Family Business Part 19

Family Business Part 19

To: Laura
From: Rosa
Date: 5th March
Subject: What Daisy Knew …
 
Hiya
 
Daisy drove over at the weekend –she’s borrowing some of the boys’ old ski kit from me for the little one.  I think she’s crazy taking Pip skiing but a gang of tthem are going just before Easter.  You’ve got to admire her spirit. 
 
She told me mum has ordered some baking from her for next Wednesday when Cherish the Chilterns turn up to interview her.  Get this – Daisy has to a)prepare some fabulous scones, b) leave a Dundee cake on a cooling tray (baked in mum’s kitchen for authentic ‘smells’ and c) leave a mixing bowl unwashed.  All to create the right impression! 
 
Anyhoo, Daisy is now pretty sure that Petra’s two timing Massimo which makes her feel very sorry for him.  She agrees that Petra only seems to bother with him when there are other people around and that she seems less and less keen on going out at all.  She’s in a grump about Mother’s Day apparently because Leaf’s father, being nowhere to be seen, she won’t be the centre of attention for once!  Daisy says she keeps making furtive phone calls and she accidentally walked in on a row Petra was having with Herb.  He was saying ‘it’s not fair to him or Leaf to continue things as they are”.  Petra hushed him up when she realized Daisy was there but Daisy thinks her mystery man and Leaf’s dad are probably one and the same.  Still no nearer to working out who it is though …
 
She mentioned an odd thing that happened the other day.  Petra and Leaf had gone up to London and Daisy was cleaning house.  A woman came to the door wanting to see Mrs Edge about some jewelry she was making for her.  Daisy directed her to mum of course, but the woman was insistant that she knew mum, and wanted the other young Mrs Edge.  I can’t work it out.  Something fishy is going on.  Do you think someone’s impersonating mum to scam some jewelry?  I can’t believe Petra would – she’s loaded.  So who?  You and I don’t go by the Edge name, but perhaps Carla or Maria?  I wouldn’t put it past our sweet niece.  Can you shed any light?
 
All love, Rose x
 
To: Rosa
From: Laura
Date: 11th March
Subject: Matriarch of Middle Earth
 
Rosa,
 
That was one of the most embarrassing days of my life.  Everyone could plainly see through ma’s instant Mary Berry-izing, not least because Daisy cunningly cooked the fruit cake in a really unusual tin.  When the journo remarked on the fact and wanted to see mum’s equipment, mum couldn’t lay her hands on it of course! 
 
The dog bed arrived but since they only had a girly version in stock, mum dashed out and bought a diamante and pink collar for Maurice, turning him into Maureen for the duration.  I didn’t like to point out that the lovely ladies of Cherish the Chilterns can usually spot when a bitch isn’t all she seems!
 
Brenda was here to offer moral support and egged on by dad and Lorenzo was determined to turn this whole show into a retail opportunity.  They spent their time shoehorning metal garden furniture into each and every outdoor shot.  There must be 10 different photos of mum, all identical except for the ever-changing patio furniture.  It looks just like the new season catalogue!  One minute she’s draped over a rattan corner set, the next, she’s sipping her tea on one of the new cast aluminium extending tables (with Daisy’s scones to hand of course!).   
 
It was even worse when they moved inside.  Whenever the photographer lined up a shot, I could see dad and Lorenzo humping benches and patio tables into view.  I’m sure the exterior stuff will just be a blur of green, but it was quite amusing to watch them.  I’ll confess I did suggest to the photographer that the view from the snug window was worth capturing.  It looks out onto that little terrace, up the flight of steep steps.  By the time Lorenzo’d  got some metal garden furniture up there, the photographer had gone J.
 
Gotta go – promised Maurice I’d take him for a late stroll to restore his dignity.  He’s bound to roll in something filthy in protest for today.
 
X Laura
 
To: Laura
From: Rosa
Date: 13th March
Subject: Mother’s Day
 
Hi Laura
 
What are you doing about Mother’s Day?  Lorenzo caught Nick on the phone and we’ve all agreed to come over to Staveley Country Club for afternoon tea.  Flora’s going to be there on duty, so Lorenzo’s crowd, Charlie & Poppy, plus Massimo are going.  You haven’t mentioned it so I’m wondering if you’ve got other plans.  I know mum would love it if we could all be there.  Dad is especially keen that we all go to a big effort this year.  So …? Tell me you’ll be there to add a dash of sanity to proceedings.
 
Love from Rosa xx
 
To: Rosa
From: Laura
Date: 14th March
Subject: Mother’s Day Tea
 
Hi sis
 
Sorry for the radio silence … I’ve been trying to jiggle things so that we can in fact join the rest of the gang at Staveley.  It would be good to catch up en masse.  Sorry, though, it looks like there’s no way we can manage it.  Paul’s mum put in a very early bid, and since he’s still on tour, I’ve agreed to act as substitute preciousness.  It’s her birthday around now too, so she’s made a big fuss about seeing Juno.  The irony is that she’s never been bothered about whether she sees me.  Heaven forbid that she might remember I’m a mother too and need a bit of fuss occasionally. 
 
Have you got something for mum?  Bloody Massimo “borrowed” (ie took without official clearance) £100 cash that I’d just got out of the bank to pay the gardener.  He gave it to Carla to splash out on a fancy scarf at her favourite boutique for mum.  Suffice to say, Carla not only bought it, wrapped it and got a card.  Me, on the other hand – I had to dash back into town to get more cash out and in doing so forgot to get mum so much as a card.  He always does this, doesn’t he?  Wrong foots us, and comes up smelling of roses.  Anyhow, to get my own back, I’ve sneaked my name onto the gift card too so when he hands over the present tomorrow, mum will read that it’s from both of us.  She’s not dumb.  She’ll know who paid for it!  Ha!
 
Give my love to everyone tomorrow & try to keep a sense of humour, 
 
Laura xx 
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