Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake

Tales of love and romance on Teardrop Lake

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (01) Just Like a Swan on the Water (Part 01)

It was the start of summer when Danny Pellegrino drove through the country lanes of Downshire on his way to the Dancingdean Forest. He stopped at a petrol station on the outskirts of Childean to fill up with fuel and to check he was on the right road.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (01) Just Like a Swan on the Water (Part 02)

Julia Summers was Amanda’s sister in law and they lived together in East Side House with their niece Penny Davies. They found Julia in the kitchen where she was washing vegetables at the sink. “Julia! Mr Pellegrino is here for his key” Amanda announced.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (01) Just Like a Swan on the Water (Part 03)

He was about half an hour into the walk when the peace was suddenly disturbed by the arrival, behind him, of Penny Davies, the gawky niece of the Summers from East Side House.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (01) Just Like a Swan on the Water (Part 04)

It was almost a week after Danny’s shopping expedition, as he sat in the conservatory preparing a canvas that Penny tapped timidly on the window. She had resisted the idea of taking him sailing and she had a week long internal struggle during which she resolved several times that she wasn’t going to.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (01) Just Like a Swan on the Water (Part 05)

They virtually had the lake to themselves apart from a couple picnicking in a small skiff in the middle of the lake, Penny smiled when she spotted that they even had an umbrella on board.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (01) Just Like a Swan on the Water (Part 06)

Penny was at the outboard motor as the Skiff crossed the Lake and Danny was sat beside her. “So why do you have to take your Aunts to Church?” he asked “Well it was when my mum was ill” she explained “she made me promise not to let them lapse”

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (01) Just Like a Swan on the Water (Part 07)

Danny made them a pasta dish for supper and opened a bottle of wine and afterwards they chatted as she sat on the couch and he sketched. Then after her third glass of wine the long blinks were setting in so he walked her home.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (01) Just Like a Swan on the Water (Part 08)

Mid-August came and Danny was like a man possessed frantically trying to finish a large Canvas of Penny sitting on the Olwen’s Chapel Altar stone, that he lost track of the days. It was only when he bumped into India one day as he returned from Shallowfield with some supplies that he realised.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (01) Just Like a Swan on the Water (Part 09)

There were two Folly’s in the area around the Lake the first one was built in the early 19th century by the local Nobleman, the Earl of Dancingdean who had it built for himself, in the style of a Castle Keep, on top of a hill and then had the surrounding Forest cleared so everyone around could see his standard flying from the turret.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (02) Damsel in Distress (Part 01)

Doctor Claire Andrews was a well-respected General Practitioner who had spent more than ten years at the surgery in Bushy Down. But despite her popularity and her love of the place and of the people of the village, she sold her share and bought the vacant practice in Shallowfield and relocated.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (02) Damsel in Distress (Part 02)

They were seated in the front office of Lyndon-Sanders Properties and the reason for their ultra-smart appearance was that some of the estate agents they had visited in the area had been more than a little frosty, even for January. So they were seated in front of the desk of William Lyndon-Sanders hoping to impress him sufficiently that he might actually help them to find somewhere to live.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (02) Damsel in Distress (Part 03)

Coleman Bowers was the odd job handyman at the Shallowfield Lodge, and the Hotel proprietor Mr Brown had said that his son was a painter and decorator. After breakfast next morning Claire found Coleman down at the jetty loading the Skiff, for one of his twice weekly deliveries of mail and small parcels to the lakeside houses. He was in his late fifties with white receding hair and a matching wiry beard. “Coleman!” Claire called as he climbed into the boat

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (02) Damsel in Distress (Part 04)

So they managed to lure Evangeline Christodoulou to Shallowfield with an improved package and a tied cottage. It was a real coup, they had tried to get her to join the BushyDown surgery several years before but never quite managed it. Where Olivia Adamson was the master organiser Eva was a doer, in fact she was a tour de force, she was practice nurse, phlebotomist, she ran the clinics, did home visits and was an all-round good egg.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (02) Damsel in Distress (Part 05)

Claire and Olivia had slowly worked their way towards the patio stopping to chat as they went and just as they stepped on to the flagstones Mark Roscoe emerged through the French doors in deep conversation with Lynn Coopers husband Paul, who was a Police Chief Inspector in Abbottsford. But as soon as Marks eyes fell on Claire he lost interest in Paul and made a beeline for Claire. “Oh god” Claire said “What?” Liv asked “Restaurateur alert” Claire said and looked for an exit

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (02) Damsel in Distress (Part 06)

Peter and Claire ran headlong down the wooded path and Claire laughed like she was twelve again and when they emerged into the sunlight once more they were on the lake shore. Tied up alongside the bank was a twenty foot skiff called the Bloody Mary. “Jump in” he said as he untied the bowline Claire climbed in trying to preserve her modesty as best she could as the breeze got under her dress.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (02) Damsel in Distress (Part 07)

Now things had settled down at the surgery with all the staff and processes starting to pay dividends Claire rather missed the fraught and frenetic early days. Because then she didn’t have so much time to think. Despite the fact that she had given herself a stern talking to she still missed Peter, silly though she knew that was, after all they had only had one summer afternoon together.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (02) Damsel in Distress (Part 08)

It was 2.00am when Claire arrived home and found the business card on the door mat. On the reverse of it was a hand scribbled note “He said ring anytime – Eva” “Damn” she said and looked at her watch “I doubt he meant 2 am when he said “anytime”” she said to herself.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (02) Damsel in Distress (Part 09)

Claire had more to drink than she intended to the night before but they had such great time she got carried away. So on Saturday morning she was ever so slightly hung over, well actually she was very hung over, not as hung over as Olivia but bad enough considering she had a date that night, a first date even, her first, first date for over twenty years. So she really didn’t need the added complication of being seriously hung over. And on top of that all her friends, who would under normal circumstances might have helped her get ready for her first date were hung over worse than she was.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (02) Damsel in Distress (Part 10)

They could see India approaching pushing two bikes as Claire and Ellen were walking down the path “You mustn’t let him go out on his own again” Doctor Andrews said “At least for a while” “He’s very stubborn” Ellen said India carried on pushing the bikes up the drive and met the two women coming down it. “India, thank you so much” Ellen said “He was so lucky you were riding by when you did” “Yes you did great” Claire agreed “It really was just luck” India said “Well thank you” Ellen said and kissed her cheek “He won’t be doing that again” India turned around and headed down the drive but then she stopped and said over her shoulder.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (03) The Problematic Convalescence (Part 01)

With the exception of her time at University India Harris had lived all of her twenty six years on Teardrop Lake. India was a tall tomboy of a girl with short dark hair who generally wore baggy shorts and equally baggy t-shirts and rather unfeminine footwear on her feet. She lived in Shoe Buckle House, on the northwest corner of the lake with her parents and her younger sister Dakota, and it wouldn’t have surprised her in the least if she found out she would live there until the end of her days.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (03) The Problematic Convalescence (Part 02)

On the way home she went on the northerly route. India always took the northern perimeter road on the journey home. It was a hard slog up the hill but it was worth it for the exhilaration of the long descent. That particular afternoon as she was powering down the hill she noticed another cyclist ahead of her. She hadn’t seen the rider on the steep ride up and whoever it was they were descending slower than she was and then the rider disappeared.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (03) The Problematic Convalescence (Part 03)

The following Saturday was India’s twenty seventh birthday and as usual on very important occasions she was always in the company of Penny Davies. For her birthday they went into Abbottsford, to the Phoenix Centre to spend the day doing girlie things and to have lunch and of course spend her birthday money. She wasn’t an adventurous shopper she wasn’t extravagant. Nor was she a collector or a hobbyist so her money went on the usual sort of things, baggy shorts and baggy T-shirts and a little perfume.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (03) The Problematic Convalescence (Part 04)

Danny had his by his feet with his camera and some basic artist materials in and quickly put it on and broke into a trot to catch up with the girls. The Chapel was Olwen’s Chapel and the Olwen in question was an Anglo Saxon Lady who was one of the early converts to Christianity but her pagan husband’s tribe would not accept the new faith and she was forced to worship secretly in the forest.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (03) The Problematic Convalescence (Part 05)

Riding every other day really built up his stamina so that after exactly one month from the day of their first ride together he completed his first circuit of the perimeter road. “Wow” he panted as he brought the bike to a halt “Well done Paul” Indie said “I didn’t think I was ever going to do it” he confessed “Let’s do it again” “Absolutely not” Indie said “just enjoy the moment” “But...” “But nothing” she reiterated “Ok” he said resignedly “you’re very bossy”

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (03) The Problematic Convalescence (Part 06)

It wasn’t until after lunch that Penny phone Indie and it was a very quick call just to say that the flight had been delayed but they were now boarding and she wouldn’t be home until the early hours and then she was gone. India really wanted to tell her about Paul but that would have to wait now. She picked up her phone again and called Danny to give him the information. India didn’t expect to see her friend the next day, she knew Penny would be with Danny. India just hoped that the three weeks apart would have focused their minds and that by the end of the day they would be a couple.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (03) The Problematic Convalescence (Part 07)

It was two hours later when she walked downstairs and into the kitchen. Her father Chris was the first one to spot her and stared at her open mouthed, when he eventually spoke he said. “Who are you and what have you done with my daughter?” Then Jemima turned around and tears welled up in her eyes. “You look beautiful darling” she said and kissed her daughter.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (04) Behind the Paddington Stare (Part 01)

Olivia Adamson was a cool and detached woman who to the untrained eye appeared to be aloof and detached but nothing could be further from the truth. But to all intents and purposes she disliked men, though that wasn’t strictly speaking true either, in fact she disliked what they did to her. It all began for Olivia when she was 12 years old when her father left her mum and as a result she felt abandoned for the first time. That selfish thoughtless act of desertion marked Olivia and proved the benchmark of her early years and in every relationship she had throughout her teenage years ended the same way with her being left alone again.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (04) Behind the Paddington Stare (Part 02)

William Lyndon-Sanders was very impressed with one of the potential client seated before him, the one who was emitting a very exotic perfume every time she moved. And he thought she was a very attractive looking woman. He was a details man and his eyes had been studying the little bit of pale pink bra strap and the glimpse of lace edging inside her nicely filled blouse, her neat hips and her beautifully round buttocks.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (04) Behind the Paddington Stare (Part 03)

In the early days of their time in Shallowfield, Olivia and Claire found that the Brown Windsor Restaurant was where all the decisions were made. And after they had secured the services of all the key players for the surgery, it left just one vital position to fill, that of the practice nurse. “Look we both know who we want” Claire said “Evangeline” they chorused “Yes but we’ll never get her” Olivia replied “We could make her an offer” Claire suggested

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (04) Behind the Paddington Stare (Part 04)

As soon as the group arrived at the Cooper’s, Eva disappeared in search of Siti. Olivia and Claire mingled and made their way slowly towards the patio, stopping on the way to chat as they went and they had just set foot on the flagstones Mark Roscoe emerged through the French doors in deep conversation with Paul Cooper who was a Chief Inspector in Abbottsford. But as soon as his eyes fell on Claire he lost interest in Paul and made a beeline for Claire. “Oh God” Claire said “What?” Liv asked “Restaurateur alert” Claire said and looked for an exit

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (04) Behind the Paddington Stare (Part 05)

After spending the afternoon on Olivia’s patio and suitably refreshed they resumed their walk and went up to Olwen’s Chapel. Olwen was an Anglo Saxon Lady who was one of the early converts to Christianity but her pagan husband’s tribe would not accept the new faith and she was forced to worship secretly in the forest. Her chapel was in actually just an assortment of stones on the forest floor arranged around a granite altar stone in a woodland clearing.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (04) Behind the Paddington Stare (Part 06)

Things had settled down at the surgery with all the staff and processes starting to pay dividends and with Claire thinking more about the whereabouts of her new man than what she was doing so Olivia made herself useful on the Vicars behalf, Doing some bookwork, Rota’s, that kind of thing. Despite Claire’s scepticism in regard to Liv’s choral epiphany it had very definitely put a spring Olivia’s step. And a good humour had seeped in to her every pore when she increased her choir practices to twice a week.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (04) Behind the Paddington Stare (Part 07)

On Friday lunchtime Olivia left the surgery and walked along to the Vicarage. As she approached, Ben was waiting next to his car on the driveway. “Happy birthday” he said and kissed her cheek “Thank you” Olivia responded “Jump in” he said Olivia looked at the 15 year old red and rust colour Proton and said “I take it we’re not going far?” “Don’t worry” he said “it runs better than it looks” “I hope so” she said as she got in They didn’t have far to go, just a few miles to the Huntsman’s Lodge in Childean.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (05) The Aussie Commission (Part 01)

Successful artist Danny Pellegrino had spent the summer in a rented cottage by the beautiful Teardrop Lake intent on recharging his batteries before his next commission in Australia. But he got more than he bargained for. On the last weekend before his holiday on the lake was due to end, all the residents on the Lake had been invited to the Shallowfield Lodge Hotel, for the proprietor’s Rob and Sheryl Brown’s wedding anniversary party. Every year they issued an open invitation to the residents of the Lake, which they had done since they first opened the Hotel. As they walked along the lane on the Southern side of the Lake, Danny was at the back of the group and looking admiringly at Penny. “She’s a bit of an ugly duckling isn’t she?” Aunt Julia said suddenly “Not at all” Danny replied “She’s lovely”

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (05) The Aussie Commission (Part 02)

Danny got dressed and went down stairs and arrived in the kitchen just as she was putting her shoes on. “I was only joking Hun” she said “go back to bed” “I want to come” he said and kissed the top of her head

