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

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Read All About It!

I am slightly nervous as I type this in my butler's flat high in the towers of Carstone House. For tomorrow an intruder shall enter the establishment. An invited intruder, perhaps; he will arrive with full permission to be here, but he intrudes, not so much upon this house, as upon my peace of mind. I feel like Count Dracula would feel if he had woken from a good day's slumber and, just as he had grabbed his cape, and had one foot out of the door ready for a good evening's terrorising the populace, he discovered (possibly by reading a flyer that had been popped through the letter box) that his castle was to be the venue for this year's Garlic Eater's Society Annual General Meeting.

For tomorrow at 9.30am a journalist shall be here.

The local newspaper wants to write a feature article about life in service in the 21st century. Unfortunately, following the advice of his new Land Agent (Mr Downing), Sir Geoffrey has agreed to the request. The journalist has been granted permission to interview any members of staff that he sees fit.

I am not looking forward to tomorrow. Indeed, I would probably welcome an interview from a stern Scotland Yard detective, members of the Spanish Inquisition, or the Witchfinder General in a foul mood, far more than a journalist (especially THIS journalist) from the local paper.

19 Comments:

Anonymous Aunt Agatha said...

So, my dear man, you are feeling like Lord Emsworth when Connie invites another literary fellow? Tsk tsk. Stiff upper lip, man.
Provide the journalist with all the goodies you have in store at the castle, a good cigar, a coconut maybe. In short keep him in fine spirits.
Welcome back, by the way, we've sorely missed you.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to have you back!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back! We've missed you!!

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Anonymous Charlotte Mulliner said...

Mr. Fielding, how nice to have you back. You have a unique blog. I hope it will not take too long for all your fans to learn you are with us again.

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Blogger Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

Welcome back Mr. Fielding and I hope the interviews go well.

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xo

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Blogger Mr Fielding said...

Thank you for your kind messages. It is good indeed to hear from such battle-scarred veterans of this blog such as Aunt Agatha and Tea.

The upper lip is now as stiff as my collar. Starch does the trick admirably.

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