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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6375 on: October 27, 2019, 09:52:33 AM »
The two London black cabs drew up outside the attractive yellow brick-built house with white detailing that the “Chelsea Girls” rented. Their drivers remained seated, keeping their engines idling.

“Stay inside,” ordered Richard and Sophie to the occupants of their respective cabs, “until we give you the all clear!”

The two carefully got out, accompanied by Giles Roskrow, each with a military issue Browning Hi-Power semi-automatic pistol in hand, leaving a pair of Giles’s similarly armed and highly alert friends in each cab with a pair of the increasingly nervous girls seated in between them. There was no sign of anyone. The black-painted wood panelled front door, at the top of the white-painted stone steps, remained closed and all the heavy curtains of the house plus those, Eli remarked, of the house on each side were closely drawn.

“Where are they all?” wondered Sylvia to her friend. Whilst in the second cab, Sofi asked the same of Susan who replied that she had no idea but not to worry.
Taking out a bunch of keys, covered by Richard and Sophie, Giles approached the white-painted portico after carefully checking the windows in the basement below, then those of the ground floor above, the second floor and, finally, the attic dormer windows. There was no sign of any movement.

Satisfied, “I’m going in,” announced Giles. “Cover me.” Standing between the two white-painted pillars supporting the similarly painted pediment with its black-painted metal railings balcony above, he produced a small aerosol can from a jacket pocket and gave a gentle squirt of its contents into the keyhole. Slowly and very quietly, he then inserted the key which he had selected into the brass front door lock and turned it. On the pavement below, Sophie stood to his left and Richard to his right, pistols at the ready as they constantly checked to their left then right, up then down. When one was looking left the other was looking right and one was looking up, the other was looking down.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6376 on: October 28, 2019, 06:08:26 PM »
In the first taxi, Sylvia leaned over to wind down the window nearest the pavement to better hear what was going on, saying:

“Excuse me, you don’t mind, do you?”

Immediately, Jim Tremayne firmly placed his hand on Sylvia’s outstretched arm.

“My apologies, Miss Trevelver. I cannot allow that. You’ll compromise the integrity of the taxi’s security by opening the bullet-proof window.”

But, normally, you call me, Sylvia, she thought. This really IS serious. Thank goodness that Jeremy is safe and sound but … what about my friends?

Whilst still focussing on continually checking the surroundings, Richard could not help admiring how cool and calm, Sophie and Giles appeared. He wondered if he would be as brave as Giles clearly was standing exposed in front of the front door not knowing who or what was behind it. Then he remembered how Admiral Tregowan had emphasised the experience, proven over many successful missions, of Giles and his augmented team and how, although they were officially retired, Sophie and he were to place themselves under Giles’ command. Each member of Giles’ team was, the Admiral had continued, an expert in at least one specialized skill and proficient in several others, as was, he had assured Richard, his mission partner, Sophie. In fact, Sophie appeared to be an expert in rather more than just one specialized skill ... Typically, the Admiral had told him very little about his partner and she had been even less forthcoming about herself although she seemed to know plenty about him ...

Then the front door flew open and Giles’s pistol went off followed by a loud bang and a scream.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6377 on: October 30, 2019, 01:31:33 PM »
The front door flew open to reveal Angela surrounded by the other “Chelsea Girls” crowded behind it, crying as one, “Surprise!”

Giles already had his finger on the trigger as he raised his pistol. Fortunately, the trigger of the Browning required considerable pressure, otherwise Giles might well have shot Angela at point blank range. As it was, instead, as he jerked the pistol up, he shot one of the brightly coloured balloons amidst a swirl of “WELCOME” streamers adorning the entrance hall ceiling. Monique screamed in shock.

“Everything, OK, Giles?” called Richard, running towards the steps, pistol outstretched.

Sophie laughing, put down her revolver, and called up from the pavement, “I think we just disturbed a welcome home surprise for our passengers, Richard! No harm done, I hope, Giles?”

“Just some rather shocked young ladies, a burst balloon and a bullet in the ceiling,” remarked a shaken Giles. “I nearly killed Angela! And I would’ve hated that!”

“How were we to know that our friends would be escorted by trigger happy …” began Suzi, hotly, pushing her way past Angela.

“Now, now, Suzi,” replied Giles, cautiously, “we were just carrying out our orders to protect your friends from very real danger. You’ve all heard about what happened to poor Jeremy.”

“Humph!” exclaimed Monique, pushing past both Angela and Suzi. “You’re a … cowboy, Giles, not a … gentleman!” She turned her back on him her shoulder-length brown hair swirling, dislodging small pieces of ceiling plaster from it.

“No one was hurt, Monique,” stated Angela, “just some fallen plaster which we can quickly brush off. You’re forgiven, Giles. Give me a hug then let’s all get inside, we’ve a welcome party prepared as your, err female friend, rightly guessed but not”, she stared at his appearance and that of his companions, “a fancy dress one!”

“I’ll explain, inside, Angela,” Giles replied. “Ladies, this is Captain Richard Grenville, a good friend of Jeremy’s while Richard’s companion is the charming but highly capable, Sophie Andres. They are here to help my friends and I protect you!”

