Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hot Pennies and Red Phone Boxes!

I am frantically busy. Summer in Devon is always jam-packed with weekend excitement. Apart from the usual snail racing—which frankly, when you've watched one race, you've watched them all—there is Hot Pennies Day. It started in the 13th century when more affluent members of the community stood on the balcony of the Assembly Rooms in nearby Honiton and tossed sizzling hot pennies to the starving peasant children below. Rumor has it that they were hot because the rich enjoyed seeing the poor burn their fingers! This mentality is exactly why my Dad is a modern day Robin Hood who steals from the rich to give to the poor—actually, I'm not sure about the last bit. Anyway, I digress. Of course, these days the pennies tossed are warm - no doubt because of potential lawsuits etc. The pennies are also supposed to be for the children but I couldn't help spotting my former crush, Lieutenant Robin Berry, scrabbling in the mud for more than his fair share. Honestly, I was so in love with him. What a disappointment he turned out to be! Our receptionist, Barbara Meadows at the Gipping Gazette (who is an expert in matters of the heart), always says that a man who is a miser with money is also a miser in the bedroom—something I don't want to think about given Barbara's advanced age.
Wait! A call has just come in. Must dash. The council are threatening to remove the old abandoned red telephone box at Ponsford Cross! These are icons of the British establishment. Even Facebook has Red Phone Box fan pages!
Sometimes, I'd do anything to have a nice, quiet murder.


  1. Sounds like all kinds of summertime fun there in Devon! Good luck fighting the council.

    When I was a kid, they used to throw pennies in the swimming pool on 4th of July weekend for us to jump in and pull up from the bottom of the pool. What's with all these people!? :)

  2. Ooh, I like Barbara's saying... hmm.... interesting. I'd have to say I agree with her where my former beau was concerned. Now I'll make it a point to see how generous or miserly Jack is before I let this relationship go too far...


  3. Vicky! You have to save the phone boxes! I think the future of Iconic England is in your hands. And as for that Robin, you can do a lot better!


    Charlotte Adams
    Closet Confidential: a Charlotte Adams mystery

  4. Vicky, you have the most interesting life! Hot pennies--who knew?

  5. Hi folks, phew - so busy here in wildest Devon where it's not that easy to find the internet! I've missed hanging out with my Killer Characters chums ... but things will soon be back to normal ...