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Dr Watson reviews his tab at the Hound and Ferret

Dr Watson reviews his tab at the Hound and Ferret

Posts Tagged ‘221B Baker Street’

The Resident Ironing Board

Watson - half man, half moustache - all doctor

Dr Watson – skirmished with a pigeon

Mrs Hudson is visiting her sister down in St. Ives and I have been left in sole charge of Baker Street. I imagined I would use the enforced solitude to focus on attempting the first chapter of a great novel or even tackling a life-long ambition of mine to learn the bassoon.

Unfortunately the offer of a free bassoon lesson from one of my club chums has been withdrawn after I inadvertently chloroformed his wife during a routine check-up. The inspiration for my novel has also evaporated in the face of an insurmountable amount of laundry which I have accumulated over the past few months. There are piles of shirts, trousers, handkerchiefs and even curtains filling up Holmes’s old room.

As such all I’ve been wearing for the last few days is  a top hat and some golfing plus-fours – the latter of which now has a rip in the seat due to an early morning skirmish with a pigeon.

Mrs Hudson’s absence has definitely taught me three things:

1. I should take more responsibility in managing my own affairs.
2. Ironing in just a top hat is a dangerous pursuit and…
3. This is particularly inadvisable to do in front of a bay window without curtains.


Mrs Hudson’s Guide to Entertaining 2

Crackers are also an opportunity to surprise your guests with innovative gifts.   Last year I used evidence from Mr Holmes’ investigations into the Crusty Doorman Affair which was a wonderful surprise for Mrs Watson (IV) who took home a severed ear.
The cracker pull should be an event in itself.  To confidently avoid a damp squib I like to liven up the cracker with powder from some of the doctor’s bullet cartridges.  This will ensure your party will go with a bang although make sure you experiment to get the right proportion – the sitting-room was once two rooms before a particularly spectacular cracker-pull back in ’88.
Mrs Hudson's custom crackers are talk of the town

Mrs Hudson’s custom crackers are talk of the town


Mrs Hudson’s Guide to Entertaining 1

A few notes torn from my home and kitchen bible…  Mrs H.

It is traditional for young ladies to find small favours at their place setting for dinner. The most expensive ones are made out of small muslin bags containing almonds however I prefer to save on the pennies and use up all those brazil nuts which are left over after Doctor Watson has sucked off all of the chocolate.

And mind you don’t spend out on expensive materials to wrap up your favours – instead I use some old socks or one of the Doctor’s monogrammed handkerchiefs which are a looking a bit raggy. I always like to think that our guests take a little piece of us with them when they leave.

Party games are also a big favourite – the good doctor was very fond of bringing Inspector Lestrade round to falsely accuse someone of murder – always went down a storm – although we are still to retrieve Lady Bassett from the Clink Vaults after an administrative error.

Lady Lansbury - never invited to 221B again after midget joke faux pas

Lady Lansbury – never invited to 221B again after midget joke faux pas


The Hoffnung-Meininger Conspiracy 3

ruddy good partridge19:30 Holmes arrives with Lestrade in tow.  My friend proclaims he has solved the riddle of the Hoffnung-Meininger conspiracy which has saved the blushes of at least one European monarch.  Holmes proceeds to furnish me with the facts of the case.  Miss some elements due to the distraction of a partridge served with boiled potatoes.  Will ask Holmes for a précis later.

21:00 Retire early after an exhausting day.  Make note to go home tomorrow.

23:15 Awoken by Mrs Watson who has made an extra special visit to Baker Street to yell very loudly. Seems I will not be going home tomorrow after all.


The Hoffnung-Meininger Conspiracy 1

06:30 Woke up in armchair at 221B Baker Street and start readying for work. Realise I haven’t been at my practice in four months and decide another day won’t hurt.  Go back to armchair and sleep some more.

10:15 Re-awoken by Mrs Hudson presenting me with an egg on toast and some cocoa. She tells me Holmes left early yesterday on an urgent investigation and hasn’t returned since, leaving her worried sick. Reassure her by eating egg on toast. Skip cocoa due to skin forming.

12:00 Had long soak in bath and trimmed moustache using my wart lancer. Take in papers and using Holmes’s methods cut out vital case clippings. Three intriguing notices in the lost and found (including one for a missing doctor) and a coupon for a free hat measure. Last item is useful as suddenly remember my previous hat is being used as vital evidence in the Mansfield Mauler case.