The latest to Doris Brazil

The Crone fancies she has found a penpal, the excellent Doris Brazil from Appleton Marsh in the South of England. You can follow Doris’s activities here and catch up on the Crone’s latest outreach below (hope it doesn’t sound too needy…)

 Dear Doris,

I note with interest your publishing plans and wish you good luck with your venture–and with your outreach to Paris or Milan as obvious cultural and commercial partners for your town.

I’m afraid we got a bit ahead of ourselves in Itchy Ankle. In the hopes of a visit from you and Flo, and, in the fullness of time, perhaps the Mayor and other dignitaries from Appleton Marsh, we spruced things up a bit. The blood worms sign, formerly on tattered cardboard and written with marker, has been freshly lettered and laminated, although the Crone notices that it is still hung at a somewhat tipsy angle. We sent a skip or two round to the home of a neighbor who hoards (poor dear) and had a bit of a clear-out–long overdue. We persuaded the party store to invest in half a hundredweight of bunting.

It seems a shame to let all this go to waste and so, as you race through your memoirs, please consider a book tour of the States that takes in Itchy Ankle. We can rent the anteroom at the local Moose Lodge. I’ll cater. They can clear out just enough of the Coors crates to let us sit down and I think that’s where they store the 4th of July decorations which we can use to jolly the place up. Itchy Ankle doesn’t have a book club per se ( the last thing I read: “The back of the winebox” by Jade Edd-Palate) but I am confident we can muster a good crowd. Just mention crab dip and they’re usually there…

No need to wait for the trilogy–or even the first print run–a short reading from the manuscript of “Setting Up The Applecart” will be quite enough excitement for us. Flo, of course, will be welcome too, even if she doesn’t contribute much to the cultural life of Itchy Ankle. Perhaps she could pass the crackers?

Anyhow, good luck with your writing and please do invest in a good pen. Nothing worse than a scratchy nib.

About Liz Barron

US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. Permanent address in Washington DC. Deep roots in Northern Ireland and persistent Belfast accent. Blogger,cook, mother, grandma, Scrabble-player and enthusiastic world traveler.
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One Response to The latest to Doris Brazil

  1. Doris says:

    Dear the Blarney Crone,

    You must convey my gratitude to the residents of Itchy Ankle for the way they have taken Flo and me to their hearts. I was quite touched to read about the re-direction of local community funds in anticipation of our visit.

    I had better tell you now, to avoid disappoint down the line; Flo is not a good traveller. Only recently, on a short bus trip into Cheriton Bishop, we thought Flo had developed deep vein thrombosis. She had to shift position more than a dozen times before the pain subsided. We now think it was cramp but those were anxious moments I can tell you. It’s perhaps not such a bad thing if Flo stays behind, after all,someone needs to look after the Doris Brazil empire, and Flo is the obvious choice. She can find her way around the stockroom and knows how to operate the till, as you’d expect after thirty years working there.

    I do agree with you about the value of a good pen. For many years I used a Parker Duofold, a gift from the Appleton Marsh Town Council for organising the very first, and as it turned out the very last, Over Sixties County Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship. I say I “used a Parker Duofold” because I now favour a rather less elegant gel pen, but it writes beautifully.

    Medieval it may be but Itchy Ankle has worked its way into my affections and, on Monday, I shall be going into the Co-Operative Travel and enquiring about the cost of a flight to your charming and welcoming backwater.

    Get the crab dip out, because Doris Brazil is going into the Co-Operative Travel to enquire about the cost of a flight to your charming and welcoming backwater!

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