acquaintance of David's passed a few minutes at a recent trade show by
retelling this intriguing tale of an unforgettable incident by a Kent
lake: here is 'Mr Plumb's' story......
Some time later, at a meeting of our angling club, we happened to mention that we had occasionally fished the 'Old' lake at Bedgebury. An elder stateman of the group drew deeply on his pipe before exclaiming:
Granny lends a hand!
been sworn to secrecy NOT to reveal the identity of the trusted teller of
this story: she does not believe in ghosts or anything to do with the supernatural,
and, in her
words, wishes to retain '...some credibility!' For the purposes of our narrative,
we shall call her Jane!
Our chum is a professional woman and a mother of two. Some years ago, after the birth of her second child, she decided to return to work, aided in this ambition by her grandmother.
Although elderly, the lady was sprightly, and completely amenable to the idea of looking after two children, one a babe of just four months. She had, our friend reports, many quirky ways of doing things: all had to be just so! Nevertheless, the arrangement worked admirably, and the return to work - and wages - went without a hitch…..
Without warning, tragedy struck: our friend's grandmother was rushed to hospital following a massive heart attack, from which she sadly failed to recover……
A replacement child-minder was advertised for and employed: an efficient and enthusiastic young woman who had recently received her licence: Jane was able to resume her career once more.
One day, on her return from work, the nanny led her aside: she said that, while freely admitting her comparative unfamiliarity with terry-towelling nappies (diapers!) she had been trained in their use. The mother's eyebrows were raised enquiringly….
The nanny continued: it seemed that whenever she went to change the baby's nappy, it had somehow 'reconfigured itself'! Jane asked tbe shown: the baby was fetched and its nappy exposed: Jane's blood ran cold: there, unmistakably, was the hallmark nappy-fold of her dead grandmother !!!!!
Even in death, things still had to be