tomorrow. She would then ring social services to ask if they had organised someone to come out and see to her fathers needs. He never went out on a Saturday but he did have a bet on the horses. Trevor her brother would have to come around and put his bets on for him. She cashed in on the machine then picked up her bags then went to the car.’
I will hopefully see you on Saturday morning then Linda said Sheila as she kissed her friend on the cheek and got into her car and drove away.
Linda now had to face her father who wouldn’t believe that she had been to the bingo until ten o’clock. She wished that she could just get into the car and drive away for miles and never come back but the onus of looking after her father was firmly on her shoulders now. She swung the car around the car park then headed towards her father’s house and prepared herself for what would surely come.
The postman dropped the letters into St Oswald’s Place they were picked up by Ellen Forrester who saw that two of them had come from Muriel.’
They were addressed to Edward so she left them on the table for him. She went out into the garden and did some winter pruning of the fruit trees. She had collected all of the apples and pears; the damson plums had been poor this year she had boiled down what there was and made plum jam with them. The pears were peeled then cut in half then bottled in syrup. The apples which proved to be the best crop this year were made into pies and cider; ready for Christmas which was only three weeks away.
Ellen bought something every week and put it away for the Holiday. This year she had bought an extra gift for Muriel. It was a scarf and a pair of woollen gloves. If she was not back then she would post them to the address on the back of the envelope.
She had made Mince and dumplings for Edward’s dinner; it was his favourite.’
She browned off the dumplings in the oven and made some mashed potato to go with it. There was either apple pie and custard or pears for afters.
Ellen was ironing Edward’s shirts when she heard the door. Edward hung up his coat then came into the living room.
He kissed his sister then said “something smells good.’
I made your favourite go wash up and I will get dinner ready to put out. Edward saw the two letters from Muriel and took them to his room he opened the first and read it then opened the second that Muriel had signed with love and a big X.
He went to the bathroom then washed his hands. He returned as Ellen set out the plates.
I see you had mail from Muriel.’
“Yes she asks after you and has asked me to ask if you would write to her.’
“Yes, I will Edward; I suppose she is lonely and needs a friend to talk to and give her news from home so to speak.’
She tells me that she and her Aunts adoptive daughter were out on a barge a few days ago. They were feeding swans and ducks and also saw rabbits. She also went to a ball with her aunt.
“I guess she will be meeting lots of young men all vying for her attention.’
“Are you deliberately trying to make me jealous Ellen?’
“Now would I do such a thing?’
“Yes,’ you would; I know you.’ anyway she loves me and no one else; she told me.’
“You lucky man Edward but do you really think she is for you.’