Then, as they left the two taxis, followed by the remaining passengers, Giles added, “you all know, my good friends and comrades in arms, Jim Tremayne, Phil Courtenay, Tom Carew, and Andy Tolverne.”

Angela nodded and smiled as her friends gathered around the handsome young men to hug and kiss them. Sophie’s hand was shaken by each of the girls who, by no means all, appreciated this stunning beauty’s arrival in their home. Then, a still worried-looking Sylvia, Susan, Eli, and Sofia were at the top of the short flight of stairs and inside with the two taxi drivers bringing all but Susan’s luggage, the Doctor’s granddaughter having kept her own small case in hand, up after them.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6378 on: November 01, 2019, 02:54:54 PM »
 :hellosign:
  Many thanks Chris, well golly gosh thanks there all safely in the house.
     regards Derek
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6379 on: November 01, 2019, 09:41:28 PM »
:hellosign:
  Many thanks Chris, well golly gosh thanks there all safely in the house.
     regards Derek

Thanks, Derek. Another part coming, this weekend.

My apologies that I'm too busy to take train photos., although I should.
« Last Edit: November 01, 2019, 09:42:33 PM by Chris in Prague, Reason: Updated. »

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6380 on: November 02, 2019, 08:44:59 PM »
 :photospleasesign:
Some situations in life are like dairy cows. When you see 'em you just gotta milk 'em.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6381 on: November 03, 2019, 11:48:15 AM »
Thanks, Chris. I have one set left of the Summer timetable specials. In this case a mainly First Class dining special from Birmingham Snow Hill formed of WR BR Lined Maroon Standard stock bringing enthusiasts to Wadebridge via Bodmin Road to see, and for a lucky few ride behind, the very rare apple-green LNER livery 'B12/3' running with a pair of matching LNER teak coaches, a 1st / 3rd and a brake / 3rd, between Wadebridge and Truro and back.

No. 6803 "Bucklebury Grange" of 84B Oxley (soon to be 2B) worked the train throughout and a team of GWS (Cornwall) enthusiasts had travelled up, in advance, to specially clean her. [No. 6803 is to be renumbered: 6875 "Hindford Grange" (83E).]










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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6382 on: November 03, 2019, 01:05:43 PM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
  Many thanks Chris all looking really superb.    :thumbsup:
    regards Derek
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6383 on: November 03, 2019, 01:42:48 PM »
Thanks, Derek. If I get some free time and sunshine, I'll take some more photos.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6384 on: November 03, 2019, 02:40:27 PM »
“What were you girls thinking of, Angela?” asked Jeremy, once they were all seated in the large ground floor rear sitting room, drinks in hand and abundant expensive snack food neatly laid out on the fine china placed on small round tables by the ‘Chelsea Girls’.

“I could have shot you dead!”

Out of the corner of her eye, Angela noticed Sofi glowering at them from across the room, having returned from directing the cab driver with her very large suitcase to her bedroom, to find Angela comfortably seated next to the debonair young wine merchant.

“I know, Jeremy.”

“So, tell me, what were you girls thinking of, Angela? Didn’t you see us, see our guns, I mean?”

“Well, as soon as we saw the two Black Cabs draw up, we all hid out of view, behind the front door. No-one was allowed to peer out, even from the corner of the curtain. We thought that Sylvia, Eli, Susan, and Sofi, wondering why all the curtains were drawn and no-one had come out to greet them would be wondering what was going on …”

“As indeed we all were, Angela.”

“But we didn’t know that you were accompanying them, with your friends, and with guns drawn!”

“What, didn’t you receive any message from Admiral Tregowan about us?”

“No, Giles. We did not. Of that, I’m quite certain.”

“I believe you, Angela. My apologies. I’ll have a few words with him …”

“Oh, Giles, I know that it is not your fault,” Angela beamed at him.

“Thanks. How are the ‘builders’ getting on, Angela?”

“You mean the Torchwood technicians, Giles? They arrived in a ‘Pickfords’ removal lorry with everything you had requested, via Admiral Tregowan.”

He nodded, drinking from a tall glass filled with “Castle Spring” sparkling mineral water poured from the bottle Angela had placed on the side table.

“He got all that right, then, Angela!”

“So it seems, Giles. They’ve gone, now, but they made a simply terrible noise and mess. It’s just as well our other neighbours are, now, also away,” Angela replied with a sigh from the armchair next to his as she sipped a white wine spritzer from an elegant crystal glass.

“But,” she continued, “that was only to be expected. As you instructed, there are now solid steel escape doors fitted in the dividing walls between our house and the house on each side, on the ground and first floors. There’s some minor Torchwood tech. fitted so that the doors open and close only to our unspoken commands. You and your friends will need to be encoded in them, too. I have the little control pad in my jeans’ back pocket.”

She patted her well-rounded behind.

“Once you’re all encoded, I can simply wipe the embedded software to prevent anyone else being able to activate those doors! And, after all this is over,” she smiled, taking another sip, “those doors will be covered with some adhesive material then plaster and paint applied on top it so that no-one will know that they were ever there.”

“Very good, Angela. I know that you will have everything in order, again.”

