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Dear Lady Gray,
It was so nice to see you and Sir Donald last Friday. I trust that Sir Donald has recovered from all the excitement. Frankly I thought that three cameras was overdoing it a bit – but such is the enthusiasm of youth.
Nice to see Sir Donald's improved mobility. You where quite right, he does get a bit frustrated with walking around in circles. But as you said, once he gets the other hip done, straight lines will be possible.
I was quite shocked to see Sir Donald driving a car again (but not half as shocked as the...Show more →
From Lady Diana Gray:
Dear Mr Nicholas Johnson,
I am grateful, if not astonished that you returned my husband, Sir Donald, in one piece and in reasonably good working order. He did arrive home in somewhat of a despondent frame of mind, I was not sure if it was because you took his walking stick from him and made him crawl back to the car or if it as your agreement to stay and have an evening meal with us.
With respect to you being unable to lock his car at Yeovilton Airfield, he feels that it was your duty, as the butler, to shut down the engine and make the vehicle secure against rouges and vagabonds. It is not his fault that the engine is so quiet that you couldn’t hear it was still running.
Sir Donald was very err… ‘happy’ in the evening and I am wondering if you had administered the wrong medication in the ice cream.
I acknowledge receipt of your invoice but there are a couple of items that I query:
Item 12: To calling the Station Commander for a repeat low level fly-by of the Avro Vulcan?
Item 19: Taxi fare for (two?) young ladies to return home.
Item 24: Additional undisclosed ‘services rendered’ entailing pyrotechnic acquisition and First Aid kits?
Mr J, it was a pleasure (?) to have your company for the supper. It was fortunate indeed that we ate on the patio; the wine stains on the stonework will soon disappear with a few more days of sunshine and the birds did so love all the crumbs round your chair. Even the badger enjoyed the squashed tomatoes you hid in the flower bed. It was so kind of you to sweep up all that broken china and glass after you climbed onto the table and tried to do a Cossack dance while playing the saxophone. I do hope that your bruises don’t show too much.
I did enjoy your rendition of “I was born under a wandering star”, I didn’t realise you were a soprano. Was it Sir Donald who asked you to yodel? Very clever of you to do that while standing in the Champaign bucket.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, you will be welcome next year and the accommodation here at the Gray Towers is outstanding. (Or it will be after we have redecorated your room (again))