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (05) The Aussie Commission (Part 03)

Fortunately Penny had trained him well on the Summers skiff so he knew what he was doing. It was beautifully cool out on the lake as the skiff made its way across the water. It wasn’t the normal slow amble he took with Penny, their trip was more purposeful. He drifted up to the jetty, tied off the line and climbed out.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (05) The Aussie Commission (Part 04)

When she returned a few minutes later she was wearing the pale blue dress Danny had chosen. It was Danny’s turn too sigh because she looked so lovely. Penny sighed when she saw it because she knew it was Danny’s favourite. That set the tone for the rest of lunch and they didn’t really say much, it wasn’t until after desert that either of them said anything significant. “I’m really going to miss you when you’re in Australia?” Penny said “I’m really going to miss you too” he replied “Which is why I want you to come with me”

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (06) To Bring Good Tidings (Part 01)

I n January when Claire Andrews and Olivia Adamson bought the Shallowfield Surgery, Evangeline Christodoulou was spending her days happily employed as the Practice nurse in the Millmoor Health Centre and spent her nights equally happy in the arms of a firefighter. In fact she was so happy with her professional and personal situation that a team of wild horses wouldn’t have been able to drag her away from either of them. Siti Shahara on the other hand was at that time stacking shelves at the village store for Anuruddha Gunasekara and living in a bed sitter above the Bengal Curry House.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (06) To Bring Good Tidings (Part 02)

It was a real coup for Claire and Olivia to secure Evangeline’s services, they had tried to get her to join the Bushy Down surgery but never quite managed it. The pair of them were as pleased as punch, in fact they were so pleased with themselves that it bordered on smugness. They wouldn’t have been quite so smug however if they had known the truth of it. Because although Evangeline had played hard to get, in truth she was desperate for it and would have willingly paid Claire to get the job.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (06) To Bring Good Tidings (Part 03)

Weekends and evenings all through the month of February, once they had done all the local stuff, Siti and Evangeline explored the local Geography. Beginning in Shallowfield they went as far as Purplemere in the north and from Mornington in the East and Childean in the west. A lot of it was new to Siti as well because some of the outlying villages and hamlets had no public transport and she didn’t drive so she had never seen them.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (06) To Bring Good Tidings (Part 04)

The reason they started their expedition at Lynn’s, was because it was Cooper’s Folly that they were going to see that day. It was quite a steep climb from the lake side up to the Folly and despite the coolness of the spring morning they were both hot and breathless by the time they made it up there. Once they had arrived Eva sat on a large rock to catch her breath while Siti clambered about the site quoting facts about the monstrous building from a local history book.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (07) The Old Fashioned Way (Part 01)

It was the day after her birthday when Olivia finished getting ready and left her cottage to drive to the village. She parked her car in the surgery car park and walked down the road to the vicarage. Like a secret agent in the night she looked around and knocked on the door and fingered the crucifix he had presented too her for her birthday. She saw the shadow through the glass and the door opened. “Hi Ben” she said and smiled “Olivia” he responded “Come in”

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (07) The Old Fashioned Way (Part 02)

All throughout June she carried on with choir practice and helping Ben with the parochial work and they snatched what precious minutes they could find to be alone. They were both desperate to spend more time together but it didn’t seem possible. So by the end of the month she had made a decision.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (07) The Old Fashioned Way (Part 03)

A week later Liv and Ben were having a pub lunch together at the Foresters in Shallowfield, when she asked “Can you get any time off?” “I have a week off next month” he replied “I’m booked to go to a retreat in Pepperstock” “So what happens to the St Mary’s?” she asked “The Bishop has assigned a locum in my absence” “So he could marry us then?” liv suggested “Yes and no” he replied unhelpfully “I don’t like the sound of the no part” Liv said

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (07) The Old Fashioned Way (Part 04)

The Church was more than half full by the time Claire and Olivia arrived in their brand new outfits and they sat down in the first vacant seats they came to and found themselves sitting next to the vicar Robert Hunter and his wife Tilly. Tilly had married her vicar, Robert, and the beneficial side effect of that marriage, was that it finally rid of her birth name Ophelia Bushe which was a source of great embarrassment to her especially in her youth.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (07) The Old Fashioned Way (Part 05)

Almost to the second that the Abbottsford train pulled out of the station Claire fell asleep. She was exhausted thanks to a late night and a great deal of wine. And her coma allowed time for Olivia to formulate her plans. Claire woke up with a start the second the train came to a stop at the buffers and was as fresh as a daisy. They disembarked and Olivia stood on the concourse with the bags while Claire went to spend a penny and then they swapped places.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (07) The Old Fashioned Way (Part 06)

Olivia picked up Ben when she left the surgery and they drove to South View. Daniel invited them in to the drawing room and introduced Olivia to his wife Win, Ben needed no introduction as he had met her many times before. “This is my wife Win” he said proudly “I’m so pleased to meet you” Olivia said “And me you my dear” Win replied “It’s about time Ben found himself a good woman” “The problem was you were already taken” Ben said “Flatterer” she replied

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (07) The Old Fashioned Way (Part 07)

Olivia awoke from a fitful sleep with a disturbing thought. She had never considered how to get there, she had been up to the Chapel a number of times, but always in shorts and trainers, never in silk pumps and a wedding outfit. She got out of bed and put on her dressing gown and went to knock on Claire’s door. Her cottage was in darkness so she knocked again until she saw a light go on. The door opened a crack and Claire said “Who is it?” “It’s me” Olivia said “Who else would be knocking on you door at this hour?” “Quite” she agreed “So why are you knocking on my door at this hour?” “How am I going to get up to the Chapel in my wedding dress?” she asked

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (08) The Fugitive Cavalier (Part 01)

Montague Beaumont was only 25 years old when he took up the royalist cause once again and followed Charles II in the third English Civil War. Montague, Monty to his friends, was a strong man, straight backed and powerful with a square jaw and long chestnut brown hair and was a natural horseman. He was not a soldier either by nature or profession, he was a farmer and content to be so. But he had lost his father and brother fighting for Charles the first, so it was only a matter of time before he joined the fray which he did when he turned 20 and he was more soldier than farmer for the next five years.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (08) The Fugitive Cavalier (Part 02)

Montague was not restricted by riding boots, helmets or breastplates so once he was in the forest he was hoping to give them the slip, as the leather jackets would not find it easygoing chasing him down. He reached the trees but after ten minutes despite their handicap they were giving good chase as the effects of two months on the run had left him fatigued and they were closing in on him. Montague could hear them behind him clearer and clearer, yard by yard, calling loudly to each other as they crashed through the forest and ahead of him there was the sound of rushing water.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (09) Doctor in the House (Part 01)

Chantelle Dooney was a big frumpy looking woman with wild red hair and a ruddy complexion, who dressed in tweeds and looked more like a country vet than a doctor but she was a warm and receptive person and the older patients loved her. She wasn’t big in the fat or overweight sense of the word, she was tall, a smidge over 6 feet tall to be almost exact and well-made and amply proportioned particularly in the bust.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (09) Doctor in the House (Part 02)

After three months you would have reasonably thought that given the fact that they lived next door to one another in a block of apartments, and living in a very tight knit community, in which they were both very keen walkers that they would have met each other. At least nodded to one another in the foyer, which they might well have done given the opportunity, but the truth of the matter was that they had not even met under those circumstances. In fact were it not for the sound of Wagner emanating from his flat she might well have thought she had no neighbour at all. Richard would have thought the same thing but the music he detected was Puccini.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (09) Doctor in the House (Part 03)

It was indeed seafood poisoning and Richard had to stay in hospital for 24 hours until his fluids were normalised. As promise Chantelle called in at the hospital to see Mr Grimwood but several hours had elapsed and when she arrived he was already on the ward receiving intravenous fluids, so satisfied all was well she went home to bed. When she walked through her front door at about 4am she crawled straight into bed but as she lay there she spared a thought for her neighbour who, when he returned home, would not be able to do the same thing. When she got up later that day she thought again about what her patient would have to face on his return home.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (09) Doctor in the House (Part 04)

Richard really needed to do something to say thank you in some way but wasn’t sure what or how. There had been no music emanating from her flat and her car had not been parked outside since he got home from the hospital so he assumed she must be away so that took away any urgency, but it didn’t solve the essential problem of how to show his gratitude. As luck would have it he was out in the woods one evening bird watching, it was his first time since he got home. As he was still not one hundred percent recovered he stayed close to home, which is how he came to bump into Lynn Cooper who was out walking the dog.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (09) Doctor in the House (Part 05)

Richard had to drive to Childean three days a week to the Chronicles offices and on one particular morning a few days after he had presented her with her thank you gifts he was in his car, halfway down the northern road when it started to rain, and about fifty yards ahead of him he spotted the distinctive figure of Doctor Dooney walking without a coat. He pulled up beside her and wound down the window. “Can I give you a lift Doctor?” he said “Oh yes please” she said and got in “It was such a nice morning, so I decided to walk, and then this happened” “That’s April showers for you” he said “Indeed” she agreed

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (09) Doctor in the House (Part 06)

Chantelle had more to drink than she really should have the night before and decided to postpone her planned exploration of the area until the following day when she wouldn’t be hung over. On Saturday morning Richard rose bright and early as he had been looking forward to getting out in the woods. He had had a very busy few weeks at the paper, due to staff holidays, and Saturday was his first day off for three weeks. And the next day he was working again, reporting on the Downshire County Cup Final between Roespring and Childean. He hoped June would be a quieter month.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (09) Doctor in the House (Part 07)

It wasn’t a long walk from where they met but it wasn’t an easy one either and they were both sweating profusely by the time they reached Lovers Leap. But as she walked onto the shelf and took in the vista it took away what little breath she had left. They sat down on the rocky shelf which bizarrely felt cool despite the heat of the sun and shared the bottle of water from Richards pack. When they had drunk their fill he gave Chantelle the binoculars and pointed out some of the lands marks and gave her a bit of a local geography lesson. But most of the time they just sat there and talked about music, favourite composers, performers and individual pieces. There was common ground on much but were diametrically opposed on others, for example he was a Wagnerian she was very definitely not.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (10) Loves Young Dream (Part 01)

Lynn Fletcher was a Shallowfield girl born and bred. When she was born in 1958 her father Colin was a Forrester for the Dancingdean Forestry Commission and up until she fell pregnant her mother Laura worked at Addison’s bakery. Baby Lynn’s arrival brought great joy tinged with a good deal of sadness when complications almost cost Laura and Lynn their lives. After a tense and difficult couple of days, they both survived but at a cost, Laura was left unable to conceive again.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (10) Loves Young Dream (Part 02)

After the first occasion he went to the Tea Shop the conversation didn’t become any deeper than it had the first time but he became a regular fixture over the coming weeks. It was the only real human contact he had that summer despite the fact his father was home on leave, they were only really speaking in monosyllables, when they spoke at all. There were added tensions because when he re-joined his regiment at the end of the summer he was to join them on deployment in Northern Ireland.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (10) Loves Young Dream (Part 03)

But October came and went and Paul didn’t come home because his father had instructed the Head Teacher that he should stay at Roespring school for the half term as he was still in Londonderry. When Paul received the news from the School and not his father it did nothing to improve their already fractious relationship.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (11) The Train Wreck (Part 01)

It was flaming June and Claire Andrews was in love and she was very happy about it, she never imagined she would fall in love again especially with someone who loved her too, and the love making wasn’t at all bad either. The practice was going from strength to strength and everything in the garden was lovely. But when Olivia knocked on her front door before work on the morning of the last day of the month she feared the worst. She took a breath and then opened it.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (11) The Train Wreck (Part 02)

Claire was disappointed that Peter couldn’t make it as it was the first social event she had been invited to since they got together and it would have been nice to have her boyfriend at her side. She liked the way that sounded “her boyfriend” so she repeated it her head several times. Unfortunately Peter was going to be working in Abbottsford overseeing production on a location shoot. Ben couldn’t accompany Olivia either as he was already attending three weddings that day in Shallowfied.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (11) The Train Wreck (Part 03)

The ceremony was wonderful and Pandora looked stunning, she always was a beautiful woman, and there were many tears before, during and after. More tears followed at the reception as old friendships were rekindled. After the meal, speeches and toasts Claire and Olivia hardly saw each other as they headed in opposite directions around the ballroom to mingle. As they chatted their separate routes around the busy room at the Golf Club, they renewed acquaintances and drank a liberally. Even Agnes Snipe, the snooty and aloof commercial manager of the club, took time to exchange pleasantries.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (11) The Train Wreck (Part 04)

She lay on her bed sobbing for the best part of two hours and when she was all cried out she got up and had a long hot soak in the bath and then she cried some more. Afterwards she didn’t bother dressing she just put on her toweling dressing gown and wrapped a towel around her head. When she felt like she was going to cry again she got up and went to the kitchen.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (12) No Hiding Place (Part 01)

In number two Folly Cottages the rain was beating hard on the bedroom window panes as Evangeline and Siti lay naked beneath the duvet. “I didn’t know...

