It looks as if they have dug the new cellar just in time for Hannah.
It’s much the same as the others have been: stairs lead down from a door with ‘Never say no to a Medicinal’ written on its lintel, and a warning notice beside it which says
The weather is getting warmer, almost warm enough for sitting about outside, but given the weather warnings there is still a fireplace, with toasting-forks and a kist full of warm shawls near it so that any chilly tart can wrap herself snuggly if needs be; the Other Cupboard is near it, above the Chatelaine’s chaise.
This cellar is decorated in blues, lots of blues, from pale sky round to deep indigo – well, that’s the colour of storm-clouds so it’s sky too, I suppose.
The aga, the other stove, the freezers and the food-cupboards are in the room which is behind the velvet curtain, off the corridor leading to the hot-tub and jacuzzi.
There are various pub-games: the shove-ha’penny board, the dominoes and the Nine Man Morris table are all present and correct, and there is a cupboard with cards and dice and board-games in it.
The On Sweet has a re-repaired metal mirror and has been re-feathered.
There is a glitter-ball as usual.
Darrington the butler, Ewbank, Honoré FitzMichael the pantler, The Page Three Pages, The Underfoot Men, and the re-upholstering lady Gwyneth with her team of seamstresses have moved here.
So have the Fancy Italian, Luigi to make us tea, Antonio the coffee-maker, and Fritz the chocolatier.
We can wait out the storm in comfort, I think.