Have a Cuppa with Shirley (or Martin)
Hello! Its been donkeys years, hasnt it? Well dont hover at the door! Come on in and sit yourself down. Kettles on, itll just be a minute.
Quiet around here today. Been quietish all week, really, with Mr. Tinsley gone. Oh yes, hes off again, run down to the Caribbean with his tail between his legs trying to make light of his bumbling. The Gazette really raked the lot of em over the coals, and made him look worse than most. Now Im not saying I have a moments time to waste on him, hes made his own bed, as they say, but I dont think hes been trying to swindle Miss Ann. He does care for her, you know, in his own way. He sulked for months after she left, and only really perked up after his first trip down to see her. I wish him luck, I do. I know how it is to be on the outs with the Old Pot and Pan. Glad thats sorted.
I havent seen hide nor hair of John since we came home. I learned my lesson with him, I did. Ill not say a bad word if he runs off and marries that Emma. Ill even be her bleeding matron of honour if it makes the lad happy. Family is important you know. Thats what really matters.
Martin? He's out weeding the turnips. Has high hopes for that lot this fall. Silly fool.
John's futures a bit worrying, isn't it? I think he ought to press for his rightful inheritance, if you follow me. Now I know his granddad never acknowledged him properly, but you know, he did do his bit. Cant say what exactly he did, him not wanting it to be public knowledge and all, but Im thinking since he did "make provisions" so to speak, that must mean something legally if John was to pursue it. I think its only right that he should get at least part of the house. I mean, its in his blood. And its not like Frank wants it. Nice man, but hes always been a bit queer in the head. Must be the Blake blood. Monty was always more of a Hall.
Now whys that darn kettle not boiled yet? Sit tight and Ill be back Oh, never mind, there it is. Ill just pop out and fix it, shall I?