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (12) No Hiding Place (Part 02)

Unfortunately patients conspired to keep them apart for the rest of the week which was felt most keenly by Siti who felt quite insecure. On Friday Evangeline assisted Dr Andrews with a patient transfer from the army. The soldier was staying with his sister and her husband at Chapel House. Siti hoped that come the weekend they would make up for it and she was not disappointed.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (12) No Hiding Place (Part 03)

Over the next few weeks the girls had a number of close calls but they managed to evade discovery by the skin of their teeth and the closer they sailed to the wind the more turned on they got. On Sunday the first of June Claire Andrews had invited her new boyfriend Peter Lutchford and his sister Amanda to the cottage that evening for wine and nibbles. Claire got side-tracked by a patient while she was out so when she returned home she quickly threw nibbles into bowls and put the beer and wine in the fridge.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (12) No Hiding Place (Part 04)

Katie had followed her up the stairs and was stood in the doorway with a look of horror on her face. “Oh my God” she said “is she ok?” “Go and call Lynn she'll know what to do” Eva said Lynn was receptionist at the surgery and her husband was a police inspector. Eva turned her attention to Siti, who was bloody and barely conscious “I’ve got you now babe” she said and got her to her feet and walked her to the top of the stairs reassuring her with every step. She started down the stairs just as Harjeet from the Bengal appeared

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (12) No Hiding Place (Part 05)

PC Ian Jennings was a tall man in his late twenties and also suffered with the unflattering uniform. And as if being six foot four inches tall didn’t make him stand out enough, nature had also endowed him with flame red hair. Kate was tall herself so it made a nice change to talk to a man who was taller than her and she had always had a weakness for red hair. She felt a bit guilty under the circumstances because she was flirting with him shamelessly and she couldn’t help herself.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (13) Career Officers (Part 01)

It was the long hot summer of 76, and Paul Cooper was still courting the love of his life Shallowfield girl, Lynn Fletcher. Their relationship was almost concluding its third year and was showing no sign of abating. Since he had arrived home from school for the summer break he had worked in the Addison’s Tea Shop with Lynn as he had almost every holiday for the previous two years.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (13) Career Officers (Part 02)

On the walk home from the meadow they came upon a scene that put their problems into perspective. They walked down the hill from the cliff top down to the eastern end of the lake. It was the end of August 1976, and the summer had been the hottest, driest summer ever recorded and there were severe droughts across the whole country as a result the water level in Teardrop Lake had dropped dramatically. In fact it fell so low it resulted in the discovery of a body, or at least the remains of a body. There were a number of policemen, in and out of the water, and Paul and Lynn paused for a while to watch them work, until the remains were brought to shore. Those discovered remains were later found to be those of a local woman, Christine Turner, who disappeared in 1915.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (14) The Teardrop Triangle (Part 01)

Kate Marston was 29 years old and had been working in Nettlefield at the St Augusta’s Hospital, and while she was there she had been seeing a doctor, Andy Jordan. But not for the first time in her life she realized it wasn’t working for her so after a couple of months, she ended it. However when it ended Andy wouldn’t accept it and he wouldn’t stop pestering her. So before it got to out of hand she left, she also moved out of her flat, with some help from her friends.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (14) The Teardrop Triangle (Part 02)

It seemed like they were to be an eternal triangle for the whole summer which was why it was a relief to do something without them. So when one Friday night in May, Kate’s boss, Claire threw a dinner party at her cottage in honour of practice manager Olivia Adamson’s 30 something birthday. Now the fact that Claire couldn’t cook to save her life didn’t deter Olivia or the other guests in the slightest though Kate herself was unaware of Claire’s culinary deficiencies. Apart from the Hostess and the guest of honour the guests were Evangeline, Siti Shahara, Lynn Cooper, Chantelle Dooney and Kate.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (14) The Teardrop Triangle (Part 03)

After the wedding summer quickly turned to autumn and on the first of October all the girls from the Surgery were going out for a meal in Childean to celebrate Siti Shahara’s birthday, at the Mallard. It was kind of a surprise, Siti knew they were going for a meal but not where and she wasn’t aware everyone was going. Evangeline was driving so she picked Kate up on her way and then went to get the birthday girl from her flat.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (14) The Teardrop Triangle (Part 04)

Between them Kate and Eva got Siti into the emergency department and as soon as they saw her they took her straight through, that was nothing to do with the fact that the Sister knew them both professionally it was because it was serious. They sat down in reception and Eva broke down so Kate put her arm around her to comfort her. “I really love her” she sobbed “She knows” Kate responded “But I’ve never told her” she admitted “But she still knows”

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (14) The Teardrop Triangle (Part 05)

It was midnight and they still hadn’t seen Siti, she was getting scans and x-rays and sutures, so she persuaded Kate to take her car and go home. “Are you sure?” Kate said as they stood by the entrance “Yes” she insisted “one of us has to be at work tomorrow” “Everything is going to be fine” Kate said as they had one final hug.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (15) The Medical (Part 01)

Over the years India Harris often thought back to that day in September when she went down to the boathouse and found Paul standing on the jetty looking out across the water. She remembered how it took her breath away because he was such a good looking man. He was tall and dark, well-tanned and lantern jawed. And she suddenly felt foolish, how could someone like him be interested in her and she turned to walk away. “Don’t go” he called

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (15) The Medical (Part 02)

It was a couple of weeks after they first got together and India was working at the Shallowfield Lodge Hotel as usual. Her friend Penny had volunteered to do the rooms upstairs on her own, so India was cleaning the downstairs. They normally worked together but Penny was quite sad that day and Indie could see she’d been crying. Her boyfriend was an Artist and was going to Australia for three months and he was leaving in just one weeks’ time.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (15) The Medical (Part 03)

Paul had just got his bike out of the garage when India arrived and wheeled herself alongside him so they could kiss. Her beautiful dark hair was tucked loosely beneath her helmet, her eyes sparkled and her cheeks were ruddy from exertion. “What kept you?” he said “Some of us have to work for a living”

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (15) The Medical (Part 04)

The fateful day arrived and Paul had to leave at the crack of dawn to get to Nettlefield by 10 o’clock, being late was not an option. Because India only lived next door she set her alarm and walked round to see him off. “Good luck” she said putting on a brave face as she kissed and hugged him “I wish you were coming with me” he said holding her tightly

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (16) The Fortunes of War (Part 01)

Henry Beaumont was the only son of the 10 th Earl of Dancingdean. Henry was a strong man, straight backed and powerful with a square jaw and chestnut brown hair, a gifted scholar, sportsman and a natural horseman. It was early summer and Henry had just returned from Abbottsford University to Dancingdean Hall, the family home overlooking Teardrop Lake. His lifelong friend, neighbour and fellow returnee Sebastian Blackburn lived next door at Bridge House.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (16) The Fortunes of War (Part 02)

She and Henry ate their picnic sat on a tartan rug in the old Folly looking out at the rain. When they had finished Henry refilled their glasses with champagne and as he raised his glass in a toast he said “Christine Turner, will you marry me?” Henry waited expectantly for her answer but she looked down at the ground and said nothing.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (16) The Fortunes of War (Part 03)

After the reception Henry crept to Christine’s room and knocked lightly on her door. She opened the door in her night things “What are you doing here?” she whispered through the crack in the door “I just wanted to say that on my next leave you will be the bride” he said and kissed her goodnight.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (17) Parenthood (Part 01)

Paul Cooper proposed to Lynn Fletcher in a quiet corner of a new Beefeater Restaurant, The Mallard, in Childean and after Lynn accepted they got on his Yamaha and went off so Lynn could chose a ring. There just happened to be one that she particularly liked in a shop in Abbottsford so he left his bike at the station and they got the train. While they were there Paul took his fiancé into the Downshire and District Building Society and changed his savings account in a joint account and then when they left the shop he presented the pass book to Lynn.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (17) Parenthood (Part 02)

The hardest part was finding somewhere to live, that they could afford. So Lynn stayed with her parents and Paul stayed in the section house in Childean, it wasn’t ideal but it did mean they could carry on saving. The wedding was a simple affair at St Marys Church, it was all very cheap and cheerful compared to what their children would expect.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (17) Parenthood (Part 03)

A few weeks after Karen’s christening she was very unwell, she was constantly irritable and drowsy. And when Lynn was changing her into her night clothes she noticed a rash. She immediately called the surgery and spoke to Dr Collins who was knocking on the door ten minutes later. She was satisfied that Lynn was not being a hysterical parent and insisted that she would drive mother and babe to the hospital, Paul was on duty so Lynn’s mum watched Jane and Kath.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (18) Recipe for Love (Part 01)

Jane Cooper was 7 years old before she knew she had two Grandfathers. She knew she had a Grandpa Colin, he and Nanny Laura had been in her life from the day she was born. But Granddad Harry she had never heard of, and so she was deeply suspicious of him and she was a bit miffed with him because of all the birthday and Christmas presents she’d missed out on.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (18) Recipe for Love (Part 02)

Jane may have decided that she was going to be a bakist but she didn’t want to limit herself just to baking she wanted to do everything so she would help her mum at home or go to Grandma’s house whenever she could so that she could learn more. When she wasn’t cooking or reading about cooking or thinking about cooking she was trying to avoid Terry O’Neil who was very persistent without the slightest encouragement from her. The only escape she had was when she was at school because he went to St Jude’s but that all changed when they started at Secondary School and they were in the same form at Shallowfield High School.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (18) Recipe for Love (Part 03)

Jane was unfaltering on her chosen path all through her school years and again when she went to college, and even when she’d gained her qualifications she refused to rest on her laurels. She worked whenever and wherever she could and when she wasn’t working she was attending more courses. And that September Terry went off to University while Jane set about gaining practical experience, where ever she could.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (18) Recipe for Love (Part 04)

Terry didn’t go home again for any significant amount of time for the rest of the year buy they spoke on the phone a few times and they did meet briefly at St Mary’s Church on Christmas morning. So as the year came to an end she reflected on the events of the year and congratulated herself quite smugly on her achievements, and the growing restaurant fund and she looked forward to the future.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (18) Recipe for Love (Part 05)

As she drove them to the Winston Churchill Hospital Kay broke the silence “Terry has loved you since primary school you know?” “I know” she replied “And I only realised quite recently that the feeling was mutual” Kay reached across and squeezed her hand.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (19) Mr. and Mrs. (Part 01)

It was mid-September when recent divorcee Matthew Charlton moved into Flat 3 of East Cliff Lodge, overlooking Teardrop Lake. The view of the lake from his flat was spectacular, as he stood on his balcony and looked down at the glassy teardrop shaped lake, he could see at once how the lake got its name. It was a calm still day and the modest body of water, just over two miles long and almost a mile at its widest point mirrored the surrounding ancient woodland of the Dancingdean Forest on its surface.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (19) Mr. and Mrs. (Part 02)

The occupant of number 4, was indeed as Coleman described her “a very attractive young-un” “What the hell are you doing here?” his ex-wife asked sharply “I live next door” he responded “I can’t believe it” she said “You followed me here?” “Oh don’t flatter yourself Emily” Matt said and turned to walk back to his flat. “I came here for a new start” Emily said and followed him

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (19) Mr. and Mrs. (Part 03)

Mark Roscoe, the restaurateur, showed him to the table where a diminutive young woman was seated with her back to the door. “I’m sorry if I’m a little late” he said as Mark delivered him to the table “That’s o….” she began It was only at that moment the he made eye contact with his date. “You have got to be kidding me” he said to his ex-wife Emily

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (19) Mr. and Mrs. (Part 04)

On Halloween there was a big fancy dress party at Forest Lodge, everyone on the Lake was invited, as well as some from Shallowfield. Apart from Halloween, the party was for the host Peter Lutchford, the world renowned film director, to show off his fiancé Claire to the neighbour’s. It was the first party Peter had held at the house since they had got together, the next party he planned would be for their wedding. Peter was dressed as Herman Munster and Claire was his wife Lily and Peter’s actress sister Amanda Flanders was dressed as a witch which her brother Peter thought was type casting. Because Emily was so small she struggled to get fancy dress costumed so she had the one costume which fitted her perfectly, a monkey costume, which she would accessorize to suit the occasion. For Halloween she added vampire teeth and a cape and went as a Vampire Monkey.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (20) The Choristers Lass (Part 01)

Although Winifred Tiplady was to eventually find happiness on Teardrop Lake, her life began hundreds of miles away in abject poverty, in the midst of the great depression. Her life began at a grim time and then it only got worse. She was born in Patrington, a small village a little more than 4 miles outside Withernsea, East Yorkshire. It was in 1930 when she entered the harsh world where her father William was a brick maker.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (20) The Choristers Lass (Part 02)

It was on one of those evenings when Win was helping Sam with his books in the back room of his shop that it happened. And it was about eight o’clock on a January evening when the raid began. They were fairly common place in Hull so Win didn’t panic, Sam kept her calm, he never went down shelter as he had claustrophobia and besides they’d never had a hit in their street. Win wasn’t entirely convinced as one or two of the bangs were a might louder than she would have expected, but she pressed on and finished the job she was doing just before the “all clear” sounded. “Here you are lass” Sam said and tossed her a half a crown “Now get off home” “Thanks Sam” she said and left “Night” It was only when she turned into Warwick street that she realised the terrace that her house used to be, wasn’t there anymore.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (20) The Choristers Lass (Part 03)

When Winifred Holland left Hull to travel down to London she was just twenty years old. And as the train steamed its way across the countryside of England she was filled with optimism about the future. Her thought process was along the lines that the future twenty years couldn’t possibly be as bad as the previous twenty were. Her brother in law Sam had arranged digs for her at a respectable boarding house in Wood Green, which was owned by a distant cousin, Brenda Smithson. As she approached the house in Palace Gates Road she stopped and looked up the steps to the front door and confirmed the house number she was looking for. In the window was a hand written sign, “No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish”

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (20) The Choristers Lass (Part 04)

Shallowfield’s fortunes had always relied largely upon forestry and agriculture for its survival. In the post war years with rationing and a shortage of work a lot of people moved away, to Abbottsford, Abbeyvale and beyond and it only barely survived. And the community around Teardrop Lake fared even worse. Only a few of the houses around the Lake were thriving, a lot of the houses had been rented out and those that hadn’t were in a poor state of repair, some too such an extent they were little more than ruins.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (20) The Choristers Lass (Part 05)

