Tales From The Pantry: A Butler's Diary

From the pantry of an historic country house comes the ongoing diary of its butler, Mr Dean Fielding. I shall be giving you a glimpse of the family I serve and of the lives both 'Below Stairs' and 'Above'. I hope you follow my jottings daily.

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Have been butler here for over 15 years. Having previously, and unusually for these days, worked my way up from footman to under-butler to my current post. You can now follow me on Twitter via: http://www.twitter.com/butlerfielding

Friday, April 21, 2006

A Hectic Day Awaits

Just a quick note to update everybody on things. I awoke several hours ago. An early start is essential today for there is much to do. This evening, to celebrate the 80th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen, Sir Geoffrey and Lady Carstone are hosting, a 'Monarch's Ball'. Many guests are due to arrive dressed as various Kings and Queens from our island's past. I am fairly sure that there will be 'monarchs' from other nations as well. It is my long experience that whenever there is a fancy-dress ball of any kind, there are usually one or two 'Marie Antoinettes' in attendance. She is a popular choice.

My Master is attending as King Charles II. For many weeks it was a close run thing between 'Old Rowley' and 'George III' but Charles just pipped 'Farmer' George to the post.

This glittering occasion calls for full livery for the footmen. They are both relatively new and have never worn 'full livery' before. This involves buckled shoes, britches, and, to the horror of Simon, the wearing of a powdered wig. I believe he protests too much, and is actually looking forward to the big event. There is always a fear, I suppose, that one of the Still Room maids might snigger at him. But, I ask you, can we allow old traditions to die out because of the mockery of Still Room maids? Simon must, nay, will, be firm and wear his powdered wig with pride.

There is much to do.....


Blogger Lord Emsworth said...

Do you anticipate that any guests will come dressed as Zulu warrior kings, in complete black boot polish/ostrich feather/leopard skin regalia, with an assegai in tow, to prod other guests in the stomach?

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Anonymous Augustine Mulliner said...

Edward the Confessor is also a good choice (see "Joy in the Morning")...

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Blogger Tess said...

Oh, how I wish we could see pictures!! We had a similar party once at our house several years ago; although our house is certainly not as grand nor our guest list as illustrious, we stll had lots of fun. And while we didn't have any servants, someone DID come dressed in full livery! :o) I hope you have a good time!

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