Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (06) It was the Argyle Socks (Part 05)
After having spent the morning playing a foursome they were all quite peckish.
After making their order the sat down and chatted
“I understand we are to become neighbours in the near future” Tally said
“Indeed” George replied “the whole family are on the move”
“I’m sure you’ll be very happy in the village” Philomena “It’s been very good for me”
“I’m sure it’ll be fine but it’s a big step” George added
“The Vineyards have been in Purplemere almost as long as the St Georges have been at Mornington Manor”
“And the business?” Michael asked
“We’ve been in the same premises for over one hundred years so it will be a wrench that’s for sure” George replied
“But it’s the right thing to do”
“It’s sad though” Tally added
“The problem when you work with antiques for a living you are constantly looking backwards” he replied “But now we have to look forward”
“I’m thinking of moving to Mornington Field myself” Michael said
“We’ll you’re going to have to hurry up and decide” Tallulah said with her business head on “time is short”
“Alright nag bag” Michael said and laughed
Before Tallulah had a chance to respond the food arrived.
“George says that you’re keeping your cottage on in Lily Green” Tallulah asked “Does that mean you’re not fully committed to Mornington?”
“Leave the poor man alone” Philomena said “Stop behaving like a landlord, you’re on holiday”
“It’s ok” George replied “I don’t mind, I’m committed to living in and working in Mornington, Monday to Friday, but for the weekends I will come back here”
“Mornington is very nice at weekends as well you know” Tallulah retorted
“She’s like a dog with a bone” George remarked
“Look Monday to Friday I will be living with my sister in law Rebecca and her family in Military Row, but I will returned here at the weekend for two reasons, firstly to give Rebecca family time without a lodger under her feet and secondly in order to indulge my passion for Golf, and the one thing Mornington doesn’t have is a Golf course, and I know that Forest Ridge isn’t far away and it’s ok but it’s not Lily Green Hollows”
“Here, here” Michael said
“Well I have to say I can find no fault with your argument” Tallulah said and they all laughed
“So how long are you here?” George asked over coffee, his question was directed at both Philomena and Tally but he was only really interested in the latter.
“About a week” she replied
“Well I’m on holiday” he said “so if you need a partner I’m around”
“I’m always looking for a partner” Tally replied “if you have the stamina”
“You managed to make yourself sound both desperate and wanton in the one sentence” Philomena said and laughed which made Tallulah blush.
“Thanks Aunty” Tallulah said and laughed herself and asked
“So how long is your holiday?”
“A couple of weeks” he said “it’s the last one I’m likely to get until after the move to Mornington, there’s a lot to do at the old premises”
“Then we should definitely get to play around” she said
Philomena gave a knowing smile and the other two grinned.
“What have I said now?” Tallulah asked