At the end of the service Daniel stayed on as he wanted to make sure he met the new members of the choir and in particular the elegant new organist. Daniel Travers was best described as average, average height, average weight, average looking, and with averagely mousy hair. In fact he was singularly unremarkable but as Winifred approached the small group standing at the back of the church she liked the look of him instantly.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (20) The Choristers Lass (Part 06)

As they got nearer to Teardrop Lake the first thing they saw was the “work in progress” that was the soon to be Shallowfield Lodge Hotel. Wins first unobstructed view of the lake from the road took her breath away. Although she couldn’t see it from where she was standing the lake was shaped like a teardrop, which gave the lake its name. Surrounded by the ancient woodland of the Dancingdean Forest the modest body of water, just over two miles long and almost a mile at its widest point, the lake shimmered in the July sunshine.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (20) The Choristers Lass (Part 07)

When they got back down the road by the Shallowfield Lodge where the Lane led past the Hotel under construction, which then ran parallel to the River Brooke as it flowed from the head of the lake and on towards Shallowfield and beyond. Win was just thinking how much she had enjoyed their expedition through the woods, so purely in the spirit of friendship she said “I’m famished, let me buy you lunch as a thank you for being my guide” “Well as we’re so close, why not come back to mine” suggested Daniel “I can’t promise you more than a ploughman’s lunch but you can wash it down with a glass of wine” “Well I’m a Yorkshire lass” she said “So a glass of beer would be better” “It’s a deal” Daniel agreed

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (21) A Phoenix from the Flames (Part 01)

It was on New Year’s Eve that Jane Cooper’s life changed for ever, although she was totally oblivious to it at the time. She had gone to bed as the year came to an end she reflected on the events of the year and congratulated herself quite smugly on her achievements, and the growing restaurant fund she had been working on and she looked forward to the future.
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Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (21) A Phoenix from the Flames (Part 02)

As soon as he reached the Winston Churchill Hospital, Terry was rushed into theatre and after several hours of surgery he was transferred to intensive care minus one leg.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (21) A Phoenix from the Flames (Part 03)

Jane felt so much better after she had seen Terry, even though he was in a coma. And she was much more relaxed on the journey home and her and Kay even laughed and joked. Jane visited him whenever she could after that, sometimes with Kay, sometimes with his brothers and sometimes on her own, it depended on when or whether she was working. Her visiting went on like that for more than a week with her sat by his bed holding his hand and baring her soul. But that came to an end one lunchtime when she was working at the Brown Windsor Restaurant. It was just after the last of the mains had gone to the pass that she received a text from Kay. “He’s awake x”

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (21) A Phoenix from the Flames (Part 04)

However Jane Cooper was having no truck with that nonsense and after three weeks of listening to his self-indulgent whining she snapped. It happened after he had just launched into one of his well-worn routines. “It’s a shame you didn’t pay me as much attention before I was crippled” he whined

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (21) A Phoenix from the Flames (Part 05)

He may have worried about getting a peg but what he got couldn’t have been further from it. He loved it his prosthetic leg it had a natural foot action with a microprocessor controlling the movement making walking more efficient and reducing the risk of falls. Although the physio began very gently and he thought it was going to be a breeze and then they built up and up until they were working him really hard. When he was returned to his room after a particularly gruelling session he had to be helped into bed and he said to Jane “Can I start to feel sorry for myself yet?” But before she could answer he was asleep.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (21) A Phoenix from the Flames (Part 06)

On the first weekend in May it was open house as usual for Lynn Cooper’s birthday and everyone on the lake was there, well almost everyone. There were two notable exceptions because while everyone was enjoying the food, drink and warm sunshine Jane and Terry were next door in Lakeside Villa, in his room making love for the first time. When they eventually arrived at the party it was with a gleam in their eyes and a spring in their step. It may have been the first time but it certainly wasn’t the last and they would have spent the entire summer in that regard had fate not taken a hand.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (21) A Phoenix from the Flames (Part 07)

It was August the twelfth, also known as the glorious 12 th , and was the beginning of the Grouse shooting season, so Jane had Grouse on the menu and as a result they were fully booked. It was also the day, after the lunch time serving was over, that Mark Roscoe decided to drop in to see them. He had lost a lot of weight and skin hung loosely at his neck and his skin was ashen. As he sat at one of the tables he made an announcement. As he wasn’t staff, Terry listened from behind the kitchen door. “I wanted to catch you while you were all together and give you the news” he said slowly having to pause to catch his breath. “I have decided to sell the Restaurant”

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (22) I’ve Never Seen “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Part 01)

In November, Megan Thomas moved into Flat 4 of East Cliff Lodge, after it was hastily vacated by Emily Waugh who was reconciled with her ex-husband,...

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (22) I’ve Never Seen “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Part 02)

Even though Megan could now drive she decided she would walk to Mrs Pritchard’s bungalow, which took her about 35 minutes. Any misgivings she may have had about elderly ladies were immediately dispelled when she met Erica.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (22) I’ve Never Seen “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Part 03)

Angelika Schmeltz was not, like Megan, a newcomer to Teardrop Lake she had lived in Cooper’s Hill Cottage, on a hill high above the Southern Perimeter road, just a stone’s throw from the Folly, for 30 years.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (22) I’ve Never Seen “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Part 04)

It wasn’t a long walk from where they met but it wasn’t an easy one either. The dogs reached the top first and then Angelika and some distance behind was Megan who was extremely out of breath. “I thought you had decided not to come” Angelika said jovially “You must have the constitution of a mounting goat” Megan retorted “The legs certainly” she agreed and laughed

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (22) I’ve Never Seen “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Part 05)

Over the next week or so the walks were foreshortened by the weather which was not conducive to prolonged country walks, but the dogs had to be exercised so some exposure to the elements was necessary.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (23) Loves Christmas Dreams (Part 01)

Karen Cooper thought of herself as a plump girl but in reality she was just a couple of dress sizes bigger than her older sisters. In every other respect she was clearly a Cooper, the looks were unmistakable. All the Cooper girls had Auburn hair and an abundance of freckle. And each one of the sisters thought their siblings were much more attractive than they were, whereas in reality they were all very pretty. Karen was a tall girl like Jane and facially she favoured Kath.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (23) Loves Christmas Dreams (Part 02)

Dakota was convinced she was never going to be kissed and especially not before she reached her 18 th birthday. She could quite easily get a kiss in time if she acted like a tart but she wasn’t a tart and she wanted her first kiss to be romantic, not desperate. Meanwhile Karen was still dreaming of a romantic affair with her prince charming Chris Cooper but was resigned to the fact it would never happen.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (23) Loves Christmas Dreams (Part 03)

Chris walked to the bar just as Dakota returned from the toilet and Fran joined his brother at the bar. When he first walked to the bar and saw Karen sitting at the corner table he congratulated himself on his choice of venue and hoped Christmas had arrived early and seemed he was not to be disappointed.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (24) The Christian Lady and the Pagans (Part 01)

It was in the middle of the 7 th Century when 17 year old Olwen, the youngest daughter of King Osric, was pledged in marriage to young King Ryce of West Untenena. King Osric’s tribe was in the east bordering Cantwarena and the marriage was designed to affect a treaty between the two tribes and preserve the peace by forming a mutually beneficial alliance against West Sexena.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (24) The Christian Lady and the Pagans (Part 02)

There was a regular caravan that travelled between East and West Untenena so over the following 18 months Stone was brought in secret from Thanet Island in small quantities and an Alta stone was transported from Lindisfarne via a circuitous route.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (25) New to Life and Christmas Too (Part 01)

In Cooper’s Hill Cottage on a cold, damp and foggy December afternoon Angelika Schmeltz and Megan Thomas lay naked beneath the duvet of the formers King-size bed. And in its cosiness they were both silently contemplating their situation and reflecting that it was not how they had envisaged the day panning out.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (25) New to Life and Christmas Too (Part 02)

Angelika Schmeltz on the other hand hadn’t dreamt of falling in love for a very different reason. She had closed her heart to it, and drawn a line under such emotions. For the five years since the death of her long term lover Charlie she never thought of love for a second.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (25) New to Life and Christmas Too (Part 03)

They were to meet back where they had started at 11.30, Angelika was there first and Megan trotted up about five minutes later. “I thought I’d lost you” Angelika said “Sorry, I lost track of time” she said “It’s very exciting isn’t it?” “Yes it is” Angelika replied and smiled at the little redhead loaded with bags. “Once I got started I didn’t know how to stop” Megan said and giggled “You’re really lovely” Angel said and kissed her

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (26) Christmas Mornings, Christmas Days (Part 01)

There was a lot of love on Teardrop Lake that Christmas, some was old and had stood the test of time, and some had led to marriage already, while others waited in the wings. Some loves were still in the first flush while others were mere embers that were yet to ignite. And there was more than one person with the hope of love in their hearts.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (26) Christmas Mornings, Christmas Days (Part 02)

Danny and Penny found the whole week after their return from Australia quite exhausting. As they went from one friend’s house to another, retelling the same tales of their trip down under to different audiences. So when Christmas finally arrived it came as something of a relief.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (26) Christmas Mornings, Christmas Days (Part 03)

Later on Christmas afternoon India’s younger sister Dakota also went out for a walk on the pretext of seeing her friend Karen Cooper but in actuality she met up with Fran O’Neil by the old Tower and they wished each other a happy Christmas.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (27) Better the Devil You Know (Part 01)

It was mid-September when recent divorcee’s Matthew Charlton and Emily Waugh moved into Flat’s 3 and 4, respectively of East Cliff Lodge, overlooking the picturesque Teardrop Lake. The view of the water from their flats was spectacular with its distinctive teardrop shape which gave the lake its name surrounded by the ancient woodland of the Dancingdean Forest. It was a modest body of water as lakes go, just over two miles long and almost a mile at its widest point, it really was a thing of beauty and was both idyllic and peaceful.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (27) Better the Devil You Know (Part 02)

It was while he was in the conservatory. “Oh God not you again” she said “Are you stalking me?” “Oh lighten up Emily” he retorted having had just enough to drink to not take her seriously. “Lighten up? Lighten up?” she exclaimed all shrill “everywhere I go you’re there”

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (27) Better the Devil You Know (Part 03)

For New Year’s Eve, Matt and Emily had been invited to another fancy dress party this time at the Shallowfield Lodge Hotel. Unfortunately just after lunch Emily started to feel the effects of a migraine coming on and decided not to go to the party, but she didn’t want to spoil Matt’s fun so she insisted he should go on his own.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (28) The Chorister and the Organist (Part 01)

“I know you’re 15 years older me” Daniel said “and I don’t care, and my young heart doesn’t care, because I love you” Win gasped as the words left his lips, it had been a very long time since the previous time they were spoken to her. And she had thought she would never hear them spoken to her again. And a moment later she heard herself saying “I love you too” Daniel saw her lips form the words, but dare not believe the evidence of his eyes until each word was delivered. “You do?” he asked “Yes I do” she said “now kiss me before I change my mind”

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (28) The Chorister and the Organist (Part 02)

Win guessed it might me someone significant due to the length of time Daniel was gone so she tidied away the brochures and sat poised on the sofa. Win stood up when the door opened and a slim well coutured lady in her sixties, now devoid of furs, walked in. Elspeth smiled and then immediately hugged Win. “I’m so pleased to meet you” she said “it’s long overdue” “Thank you” Win said and completely out of character cried

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (28) The Chorister and the Organist (Part 03)

“Why would you not say yes?” Win asked “I didn’t say no” he retorted “But you will” she said “Because it is just a whim” He said and Win gave him a look “They’ve only known each other for four months” he said “And they believe they’re in love” “And how long who you known me before you fell in love” Win reminded him “That was different” returned Dan “No! It wasn’t” Win answered

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (28) The Chorister and the Organist (Part 04)

The Reception was held at the Shallowfield Lodge Hotel, Win was feeling quite unwell throughout but kept that fact to herself and stayed to the very end, Sadly that was the last occasion she was seen in public. All through the winter Winnie suffered a series of chest infections, the final one culminating in pneumonia. But thanks to Dr Claire Andrews’s ministrations Winnie survived through until the spring and spent one more summer on the Lake before her heart gave out and she died in her sleep one September night.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (29) Family Ties (Part 01)

Martha and Vikki were both “sweet sixteen and never been kissed” and the girls were the best of friends. And to be perfectly honest they were not really interested in boys, their leisure time was spent sailing, mountain biking, orienteering, climbing, you name it and they did it.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (29) Family Ties (Part 02)

Like Vikki, Martha was also a tomboy but she was a little more subtle in her choices and favoured blue jeans, a white top and blue plaid shirt and on her feet she wore either baseball boots or just plain black leather boots. Her hair was mousy hair and there was less of it than Vikki’s but like her friend she stood five foot two inches tall.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (29) Family Ties (Part 03)

For Alex, October began her busy period at the shop, firstly because the novelty stock had to be displayed in preparation for Halloween and then at the beginning of November the Halloween stock had to be removed over the weekend and replaced with the Christmas stock.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (30) The Valentines (Part 01)

Victoria Williams enjoyed a successful career in publishing, due to her diligence and hard work. And she had arrived in her thirties with her integrity, looks and figure intact, but she still lived a solitary existence and took her holidays alone. She had friends a plenty and an abundance of family whom by and large she adored but the one thing that had eluded her was a lasting romantic attachment.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (30) The Valentines (Part 02)

