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Well, you haven't shown your face around these parts in donkey's years! Come in, come in. You caught me with my feet up. Me legs are killing me, and it gives a bit of comfort. Fancy a cuppa? Don't be daft--I can get it! I won't be sitting around like Lady La-de-da just because of a stiff leg now and again.
So, how do you like our new digs? Just before Ann and Simon--that's Miss Simmons and Mr. Tinsley to you--went off to the States, Martin had a bad spell and they asked if we'd like to move into the old Granny Suite. Never fancied myself living here, but you never do think of yourself as getting old, do you? Anyway, the stairs were bothering me, and Martin was feeling poorly, so up we came. It's quite snug, isn't it? Lovely carpet--we bought it down in the village.
Martin? Oh, wellÖHe's alright, really he is. He just has his days now and then. We all do, really. He's still able to putter around in the garden, but to tell the truth, John does most of the work. Seems like he's lost a bit of steam these last six months. Still, nothing to worry about.
Did you come by to see the film crew? Martin's always fancied himself dramatic, you know, and is hoping to get a 'bit part' in the film. Silly man! Well, they haven't started yet. All a lot of fuss and nonsense if you ask me. They'll be digging up the garden and building sets in the loos. Had a few of them out here in January, doing some 'scouting' they said. The lot of 'em will be back again this month, I hear. I'm glad Ann and Simon are back to get things sorted.
Like my picture? John and Emma went to Glasgow over Christmas and brought that back for me. Frank quite fancies it; says it reminds him of fairy tales. He brought me a book of fairy stories to read when my legs were acting up. He's a sweet man, is our Frank. Donít let anyone tell you otherwise.
There's the kettle. Won't be a minute.
Have a look around before you go. There's a new shop down the way and
we've finished restoring the West Hall. The old place isn't looking half
Isn't the Internet marvelous? House of God everywhere and all that. Still, for some ceremonies it is nice that we gather together. Since you had mentioned August (or was that Ann?) I wanted you to know that the church can get very busy at that time of year. In fact I already have several weddings during the month.
So if you are still considering late summer, may I suggest it might be wise to settle on a weekend so we can go ahead and post the bans? Though I feel I know you both well, I would still like to go ahead and meet a few times before the wedding. Even couples who have got to know each other very well prior to marriage may find there are some issues that they have not addressed.
Sure you heard the news about the church tower. Such a relief to know that thanks to this, and the kind donations of people like you, we will be able to complete the restoration of the church. Bless you both.
To: Simon Tinsley, Executive Director, Stoney Grove Trust
The accounts for the calendar year 2000 are now up-to-date prior to the ending of the fiscal year in April and subsequent need for tax filing. Pursuant to said filing there are some expenditure items that will need review vis-ŗ-vis allowable tax deductible expenses. Items such as ĎEntertaining 437 poundsí tend to be a bit of a red flag to the Inland Revenue Service, so we may have to make some adjustments.
If your schedule permits I should like to meet with you later this afternoon to discuss the aforementioned items.
To: Philip Porkridge, Chief Boring Person Stoney Grove Trust
Rather than send me an email while donít you lean out of your window and shout, you daft pillock! Letís grab our coats and head to the Idiot for lunch. We can discuss Ďthe aforementioned itemsí there. If we talk over lunch do we get the beers as deductible?
To: Simon Tinsley, Executive Director, Stoney Grove Trust
Sorry. Still in the business mindset. You probably don't care that I wear a tie in my office, do you? Still it helps me feel like I'm working. I guess Iím still not used to the set-up here. It's hard working from home, though it's a great office and I am keeping busy. (Have you ever balanced a check book? Thank goodness for Ann's record keeping!)
Anyway Iím coming over. Donít think we can do the drinks tax free, but take the Range Rover and weíll get allowance for the petrol. Iím not going on the Harley! I donít think youíre a responsible driver in the winter on these country roads.
So glad you and Simon were able to come for Christmas. Thank Simon for helping your father set up the computer. You'd think he was Rockefeller, the amount of time he spends looking at his shares. Itís all I can do to shoo him off to write you this note!
Anyway, we need some advice getting to England. We don't want to rush you, but it is much harder to get a flight in the summer and we'd like to make reservations as soon as you decide on a date. Your father still wants to pay for the wedding, but I'm sure we can work that out later.
Well Then Now Then
Simon: You look happy.
Ann: It's nice to be back. I still can't believe this is our home.
Simon: Welcome everyone to the first meeting of the year for the
Stoney Grove Trust. I know things have got off to a slow start
after our establishment last year, but here we are now under way-- though
fortunately, considering the weather, not under water.
[Arthur and Irene leave]
Evelyn: Dream or nightmare? There is a nasty rumour going around that
they want to put in a walled garden and a fountain by the Lake.
Phil: Sorry everyone, just need a word with Simon. Simon?
[Simon leaves, followed by Phil]
Emma: Frank, what's the matter? Evelyn didn't mean to be cruel. She
doesn't like fiction, that's all.
Frank: No, no. It was her!