It’s the lads night out tonight, after a flying visit up the motorway, they’re off to see the dog racing, place a few bets and have some beers. They were in such a hurry that Alan gave them a lift so they wouldn’t miss the coach.
They bundled into the car so fast I only captured a shot as they left. Our Son turned and waved, but my useless camera wasn’t fast enough to capture that. I did take them by surprise as well though.
I’ve just lit the coal fire, which reminds me,
Following on from the promotion of FIRESTARTER, latest novel by Patsy Collins, I promised there would be a visit from Alice and Hamish, main characters in the book.
Unfortunately, Alice sent this message earlier in the week..
Hi again, Suzy Doodling!
I’m really sorry, but I can’t come today after all. Tony has arranged for us to go to an art gallery and then to dinner at Luigi’s. I was sure he said it was tomorrow, but I’d just got my invite to the school reunion and was wondering who else would show up, so I might have been a bit distracted. Not that I was thinking of anyone in particular …
Really dissapointed as I was looking forward to rummaging in your drawers! lol! Reckon you might have had something to go with my mad orange jumper. We’d have mad a fab double act. I’d better go with him though, Tony’s sooooo moody if he doesn’t get his own way.
Sorry to leave you to cope alone with a hunky fireman – poor you, eh? 😉
What a shame she can’t pop in, and Hamish has gone out with the lads; never mind, now here’s another text message..
Hiya, Suzy! I’ve got good news for you. Hamish is busy so I’m coming to see you instead!
Oh, there’s a knock at the door now, wonder who that is?
So, it’s Jeff, Hamish’s mate, how are you?
Wellll hellllo, Suzy! Tell you the truth I was wondering what I’d let myself in for when Hamish talked me into coming to see you. Once he told me he was taking me to see some birds and they really were! The kind with feathers on! That’s where he was today – down the sanctuary. There’s bad weather coming in so he’s doing something or other to keep the birds safe. Once he told me about you I wasn’t paying attention to that and I see for once he wasn’t having me on. You’re lovely!
Let me tell you I’m happily married, Jeff, and Alan wouldn’t want any funny business, so watch it. Hamish did call by, but he went off on the lads night out. Shame you missed that Jeff, never mind. Come on in for a chat then, seeing as Hamish sent you, you’ll have to take those muddy boots off though.
Thanks, Suze. I’ll just take my boots off – my very big boots if you catch my drift …
Oh, married? Right. Oooops. Still can’t blame a man for trying, eh?
Wow! Look at all that grub! For me? Thanks very much, saving lives is hungry work!
How long have you known Hamish?
Oh ages! Since we were kids, but we’ve been great mates since we both joined the fire service. We trained together and we’ve had each other’s backs ever since – on watch or off.
Did you always want to be a fireman?
Pretty much, yeah. I know how you ladies love a hero!
How does your wife cope with you doing such a risky job?
No lovely girl has got that lucky yet. Our mate William is married and I suppose his poor missus might worry now and then, but me and Hamish and the rest of Red Watch look out for each other and though we’re dead brave, we’re sensible too.
I know that look – you’re amazed I could be single and wondering which of your friends is lovely enough to introduce to me, aren’t you?
Oh, you’re not. Oh, OK.
Have more tea and food, there’s plenty left, go on, go on, go on… oh and by the way, do you find people stop and stare when the fire engine goes past in Hampshire?
Well yeah, I’m on board aren’t I? And oddly some girls look at Hamish too. Can’t think why. He’s all broad shoulders and so tall they could get a crick in their neck, all that blond curly hair and … makes me sick! But I’m handsome too in my own way, don’t you think?
Sorry, didn’t quite catch that. I’ll take it as a yes.
Oh, what’s that, you’ve been called away, no, don’t worry, I’m not in the least worried, I’m glad, I mean glad that you’ve got somewhere else to be that’s important, thanks Jeff for popping by….
I asked him earlier for any hints and tips on fire safety, he gave me this link.
Keeping safe over bonfire night
To order the book, click on the cover, have a great week.