At the meal a great deal of wine was consumed and even more followed it in the hotel bar so as a result only Catherine and Clare made it down for breakfast the next morning. With them both being in the police they were well accustomed to keeping irregular hours and early starts in particular and they learnt never to forgo a cooked breakfast.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (30) The Valentines (Part 03)

Catherine’s note said that they were walking clockwise around the lake so Victoria rushed out of the Hotel to join the others and followed the southern road so she would intercept them. She was hurrying because, although she wouldn’t admit it, she was a bit scared of the woods as they were very thick and she didn’t have a clue where she was going. All of a sudden a bird took flight from the undergrowth and startled her.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (30) The Valentines (Part 04)

After having moderated their drinking on Friday night and having had an early night, they were all up for breakfast on Saturday morning and all consumed a hearty full English. Over coffee they discussed what they wanted to do for the day armed with a map of the area. The Lake was shaped like a teardrop, hence its name, and was surrounded by the ancient woodland of the Dancingdean Forest.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (30) The Valentines (Part 05)

Katie had trudged along the Lane on her own and as she reached the top her attention was attracted to the sound of someone hacking about in some shrubbery nearby. She cautiously approached and discovered on closer inspection it was William Lyndon-Sanders red faced and sweating. “What on earth are you doing in there?” She said and laughed at the state of him. “Croquet” he said “Is that a swear word around here?” Katie asked

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (30) The Valentines (Part 06)

Miraculously everyone made it back to the hotel in time for lunch and they all contributed excitedly to the conversation with everyone enthusing on their various adventures. “You would not believe the view from lovers leap” Victoria said “it was absolutely breath-taking” Of course nobody told the whole truth about what they had been doing. And trying to decide among them on the content of the afternoon’s adventures proved to be as difficult as nailing jelly to a tree.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (30) The Valentines (Part 07)

When Catherine and Clare got to the jetty the Doctors were already waiting for them. “Wow you two look lovely” Paul said “Knock out” Alastair agreed The girls didn’t say anything they just looked at each other they’d heard plenty of soft soap in their time, only time would tell if they’d just had a fresh dose or not.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (30) The Valentines (Part 08)

The Runcible Spoon was a wonderful restaurant and more than lived up to their expectation and they were absolutely stuffed by the end of the evening and when they got back to the Lodge they decided to forgo a nightcap and they all waddled to their rooms.
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Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (30) The Valentines (Part 09)

As might have been predicted the two members of the Downshire Constabulary, Catherine and Clare, were up bright and early and tucking into one of Sheryl Browns very excellent cooked breakfasts. One by one the others joined them in the breakfast room. But no discussion followed that morning as to the order of the day because Monday’s activities had all been pre-booked. They had a full day’s beauty treatments at Mazzone’s in Childean, facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing etc. The whole nine yards.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (31) Deliciousness (Part 01)

Nick Addison was the eldest son of Simon and Eleanor Addison. Who at the age of 23 was currently the assistant manager of the Bakers shop in Shallowfield? The Addison family lived in Tower House which was at the Shallowfield end of Teardrop Lake, and they were an old Teardrop family who were also very important to the local economy as they were one of the largest employers in the area.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (31) Deliciousness (Part 02)

“Oh God” she said and put the Danish back on the counter and quickly put on her cardigan and she was blushing vividly as she took her change and said. “Thank you” She walked to the door and half turned as she opened it “Thank you” she said and smiled

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (31) Deliciousness (Part 03)

The news came two weeks after the see through blouse incident and she was so happy she wanted to go over to the Bakers and share her news with Nick but halfway there she had second thoughts. “He probably won’t be interested” She said to herself but in truth she was still a little embarrassed.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (31) Deliciousness (Part 04)

Once safely off the train he added “I’ll walk you home” She only lived about a hundred yards from the station but in her condition he didn’t trust her to make it.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (32) Gemini Girls (Part 01)

Martha and Vikki were both “sweet sixteen and never been kissed” and the girls were the best of friends. And to be perfectly honest they were not really interested in boys, their leisure time was spent sailing, mountain biking, orienteering, climbing, you name it and they did it. Basically Martha and Vikki were the outdoorsy type.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (32) Gemini Girls (Part 02)

By the beginning of April along with their ambushing the boys at college whenever possible, which clearly wasn’t working, Vikki and Martha had adopted a different tactic. Being the outdoorsy type they would take regular bike rides past Tower House in the hope of catching site of them but this also proved fruitless as did sailing their dinghy close to shore and repeatedly past their jetty.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (32) Gemini Girls (Part 03)

“Bloody idiot” Dave muttered under his breath as he shuffled along the lane and he cursed his missed chance. He was so distracted as he ambled along berating himself that he didn’t even notice his brother John coming the other way.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (33) A New Woman (Part 01)

It was a successful organization that district nurse Elena Fedeli joined on a bitter cold January morning along with another new nurse named Harriet Robinson. It was two years to the day after Dr Claire Andrews took over The Shallowfield Surgery and in that short time she and her business partner Olivia Adamson had transformed it into the Dancingdean Heath Centre, which necessitated the expansion of staff numbers.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (33) A New Woman (Part 02)

They had met under difficult circumstances with her being one of the palliative care nurses caring for his terminally ill mother. Then when the day came that his mother died he leant on her. In fact he leant on her a lot and perhaps foolishly she let him do so more than she should have. But it did hit him hard, and his mum was the last relative he had left. The biggest problem was that his faith which had been crumbling over a number of years before they met had disintegrated altogether and that became a problem between them. She tried to help and support him but she had a deep and sustaining faith. Her faith was as strong as ever, if not stronger, but he had none and it drove a wedge between them and the resulting chasm between them could not be reconciled.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (33) A New Woman (Part 03)

Fortunately Elena was not the only new starter at the health centre or the only newbie to the area. Harriet Robinson who was the new phlebotomist moved into number 1 a couple of days before her. However whereas Elena’s move had been out of choice because she was looking for a change Harriet’s had been forced upon her due to cost cutting measures. As they both moved in before Christmas and weren’t due to start work until the New Year and as they were neighbours the two new girls gravitated towards each other especially as Harriet’s University Professor husband, Nathan, was only around at the weekend for the first week until the end of the semester.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (33) A New Woman (Part 04)

Although Elena was not a Catholic her years spent at the convent hospital exposed her to what she considered a more dignified way to spend Halloween than dressing up in a ridiculous costume and drinking so much you couldn’t remember if you enjoyed yourself or not. So she choose to decline the invitation to the Halloween party and chose instead to attend the Halloween celebrations at St Mary’s.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (34) The Actresses and the Bishops (Part 01)

Amanda Flanders and Tamsin Pearce got to know each other when they both worked on a very popular TV soap and during their time on the show they became firm friends. In addition to the soap they had also worked in the theatre and even in pantomime. Amanda had lived on Teardrop Lake all her life and she still lived in Forest Lodge with her brother Peter and his wife Claire when she wasn’t away working. Tamsin also lived on the lake, though she had only been there for the last six years, and she had a flat in Dancingdean Hall. They both worked away for a lot of the time, sometimes working on things together and sometimes not.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (34) The Actresses and the Bishops (Part 02)

Amanda Flanders always called Peter “brother” but he was actually her half-brother, they had the same mother but different fathers. But she never drew any distinction, she just loved him as her big brother. Tamsin on the other hand was from a large family she was the middle child of 5, two elder brothers and two younger sisters and she was the only one who lived in England, her siblings were scattered to the four corners of the globe and her parents had retired to Spain. So she was kind of adopted into the Flanders family and was as close to Amanda as any sister ever could be.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (34) The Actresses and the Bishops (Part 03)

They had been walking and talking and they were soon approaching the Shallowfield Lodge Hotel. “So what do you two do for a living?” Amanda asked “We are academics” Ian said “Oh?” “Yes from Abbottsford University” he added

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (34) The Actresses and the Bishops (Part 04)

Tamsin had also been upstairs to change and had returned wearing a summer dress and joined the others sitting on the patio as Peter said “So Amanda tells me you’re academic’s doing something up at the Chapel” “I think we may have slightly mislead them we are actually Professors from Abbottsford University” “You’re Professors?” Tamsin said “Yes Archaeology Professors” Dave explained

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (34) The Actresses and the Bishops (Part 05)

They broke for lunch and then two hours later they still hadn’t made a beginning. “Come on let’s go for a walk and get inspired” Amanda said positively. “Thank God you’re so sensible” “It’s a blessing and a curse” She said

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (34) The Actresses and the Bishops (Part 06)

Tamsin drove to Amanda’s and then picked up the Bishops from the Shallowfield Lodge. The Professors had booked a table at the Phoenix Restaurant in Shallowfield. As they sat drinking their aperitif’s the yummy Professors took turns telling them the story of the Chapel and how they secretly cleared a large area of forest and built a small timber Chapel to Olwen’s specific design with only a small number of trusted woodsman knowing what was being built in the woods.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (34) The Actresses and the Bishops (Part 07)

Being the worse for drink Tamsin stayed the night with Amanda but despite their condition the next morning they appeared downstairs bright and early to start work. Peter went into Shallowfield and got Tamsin’s car from the restaurant just in case she was still over the limit, which she probably was. So with a mug of black coffee each they sat out on the patio in their pyjamas and started writing and now that they had their subject matter the words just flowed.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (34) The Actresses and the Bishops (Part 08)

Amanda’s laptop was on the table and as she opened it Peter said “Well done you two, that’s really good” “Did you read it?” She asked “Yes I did” “So what did you think? Be honest” Amanda asked

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (35) Relative Strangers (Part 01)

Teardrop Lake and the surrounding woodland was privately owned and divided into twelve parcels each with one significant dwelling on it, although there were a number of cottages dotted around the woodland as well. The 12 main properties on Teardrop Lake were not owned as such and were subject to a peculiar legal covenant dating back to the early 17 th Century.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (35) Relative Strangers (Part 02)

On the Monday of her second week Danni phoned Riza. “Hello Danni, how are you settling in?” “Fine, fine” she replied “I still can’t believe it’s happened” “Well it’s for real” Riza said “so enjoy it” “I’m trying” Danni said and then there was a pause before Riza asked “Was there something else?” “Yes” she replied “am I allowed to decorate?” And Riza laughed

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (35) Relative Strangers (Part 03)

Danni left June in the van while she went into the office where a young man of a similar age to herself was sat behind the desk. As she approached he looked up and smiled, Danni liked his smile, and she though he was quite good looking with his curly brown hair and blue eyes.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (35) Relative Strangers (Part 04)

Over the next few days Katie finished the books and all three of them cracked on with the decorating. June had already completed two rooms before the other two got involved. Not that Katie was much use, she didn’t like dust or cobwebs, she couldn’t use ladders or kneel down, she didn’t like the smell of paint as it made her nauseous and she didn’t like getting her hands wet or doing anything that would make them dry. What she could do though was make teas and coffees and cook extremely well.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (35) Relative Strangers (Part 05)

The first Auction sale was on the coming Saturday, and was for the porcelain, glass and collectables. The following Wednesday was the jewellery sale in Abbottsford and then back to Shallowfield on the following Saturday for the furniture sale.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (35) Relative Strangers (Part 06)

As Steve was absent and June was really cracking on with the decorating Danni decided to get to grips with the mountain of letters and personal papers in the study. That kept her quite busy for the week following her delivering the books to the Auction house.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (35) Relative Strangers (Part 07)

After Steve visited the house in search of Winifred she had distanced herself from him. He called her several times over the few days following his visit enquiring about coffee at Addison’s but she always made an excuse. But eventually she had to see him. It was the first of December, a week after she had last seen him and Danni had to go to the salerooms to settle the account.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (35) Relative Strangers (Part 08)

Halfway along the Lane on the Southside of the Lake the darkness seemed even darker somehow and the snow was falling faster than ever. He was unsure if he should press on or turn around and go back, visibility had been reduced to single digits. He decided to take advantage of an old log at the side of the Lane and wait until the snow eased off again.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (35) Relative Strangers (Part 09)

“And that’s why you’ve been all sisterly towards me” he said and laughed “Because you think we’re’ “Yes, but I don’t see any humour in it” she said “Come back to the house and have a hot drink and explain, you must be frozen” "Ok but on one condition” he replied

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (36) Koo-Koo-Ka-Choo Mrs Robinson (Part 01)

It was a successful organization that phlebotomist Harriet Robinson joined on a bitter cold January morning along with another new nurse named Elena Fedeli. It was two years to the day after Dr Claire Andrews took over The Shallowfield Surgery and in that short time she and her business partner Olivia Adamson had transformed it into the Dancingdean Heath Centre, which necessitated the expansion of staff numbers.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (36) Koo-Koo-Ka-Choo Mrs Robinson (Part 02)

There was no one in her life at the time and she was content with that so that brief pleasant exchange between them would probably have been the end of it had it not been for a chance meeting just over a week later when they saw each other again in St Candida’s park.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (36) Koo-Koo-Ka-Choo Mrs Robinson (Part 03)

For her 30 th birthday he arranged a surprise trip to see Madame Butterfly, at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Which had she not already fallen in love with him would on its own have won her heart. Harriet loved every moment and it was a wonderfully romantic trip and on the night before they returned home, on top of the Empire State Building, he proposed to her and they married the year after.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (36) Koo-Koo-Ka-Choo Mrs Robinson (Part 04)

When they moved to Teardrop they had been together for over 7 years and married for 6, Harry was fast approaching her 37 th birthday and she was convinced she could literally hear her biological clock ticking. They had been trying for a family ever since they were married but it just wasn’t happening for them.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (37) One White Christmas (Part 01)

It was Christmas Eve and Samantha Dunlop, who worked at Hanratty’s Department Store in Abbottsford’s Phoenix Centre, was just on her way back to work after having had lunch with her boyfriend Darren.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (37) One White Christmas (Part 01)

It was Christmas Eve and Samantha Dunlop, who worked at Hanratty’s Department Store in Abbottsford’s Phoenix Centre, was just on her way back to work after having had lunch with her boyfriend Darren. “Bastard” she muttered under her breath as she entered the centre. Sam was running the lunch time conversation through her head which was why she was so angry. “You’re breaking up with me?” she asked in disbelieve across the table in McDonald’s. “Don’t take it so hard babe” he said “You’re breaking up with me on Christmas Eve?” she repeated “I didn’t see why not I haven’t got your present yet so it was a win, win babe” he said “You cheap bastard” she yelled and poured his chocolate shake over him

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (37) One White Christmas (Part 02)

As she left Abbottsford it started to snow and the snow that had fallen ten days earlier was still evident on the ground so the fresh fall quickly settled. Samantha didn’t like driving in the snow, well she didn’t like driving full stop if she was honest, and so she was driving very cautiously.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (37) One White Christmas (Part 02)

As she left Abbottsford it started to snow and the snow that had fallen ten days earlier was still evident on the ground so the fresh fall quickly settled. Samantha didn’t like driving in the snow, well she didn’t like driving full stop if she was honest, and so she was driving very cautiously.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (37) One White Christmas (Part 03)

He hung up the phone and sat on the floor in front of her and had a nonsensical conversation with her until an hour later there was a knock on the door. He got up stiffly and answered the door to find two snow covered figures. “Hello Richard, where’s the patient?”

