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

Thursday, April 12, 2007

A Stitch In Time

It boggles the mind. Really it does. How can a Summerhouse get so grotty after being left empty for a few chilly months of winter? Perhaps the local wildlife squat there? Do deer break in, have riotous parties and cause devastation to the place?

Myself, Robert the Hall Boy (who, incidentally, is still smarting from England's so far anemic performance in the cricket world cup. Say the name 'Michael Vaughan' to the poor lad and he gasps and grabs his chest like a Transylvanian peasant asked their opinion of the local castle-dwelling Count) and Simon, one of the Footmen, began our trek shortly after lunch. Perhaps I should have waited a little while. Mrs Styles is a marvellous cook. Sometimes too marvellous, and it is safe to say that I indulged a little too heavily before setting off. The embarrassment I felt at feeling the sharp pain of a stitch in my side before we had even reached the first pathway was acute.

We have managed to make the Summerhouse habitable again. It will probably be in use over the week-end, weather-permitting.

Incidentally, for long-time readers of this blog (I really do still prefer the term 'diary' although strictly speaking this is more of a journal than a diary) my post of yesterday was something of a first. It was the first time I have posted a genuine picture of a portion of Carstone Park. Obviously my titanic battle with the knighted troll 'Sir Quintin' has emboldened me somewhat.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you knighted the troll: shall his new moniker be: Sir Bugsalot? Be emboldened!!

6:26 pm  
Anonymous tomthetwit said...

So glad that you feel emboldened Dean!

Best Wishes,

Tom (formerly GV - Tom is my real name and I have moved blogs. Honestly, I'm determinded to settle now!)

2:30 pm  
Anonymous charles macpherson said...

Dear Mr. Fielding,

I would very much like the opportunity to touch base with you and interview you for one of my podcasts called Domestic Engineering.

I hope to hear from you, I love your blog.

Kind regards,
Charles MacPherson

12:00 am  
Blogger Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

So nice to see a lovely real picture Mr. Feilding! I hope you don`t mind, but I`ve chosen your blog as one of my Thinking Blog award winners. So you may just get a few new visitors arriving.


2:08 pm  
Blogger Mr Fielding said...

Mr Macpherson, that all sounds very interesting. Please feel free to drop me an email about the project. The chances of Sir Geoffrey listening to a podcast are pretty miniscule so all should be well. I take it as high praise indeed that you love this blog.

And speaking of high praise.....thank you very much Tea. I know just how many blogs were in the running for a Thinking Blog Award, and it is immensely flattering that this humble one was chosen.

Tom, you really must settle now. You are becoming quite bohemian in your blog travels. You are the Augustus John of bloggers. Throw down roots man, and we shall all come and visit you! Best of luck with the new site.

Heartthoughts: I like Sir Bugsalot. Perhaps if he works hard at his trolling then a peerage will not be far off, what about Viscount Trollsandruns?

2:44 pm  
Blogger Rowan said...

I have just come to visit your blog via 'Tea and Margaritas'. I had no idea that such a treat was in store for me - I shall be a regular visitor fom now on. As for Sir Walter Quintin - he obviously doesn't know a good thing when he sees it.

4:57 pm  
Blogger Charles MacPherson said...

Mr. Fielding,

I feel rather stupid to say, that I do not have your email address thus I do not know how to contact your directly, thus my communication by way of your blog comments section.

My web address with my current podcast is www.rmstour.com and I may be reached in the contact section, I do not know if it is appropriate to give you my direct email address in your blog and do not want to error.

I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

Kind regards,
Charles MacPherson

9:10 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what no new posts? are you done or too busy?

5:01 am  
Blogger Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

Looking forward to hearing from you here again Mr. Feilding. Hope all is well with you.


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Blogger RanTen said...

Mr. Fielding. I thoroughly enjoyed the blog. Whats next?

2:02 pm  
Blogger CmentMixer said...

Dear Mr. Fielding,

Please do not allow the silence to carry on much longer. I took some inspiration from your writings and made a career change. If time allows, please feel free to come over to http://cmentmixer.blogspot.com.
I do look forward to your next post, a summer gala perhaps?

5:29 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Fielding,

Where have you been? My blogroll for you remains silent. I so enjoyed your blog. I hope something serious hasn't happened.

Please fill us in. Take care.


8:36 pm  
Blogger Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

Hope you`re doing okay there Mr. Feilding. We haven`t heard from you in so long and miss you.
Just wanted to mention that I`ve awarded you with the Creative Bloggers award.


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Anonymous Maureen said...

Tea was right about new visitors,I'm one of them.Congrats on the Thinking Blog award.

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Well written article.

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