Well hello my dear and how are you today. Yes, I know I haven’t kept in touch quite as regularly as usual, but with one thing and another, the days have been fairly running away from me. I’ve picked up my phone to ring you on several occasions, only to remember something I was going to do. In those situations I try to do them straightaway before I forget again!! How are you this morning? And the family – are they well? Good, good I’m glad to hear it as there are all these nasty viruses which seem to be prevalent just at the moment.
Yes, Mrs. M is home and it was lovely to see her the other day. I must admit that I’ve missed her, although of course I wouldn’t say anything to her specifically. She does seem to be much more fragile than when we went on our Scottish trip. I know she had her fall, but it does seem to have knocked the stuffing out of her. That and her unexpected trip down to London while the police officers took over her flat.
I asked her about the time she spent at the safe house. She said it was actually a flat – in a lovely, residential street with many similar Georgian properties. There was a concierge at a smart reception desk so anyone coming to visit any of the flats had to sign themselves in and then reception contacted the residents to tell them that they had visitors. Any parcels that arrived were signed for by reception and then brought up to the flat, which was very convenient.
It all sounded very good and Mrs. M was comfortable there. Whether anyone was aware it was a safe house or not, she wasn’t sure. There was a panic button in each room, but she obviously didn’t need it, and she was advised that it was only to be used in an emergency. No-one actually specified what kind of emergency – but Mrs. M said everything was fine. Apparently she had a visit each day just to check that she was OK, and she was given a couple of phone numbers to call if she was concerned about anything.
When she had been there a couple of days, the local police officer who was popping in on her and whom she became quite friendly with, asked if there was any close relative she would like who could come to stay with her for a little while. Mrs. M rang Bertie, her brother, and he immediately said that he’d be happy to join her for a few days, and he would do a little Christmas shopping while he was there.
He came down by train the next day and the police arranged for someone to collect him at the station and drove him to the flat and introduced him to the concierge. Bertie then signed the visitor’s book and the police officer took a couple of copies of his signature too – why I haven’t a clue, but they obviously needed them on file. No, don’t be silly dear, of course I haven’t any photos of the interior – it’s meant to be a safe house!!
As Mrs. M had discovered the joys of daytime television, Bertie took himself off to a couple of museums – I think she said the Natural History and the V & A, both of which he really enjoyed. He also did a little Christmas shopping for himself and for Mrs. M, who was still a little wobbly on her legs. After being there for quite some days, and not hearing anything further, Bertie had a chat with a Detective Inspector to try to find out how long they needed to stay there. A few days’ later they were told they could go, but they didn’t really want Mrs. M coming back here, just at that time, as things were happening!!
Mrs. M and Bertie discussed the situation and decided they would go back to Bertie’s home in Edinburgh and Mrs. M would stay there until after the Christmas and New Year festivities had passed. Mrs. M then had a cold, so stayed there a few extra days.
Bertie brought her home last weekend and I arranged for her to have some fresh items in her fridge – enough to get by with for a few days. Additionally, I knew I had plenty in if she needed anything. A short time after arriving here she texted me to let me know she was back, so I invited her round for a cup of tea. She was delighted and wandered down a few minutes later. It was then I noticed how much she appeared to have changed. I think that, although she said she was fine, all the events of the past few months have caught up with her.
I persuaded her to go to the pharmacy at the early part of last week. They took one look at her wrist and said they didn’t think it was “right”, which is what I thought. A taxi picked her up from the pharmacy and took her the short drive to the hospital, where they did some x-rays – and as I suspected, it was broken, but in an awkward place which didn’t show up on all of the films. However, they managed to get a clear enough image eventually, so now she is sporting a lightweight cast on her arm in a fetching shade of pink!
Mrs M was pleased to know the reason why it had felt uncomfortable, but has been told that as it was left for rather a long time, it may not completely revert to normal, and she might not get the full range of movement that she had before. However, for an ‘old bird’ she’s not doing too badly. She still looks much thinner than before everything which has gone on over the past few weeks and of course, she’s not been able to potter around the same in in Edinburgh as she normally does here.
However, she’s back home again, and I think she was pleased to see me again. We had a lovely cup of tea and some shortbread biscuits and have repeated it a couple more times during the week. Oh yes – she may be a little more dotty, but she never misses a trick! In her words “it’s such a shame that I can’t knit just now! I’d really like to have a waistcoat just like the one you’re knitting!” Conned again – and of course I walked straight into it by leaving my needles, pattern, together with the yarn on one of my coffee tables when she arrived a few minutes early. Oh well, it has been a very quick knit, so I suppose it couldn’t do any harm to knit another one…
I think that’s brought you up-to-date about Mrs. M and her current situation. I have put some of her shopping on my order, and Giselle had said that she’ll take a few bits around in a couple of days. Talking about G, she’s also got the “Wedding of the Year” well in hand and has talked with Jane on several occasions, which is wonderful. The only thing remaining on my “to-do” list is clothes shopping with Georgie but neither of us are very enthusiastic just at the moment. We don’t know why – it may be the time of the year, and may also be that we don’t fancy getting changed several times while we try things on. I’ve suggested that we look in a couple of catalogues and online to see if there’s anything which may fit the bill. It’s got to be worth a try – nothing venture, etc.
Right now, Alex this conversation has been rather longer than I planned, but I’m sure you understand that I wanted to bring you up to date with everything. Please give my love to Chrisssie and the girls. I know I’ll be seeing you all again soon, but until then. As Always –
With Love – Jan xx