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

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Berry Picking

Blackcurrants. Raspberries. Apples. All three have been picked in abundance by me over the past few days. Home Farm is awash with them. They are taking over the place. I have been reliably informed that the heat is causing them to grow to a size that would be seen as impressive by even the most cynical hard-bitten observer of fruit. If there was a local competition (and for all I know, there is) for 'Largest Raspberries' then a victorious Sir Geoffrey Carstone would be carried through the streets of the village by a jubilant throng.

Berry-picking was a pleasurable experience. The estate has been bathed in sunshine over the past few days. I do not have a great deal of work to do this week, as the family are away on holiday in Italy. Life in the House continues however. Carstone carries on no matter who is present within its stone (or, in all honesty, mostly brick, with stone cladding) walls.

All seems peaceful as I type this. The only sound I hear is a light tapping noise coming from the direction of the lake and boathouse where some repairs are being made to Mr Miles' gilded gondola. I believe the nice weather has left us now though. Spots of rain have begun to spatter on my window and the clouds above look dark and ominous.

Today is not a berry picking day.


Blogger Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

So glad to see you back Mr. Fielding. As you haven`t mentioned here, why you were away, I`ll just leave you with my sincere heartfelt thoughts.


12:24 am  
Blogger Tommy said...

Glad you're back, Mr Fielding! I hope all is well with you and yours.


5:44 am  
Blogger Mr Fielding said...

Thank you both very much.

As always Tea, you are very kind.

11:51 am  
Anonymous Maureen said...

Freshly picked fruit.Lovely !

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Blogger Tierrie said...

Welcome back Mr Fielding.

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