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Romance goes wrong - despite Chutney Towers becoming a very desirable mansion in which to live.
Sir Thomas was showing Suzannah his extensive and beautiful gardens.
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They strolled on and, turning a corner, came upon the ugly but mercifully empty cages.
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Suzannah took his silence  as to not being aware of
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Suzannah's friendliness was infective - more dogs ran up to say "Hello"
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"Oh, they are utterly adorable, darling Thomas. Couldn't I have some of my own?"
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The house looked warm and welcoming on that autumn evening as dusk drew in.
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Suzannah, awaiting cocktails being brought up by Basil was suddenly transfixed by the sight of a stuffed alligator
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Basil came in with the drinks tray and dutifully served them with wicked cocktails.
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As they descended the stairs so that they could dine in the rather more intimate surroundings of the library,
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and they were still there. "Basil mixes a mean cocktail" she thought, "I must resist them another time"
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The very next day, Thomas took Suzannah up to London to look at puppies. "Horrids, perhaps?" he suggested.
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Bryan was tired of fussing over The Towers decor.
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"Oscar, we have worked our purple socks off for That Man" he stated (and yes, the BOTH have pale purple socks - what a coincidence because they came from quite different parts of the country}
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Thomas and Suzannah returned from the long day in London.
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Suzannah went upstairs to powder her nose.
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Later that evening, in the drawing room, Thomas displayed his trophies.
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Virginia and Binkie were very taken aback by the results of the shopping trip.
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Suzannah suddenly felt quite faint. She left the room and headed upstairs to the bathroom
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Up in the bathroom she smiled to see the little mice at play.
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"All these old portraits....I bet they're not the Chutney family!"
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She peered into the nursery."I don't think  that I'll be potting any Chutney there" she thoughtfully considered.
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Virginia returned to Charleston - she was staying with Vanessa and Duncan for a few days. It was delightful to be back in the colourful chaos again after The Towers.
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"Oh dear - everything does seem to be in a bit of a muddle at the moment."
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"Quentin and Angelica are due back tomorrow"
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In reality, Quentin and Angelica were delighted to be back to the mess that was Charleston.
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Angelica went up to the old nursery to say Goodbye to her dolls' house.
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It was really a miracle that it had remained unpainted by Vanessa or Duncan. Nearly everything else in the house was - screens, fireplaces, beds, tables, chairs.....
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To her dismay, at that moment Duncan ambled in.
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Just then Vanessa arrived rather breathlessly.
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Virginia was just leaving when Roger Fry arrived.
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Virginia arrived at The Towers and went to look at Thomas' new antique furniture.
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"Now is this early Bespaq?" she queried. "It certainly isn't Dunger"
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I bought another chair to go with the two seater and I can't believe it - it is a different maker and design.
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She leant over to inspect the stool - all the items were upholstered in golden yellow velvet, as was a chair at Charleston of the same era.
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Meanwhile, back at Charleston a breathless Duncan had run back with the abandoned Cezanne painting.  "It looks a bit boring to me"he said to Roger "Shall I brighten those apples up a bit?
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Foiled of brightening up the 6 green apples, Duncan resumed work on the Chippendale cupboard.
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After several hours Duncan sank onto a chair, quite exhausted,
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It was a very busy November weekend at Charleston.
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The interior of the desk had been jazzed up - Duncan was happy with the bright colours.
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These dark November Sundays seemed conducive to
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The kitchen dressers bloomed with these colourful objects......
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The re-opening of Hill House Antiques was set for early December. With Sir Thomas in town and all his loads of dosh, it would be foolish to not start trading again.
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December 3rd and Hill House Antiques is open again for business.
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He is delighted to find Sir Thomas, accompanied by the faithful Basil
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Oscar was trying to draw Sir Thomas' attention to the Victorian hexagonal patchwork quilt in the 18c. swing cot -
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Something caught Sir Thomas's eye just as he was about to fill in the cheque....
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"Hmmm - I'll have that too"he said pointing at the Chinese lacquer wardrobe which had been concealed behind the painting.
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Basil's impassive eyes flickered about the room - what more follies would his master purchase in his pursuit of "love"?
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The boys wasted no time before delivering the wardrobe.
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Oscar looked up over his newspaper to Bryan.
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Bryan was playing with the cat and didn't hear what Oscar was saying.
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"DID YOU HEAR WHAT I JUST SAID?" shouted Oscar at the happily playing Bryan.
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