Have a Cuppa with Shirley (or Martin)
Ooh, you caught me red-handed with my nose in a book. Now where have I put my handkerchief? Its that sad, really. Makes me cry every time. Are you a fan of hers too? You know I cant tell you how many times Ive read Adrift at Seaits my favourite. I still get choked up when I come to the part where the life raft floats by empty. You know she just should have gone with him, but she never could give it all up. Still, I never did understand all the to-do about Taxi. Well, well, give me a minute. Silly old fool to be crying over a book at my age. Got plenty of my own troubles to be teary-eyed about. Maybe thats why I turned to Miss ORall. You know they found the books in an old safe in Mr. Basils room. Been sitting in a hole in the wall all these years, gathering dust. Funny, really. I dont remember any of the Halls having much patience for that sort of thing. Dont know why they were in there.
Now the locked box they foundwhat do you suppose is in there? Nothing good, you can be sure. Best left alone, these old secrets. Cant find a locksmith, but I reckon theyll find one soon enough. Maybe when they do, the box will be lost again Not that Im not a good housekeeper, but sometimes I get forgetful as to where I put things when Im tidying up. It happens to us all as we get older, doesnt it?
Speaking of secrets, youve probably heard by now that that weasel-ly girl Emma has gone digging up dirt againworse than the rats in Martins rubbish tip. She got Jerry to tell John that hes his dad. Nothing I could do to stop it, though to be honest I thought I had, going down to Veras like I did. In the end it came to noughtshe brought him to the jail, she did. Imagine meeting your dad when hes behind bars. It isnt right, is it? As if that wasnt bad enough, John walks in to this very kitchen and asks me, his Nan, if Montgomery Hall was his granddad. Didnt even have the grace to blush. After all these years, all that Martin and I have done for the lad! I told him I wouldnt dignify that question with an answer.
Its her I really blame though. She should watch her step. Always getting into other peoples business, when by all accounts shes got plenty of her own dirty laundry hiding just beneath the lid of the hamper. I intend to give it some airing, I do. See how she likes it. Just like Ernestine in Adrift. She showed them all Never mind. Fancy a cup of tea?