She nodded, then asked:

“By the way, what happened to our other neighbours, Giles? Are they on holiday, too?”

He smiled. “How did you guess, Angela? He’s a retired, decorated naval captain who served in the Arctic convoys in the last war. The Admiral knows him and called him to announce that an anonymous wealthy British well-wisher had paid for him and his wife to take a month’s all-inclusive holiday at the Station Hotel, Inverness, 1st-class tickets there and back paid, plus 1st-class holiday runabout tickets.”

“Very nice. Let me guess, it’s a state-owned hotel?”

“Well, yes, actually it is, a British Transport Hotel, ex-LMSR. As it is the state that is, in fact, paying for the couple, Admiral Tregowan insisted on that!”

Giles laughed then leaning towards Angela, more quietly stated:

I’m sorry that I had to leave you in the café without warning, the other day.”

The curly, longhaired brunette shrugged her broad shoulders, causing her chest to rise and fall under a translucent blouse far more revealing than her usual attire.

“You ‘phoned me as soon as you could, Giles, and one of your special Black Cabs collected me and brought me here, free of charge. Well, actually, I have a receipt for payment that I’ve put in your expenses folder. So only free for me!”

She giggled and enthusiastically patted his bell-bottom trouser-clad knee with a large hand.

Giles laughed, too, briefly patting her hand before gently removing it.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6385 on: November 04, 2019, 06:14:01 PM »
Hi Chris,

Great story as usual.

Hope you don't mind but a bit of a thread hijack. It concerns the Chelsea Girls and other Cornish characters so sort of relevant. Am thinking that the Port Regleun train ferry could have accommodated a few cars on board as well as the train with one SNCF car transporter waiting at the port station.

The car ramp and paved area probably wont be ready until Christmas time at my slow rate but thought some, presumably 'Oxford', model cars would be good for my Xmas wish list from SWMBO so was wondering what the 'Girls' and the Trevelvers etc. would drive if they took their own cars, driven by staff at the ports of course and then attached to the CIWL, to Biarritz, Cotes d'Azur etc next Summer?

I know nothing about cars so please don't just say 'a Mini' or 'a Daimler' etc. Thank you in advance and sorry again for the hijack.

Looking forward to more pics and the story.

Great stuff.

Cheers Chris (weave)  :beers:

Hi Chris (Weave)

As promised, I have ordered one:

NJAG9001   Jaguar MkIX cream/Imperial maroon model for Lord and Lady Trevelver'r Continental jaunts.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6386 on: November 04, 2019, 06:31:26 PM »
Hi Chris,

Great story as usual.

Hope you don't mind but a bit of a thread hijack. It concerns the Chelsea Girls and other Cornish characters so sort of relevant. Am thinking that the Port Regleun train ferry could have accommodated a few cars on board as well as the train with one SNCF car transporter waiting at the port station.

The car ramp and paved area probably wont be ready until Christmas time at my slow rate but thought some, presumably 'Oxford', model cars would be good for my Xmas wish list from SWMBO so was wondering what the 'Girls' and the Trevelvers etc. would drive if they took their own cars, driven by staff at the ports of course and then attached to the CIWL, to Biarritz, Cotes d'Azur etc next Summer?

I know nothing about cars so please don't just say 'a Mini' or 'a Daimler' etc. Thank you in advance and sorry again for the hijack.

Looking forward to more pics and the story.

Great stuff.

Cheers Chris (weave)  :beers:

Hi Chris (Weave)

As promised, I have ordered one:

NJAG9001   Jaguar MkIX cream/Imperial maroon model for Lord and Lady Trevelver'r Continental jaunts.
Looks very smart
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6387 on: November 04, 2019, 06:36:39 PM »
Thanks, Martin. It should be here, later this month. Maybe, next time you're at Kernow MRC, if you don't already have one, you can buy one, too. I know that Chris (Weave) hopes to also have one.

Unfortunately, I don't know when I'll next have some time to take more photos. However, I do have some spare moments to write the story, in Word, on my smartphone so there will be more of that.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6388 on: November 04, 2019, 06:44:39 PM »
Hi Chris,

Cool. Will have to get one in the next few weeks so I can organise a little pre Christmas Weekend away shopping trip to Brittany for the owners (Trevelvers?).

There are sites that give a discount if you buy 3 cars or more so need to chose my others and also do more on the layout for photo opportunities.

Santé Chris (weave)  :beers:



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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6389 on: November 04, 2019, 06:54:43 PM »
THat's great, Chris (Weave). Lord and Lady Trevelver are, currently, staying with their good friends the Tregonnings as their Head Butler, Huw Jenkins, is on his way to London and his wife, the Housekeeper, has gone to Exeter to stay with her sister. The rest of the inside staff have been given a holiday and the Castle locked up.

Lord and Lady Trevelver will indeed enjoying a little pre-Christmas Weekend away shopping trip to Brittany and taking the Jaguar. Whether they put the car on a flat wagon behind their trains (off-season there are no through trains, so it will have to be shunted at Wadebridge and Truro) to West Porthsea or they motor down to West Porthdea very much depends on the weather.


 

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