A small amusement to complement the mince pies.
Best read in an upper-crust English accent!

My dearest Rodders…what an original choice…a partridge in a pear tree! How absolutely nouveau! I have set the tree in a half wine barrel (the one you emptied last Christmas!) and I must say, the little partridge looks quite at home there. Funny, really, I always thought they lived on the moors, or somewhere. Like grouse. Oh, well…
Thank you, my love.
Your very own Angela.Nigel, darling! How sweet of you to send me these adorable doves. I adore them. And I adore you, you dear boy, to think of such an unusual gift.
All my love…Angie.Dear Rupert. Thank you for your gift of three French hens. Baxter is making them a cage as they are rather aggressive towards my turtle doves. And they do tend to scratch around the African violets. But thank you, anyway.

Dear Jonathon, your novel gift has just been delivered. Fortunately, Baxter has not put away his Black and Decker things, so he can enlarge the hens’ cage. I’m not really sure what calling birds ( colley birds?) do. But it’s very sweet of you to send them.

Bertie! You sweetheart! I love you to distraction! And even more for sending rings, not birds! Honestly, Bertie, a girl can stand just so much livestock. But one can NEVER have too many gold rings! Kisses!
Your Angel.

Dear George, it was kind of you to send all these geese. Just one tiny quibble, Georgie __ geese are very protective of their eggs and poor Mrs. Baxter was most horribly pecked. She threatened to give notice, which, of course, would mean losing Baxter, too. And I simply
couldn’t do without him! All these cages and things to build… so please don’t be too cross, Georgie, if I ask the farm to take the geese.
Yours, Angela.

Dear Teddy. Good manners compel me to thank you for your gift of seven swans. But, really, Teddy, where do you suppose seven swans could swim in a Belgravia flat!!

Dear Roger. I think you must have suffered quite a serious head bump in last week’s Llanelli match. Eight milkmaids may look rustically picturesque, but eight cows…really! I am returning them.

Dear Simon. Fancy thinking of sending a chorus line! We are getting rather crowded here, but at least your dancing girls are not feathered. Well, their costumes are a little frou-frou, but they don’t cluck or chirp or cackle. Thank you.
As ever…Angela.

Dear Tim. So kind of you to send such a different gift. I was wondering where to put everyone, but nine of your lords have run off with Simon’s dancing girls and Elspeth’s looking for a new lover ( you did hear about Toby, I suppose?) so that problem is solved.
Yours, Angela.

Angus ___ they may be highly regarded at Balmoral, but in a small CROWDED Belgravia flat, eleven pipers are too much! And too many! They will be on the 8.15 from Euston.
Crossly, Angela.

Dear Charles, I am returning your unasked-for and unwanted gift of twelve drummers. Kindly pay the taxi driver when they arrive.
Angela Smyth-Ffortesque.



  1. ROFL. Too funny. I have this wonderful picture in my mind of trysts, flapping wings, noisy musicians.

    I hope no one pocketed any of the rings!


  2. Tara…yes, thankyou.

    cat napping…at last count I still had 5 golden rings

    triller…good point!have another mouse!

    Andrea…if this appeals it sounds as if you might had the sort of “holiday” Cousin Myron had!Chinese NY ‘s lookin’ good!


    • I don’t know, Angela may just have been miffed enough to jam them all in… My sympathy to Mrs Baxter. I have no truck with geese, too many bad childhood memories.
      Snort worthy…


  3. Hi Josh an Rusty. I am anwering ober here so yor Dinah is sure to see it.
    Mum has a Kodak DX3500. Its a Easy Share. Its a good camera for indoor shots an closeups but not so good for zooming in.
    She got DadCat a Panasonic DMC FZ7. Its the one DebR got.
    Hope you all have a Happy New Year!!


  4. this was pretty fun to read! i’m new to your blog and appreciate your wry humor. i see you have a couple of my favorite people visiting you already, so clearly you rock.


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