The Widow's Golden Weeds
by Ann Morven
Smashwords Edition 2009
© copyright Darling Newspaper Press (1971).
PO box 176, Kalamunda, Western Australia 6926.
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MARJORIE, content in the autumn of her years, was watering her garden, and therefore did not notice the advancing threat.
With her head down, enjoying the smell of wet earth, her eyes were fixed on the fan of spray from the hose she held. The water mingled silver with gold as it met the sunlight. Instinct told her to look up, but too late.
Confronting her stood Mr Grimblow from next door, fourth time since Sunday. Today, abandoning his ritual of growling from the fence, he had stepped over it. Definitely an invasion.
Fierce of face and breathing hard, he grumped at her. “Ha, caught you!”
Marjorie tried to reply with a firm stare, but found her eyes in retreat. Her new neighbour was altogether intimidating, no sight for the timid. Nevertheless, she spoke up in her usual placid manner.