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (37) One White Christmas (Part 03)

He hung up the phone and sat on the floor in front of her and had a nonsensical conversation with her until an hour later there was a knock on the door. He got up stiffly and answered the door to find two snow covered figures. “Hello Richard, where’s the patient?” “Doctor Lutchford? Is that you?” he said “Come in, come in”

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (37) One White Christmas (Part 04)

First things first he looked in the fridge and the freezer and checked the cupboards and set about his task. It wouldn’t be a Christmas Lunch per se but it would be a cooked lunch on Christmas Day. Once he had everything prepared he made his drink and went back to the lounge.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (37) One White Christmas (Part 04)

First things first he looked in the fridge and the freezer and checked the cupboards and set about his task. It wouldn’t be a Christmas Lunch per se but it would be a cooked lunch on Christmas Day. Once he had everything prepared he made his drink and went back to the lounge.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (37) One White Christmas (Part 05)

Richard smiled and walked into the kitchen and got on with the lunch He was an ordinary looking man in fact he was so ordinary if he were to commit a crime the witnesses to it would supply a description that would fit half the population. He was neither tall nor short or fat nor thin, his face was not unpleasant to look but it wasn’t handsome, his hair was mousy in colour and was unremarkable. In summary he was not the type of man who would attract the attention of someone like Samantha. In fact it occurred to him that only the particular chain of events that had already occurred could have brought them together on Christmas day. “Apart from kidnap” he said to himself and laughed

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (37) One White Christmas (Part 05)

Richard smiled and walked into the kitchen and got on with the lunch He was an ordinary looking man in fact he was so ordinary if he were to commit a crime the witnesses to it would supply a description that would fit half the population.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (37) One White Christmas (Part 06)

With the washing up done and two reviving mugs of tea made they adjourned to the lounge. As the day wore on the snowfall had petered out and by late afternoon the skies cleared just as the light began to fade and the temperature dropped like a stone. So Richard put on the lights and drew the curtains then he attended to the wood burner before sitting down in his chair.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (37) One White Christmas (Part 06)

With the washing up done and two reviving mugs of tea made they adjourned to the lounge. As the day wore on the snowfall had petered out and by late afternoon the skies cleared just as the light began to fade and the temperature dropped like a stone. So Richard put on the lights and drew the curtains then he attended to the wood burner before sitting down in his chair. “Would you like music or TV?” he asked

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (37) One White Christmas (Part 07)

The road through Shallowfield was finally reopened on the day after Boxing Day so Emily and Matt Charlton arrived mid-morning to collect Samantha. While Sam was upstairs getting her bag, Richard entertained the Charlton’s in the lounge. “It was kind of you to take Sam in” “It was nothing” Richard said dismissively “It was my pleasure”

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (38) It’s a Small World For a Locum (Part 01)

It was late afternoon on Christmas Eve at the Dancingdean Health Centre and Locum Doctor Kelly Spearman had one last patient to see. Mrs Bramwell entered the room with her young daughter Kylie skulking in her wake. “Come on Kylie the Doctor hasn’t got all day” “Hello Mrs Bramwell, how can I help?”

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (38) It’s a Small World For a Locum (Part 02)

Kelly had completed her notes and packed her things away. She was looking forward to getting home, she loosened her hair and shook it out before putting on her woollen hat and slipping on her coat and finally picked up her bag. No sooner had her fingers curled around the door handle than the phone on her desk rang. “Oh, so close” she said to herself and released her grip on the door handle. There was nothing waiting for her at home except what she craved at that moment, peace and solitude.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (38) It’s a Small World For a Locum (Part 03)

She did a three point turn in the road and headed back the way she had come and hoped she wouldn’t have to spend the entire evening driving around looking for a room. Kelly was not yet fully au fait with Shallowfield and its environs but she had stored several key landmarks in her memory bank but the only Hotel she could bring to mind was the Shallowfield Lodge Hotel by Teardrop Lake.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (38) It’s a Small World For a Locum (Part 04)

Kelly went up to her room and quickly freshened up and then made her way back downstairs. She smiled at Sheryl Brown, as she passed the reception desk, who was busy helping someone else. She walked into the busy restaurant and found an empty table and had only sat down long enough to order a drink when she was asked. “Do you mind if I join you doctor?” It was Jonathon Springthorpe

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (38) It’s a Small World For a Locum (Part 05)

The snow was still falling though much lighter than the night before, so there was an eerie hush apart from the satisfying crunch underfoot. If she hadn’t been on call they would have walked all the way but she needed her 4 x 4.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (38) It’s a Small World For a Locum (Part 06)

Kelly checked out of the Lodge on the morning after Boxing Day and that evening after surgery she was finally able to drive home to Mornington. The first thing she did when she got home was to change her underwear, although she had washed them out every night before she went to bed, after wearing the same knickers for four days she still felt dirty.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (38) It’s a Small World For a Locum (Part 07)

Jon and Kelly were the last to tee off in a four ball with his younger brother Chris and his Uncle George. “Don’t worry if you’re only a novice” he said as they approached the 1 st tee “I can teach you as we go around” “Ok” she said

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (39) New Blood (Part 01)

Shallowfield’s fortunes had always relied largely upon forestry and agriculture for its survival. In the post war years with rationing and a shortage of work a lot of people moved away from the area and it only just survived. And the community around Teardrop Lake faired even worse. Only a few of the houses around the Lake were thriving, a lot of the houses had been rented out and those that hadn’t were in a poor state of repair, some too such an extent they were little more than ruins.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (39) New Blood (Part 02)

It was at the end of the main service when the Reverend Hunter began the Baptism of Ben’s nephew Connor Innes into the faith that he saw again. It turned out that “Penelope Pitstop” the beautiful, if dangerous brunette, was a close friend of his sister Helen and was also to be a Godparent to Connor. So it was actually love at second sight when his eyes were constantly drawn to the beautiful girl on the other side of the font and she couldn’t take her eyes off of him.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (39) New Blood (Part 03)

He found her sitting on a rocky outcrop up at the top of East Cliff overlooking the lake “There you are” he said “What are you doing here?” she snapped “Well I didn't just come out for a walk to avoid watching “The Sound of Music” with Auntie Vi” Ben teased “So why did you come?”

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (40) And Here's to you Mrs Robinson (Part 01)

Nathan and Harriet Robinson lived in number 1, Folly Cottages overlooking Teardrop Lake. Nathan was a Professor of Music at Abbottsford University and Harriet had taken the job as Phlebotomist at the Dancingdean Health Centre in Shallowfield. When they moved to Teardrop they had been together for over 7 years and married for 6, Harry was fast approaching her 37 th birthday and she was convinced she could literally hear her biological clock ticking. They had been trying for a family ever since they were married but it just wasn’t happening for them.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (40) And Here's to you Mrs Robinson (Part 02)

The third problem they faced that year was altogether more serious and not so easily cured. At the end of March Harriet started getting severe headaches and blurred vision. At first she thought it must have been a migraine, even though she’d never suffered from them before. It was only when her feet swelled up and she started to get pain just below her ribs that she was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, that was three weeks later. “You need to take it easy from now on” Dr Lutchford said and she was put on immediate leave. “I’ll be fine” she protested “You’ll be fine when we get you blood pressure under control and that won’t happen with you still working” Claire said, drawing a line under the discussion once and for all.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (40) And Here's to you Mrs Robinson (Part 03)

Nellie was in reception talking to Dorcas as she was checking out. “I hope you enjoyed your stay” Dorcas said as a green panel van liveried with “Fox-Martin Organics” pulled up to the front door. “Yes” she replied as she watched a tall ruggedly good looking man get out of the van and head towards the door. “And the scenery is very pleasing to the eye” “Yes but my brother is only visiting” Dorcas said and laughed “Your brother?” she asked mortified “I’m so sorry” “Don’t be” she said “he is a fairly good looking” A second man got out of the passenger side and also headed for the door. “Is that another brother?” Nell asked “No” she replied “Husband” Dorcas then went on to explain that they were completing the sale of their cottage at the end of the month and her brother Sebastian was helping Ben move the last of their stuff out. Which was when an idea dawned on her and she asked Dorcas for a favour.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (40) And Here's to you Mrs Robinson (Part 04)

Nathan arrived home to find them all sitting at the kitchen table with a plateful of crumbs where a fruit cake had once stood. Introductions were made and after another cup of tea the three men set about getting the piano down the stairs while the two sisters stood at the bottom uttering words of encouragement.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (40) And Here's to you Mrs Robinson (Part 05)

Sunday afternoon fitted in perfectly for her, it gave her all day Saturday to do her housework and laundry, and she would have time on Sunday morning to worship at St Winnifred’s, then go home for lunch before driving to the Teardrop Lake.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (40) And Here's to you Mrs Robinson (Part 06)

The following day was Bank Holiday Monday, which was another glorious day, Nellie got up late. Which meant she missed the cooked breakfast and what would prove to be more significant she didn’t get to see Sebastian. As she was up late she was later getting to her sisters than she planned but found Harriet in great spirits. She was very much looking forward to the afternoon’s activities.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (40) And Here's to you Mrs Robinson (Part 07)

Nellie was crying for a variety of reasons, firstly she was crying because she’d made a fool of herself. Because she was disappointed, because she got her hopes up, because it wasn’t supposed to have worked out that way. She was upset at herself for opening up for the sake of a guy who looked good, even though he looked very good indeed. “This is not why you came here” she said to herself crossly and promptly cried again

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (40) And Here's to you Mrs Robinson (Part 08)

Once Nathan had finished at University and Nell was only helping out with Harriet one day a week she had to spend the other 5 days working with Claire Pollard ensuring all the appointments were covered while staff were on leave, so it didn’t leave much time left for dating.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (41) Clinician Heal Thyself (Part 01)

It was to a very successful organization that palliative care Nurse Patricia Clerembeax joined on a bitter cold January morning along with another new nurse named Dani Carew. It was four years to the day after Dr Claire Lutchford nee Andrews, took over the Shallowfield Surgery and in that short time she and her business partner Olivia Shenton had transformed it into the Dancingdean Heath Centre, which had continued to grow in stature which necessitated the expansion of staff numbers.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (41) Clinician Heal Thyself (Part 02)

They were both dreading that first Christmas in a new place without anyone to cuddle up to, and they thought that all that time on their own would drive them crazy. But they needn’t have worried for a second as Chantelle soon introduced them around to all the mad people they would be working with and they had so many invitations throughout December that they didn’t have a minute to think about being lonely, even in the quieter moments because they were too exhausted.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (41) Clinician Heal Thyself (Part 03)

The district nursing team had a number of regular home visit, terminally ill or housebound patients or those recuperating after surgery and they soon built up a good rapport with them. As Patricia’s background was in palliative care she had the lion’s share of terminally ill patients on her list, but she didn’t mind as she found helping a person to end their time in a dignified manner was very rewarding and in her first six months at the Dancingdean Health Centre she became a valuable member on the team.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (41) Clinician Heal Thyself (Part 04)

The next morning when Patricia reported for work at the Health Centre there was a message for her to say that Andrew Bates had had another bad night so she turned on her heels and got back in her car.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (41) Clinician Heal Thyself (Part 05)

He didn’t hear her come downstairs, nor did he hear her walk into the kitchen and sidle up behind him. In fact the first time he knew she was standing behind him was when she put her hand on his shoulder. “Is that me?” she asked looking over his shoulder

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (41) Clinician Heal Thyself (Part 06)

At number 3 Brewery cottages in the Manorside part of Mornington, Patricia Clerembeax and David Bates stood in each other’s arms while he cried on her shoulder.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (42) In Green Silk (Part 01)

Shallowfield lay on the southern edge of the Finchbottom Vale and Shallowfield’s fortunes had always relied largely upon forestry and agriculture for its survival. In the post war years with rationing and a shortage of work a lot of people moved away, to Abbottsford, Abbeyvale and beyond, and it only barely survived.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (42) In Green Silk (Part 02)

