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Auntie Motie a Genteel Tale of Everyday Life.

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MotownGal Report 28 Mar 2014 19:52

Good evening dear Ladies [and those who peep!]

I have been out and about a great deal this week, and I have to report that on one of more occasion, my clothes have not been suitable for the cold wind that has been whistling around my poor old back. I think I have been chilled dears.

Suddenly I have developed a cough, and a tickle which keeps me awake at night!

However, as you know I do not touch the Demon Drink, so any advice on taking medicinal brandy is not on the cards.

Beattie is all of a flutter, and I think we are less than a month away from the Nuptials. She is taking it all very much to heart, and the poor gel has been swept off her feet. Thank goodness Millie is more down to earth, and is organising things with military precision.

Beattie is still unsure who is to take her up the aisle, but I dare say we can rope in George. You remember George! With Francine, dear little Valentine and Celestine! Of course you do! They are visiting over the Easter period, and George being the dear boy that he is, is bound to come to the rescue. We may even try to get dear little Valentine to be a ring-bearer. On second thoughts, the dear little thing puts everything in his mouth, so maybe not.

I do hope you are all well dears, tis going to be a bit warmer this weekend, so maybe we can take off our liberty bodices en masse!

I wish you all a lovely weekend gels, see you next week.

Pip Pip
Auntie Petunia


Cooper Report 25 Mar 2014 14:03

Ah Lesley how right you are :-D :-D

have fun in the garden

teresa :-D


Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 25 Mar 2014 13:34

Never fear Lesley's here :-D

It is a pleasure to return to read of 3 happy occasions...a spring wedding and talk of wearing pastel careful what colour you choose Auntie, you wouldn't want to be a magnet for insects...seeing a scan of the future generation...have you stopped smiling yet Susan...what a relief to hear your grand fruit has legs...Teresa dear I hope enjoy your beat combo concert...could Mr Jet Black be a little Golden Brown? ;-)

Lesley heading back to the gardening x


MotownGal Report 24 Mar 2014 20:24

Good evening Ladies,

I am typing this and watching University Challenge with my other eye! I do so like to try and answer some of the questions. Now and again, I do get one right. Usually questions on religion! That is what comes to going to a Church School. Amazing what goes in, is it not?

I cannot fathom the popular beat combo Teresa dear, a little less of the cryptic clues would be favourable dear. Mr Jet Black? No, got me there dear.

I am pleased that we will be going to tea-rooms dear, silver service? One has a horror of Withypoons. But needs must when the, whatever! Do they do cucumber sandwiches dear? With the crusts cut orft?

Aaaaah, dear Susan, I have seen one of those scans dear. I could recognise the head, and a huge eye, but the rest looked a little muzzy to me. Must change my pince nez! I imagine you are thrilled to bit, and rightly so.

There seem to be so little in the marriage stakes these days. No one bothers! However, Beattie has been shopping with Millie and they both came back with outfits. And no black eyes, so they are still getting along famously.

Beattie is in Eau de Nil, and Millie will wear a pale apricot. Both pastels dear, you you are right about the paler colours being in vogue!

Both will wear fascinators, and will have clutch bags and satin shoes dyed to match the dresses. They are flappping around like giggling schoolgels. So I am very pleased for them both.

I think a little piece of china would suit them if you are intending to buy a present dears. Nothing fancy, Beattie is a great one for nick-nacks, so maybe something from the back pages of a television listing magazine would suit.

Lesley is on the missing list, so we may have to send our search parties very soon.

Auntie Petunia


Susan-nz Report 24 Mar 2014 19:15

Morning all,

The scan was only 2D but quite clear :-)... At some points I wasn't quite sure what I was looking at :-D, but I have a lovely little photo of babies head, torso and arms - yes, it does have legs too ;-). Everything is where it should be so that is a great relief. My fruit had a bad day yesterday with feeling ill, junior draws was doing cartwheels so I wonder if fruit wasn't feeling a little motion sickness :-D, whatever it was, she couldn't eat a roast dinner and had to opt for soup :-S....

Petunia, I do like that Mr Nighy, perhaps he would like to visit the tearoom with us?... I watched him in fruits dvd of Love Actually...or I think it was that movie..

I trust the wedding arrangements are falling into place.?. Have you sorted out an outfit yet.?. I am going to recycle my MOB dress in May, we have a formal function to attend for work. :-D..

Ladies, I had a catastrophe on Saturday afternoon, my wedding ring finally wore through, it split right across the band..... We are to go shopping for a new band in a couple of weeks when we visit the big smoke... I am currently wearing my grandmothers engagement ring which my Mama gave me a few weeks ago, this grandmother died in about 1933. <3.

