Tales From The Pantry: A Butler's Diary

From the pantry of an historic country house comes the ongoing diary of its butler, Mr Dean Fielding. I shall be giving you a glimpse of the family I serve and of the lives both 'Below Stairs' and 'Above'. I hope you follow my jottings daily.

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Have been butler here for over 15 years. Having previously, and unusually for these days, worked my way up from footman to under-butler to my current post. You can now follow me on Twitter via: http://www.twitter.com/butlerfielding

Friday, July 14, 2006

The Task In Hand

I am going to re-decorate my butler's flat at the top of Carstone House. I have been told that it could be re-decorated for me, but I would like to attack the task myself. I have purchased all that I need this morning, and tomorrow I shall jump to it. I think a SLIGHT change in decoration is what is needed to spruce things up. Nothing too radical, of course. You will not find my flat turned into a 'modernist' fantasy, that is for sure. My preferences lean towards 'cosy' and slightly cluttered.

Miss Gemma is staying at Carstone with a couple of friends, and Mr Miles is expected tomorrow. The sales of his volume of poetry have not gone particularly well, and he has now vowed to throw himself fully into portrait painting. I suppose he only half threw himself into poetry. And I think he might have sprained something in the process.

For all who are new to this diary, the following links might come in useful as way of an introduction:

The First Post
Carstone House
Above Stairs: The Family
Below Stairs: The Servants

Oh, and for those in a mood for a little socialising:

My ill-fated drink with Llywelyn
The Ball

That should set the scene quite nicely, I should think. We are quite a nice bunch here at Carstone. I warmly welcome you to the blog 're-launch'. I will be posting much more regularly, even if it is only a line or two, so that you can be properly kept up-to-date with all the goings on at this wonderful old house.

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