It was Sunday morning, the day of the Lutchford’s Garden Party at Forest Lodge on the southwest corner of Teardrop Lake. It had become an annual event since Peter Lutchford had married local Doctor, Claire Andrews. It was one of the “jewel in the crown” event in Shallowfield and in particular Teardrop Lake.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (42) In Green Silk (Part 03)

As he was up early he decided he would cook them both a proper breakfast and then they had a leisurely morning getting ready because of a lack of any time constraints.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (42) In Green Silk (Part 04)

But all of a sudden he caught sight of a girl who was anything but unremarkable. He couldn’t have said she was an absolute beauty because he didn’t see her face because she yomped past him at pace and he never caught her up.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (42) In Green Silk (Part 05)

When he finally managed to drag Mercedes away from the group or more specifically Jake, there was no sign of the girl in the silk dress and they had only gone a matter of yards when he was halted in his pursuit of the girl by someone who he instantly recognised and his heart sank, she was a little blonde Cougar in a white dress, a highly unsuitable shade considering what she gets up to too with all and sundry and he had been on her radar from the moment he arrived in Shallowfield.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (42) In Green Silk (Part 06)

“Hello” he said “that looks refreshing” “Oh hi” She retorted with a beaming smile “Yes it is” “Do you mind if join you then?” “Sure, be my guest” she said amiably

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (42) In Green Silk (Part 07)

They spend the next two hours sitting in the Lutchford’s conservatory drinking coffee with their hosts and all the talk was about the goings on at the Purplemere Studios, where it transpired Petra was an assistant director which she went on to explain wasn’t as grand as the job title suggested.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (43) Fresh Fields (Part 01)

It was in Purplemere were the Obertelli’s owned the Vale Farm Pizza House franchises in Purplemere, fraternal twins Roberto and Gianluca having inherited it from their father.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (43) Fresh Fields (Part 02)

It gladdened her heart to see Roberto so happy but it also saddened her a little because it highlighted her own deficiencies in the love department. There had been no one in the three years of widowhood and due to recent events she felt that keenly, but there was almost someone.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (43) Fresh Fields (Part 03)

Seeing Roberto with his girlfriend made her very envious, not that she begrudged him his happiness, she didn’t, she just wanted what he had. Apart from envy she had two other overwhelming feelings, one was feeling like a third wheel and the other was that she had to make a change.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (43) Fresh Fields (Part 04)

Shallowfield’s fortunes had always relied largely upon forestry and agriculture for its survival. In the post war years with rationing and a shortage of work a lot of people moved away, to Abbottsford, Abbeyvale and beyond and it only barely survived. And the community around Teardrop Lake fared even worse.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (43) Fresh Fields (Part 05)

After a very pleasant lunch at the Phoenix Restaurant good byes were said and as there were only legal formalities to be dealt with it was left to the lawyers to draft the contract, which would be signed and sealed later in the day, so Annette said to Christine.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (43) Fresh Fields (Part 06)

After viewing Old Mill Cottage she fell in love with it and put in an offer there and then, £5000 below the asking price, and within half an hour it had been accepted. She couldn’t believe how well the day was going. “I will have to buy a lottery ticket” she said to herself

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (43) Fresh Fields (Part 07)

Having made the decision to stay the night in the area the obvious choice was the Shallowfield Lodge Hotel. Unfortunately having to spend an unplanned night at a Hotel meant she had no change of clothes, and in particular no clean underwear. So before she checked in Christine drove her into the village to make some vital purchases and the Christine delivered her to the Hotel door

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (43) Fresh Fields (Part 08)

When she got up on Saturday Morning Annette was feeling wonderful, she had the best night sleep she’d had for a long time. The day before had been a fantastic day, she had signed up the Shallowfield franchise of Vale Farm Pizza’s for a song, she had bought a new house and got a tenant for the old one.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (43) Fresh Fields (Part 09)

The Shallowfield branch of the Vale Farm Pizza House’s reopened on the twenty first of August and looked much more the part. Although the old staff had been retrained there were quite a few new additions who hadn’t so she managed to borrow a couple of experienced staff from Purplemere for a week to help train the new staff in the proper ways.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (44) Sororal Love (Part 01)

In 1986, sisters Kay and Molly Webb’s parents were still living at Lakeside Villa on the southern side of the idyllic Teardrop Lake, although the girls spent most of their time in Abbottsford because both girls were nurses at the Winston Churchill Hospital.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (44) Sororal Love (Part 02)

On the journey down from Abbottsford, Molly was in reflective mood as she mulled over in her mind the various scenarios that might lead to her getting what she wanted from her kissing cousin without Patrick finding out and those reflections made her tingle as she saw the sign for Shallowfield.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (44) Sororal Love (Part 03)

While Patrick was in the pub he decided that it was time to put an end to the toxic relationship with Molly Webb, but by the time he returned to the house after midnight he had decided to forgive her.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (44) Sororal Love (Part 04)

“You’ve been with your cousin” he said with disgust “Despite everything you said you’ve been with Pauline again” “Oh do change the record Patrick” Molly said dismissively and went towards her bedroom

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (44) Sororal Love (Part 05)

Kay had been stood by her bedroom door listening to the argument between Molly and Patrick, and rather enjoyed it, she didn’t like her sister, she had the morals of an alley cat, and the personality of a vamp, but as much as she was enjoying it she was about to get back into bed and try and get back into the dream she had when Molly’s boyfriend had his arms around her, when she heard him say.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (44) Sororal Love (Part 06)

Kay Webb and Patrick O’Neill sat at the kitchen table in Lakeside Villa and drank coffee and after about ten minutes of talking about Molly he decided to change the subject.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (44) Sororal Love (Part 07)

Patrick O’Neill had made the irrevocable decision that his on/off relationship with Molly Webb was well and truly off. Although Patrick and Molly had separate flats in the town they both had keys for each other’s.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (45) Mercedes (Part 01)

Mercedes Seeber was only 29 years old but in the culture her parents were from to have reached that age without a husband or children was almost humiliating, and even her twin brother Rafael, fell victim to their mother’s wrath.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (45) Mercedes (Part 02)

Although Mercedes and Rafael weren’t identical twins they were unmistakably brother and sister, with the same facial features and the same hair, the same southern Mediterranean colouring and they were both tall and lean.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (45) Mercedes (Part 03)

Peter Lutchford had lived in Forest Lodge since he was 12, it had been the home of the Flanders family for over one hundred years and when his mother remarried it effectively became his.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (45) Mercedes (Part 04)

Obviously Mercedes and Rafael were not the only guests that needed to park in the lane so they ended up more than fifty yards away from the entrance to Forest Lodge.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (45) Mercedes (Part 05)

“Rafael Darling” the cougar said “Hello Mrs Braithwaite” “I’ve told you before, you naughty boy, call me Carissa”

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (45) Mercedes (Part 06)

Jake and Mercedes walked down the lane towards the Shallowfield Lodge Hotel and then proceeded to the Hotel jetty where Jake had his Dinghy tied up.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (45) Mercedes (Part 07)

After much needed visits to the use the facilities and a plateful of sandwiches Mercedes and Jake spend the next two hours sitting in the Bar at the Shallowfield Lodge Hotel drinking coffee and talking.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (45) Mercedes (Part 08)

On the drive back to his house at the Childean end of Shallowfield he filled her in on all the salient points since they separated and had just finished telling her about the goodnight kiss when she came to a halt outside his house.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (46) Clinician Heal Thyself Again (Part 01)

It was to a very successful organization that Staff Nurse Dani Carew joined on a bitter cold January morning along with another new nurse named Patricia Clerembeax.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (46) Clinician Heal Thyself Again (Part 02)

After a very enjoyable first Christmas in her new home Dani was really pleased that she wasn’t starting the new job on her own and she knew Patricia felt the same way.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (46) Clinician Heal Thyself Again (Part 03)

The district nursing team had a number of regular home visit, terminally ill or housebound patients or those recuperating after surgery and they soon built up a good rapport with them.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (46) Clinician Heal Thyself Again (Part 04)

On Friday morning when Dani reported for work at the Health Centre she was told that Richard Lambert was being taken off her list and that day would be her last. “Who’s taking over?” she asked “No one” she was told “We’ve done all we can for him, there are plenty of patients who actually want our help”

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (47) Rosie Memories (Part 01)

The Vale was once a great wetland that centuries earlier stretched from Mornington in the East to Childean in the west and from Shallowfield in the south to Purplemere in the north. But over the many centuries the vast majority had been drained for agriculture, a feat achieved largely by the efforts of the famous Mornington Mills, of which only three had survived to the present day and even those were no longer functional and were in various states of repair.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (47) Rosie Memories (Part 02)

Shallowfield’s fortunes had always relied largely upon forestry and agriculture for its survival. In the post war years with rationing and a shortage of work a lot of people moved away, to Abbottsford, Abbeyvale and beyond and it only barely survived. And the community around Teardrop Lake fared even worse.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (47) Rosie Memories (Part 03)

Kevin Bush was invited to a house party at the home of the friend of a friend in Forestdean, he wasn’t going to go at first, house parties weren’t really his kind of thing, but he allowed himself to be persuaded and as it turned out he was glad that he had changed his mind because one of the other guests was Rosie Byrne and he thought she was gorgeous but at the same time even more out of his league than ever.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (47) Rosie Memories (Part 04)

He was amazed that Rosie Byrne had kissed him! Apart from the occasional smile he hadn’t realized that she had even noticed him, but it transpired that she looked at him in the same lustful way that he looked at her.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (48) Kissing Cousins (Part 01)

The Summers and the Overend’s lived in Northchapel and every year they had a family holiday together in the Dancingdean Forest.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (48) Kissing Cousins (Part 02)

After years of him brushing her attentions aside she could tell his resolve had weakened so while he was still only eighteen she took her chance one hot afternoon.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (49) The Mystery Weekend (Part 01)

Sarah Roddy was what would once have been called a bottle blonde, she was also a three time divorcee and one time widow, which was no mean feat as she was only just the wrong side of fifty, but despite her age she had maintained her figure and she filled a sweater very well indeed and her well-shaped buttocks were tailor made for the tight jeans which she regularly occupied to maximum effect and managed to please any man with a connoisseur’s eye, except it appeared the very man she was trying to attract.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (49) The Mystery Weekend (Part 02)

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (49) The Mystery Weekend (Part 02) A Murder Mystery weekend wasn’t really Daniel Richardson’s cup of tea at all and even if it was up his street it was far too rich for his blood, which was why he was pleased that the merry widow, Sarah Roddy, had stumped up the cash for the whole weekend.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (49) The Mystery Weekend (Part 03)

On the Saturday night the three of them dined at the Hotel and then Daniel had to endure the conclusion of the Murder Mystery and was rather bored, well exceeding bored to be truthful, fortunately he was eventually rescued from that boredom by Sarah whom he assumed must have shared his boredom as she had far too much to drink and as a result she was forced to retire from the entertainment early.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (50) After the Funeral (Part 01)

The Summers and the Overend’s lived in Northchapel and every year they had a family holiday together in the Dancingdean Forest.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (50) After the Funeral (Part 02)

Shelley Davies was an immensely popular figure among the local community through her charitable work and tireless commitment to the church and all that that entailed. As a result St Mary’s church was bursting at the seams on the day of her funeral, full of people wanting to pay their respects.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (50) After the Funeral (Part 03)

Brian Summers could offer no excuse for what he was thinking as the girl sobbed her heart out against his chest and he consoled her with his empty words. He could have said in his defense that it was because he was holding in his arms a very beautiful young woman, but that didn’t excuse his grossly inappropriate thoughts about what she was wearing beneath her mourning clothes.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (50) After the Funeral (Part 04)

After the funeral of Shelley Davies it was decided among the family that someone should be staying at the house with her surviving brother, Matthew and his wife, Lindsey, for the first few weeks, just to make sure they were coping alright.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (50) After the Funeral (Part 05)

On Sunday Morning Brian went to St Mary’s with his Grandparents as was the norm and while they socialised at the back of the Church he scanned the congregation for a sight of Amanda, but to no avail.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (50) After the Funeral (Part 06)

Having rendezvoused on the perimeter road, Brian and Amanda set off for Lover’s Leap. It wasn’t a long walk from where they met but it wasn’t an easy one either as it was a steep climb.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (50) After the Funeral (Part 07)

On the walk down from the falls he invited her back to East Side House for tea and cake as instructed by his Grandparents and she graciously accepted. They walked down the hill from the cliff top down to the eastern end of the lake and they came upon a scene that put her relationship problems into perspective.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (51) When Worlds Collide

When Terry Argent awoke from an erotic dream as his train was just pulling into Shallowfield station.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (52) Maiden in Distress

It was in the early nineties when Eleanor Gallaher knocked on the door of number 35 Finchbottom Road. It was the Shallowfield home of Gregory and Amanda George, and had been for 15 years, ever since they were married.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (53) That’s why I Love you so Much

Dave Bingham and Ann O'Neill were students at Abbottsford University and had been dating for a several months before they made love for the first time, but after that first time when they took each other’s innocence, they could barely keep their hands off each other and when they spent a week of their Easter break staying at the Shallowfield Lodge Hotel they saw very little of the beautiful Dancingdean Forest or Teardrop Lake after all that was not why they were there.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (54) The Birdspotter (Part 01)

James Ruddock was a 25-year-old singleton and was what they used to call a twitcher, although nowadays they prefer to be called birders and he was staying at the Shallowfield Lodge Hotel at the head of Teardrop Lake.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (54) The Birdspotter (Part 02)

James spent about two hours up on the exposed rocky shelf and then he decided to head off into the cool of the forest.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (55) Women of a Certain Age

It was just after the Sunday morning service had ended at St Jude’s in Shallowfield when Paul Pini spotted her and thought for a woman of her age she had a particularly nice figure.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (56) Maiden in Distress Again (Part 01)

It was in the early nineties when Eleanor Gallaher knocked on the door of number 35 Finchbottom Road. It was the Shallowfield home of Gregory and Amanda George, and had been for 15 years, ever since they were married.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (56) Maiden in Distress Again (Part 02)

Eleanor had called a halt to their brief affair when she started dating a lad called Kevin and said “Her boyfriend wouldn’t like it”. Greg wasn’t happy about it because his feelings for her had deepened but what could he do, he had to respect her decision.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (57) Birthday Girl

Lizet Joubert and Andrea Lupo lived together in a two bedroom flat above a parade of shops in Shallowfield and apart from the fact they were both 30 years old and female they had absolutely nothing in common at all.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (58) Room Service (Part 01)

James Ruddock was a 25-year-old singleton and was what they used to call a twitcher, although nowadays they prefer to be called birders and he was staying at the Shallowfield Lodge Hotel at the head of Teardrop Lake.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (58) Room Service (Part 02)

After Anna had successfully lured James to the clearing in the Dancingdean Forest and they shared an extended period of kissing Anna suddenly broke away when her phone alarm went off and she said “Sorry I have to dash” “What? Now?”

