Well hello my dear – and although the title says one thing, I don’t actually mean it literally – well not just at the moment. This song seems to be everywhere just at the moment and it’s got inside my head, so I’m hoping that having written the title down and thinking about it whilst chatting with you, it may gradually disappear from my conscious mind. How have you been? I know that you haven’t been feeling too well of late. That’s good to hear. I thought that having antibiotics would help. These chest infections can be a real nuisance once they take hold.
I actually want to tell you about the current situation with Georgie and Billy – no, no there’s not a problem at all. I have managed to have a couple of conversations with Georgie this week and we have decided to leave our clothes shopping to the beginning of the New Year, as everything presently on offer seems to be the sparkly Christmas party type of outfits, which aren’t really appropriate for a wedding or an evening reception.
We’ve also discussed food for the reception and have decided that a buffet rather than a sit-down formal Wedding Breakfast will be preferable to all. Many older folk really don’t want to eat a huge amount and to be faced with a three course fixed menu can be rather intimidating. I’ve asked our good friend Giselle to do the catering, as she knows the facilities which are available in the small kitchen off the day-lounge and will be able to reheat food in the ovens. It does help when someone is au-fait with the electrical gadgets we have and knows how to use them without needing to be supervised.
I asked Georgie if she would like me to order the wedding invitations – well that isn’t strictly true – the invitations explain that the wedding itself will be completely private, although photos will be available later. As we are holding the wedding itself some distance from here this is a practical solution. So the invitations will be for the reception only, which we definitely decided to have here as it is convenient for the majority of guests.
One or two of Billy and Georgie’s guests will be travelling some distance and I’ve said that I will arrange some hotel accommodation in the village, and then we can have taxis to collect and return them, so they are able to have an alcoholic beverage if they choose without being concerned about the possibility of drink-driving. I don’t think that anyone should get behind the wheel of a vehicle even if they’ve only had a single alcoholic drink. I’m sorry my dear, that is one of my soapboxes from which I’ll now step down.
I’m sure you’ll be delighted to know that I have had a short telephone conversation with Mrs. M. Now I still don’t understand what went on in Scotland, but I do believe her when she told me that the texts which she kept receiving were from someone at Thames House, who was trying to find out some, or any, information in rather a cack-handed fashion. Mrs. M said that this particular officer contacted her without any warning on the first occasion, and continued to send regular texts. Now Mrs. M isn’t particularly up-to-speed when it comes to mobile technology, so she was struggling to read the texts, and, even more to text in return! Anyway, I’m sure that it will be possible to get to the bottom of this matter shortly, but only with a face-to-face conversation. Some things don’t translate overly well by mobile. Expressions and knowing whether someone has understood your meaning can get lost very easily when it is a long-distance conversation.
I know what I wanted to mention! I had a lovely visit from Giselle yesterday. She brought me all sorts of goodies to refill my biscuit tin and the various cake tins I have waiting for such occasions. She made me some of those delicious macarons which she knows I am particularly fond of – in fact, they are one of the few treats I can make myself ill with by over-eating them. I didn’t just admit to that – well, honestly, but if you ever mention it I will deny all knowledge of the conversation.
Oh yes, before I forget completely, I have heard – and I’m not really supposed to mention this to anyone that the police will be evicting the squatters in the next few days. They have had to arrange a team of bailiffs with a locksmith to enter the two apartments by force. Unfortunately it does mean that I won’t get any further information (well, not really) until after the event. I have been made aware that the police officers will be cordoning off that end of the second floor including Mrs. M’s apartment. I understand that officers will enter the building and come up the stairs at my side and walk down the corridor quickly and quietly. As Mrs. M’s apartment is next door to where one group of squatters are currently living they are using it to isolate the squatters in the area beyond it. However, the squatters have been using the stairs at that side of the building to get their supplies in. When the raid begins the stairs will be blocked off. So that means that anyone from those flats who has already left the building to go shopping etc won’t be able to return. At the same time there will be notes pushed through every door informing residents that if they are going out that day and live on the first or second floor they will need to use the stairs at this side, and that the lift will also be out of action “for repairs”,
Although it all sounds rather complicated, I’m sure that it is very straightforward. It does depend which day of the week they’re planning on having the raid –some days are much busier than others for foot traffic in this building. However, I’m going to have a chat with Teddy and try to gain some extra information, as I’m sure some of the older residents will start to panic if there are strange “goings on” about which they haven’t been informed.
Right my dear, it’s been really lovely chatting with you today, but I must get on. I know I’ve jumped from one topic to another, but decided I needed to update you as much as possible before I forget again.
Have a lovely day my dear – I’ll see you again very soon, and my love to you and the family. Yes, of course I will send you some photos. They’re not particularly interesting but I know you’d like to see them. Speak soon – As Always –
With Love – Jan xx