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

Saturday, July 15, 2006

An Odd Arrival

Began decorating at an early hour. The colour scheme that I have settled on is very tasteful, very refined. There was something rather therapeutic about the whole process.

Mr Miles arrived at half past three with a party of four people. As is traditional Llewelyn telephoned from the Lodge Gates as an early warning for me. I stood to greet the party on the front steps. Two men and two women emerged from cars, and what an odd bunch they were. They were dressed primarily in black (I would have approved of this had the hour been later, but at that time in the afternoon it all seemed a little peculiar) and the bright orange waistcoat that Mr Miles was wearing stood out all the more in consequence. I reached out to take the bags off a burly gentleman who approached me, and, completely misunderstanding my intentions, he took my hand and shook it warmly, introducing himself as 'Remus'. Rather embarrassing. Only Mr Miles seemed to think this was unusual, but he hid his smile, and bade the group to follow him into the House.

I fear that with Miss Gemma and her friends in residence, and now joined by Mr Miles' odd companions, that this will not be a quiet weekend.

9 Comments:

Anonymous 'Llywelyn' said...

Interesting that. The noises coming from your rooms sounded anything but 'therapeutic': bangs, crashes, and the occasional curse is what I heard.

9:02 am  
Anonymous Augustine Mulliner said...

Fielding, old sport, is your wallpaper anything like the one in Beach's pantry? It "represented a number of birds of an unknown species seated on a corresponding number of exotic shrubs." ("Something Fresh") Sounds exciting.

9:01 pm  
Blogger Mr Fielding said...

Indeed no. I have stripped the wallpaper from my flat to display the original paneling, which is very impressive. I have applied stain to it, so it all looks rather stylish, in my opinion.

To Llywelyn, perhaps I omitted some of the struggles I went through, so as not to bore the reader. I shall show you the finished product at your earliest convenience. I'm sure you will think it was worth it.

Perhaps it is the height of laziness to reply to you through this medium, rather than stroll down to the Lodge Gates, but so be it.

9:55 pm  
Anonymous The Mixer said...

Reading between the lines, it sounds like "Remus" and his companions aren't sufficiently well versed with country house protocol to tip the butler on their departure.

"The great door of the castle closed with a soft but significant bang - as doors close when handled by an untipped butler." -- 'Leave it to Psmith', Chapter 14.

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