what I found out.  That makes it sound like it’s of greater importance than it actually is, if the truth be told.  While Mrs. M was lying on her bed yesterday afternoon, I went to the bathroom which is situated between the two bedrooms.  I have the bedroom closest to the living room, then it’s the bathroom and finally it’s Mrs. M’s bedroom.

I was being quiet as I thought Mrs. M was probably having a doze.  However just as I reached the bathroom door I heard her speaking on her phone.  She said “no, she has no idea”.  Someone obviously replied and Mrs. M then continued with “no-one was supposed to get hurt.  What happened?”  There was then obviously a long explanation from the other end of the call and then Mrs. M said – “you need to tell him that this has now gone far enough.  You need to back off, otherwise I’ll tell her everything I know, and hope she believes me“.

Can you understand why I am rather confused?  On the one hand it sounds as if Mrs. M is involved with at least one crime, but looking at it from a different perspective it may be that she has unwittingly become embroiled.

I feel that I don’t want to pressurise her while she is still recovering.  I’m almost certain she wouldn’t want to harm me physically, or to cause me any problems.  I think she is in a difficult position and is trying to extricate herself without making things worse.

I have spent the past day thinking it over, and have decided that I’m just going to let things continue for the time being.  I have no proof of anything, and unless Mrs. M says decides to tell me what is going on, I haven’t any evidence.

I still think that we are both relatively safe here, so I propose we continue our little holiday for a few more days.  I don’t think anything else will interrupt our break. 

Thank you for listening to me again, my dear.  I will be fine, and continue to mull matters over while wondering what to do next.  I’m planning on having a quiet day, and hope to continue with my knitting.  Yes, my dear, please do ring again in a couple of days.  It will be lovely to hear from you again.  Much love to the family.  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. Hi Sandra – you’ve not been here for a while. Lovely to see you again. I thought I’d already thickened it – is this what they call “over-egging it?” Perhaps not – I’m not bright enough to do that. xx


  1. I am glad you are well and enjoying it and all of the lovely food. Freddie seems very kind.
    I think you need to tell your police contact about the over heard conversations from Mrs M and her odd texting. There seems to be more to this than meets the eye.
    Keep well and safe Jan x


    1. Hi Lisa – the problem is that I didn’t hear the whole conversation, and I’m not sure whether that would alter my opinion. At this moment, I feel inclined to see if Mrs. M says anything if I try to lead the conversation in that direction. xx


  2. Oh Jan, it certainly sounds as if Mrs M is not as innocent as she makes out. Please be on your guard for anything else happening xx


    1. Hazel – I have a dilemma – I don’t want to make matters worse if there is an innocent explanation. That’s the problem with only hearing part of a conversation – and only one side of it. It is very easy to assume what the other person may be saying, but it could be something completely different. xx


  3. Oh dear Mrs M what are you up to behind Jan’s back – this all sounds very suspicious. Still be on your guard Jan, but in the meantime enjoy your meals that Freddie is bringing to you. I wonder if Mrs M is involved with the calls to your landline. Does she have the number? Take care Jan – careful what you say and what you do.x


    1. Maggie – yes, Mrs. M does know my landline number. You may remember, right at the beginning I received a phone call asking if I was Mrs. M and if I would check etc. Now of course, I didn’t know Mrs. M at that time, but it transpired that she lived down the corridor in the “posh” part of the building. She quite often rings me on my landline as she knows it is next to my armchair and easily accessible – and I can put the mobile down anywhere and I do mislay it regularly. xx


  4. Oh dear Jan, this is starting to sound worse by the minute. I’m not suggesting that Mrs M is about to personally do harm to you, but she seems to be knowingly helping them. I realise that she might be being coerced, but nevertheless, she has crossed the line, hadn’t she. I know that you’re such a sweet soul, and find it hard to believe ill of anyone, but you really must take action very soon to protect yourself. If you don’t want to tell the police, please talk to Teddy or Georgie.
    In the meantime, please be very careful. X


    1. Frances – I really don’t know what to think or do. The problem when hearing a small portion of a conversation – particularly on the phone is that you only hear what is being said, and nothing about the response given at the other end. I don’t know who she was speaking to, either. It may have been someone with some sort of authority, and they are wanting to protect me – that may sound far-fetched, but I just don’t know. I am expecting a call from Teddy later so I’ll ask for her opinion. xx


  5. Mmm Jan this is intriguing – do you think Mrs M is being blackmailed or is she part of what is going on? I think you need your wits about you until you find out just exactly whatMrs M is up to 🤭🤭becareful xx


    1. Sandra – I wish I know what was going on. I am reluctant to think ill of Mrs. M as I don’t know why she would want to harm me at all. I’ll give it some more thought overnight. xx


  6. Urmm I am thinking now is the time to certainly be on your guard, you say you could have mistroud the conversation, that to has happened with me, I think i heard something but my mind was on caution so heard what i think it heard, and usually i was wrong and when i jiggle the words about in my mind after hearing the correct version it does make sense, but with all your excitement at the moment I would certainly err on the side of caution, stay safe and keep warm its extremely frosty out there. xx


    1. Hi Gina – it’s an interesting dilemma. Have you heard what was said – or rather, what you think or expected to be said? When you need to guess at the other half of a conversation, it complicates it even more. I’m going to ponder on the position for a little while longer and see if anything clarifies itself. As it isn’t too nice outside, and due to be much colder tonight, I think we’ll be remaining indoors for some days.
      As a matter of interest, do you have any hobbies – the majority of my friends who read this are crafters – knitting and crochet. xx

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  7. It’s getting curiouser and curiouser! You may not have heard the entire conversation but the part you did hear is alarming. “Nobody was to get hurt” and “He’s gone too far” are hard to take any other, even without hearing the response. The authorities should be made aware as any small bit of information could be the one clue they need to put all this together! Please do keep on guard. I might also suggest that you arrange a safe ride for your return trip and not rely on the ride Mrs. M. has arranged


    1. Karen – I think I need to speak to the police when I return to Lavinia Court as the local officers in Scotland aren’t aware of the whole situation. Mrs. M’s brother, Bertie has offered to drive us home – this is his cabin, and we’ve been very comfortable here. I’ve not decided which day we will be travelling south, but will decide on the best way in the next couple of days. xx


  8. Oh Mrs M! What have you got yourself involved in? In does sound very suspicious doesn’t it. You are doing such a wonderful job of keeping quiet and not saying anything to her. I’m not sure I could!
    The food sounds wonderful, well done Freddie!
    I am curious as to what your next ‘move’’ will be? Are you still going home? I wonder who ‘he’ is?
    Sorry, so many questions, an’t wait for the next instalment!


    1. Jane – it’s great to see you here. Yes, it’s all a bit of a mess, to say the least. I don’t think Mrs. M realises how bad things are, and is just trying to muddle through in the best way she can. However, we will be going back to Lavinia Court soon, and once there, with friends around me, I hope to clarify a few things. xx


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