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.
She couldn’t make out who the couple were although she thought the woman might have been the new doctor but she hadn’t seen her that many times to be certain.
After about twenty minutes of taking in the lakeside scenery Danny said
“This is fantastic, I wish I’d bought my camera or a sketch pad”
“There’s not really enough room for sketching I’m afraid” she replied
“But we could come out in the skiff next time and then you could sketch or paint”
“What would you do?” he asked
“I could watch you work or I could fish” Penny suggested and realised that without thinking she had asked him out.
“Do you like to fish?” asked Danny
“Yes” she said and nodded
“But not as much as sailing” he observed
“No, not as much as sailing” she agreed
“Then I’ll bring a camera next time” he said
“Thanks for that Pen” he said once they were back on dry land
“It was brilliant, I can’t wait to do it again”
“I haven’t put you off then?” she asked
“Not at all” Danny said
“Well I can’t do it tomorrow as it’s my friend India’s birthday and we’re going into Abbottsford to spend her Birthday money” she explained
“But I can do Sunday after church”
“Church!” he asked
“Yes, I go with my aunts”
“Your Aunts make you go to church?” Danny asked
“No, I make them” She corrected him
“Oh Sorry” he said
“That’s ok, I take it you don’t?” Penny asked
“No I don’t” he admitted “though not out of conviction”
“There’s hope for you yet then” she said brightly as she headed towards the house
“I guess there is” he agreed and she stopped and called out
“Sunday at one then Danny”
When Sunday came he spent the morning on the terrace painting, but it was a hot sultry day with barely a breath of wind, so by lunch time he had already retreated indoors.
But before he did so, he looked down at the glassy water of the lake and even with his limited knowledge on the subject Danny doubted very much that they would be sailing that afternoon.
He ate his sandwich and was sat drinking a cup of tea when Penny arrived and she was carrying a parcel.
“This came for you yesterday” she said
“Excellent” Danny said “Thank you”
Coleman Bowers from the Shallowfield Lodge took the Hotel Skiff around the lake twice a week delivering the mail and small parcels and one such parcel had been dropped off at East Side House the previous day for Danny.
“What is it, more paints?” she asked
“I hope not” he said ripping open the package
“What is it then?” she said craning her neck to see
“It’s my Sandra Bullock collection” he said holding up a DVD
Penny just gave him a rather pitiful look.
“What?” he said “I like her, she a much underrated talent, and I forgot to bring them with me”
“You know you can download films now, you don’t need the discs” she said
“I’m an old fashioned boy” he said defensively and Penny just laughed.
“I am” he insisted which only made her laugh more, when she stopped she said
“We won’t be sailing today by the way”
“I thought as much” Danny said “so what do you suggest?”
“Well, we can take the Skiff out but it’s going to be far too hot to just sit out on the water, so I thought we could take it down the lake to India’s and then head up into the forest where it’s cool”
“Sounds good to me” he said
“And as its Sunday we can go up to Olwen’s Chapel to begin your enlightenment” Penny said
“Really?” he retorted
“Yes, but seriously you’ll like it up there it’s very atmospheric” she said “and then maybe on to Shoe Buckle falls to soak our feet in the cold waters”
“Ok then skipper, lead the way” he said
“Come on then land lubber” Penny said and tripped on the rug
“Don’t say a word” she said and they both laughed
The laughter continued as they walked down to the Summers boat house, with her poking fun at him about his taste in movie stars and him reciprocating with jibes about her clumsiness.