On 06/08/2018 12:44, Mike wrote:
> Serena Blanchflower <***@blanchflower.me.uk> wrote:
>> On 06/08/2018 12:14, J. P. Gilliver (John) wrote:
>>>> On 21/7/18 14:02, Serena Blanchflower wrote; my response is lower down:
>>>>> They are both of an age where they may want to put their feet up an
>>>>> not take on major commitments. I think I've also heard, in the
>>>>> past, that Judy Bennett isn't/wasn't in the best of health,
>>>>> although I don't know if the problem was a long term one or
>>>>> something fixable.
>>> (Hope the latter, of course.)
>>>>> On the other hand, they might be happy to simply drift into being
>>>>> background characters who are only heard occasionally. A cottage in
>>>>> Loxley Barrett, or wherever, could suit Brian and Jenny well for
>>>>> that, along with a dearth of stories centred on The Stables.
>>> Difficult one. Despite _occasional_ utterances that he's getting tired
>>> of things, I don't think Brian is ready for the pipe and slippers
>>> lifestyle quite yet. And I _think_ Jenny - not so much _likes_ her
>>> lifestyle as lady bountiful, lady of the manor, or whatever, as just
>>> _assumes_ it - without malice, despite what Susan often thinks. And she
>>> (Jennifer) does sometimes seem to actively enjoy organising events - I
>>> think she rather enjoyed doing Ruth's, for example. I can't see them -
>>> their characters, anyway, fine if their Good Friends want to -
>>> believable settling down in a cottage.
>> I agree with you about Brian and Jennifer but, when I was referring to
>> them choosing to drift into the background, I was thinking more about
>> their close friends. After all, they are all well into their 70s and it
>> would be perfectly reasonable for any of them to feel that they'd rather
>> put their feet up, rather than be tied to Ambridge so much.
>>> Of course, these days, in estate-agent speak, a "cottage" might be
>>> something with 3 or 4 b w en-suite and a triple garage, and maybe a
>>> staff ...
>>> [Actually, do B&J have staff at the moment - I mean domestic, such as a
>>> cleaner, not things where they can appropriate farm employees? I don't
>>> think so.]
>> I know they have had a cleaner, in the past (Betty Tucker worked for
>> Jenny, for a while) and I think, since then, there's been a very
>> occasional reference to someone. It's possible that they don't have any
>> help now but I think it's far more likely that they do, even if it's
>> agency cleaners, rather than someone they employ directly.
> Didn’t Squire Brian ‘try it on with ‘staff’ (Betty I think)?
Yes, I seem to remember him chasing her around the swimming pool before
she immediately handed in her notice.
Best wishes, Serena
For all that has been, thanks. For all that shall be, yes. (Dag