Time to knock up a few sandwiches - again :-(, have a pleasant evening.

~~~~ to Lesley



Cooper Report 24 Mar 2014 14:50

Oops the missive moved quicker than FTY towards the devils x box, it had gone before I realised :-S

im hunting for tea rooms gals :-D :-D :-D


Cooper Report 24 Mar 2014 14:48

Well a wedding Auntie, how naice :-D I love a good wedding, we have one this year, I believe that pastels are all the thing this year dear, no no not the fruit ones, the lovely pastel colours. B can have the pick of the crop so to speak :-D :-D :-D im sure madam Fru Fru can come to your aid or those nice gals at D&Ps ;-) ;-) ;-)
Im afraid we will be otherwise engaged on Easter Saturday but will veiwing via Bs facebook page :-D :-D :-D
Have you seen The Captain and Bs wedding list, tutty tut tut. I was thinking of a carefully chosen vintage item or somthing handcrafted

Susan, you popped into my thoughts when the sad news of Mr Js was announced. I understand that you will have an Autum date now.

Scan time :-D :-D :-D, I bet you are excited. Scans have come on a great deal now in detail, colour and three D, whichever the type it will be very exciting. ;-) ;-) ;-)

we are orf to see yet another beat combo. They have been knocking about for a few years, before Mr Jet Black had his bus pass ;-) ;-) ;-)


MotownGal Report 20 Mar 2014 19:43

Good evening dear Ladies,

Susan dear, it must be Friday for you already. How lovely to be able to 'see' the new addition to your family. Ah yes dear, our babies grow, and then have babies of their own. Tis called Life dear. And a wonderful thing it is too. The miracle of birth never ceases to amaze me dear. Such a truly wonderous thing.

A young man I know, when seeing a scan on a television, called out to his Mama, 'Mum.....................that lady is having a Cheeto!' Such was the love for the corn based cheesy snack at that time. We did titter a little, but told him never to express that comment outside the confines of his own house!

Yes, we are indeed to have the Wedding on Easter Sunday. The Ladies of the Church and I are working on the flower arrangements as I speak. We will have lots of lovely spring flowers to welcome the Happy Couple.

Beattie is non-plussed about becoming a step-mother. She thinks bringing up a child is no harder than looking after a dog. I told her that if she really thinks that, she is in for a big shock. They have hit it off so well, they are going Wedding Apparel shopping together. So no clashing with colours. I somehow dont think that Beattie will be wearing white.

I will make this do for now gels, I am primping and preening to watch that naice Mr Nighy later on tonight. He lives around the corner to me dontcha know!



Susan-nz Report 19 Mar 2014 19:13

Belated Birthday wishes to Teresa :-), glad you had a loverly day. :-)

Another wedding Petunia, how naice. Where and when Cupid decides to fling his arrow is any ones guess. I hope you are privy to the arrangements?. Will there be a pre nup?, one must protect ones interests you know. ;-).

We shall expect a blow by blow report on proceedings you know.. Easter Sunday you say, you will have to check hands and mouths for traces of chocolate... Can't have mucky faces at the altar. :-D...

Is Beattie looking forward to being a step mama :-D?.

Ladies, on Friday I am to be privy to a very special event - a 'scan' none the less, of my fruits tum ;-). It is all a bit surreal, how can my baby be having her very own baby.... ( I know 'how') but I mean 'how', she was but a babe in arms just a few years ago...
By the by, Sunday is fruits first anniversary. <3. Where oh where did that year go... jiminy cricket.. I am feeling me age...

Well, no Stones for us for a bit. RIP Miss Scott.... We are to hold on to our tickets in the meantime... I hope the concert isn't rescheduled for June :-(, c'est la vie !

Time to knock up a few sarnies and face the working day. have a pleasant evening.



MotownGal Report 18 Mar 2014 20:13

Ladies, Ladies...........................ahem....................I have an announcement to make. Stand by your beds.

Beatrice and the Captain are to be married on Easter Sunday. Yes, yes, I know it is quick, but when you get to our age dears, there is no need for delay.

Beattie went to tea on Sunday, as I told you, and The Daughter was there. Millicent Fortescue, that is a name to wrap your tongue around!

It turns out they have a common interest in brass-rubbings, and Millie [!] was producing yards of paper with rubbings on them of her ancestors. Well Beattie was in her element, and promised to take Millie to a very naice little chapel she knows, where she is SURE there is a Fortescue reclining under the aisle of the church. Much merriment followed, along with a port or two, and dear Captain popped the question! Beattie needed no prompting as she was quite obviously smitten, and they phoned the Vicar there and then.

