a favorite series by E F Benson, the Mapp & Lucia books can be revisited over and over-
with this Easter weekend of bonnets parading down the Avenue, I am reminded of the last of the six Benson books-Trouble for Lucia.
In Trouble-Mrs. Wyse's budgerigar , her parakeet, Blue Birdie bites the dust, has flown the coop, departed from the earth-only to be revived, for the moment, at a seance conducted by the ever elegant Lucia.
The seance becomes a neccessity when Mrs. Wyse can't part with the dear one- Blue Birdie that is-and takes to topping her current chapeau with the dead one-even launching it into the soup at luncheon.
Imagine the havoc the deceased Blue Birdie wreaks on the upper echelons of Tilling.
Not only spoiling luncheon-but the bridge table too!
-Feeling the Spirit of Blue Birdie
Lulu Guinness above & below, Stella Tennant
If you haven't read the books-do so, If you have it might be time to Revisit them all-Queen Lucia (1920, Miss Mapp (1922), Lucia in London (1927), Mapp and Lucia (1931), Lucia's Progress (1935, also known as The Worshipful Lucia) and Trouble for Lucia (1939)
There are so many memorable scenes from the books-any favorites?