Sunday 22 December 2019

The Grand Piano In The Posh House.

I worked has a jobbing gardener when we lived in that leafy Cheshire village.  I just put an advert in a newsagents and I soon had a little gardening round.  I was never short of work unlike here.

Once I went cutting a Leylandi conifer hedge for this lady who lived in a big posh house in the countryside.  She insisted I came in for some liquid refreshment.  So I doffed my cap, pulled my forelock and took off my welly bobs and went inside the house.  She was called Lady Chatterley and...  Dream on Davey lad.

I knew it was posh because they had fruit in a bowl on the sideboard and nobody was ill.  The old one's are the best.

Any road or any way.  I drank my "nice" cup of tea (I don't  even drink it!) and unwrapped TWO Club biscuits and I noticed a "baby" grand piano in the front room.  I recognised the piano because  I come from a musical family.  My mother  owned a Singer sewing machine!

I asked  Mrs posh lady if she had a budding maestro concert pianist in the family?  She told me it belonged to her daughter and she only bought it her for the discipline.

"If she can master music she can master any language or subject."

I went outside and mastered picking up the hedge trimmings!


28 comments:

  1. Haha. My mother brought her own piano to the marriage. She wanted it, and worked to pay for it and for lessons. She was a decent piano player. None of we for kids were worth a damn with it, and she eventually donated it to a church.

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  2. Hi Joanne. Thanks for telling us about your mother's piano. It's a fantastic instrument. I like rock bands with keyboards. I have seen some good ones like Rush and my favourite band Kansas. The best keyboard player I have ever seen live is probably Keith Emerson from Emerson Lake and Palmer. He was brilliant. Rick Wakeman with Yes was pretty special too. Thanks for commenting Joanne.

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  3. My brother gets lots of cups of tea and cakes and biscuits and goes indoors for chats in his gardening jobs. His wife says that's the only reason he does it! I sort of think so too.

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    1. I would imagine your brother will have lots of anecdotes about his gardening customers Rachel. Thanks.

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  4. Ha ha. You're great at comedy..and picking up cuttings presumably

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    1. It's like being a litter picker, LA. You pick it up has you go a long!

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  5. Aye the old ones are the best Davey lad. There’s a lovely scene in Keep the Aspidistra Flying where the hero takes his girl to a posh restaurant, but I won’t spoil it for you in case you want to read this excellent book.

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  6. Very true Gwil. That's another Eric Blair book isn't it? I have read The Road To Wigan Pier, Animal Farm and Down And Out In Paris and London. Did you see Mr Creosote in the restaurant in Monty Python's Meaning Of Life? A very funny film.

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    1. I don't remember Mr Creosote. But I can imagine it. There used to be a tv advert for creosote a long time ago.

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    2. He explodes Gwil in the middle of the restaurant. What a film.

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  7. Oh how I loved this post! You have such wit when you relate things from your past. Don't ever stop blogging, my friend.

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  8. I am glad you enjoyed this post Valerie. Come back tomorrow for mmy Christmas tale! Thanks!

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  9. I prefer a different ending...

    Without even asking, I went over to the piano, lifted the lid and played Chopin's Romance (Larghetto) from Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op 11.

    When I put the lid down and turned about there was Lady Leylandi lying sprawled on the rug. Stark naked she beckoned me towards her whispering huskily, "Let's party big boy!"

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  10. Confessions of a jobbing gardener. You have a got a wonderful sense of humour YP.

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  11. ha ha. We cant find a gardener for love nor money here. Or should I say they hear my southern accent and want £45 an hour to cut the hedges. bugger it I have bought one of those hedge cutters on a stick, happy Christmas to myself!

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  12. You do a lot with a bow saw and a pair of poppers Sol. People seem obsessed with privacy. If you can't cut an hedge with your feet on the ground it's too high, in my opinion. I charge less than twenty Euros an hour and struggle to find work. Thanks!

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  13. You can do a lot with a bowsaw and a pair of loppers.. Silly computer.

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