So Easter Sunday it is. Make a note in your diaries dears.

Luckily I have a bonnet that I brought back from France with me. A pretty little pink straw number with flowers around the brim.

Now what does one buy a Captain and a widow for a Wedding Present?

Auntie Petunia


Cooper Report 17 Mar 2014 18:52

:-D :-D :-D :-D

thankyou I had a lovererly time



MotownGal Report 16 Mar 2014 19:46

Good evening Ladies, I hope you had a good a day as I did. The sun was shining merrily, and it was an ideal opportunity to produce the new fan that I brought back from Francais when I visited dear George and Francine. It is white bone, with a black ostrich feather edging. Racy yet sedate and quite stylish.

Church was a joyous occasion this morning, even though it is Lent, we sang uplifting hyms, Morning Has Broken, All Things Bright and Beautiful [again] and Jerusalem [my favourite, I always sing descant]. The dear little children from Sunday School came to join us, and we sang merrily and raised the roof. Not too much though, as it need fixing, and we cannot affort it just yet. A few weeks ago, we had metal buckets in the aisles to catch the drips. As the bucket filled it made musical notes to accompany us. Such fun until it came time to empty them!

Beatrice is to take tea with Captain Fortescue this evening. Captain's daughter is to be chaperone, and a right harridan she is! She could kill a cat with her stare. If she does not put poor Beattie off her sandwiches, then I dont know what will. I must say she and the Captain do seem smitten with each other, and they do make a lovely couple. But is it proper at their age? I suppose it will mean that Beattie will have someone to play cards with, rather than playing Solitaire all the time! Time will tell dears, as to whether I need to buy a new hat.

Lesley how is your fruit? Is she safely back in the boooosum of her family, regaling you with tales of her travels? I hope that she did not bring back too much washing for you to do.

Yes please do Teresa, find a naice tea-rooms to entertain your friends. Maybe we may partrake of a little elderflower wine too? I am sure you will organise it well dears. You have a few weeks to sort out the arrangements.

Susan dear, I do hope you enjoyed your weekend. You are probably at work by now.

No Midwife tonight as it has ended. However, I do indeed to see that naice Harry lad with his regimental chums. It will be revealing I feel. He seems a naice young man.

Orft to wash my face in a bowl of morning dew gathered earlier. I like to prepare myself for bed in the early evening, any later and I will wake myself up!

Oh this is a quick edit, for I have just had the pigeon fly in the window with a message taped to its leg.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR TERESA. may you have a lovely, lovely day with your gentleman walker, and your fruits. MANY HAPPY RETURNS DEAR.

Pip Pip
Auntie Petunia


Cooper Report 15 Mar 2014 06:50

Cooooooeeeee Gals,

im on a mission to find genteel locations for a very special visit ;-) ;-)




MotownGal Report 12 Mar 2014 20:41

Susan, hello dear, I hope you are participating fully whilst watching Midwife. You will need towels, torn-up sheets and plenty of hot water.

A metal bedstead so that the poor mum to be can hold onto, and of course a woodspoon to stifle the screams. I think that just about covers everything. Oh yes, a tin bowel to catch the baby in!

I must say our series has just ended, and it always leaves me in tears as the credits roll. I cannot say I am a fan of Ms Hart, but I do like her in Midwife. The ladies Agutter and Parfitt are a treat. Nice to see more mature actresses getting their teeth into a part.

I have had Georgianna and Octavia to tea today. Mrs Berry did her famous Victoria Sponge, and dear little Holly made the sandwiches. I think someone should tell the child that cucumber needs to be cut across, not the length of the fruit. However, she is only young, and nothing a birching will not cure. Tutty tut.

We held a Meeting today to discuss poor Beattie, she is becoming too friendly with Captain Fortescue. She is no gold digger, and he is a nice enough chap, but has he the staying power to keep up with her? She is very physical, always tickling something. Ivories, the flute, and bowing her cello. We will have to wean her off said Captain without making it obvious. Oh dear, I think we are all getting a bit too old for this lark!

Any suggestions dears would be greatly appreciated.

Auntie P


Susan-nz Report 11 Mar 2014 19:32

Morning Ladies,

Petunia, I have been recording 'Midwife' and finally got around to watching a few episodes..I have no idea which series I am watching. Quite enjoyable. Thankfully I had my children in a much later era... My BIL was put in a 'drawer' as a newborn :-D...

A dear friend is celebrating a birthday today so we are off to a wine bar after work to toast my friend and have a few laughs... My Fruit is the driver ;-)..

