09 October 2002 01:24
St. Ives/Sloop visit
I am writing again to let you know how much I continue to enjoy your website. I know how much time it takes to make it informative and funny. Both of which you accomplish.
My wife and I will be in St. Ives from 17 October to 23 October inclusive. Actually, I may stay until I find Tre-Car house and whine my way into a tour of the house.
Speaking of whine and other spirits, we would enjoy meeting you and the lot at the Sloop. When is a good time to say hello in person.
09 October 2002 08:07
What can I say except I'm sure I'll be around for an odd liquid stimulant or two and ..... CHECK YOUR B***** E-MAIL OCCASIONALLY! (See below).
Got to leg it, will bung you an e-mail re. meeting up when I've had a chance to peruse that week's roster.
----- Original Message -----
From: Paul Kelly
Sent: Thursday, September 12, 2002 4:28 PM
Subject: Ancestral Ranch
Good news. The Reporting Team have found Tre-Car House. It is not where you claimed it was but is actually on Alexandra Terrace. Of course, this being Spooky St. Ives I suppose it might just have migrated up the hill of its own accord!
No one was in when I knocked just now but will try again when I can.
Got to leg it to work now. (In the unlikely event you have been following the bulletins on the website you will have noticed that we are just a tad busy right now!).
Further bulletins will follow (assuming I can get out of the bloody kitchen!), in the meantime I enclose the evidence.
09 October 2002 17:19
Tre-Car House, etc.
What great news that you found the house. I really owe the reporting team a big thank you and will try to think up a small reward. (At least that's the order I prefer). No doubt I would have tramped up and down Bullans Lane until exhaustion set in or my wife slapped me to my senses. The address came from my uncle's newspaper obituary (1929) that said the burial was from Tre-Car House, Bullans Lane. Let's hope they didn't bury some other poor sod by mixing up the addresses.
I read your website every Saturday (sometimes on Friday evenings here in Texas ... time zones are wonderful). However I did not receive your e-mail of 12 September. E-mail is a must for me to keep up with my relatives all over the world and check it several times a day. Don't have an explanation, but that's why I retired from managing an IT group at the Bank of Boston and later with Wilsonart International. The technology is too fragile and unpredictable.
Please let us know about having a chat and let us thank you personally for your efforts in locating the house for us.
11 October 2002 09:27
Nyet problemski, still no visible signs of occupation, though.
As regards meeting my vileness [we would recommend blindfolds! - Reporting Team] I am off Friday night which would at least compensate you for the awful experience of meeting me with the far more pleasant experience of the legendary Meat Draw which recommences that very night. What's more you might achieve the supreme irony of winning the Mystery Prize (which for the first week isn't a mystery in order to attract the foolhardy punters). It's a weekend Xmas shopping trip to Noo Yoik!
Of course if you did win it you'd have to fly from Texas to London to get the flight to NY and vice versa to get home. Mind you, if, as seems likely, your wife is a member of the female species then no distance will be too great to travel in the cause of Shopping Jihad!
What do y'all think?
11 October 2002 16:15
Friday night is good for us too. Name the time and we will be there (I guess I just ask for Paul?). If its around dinner time, and you are up to eating and imbibing at the Sloop, please be our guest. That includes your significant other and any lesser. Having only read about the Meat Draw on your website, and not understanding anything about it, I look forward to the experience. That's a great prize for anyone who has never been to the Peoples Republic of New York. Free trips fit in right properly with the most liberal welfare state in the country.
If you are spending too much time at "work" and would like to visit somewhere else, just let us know when and where.
Looking forward to the visit,
Ed and Lorraine
11 October 2002 17:00
Friday 18th it is then!
Actually, my preferred haunt these days for quality of (1) beer and (2) getting away from work is the Union (see the Pubs guide for location). Nice place and friendly bar staff (well, Mick, Ed and Mark are I haven't had much experience of the others).
However, Friday night is Meat Draw Night and is as much a weekly social gathering of St. Iveans as anything. I'll be in the Public (i.e. front bar on right as you enter) from half six-ish. Just ask at the bar if you can't locate me but I imagine I'll spot you first as there aren't likely to be too many people moseying into town, tying their horses up outside and walking in with ten gallon hats and six-shooters at the ready!
As regards eating, we don't like to advertise the fact for fear of to-of-town freeloaders but there is actually free food doled out at the Meat Draw. Tasty nibbles and finger buffet stuff mostly. It's actually usually pretty decent if you can just get to the trays before Harding snaffles the lot! The best idea is to have a late lunch meal or a light early supper and then trough at the Sloop's expense later in the night.
I'll see you there then.
PS. Breaking news. May have got a lead on the house. Will let you know asap.
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