I've had another letter from Bench this morning, dated two days (!) after Folly went home. The cheek of the woman exasperates me so I apologise for the clipped tone of this post but I really am as mad as a cut snake.
Why she comes to me I don't know, perhaps I am a soft touch? Are the luxuries of my draughty hedge-home too inviting? My hessian crackers and gin breakfasts too tempting? Whatever it is, I shall stop at once. My mother once said - Family are the most precious things, Bern, but remember they won't ALL fit under a patio.
This is the letter.....
Kindest Dearest Bestest B,
I need to ask a favour, dear. Folly is really trying my patience - I've had to call in some lumberjacks to tie her to a dining chair as she's had one of her heads on. To cut a long story short, she's poured custard into all my shoes and hidden small incendiary devices all over the house. Aunt Weevil and Doctor Prong have suggested I get away, so I will come to stay if the idea does not rankle with you?
Notwithstanding, it is quite doing my nut in, dear. I can't go to Aunt Vom as she's still in the nick, and Mary-Jaffa is unconscious. So I'm coming for a few -------- (typically, this part was illegible). As the carriage journey is so long, I've written this six days before I
leave so I should be with you in ten minutes.
Folly is being observed by our neighbour, Mrs Coddy, a dear soul. She can see our house from hers, since Folly stole the 7ft hedge last month. Well, see you shortly, pop a gin in a glass for me and I'll bring the hemlock shortbread.
Pip pip, and tatty bye
The woman is absolutely the limit. Folly should have been encouraged to move out now that she's finished playgroup. For a girl of thirty-two, she should be doing normal things - vandalism, fighting and shrieking. I will write to Aunt Vom in Worthing nick - she is the fiesty one and will know how to advise. She sorts out a lot of her problems with something called Chinese throwing stars and Colt.45's, and swears by them. Perhaps she can put one in the post.
It's a pity about the mix-up with the cozzers, she's so unlucky with mistaken identity - it's the eighth time now. Well, no doubt it well get sorted out, they'll find they've got the wrong person, and the MP's ear can be put back on. He shouldn't have put in that £3,487 claim for a platypus sanctuary that doesn't exist, anyway.