Have a Cuppa with Shirley and catch up on what went before....
I dont suppose youve had a chance to meet Mr. Tinsley yet. Hes always gadding about, up and down the countryside. Used to be with his girlfriend, Ann Simmons (or more likely his bit on the side), but lately hes been on the straight and narrow. You see he and Miss Simmons bought the place last spring, were going to "fix it up." She was a bit bookish and wanted to do it all properly, but he was just wanting his creature comforts and a bit of a laugh. They brought in a historian, little chit of a girl named Emma. Ann said she was here to do the research, but I think his lordship had other ideas. They were nipped in the bud, however, when the girl took a fancy to Frank. Moved in with him, she did, down to that dreary cottage that they call the Hermitage. Nothing but one up, one down with a cold tap and electric, it is. Nothing special about it. Surprised the council hasnt made them close it down, really. Franks not one to complain thoughhes happy enough in his own little world.
Anyway, as I was saying, Tinsley and Miss Ann started renovating. Brought in the building inspector from the village, Chester Vyse. He took a liking to Ann, but since shes gone we havent seen his face around here much. They tried getting involved in the village; giving money to the church restoration, having a cricket match out on the grounds, that sort of thing. In the end it didnt last. Young people have no commitment these days, do they? Not like in my time, when once you said "I do," you meant it. Course they were never married, were they? Well, they had a parting of the ways, oh, long about October. It all came to a head at a party they threw herehe was ogling some old flame like Martin eyes Tad Morriss all-star beets, and Miss Simmons decided enough was enough. Packed her bags and left that very night. Some friends of hers was in town, an American girl and a bloke from the West Indies, and she ran off with them. Been living the good life in the tropics for the past several months. None of us know if shell ever be back.
So there you are. Were all just rattling around in this old house. Its a quiet life, really. Youll like it here. Feel free to wander round, catch up on the news and visit where you will. And come back, the kettles always boiling.
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