I must away and get ready for work, I slept in a little bit this morning so am running late, though running is an over statement cause I don't run :-D..

Toodle pip


MotownGal Report 9 Mar 2014 19:54

#Trills# Simply make believe I love you...............simply make believe that you love meeeeeeee. You are right dear Susan, love IS grand!

Ah, sitting here in the parlour, with a warm breeze fluttering the curtains, and the smell of the hyacinths in the vase, it takes me back many years ago, to the last meeting with my Own True Love.......................

It was a warm balmy evening, and we had to say our last goodbye before he left for the Front. He was resiliant and brave, full of bravado. I was a shy little thing and wanted to do all I could to please him before he left. I had knitted him a pair of wooly gloves and a scarf but he wanted more..................he wanted a balaclava!

We parted with a lingering kiss, and as you know, he went and never came back. Such was my grief that I never recovered, until I saw the rotter some 50 years later! Still, one must not speak ill of the dead!

Lesley, I hope that the reunion was a joyous one, and fruit is back in the booooosum of her family. Regaling you no doubt with tales of exotic locations. How wonderful.

Susan, we will converse between us via the PM, no dear not Call me Dave, and arrange things. You are right, two engagements, two outfits, possibly with hats involved.

I did manage to see Sir Mick and co. many moons ago. When they were public schoolboys, and not the mockneys they now appear to be. Who is the Boss dear? Have Big Brother moved in? How disconcerting.

Beattie was fine, if a little lethargic. She played altogether a beat behind the congregation, and All Things Bright and Beautiful sounded more like the Funeral March. Nevertheless, if it keeps her on the straight and narrow, it is for the best.

Must dash dears, tis time for the Midwife. Not, not for me, the television programme. If there was any chance of that dears, it would be nothing short of a miracle!

Pip Pip
Auntie Petunia


Susan-nz Report 9 Mar 2014 19:03

Morning Ladies,

Hello Susan-wiv :-), do come back.

Lesley, I hope your fruit is well and that you survived the 'viewing'??.

Teresa, the Boss is in tip top condition and has the energy of a much younger man it would seem. He looked rather 'fit'....
We saw Elton here many moons ago, I don't think I would bother again. Sitting in the layby sounds a good idea. We are off to the Stones in April, my Oh's favourite band... (if they are still in the land of the living by then).

Very dear friends of ours are on cloud nine, they now have two sons engaged. Lovely news, we have known these young men since they were babes in arms. Where have the years gone?. Their Mama will need two new outfits. ;-)...
Aint love grand.

Petunia, I trust Beatrice behaved herself and managed to stay upright at the ivories after you 'enhanced' her Earl Grey, for a minute I thought you were going to doctor the tea of Earl Grey :-\.... Daffodils, how lovely, they are my Mama's favourite flower. A fact I didn't know til after my Dad died, his were Sweet Williams, a most unassuming little gem.

Thank you for your PM Petunia. I shall await instructions.

Monday again, the sun is out but it is a tad cool. We had some much awaited rain last night. Hopefully there was enough to make a difference....

Have a pleasant evening,,



MotownGal Report 9 Mar 2014 10:24

Good morning gels!

Hello to dear Susan Wiv. I think we have corresponded before, please place your deckled edged hand engraved calling call on the mantlepiece, and then we can formally introduce ourselves. You may call me Auntie Petunia if you so wish, we will be having high tea at 6pm sharp, do come.

Teresa will be going all Two Tone I suspect Lesley dear. Such is the nature of these things.

I am just orft to church for the 11am Service. I have taken the sachet you sent me Teresa dear, and will carefully pour it into Beatties tea. Does it have a taste? She is very acute to her tastebuds. Perhaps if I pop it into Earl Grey she will not notice.

Just about to gather the bowing daffodils for the vestry, and will toddle orft.

Toodle Pip
Auntie P.


Susan10146857 Report 8 Mar 2014 23:27

What a lovely thread :-)


Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 8 Mar 2014 23:03

Susan at 6.30am tomorrow morning (Sunday) I/he/we should easily be at the airport in 90 minutes...unfortunately Teresa it's to long a haul for it to be our easy peasy local airport :-|

Yes Auntie I do hope our middle fruit will have plenty to tell us :-D and show us :-|

I did see about the flooding in Christchurch on the Beeb...I also noticed one of the road names...Riverside Road...enough said.

Teresa am I correct in thinking it will be a very Special event that you are attending in the autumn?

Lesley x