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Thomas had made a few changes in the bedroom.
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Where was Thomas picking up his new ideas from?
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He kept purchasing items for her which Madeline put away into the wardrobe.
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Nanny Havant was beginning to wonder about the hygiene in the kitchen.
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Having carefully inspected all the pockets in Thomas' "Flasher style " mac, Marianne found nothing to make her suspect any aberration
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So - off back to France and the glorious beach...
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The Hotel Roquefort had given them a friendly welcome and assured Madame that M. Eddie would be arriving the very next day.
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During Marianne's absence, Thomas was getting up to mischief.
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It was an unlikely event for Leonard and his wife to wander in the nearby woods.
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Virginia and her husband were so excited at finding the cottage in the woods!
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"It is simply perfect to act as Monk's House - we will not call it that, lest there be confusion caused by the similarity with Friar's Acre, but this is where I shall  write my novels"
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Marianne watched as little wavelets wriggled between her toes
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As the shadows lengthened, they packed up the picnic things and returned up the steps to the hotel.
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Having obtained the keys to Thursley Cottage (aka Monk's House) Virginia and Leonard wasted no time before they inspected the interior of the property.
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"Oh Leonard! It is simply perfect"cooed Virgina looking about at the warm wood panelling.
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Was it a lady or a gentleman? Was this the builder of this ancient cottage?
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"I see that ceiling needs some attention, the paper seems to be soming adrift, as do the beams" Leonard observed crossly.
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As the August wind moaned about the house and the rattle of raindrops sounded like gravel being flung at the window panes,
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.Boris was feeding Dick's dogs. They were loving the scraps served on the floor, on newspaper, and some of the others in a more sophisticated style, were sitting up at the table, eyeing the main chance.
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Boris set to, clearing up after the dogs.
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Meanwhile over in Normandy, Marianne was having a ball.
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Meanwhile, the aged and wrinkled peasant (and that's putting it kindly) walked past.
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Back in dear old Blighty, Sir T strolled in the grounds of the Towers, umbrella at the ready.
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Thomas was so full of desire to see his wife again, he decided to splurge out.
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Madeline, Marianne's maid was not so happy about this.
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What was best where? The great bed did block things in a bit.
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But remembering what this room looked like when it was first tentatively
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The August weather was quite hopeless.
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Giving a cursory glance around the room,she was slightly irritated by the movement of furniture, and she didn't notice the new and beautiful mirror,
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Just in time! Madeline was busy putting away Marianne's discarded dress when Thomas entered the room
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Virginia and Leonard were settling into Monk's House quite happily.
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She stood looking around in what was to be her bedroom. "It does need a great deal doing to it" she murmered."and I will need to find help for the garden and in the kitchen"
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It was a lovely autumn afternoon so they went to explore the garden
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There was a lovely lily pool in the centre of the lawn,
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They went down the steps to inspect it more closely.
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!We could have wonderful garden parties here in the summer"Virginia remarked, with more enthusiasm than she had shown for months.
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Virginia's cheerful optimism did not desert her.
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