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (59) A Solicitor’s Allure

It was the first week in June when Neil Kuschel found himself sitting in the reception at Pangbourne, Parker and Knowles, who were the solicitors handling his divorce.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (60) Molly’s Secret Santa (Part 01)

In 1986, sisters Kay and Molly Webb’s parents were still living at Lakeside Villa on the southern side of the idyllic Teardrop Lake, although the girls spent most of their time in Abbottsford because both girls were nurses at the Winston Churchill Hospital. Molly was the older of the two by three years and twenty year old Kay was still only a student.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (60) Molly’s Secret Santa (Part 02)

On the journey down from Abbottsford, Molly was in reflective mood as she mulled over in her mind the various scenarios that might lead to her getting what she wanted from her kissing cousin without Patrick finding out, and those reflections made her tingle as she saw the sign for Shallowfield.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (60) Molly’s Secret Santa (Part 03)

After Molly Webb was dumped by her on/off boyfriend she took solace in the arms of her rich cousin Pauline Barker who was a renowned philanderer who had a big house in the village of Shallowfield, a mile or so from Teardrop Lake and they lived together for three years before even Pauline grew tired of her lovers roving eye and wandering hands.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (60) Molly’s Secret Santa (Part 04)

When she was settled into her room she went on a tour of the facilities to see if she could find something “interesting” to do. As it was a cold winter day she decided to stay inside and began with refreshments. Which was when she got the first surprise of the weekend, when she saw, already sitting in the cafeteria wrapped in a pristine white towelling robe, Doctor Polly Jones.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (61) Sleeping Maiden in Distress (Part 01)

It was in the early nineties when Eleanor Gallaher knocked on the door of number 35 Finchbottom Road, which was the Shallowfield home of Gregory and Amanda George, and had been for 15 years, ever since they were married.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (61) Sleeping Maiden in Distress (Part 02)

Eleanor had called a halt to their brief affair when she started dating a lad called Kevin and said “Her boyfriend wouldn’t like it”.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (62) Anna Bella (Part 01)

James Ruddock was a 25 year old singleton and was what they used to call a twitcher, although nowadays they prefer to be called birders and he was staying at the Shallowfield Lodge Hotel at the head of Teardrop Lake.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (62) Anna Bella (Part 02)

The morning after Anna had successfully lured James to the clearing in the Dancingdean Forest and they shared an extended period of kissing he rose late and was trying to figure out when he would get to kiss her again.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (63) A Solicitor’s Dilemma

Pangbourne, Parker and Knowles were the firm of Shallowfield Solicitors handling Neil Kuschel’s divorce and it was during a meeting with Linda Baxter that they first made a “connection”. And during the meeting an invitation was extended for him to return to the office that evening when they made another a further connection when they acted on their mutual attraction.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (64) Molly’s Scarlet Study (Part 01)

Molly Webb was 5ft 6 with shoulder length blond hair and was a popular nurse at the Winston Churchill Hospital in Abbottsford in the 1990’s and the general consensus among doctors and nurses alike was that she was drop dead gorgeous, they also knew all too well that she was aware of the fact and used it to her advantage.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (64) Molly’s Scarlet Study (Part 02)

When Molly finally opened the small Secret Santa present she was more than a little disappointed. It was a three day, all-inclusive spa break for one, at the Dancingdean Spa Hotel, and although it was an expensive gift, far more than she had spent on the lustful lingerie, it wasn’t really her kind of thing at all.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (65) An Indifferent Maiden in Distress (Part 01)

It was in the early nineties when Eleanor Gallaher knocked on the door of number 35 Finchbottom Road, which was the Shallowfield home of Gregory and Amanda George, and had been for 15 years, ever since they were married.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (65) An Indifferent Maiden in Distress (Part 02)

Subsequent visits and tales of woe brought Eleanor to his door, some were truthful and some were fabricated just because she was lonely. He wasn’t really too concerned what the reason was he was just pleased to her.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (65) An Indifferent Maiden in Distress (Part 03)

Greg was sitting at the kitchen table when Ellie returned and she looked at him to make sure she had his attention as she stood in the doorway where only he could see her then she turned around and wiggled her bum at him provocatively, Greg stared open mouthed and then when she had finished she walked into the kitchen and gave him a filthy leer just as Amanda walked in “Oh for God’s sake are you two still winding each other up” she barked and went back outside.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (66) Love on the Lake

Martin Price was staying at the Shallowfield Lodge Hotel at the head of Teardrop Lake as he did every summer as the view of the lake from the Hotel was spectacular. The lake was shaped like a teardrop, hence its name, and surrounded by the ancient woodland of the Dancingdean Forrest.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (67) A Solicitor’s Deposition (Part 01)

Pangbourne, Parker and Knowles were a firm of Shallowfield Solicitors with a very good reputation and a varied clientele and they handled a wide variety of legal work and kept a healthy number of Solicitors and large number of staff gainfully employed.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (67) A Solicitor’s Deposition (Part 02)

Some of Kayleigh’s clients didn’t like meeting at Pangbourne, Parker and Knowles or their own homes or premises for that matter so it was sometimes necessary to hold meetings in Hotel conference rooms or suites.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (68) Molly’s Breakfast Suprise

Molly Webb was 5ft 6 with shoulder length blond hair and was a popular nurse at the Winston Churchill Hospital in Abbottsford in the 1990 and the general consensus among doctors and nurses alike was that she was drop dead gorgeous, they also knew all too well that she was aware of the fact and used it to her advantage.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (69) A Poor Little Rich Boy’s Christmas

Phil Marshall was 22 years old and an only child who lived with his parents in a huge 10 bedroom house in the village of Shallowfield on the edge of the Dancingdean Forest, and he had led a very privileged life and he was spoilt and conceited and had grown accustomed to always getting what he wanted.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (70) Love at Lovers Leap

Martin Price was staying at the Shallowfield Lodge Hotel at the head of Teardrop Lake as he did every summer as the view of the lake from the Hotel was spectacular.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (72) Christmas Party Girls

Steve Danone hated office parties, but at Cooper, Brandon and Holland Accountants in Shallowfield, it was an annual ritual that apparently had to be endured.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (76) A Poor Little Rich Girl’s Christmas

Sarah Atkinson was 21 years old and an only child who lived with her parents in a huge 10 bedroom house in the village of Shallowfield on the edge of the Dancingdean Forest, and she had led a very privileged life and she was spoilt and conceited and had grown accustomed to always getting what she wanted.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (91) Yuletide at the Claremont Hotel (Part 01)

Shallowfield sat on the southern edge of the Finchbottom Vale and was bordered on the other side by the Dancingdean forest and the town’s fortunes had always relied largely upon forestry and agriculture for its survival. In the post war years with rationing and a shortage of work a lot of people moved away from the area and it only just survived and the community around Teardrop Lake fared even worse.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (91) Yuletide at the Claremont Hotel (Part 02)

When he first found out he was being sent to Shallowfield Matt was very unhappy, he was a city boy, born and bred, and he viewed being sent to the country as purgatory, but no one was more surprised than he was when he found that he actually loved it, it was a beautiful place, it was quiet and the air was clean and he felt immediately at home.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (91) Yuletide at the Claremont Hotel (Part 03)

Sarah Poole was five foot eight with long shapely legs, but in his leather chair she looked quite small, almost childlike, her head, with her pixie cut red hair was turned to the side and she had an angelic look on her face. It was a pretty face that he was very familiar with, he saw it every day at work and every night in his dreams.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (92) There’ll be Nun of that

He did not possess any high principles, he did hold certain standards and preferences, but they were at best flexible. But despite his appreciation for all things feminine, he did always try to avoid fishing in someone else’s pond, no matter how attractive the body of water might be.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (93) Day of Judgement (Part 01)

The fortunes of Shallowfield had always relied largely upon forestry and agriculture for its survival. In the post war years with rationing and a shortage of work a lot of people moved away, to Abbottsford, Abbeyvale and beyond and it only barely survived, and the community around Teardrop Lake fared even worse.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (93) Day of Judgement (Part 02)

David sat tied and handcuffed to the chair, periodically calling out and each call became increasingly more desperate,

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (94) For the Love of Anna

Rod McGregor was cold to his core as he hurried towards Shallowfield, it was three days before Christmas and 24 hours earlier he had been in Brisbane, which had been his home for the previous 24 years, where he worked as a conservationist for the Enoggera Forest Reserves, and it was his first time back in Downshire since he emigrated, and he never expected to see it again, in fact he had promised that he would never return.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (95) The Ice Breaker (Part 01)

The fortunes of Shallowfield had always relied largely upon forestry and agriculture for its survival. In the post war years with rationing and a shortage of work a lot of people moved away, to Abbottsford, Abbeyvale and beyond and it only barely survived, and the community around Teardrop Lake fared even worse.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (95) The Ice Breaker (Part 02)

Later that afternoon when those members of the family who had not decided on an afternoon constitutional, were asleep beside the roaring log fire, Liz drained her glass and tottered to the loo and when she emerged she met Paul walking towards her also slightly the worse for drink.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (96) Crazy in Love

Shallowfield sat on the southern edge of the Finchbottom Vale and was bordered on the other side by the Dancingdean forest and the town’s fortunes had always relied largely upon forestry and agriculture for its survival.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (98) Christmas Memories Evoked

When Keith Fulbrook was growing up Christmas was a very special time for him and every year the season evoked so many memories and many of those memories were of the times he spent at his grandparent’s farm in Shallowfield.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (99) Clandestine Christmas

Daryl Bodle had a mission to fulfil but it was a clandestine affair that could only be undertaken in the early hours of the morning. This in itself was not an issue for him as he was a nurse so he was used to late night activity.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (71) The Solicitor’s Receptionist (Part 01)

Phil Marlow woke up exceptionally early and was exceptionally grumpy, which was quite unusual for him, but on this particular morning he was too grumpy for words and he wanted to cheer himself up at the earliest opportunity.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (71) The Solicitor’s Receptionist (Part 02)

He had considered going for the soft option of asking his ex-girlfriend Jenna Stimson out, things weren’t so bad with her, she was very nice, he could do a lot worse, and she didn’t want to break up in the first place.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (73) Lovely Young Eleanor

The lovely young Eleanor is a pretty young woman, a sweet dusky maiden with luscious skin the shade of molten chocolate with an exotic scent that makes your head spin and your pulse race, leaving you dizzy with delight.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (74) The Girl with the Flaming Red Hair

John Coe was staying at the Shallowfield Lodge Hotel at the head of Teardrop Lake as he did every summer as the view of the lake from the Hotel was spectacular. The lake was shaped like a teardrop, hence its name, and surrounded by the ancient woodland of the Dancingdean Forrest.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (75) The Solicitor’s Receptionist at Lunch

Pangbourne, Parker and Knowles were the firm of Shallowfield Solicitors handling the disposition of Phil Marlow’s late father’s estate which turned out to be quite protracted.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (77) Welcome to the Claremont Hotel (Part 01)

Shallowfield sat on the southern edge of the Finchbottom Vale and was bordered on the other side by the Dancingdean forest and the town’s fortunes had always relied largely upon forestry and agriculture for its survival.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (77) Welcome to the Claremont Hotel (Part 02)

After the broken engagement and the resulting fall out he decided that Matthew Millward would not under any circumstances get himself romantically entangled while he was on punishment duty.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (78) A Solicitor’s Restraint

Pangbourne, Parker and Knowles were a firm of Shallowfield Solicitors with a very good reputation and a varied clientele and they handled a wide variety of legal work and kept a healthy number of Solicitors and large number of staff gainfully employed.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (79) Love at the Claremont Hotel (Part 01)

Shallowfield sat on the southern edge of the Finchbottom Vale and was bordered on the other side by the Dancingdean forest and the town’s fortunes had always relied largely upon forestry and agriculture for its survival.

Those Memories Made on Teardrop Lake – (79) Love at the Claremont Hotel (Part 02)

When he first found out he was being sent to Shallowfield Matt was very unhappy, he was a city boy, born and bred, and he viewed being sent to the country as purgatory, but no one was more surprised than he was when he found that he actually loved it, it was a beautiful place, it was quiet and the air was clean and he felt immediately at home.