Caroline Stanbury, resident Queen Bee on Ladies of London, had to close her business, Gift Library, this week. It was sort of heartbreaking, watching her shut off that Be Nice neon sign. She laughed to mask the pain, using that stiff upper lip the British are so famous for, be we saw through it. She was devastated.
“Closing Gift Library was a total shock and I just found it impossible to go back. I haven’t been back since and seen it. It’s very hard and still is.”
In the midst of this setback, she tromped off to Denmark with Caroline Fleming the other ladies.
“I am not a huge group trip person so I was apprehensive and not really in the head space to deal with drama.”
What drama, you ask. Well, Annabelle Neilson seemed off her game this week, and it colored the trip for everyone.
“When Annabelle arrived late I thought it was her way of making her presence known – leaving us to wonder if she was coming or not, and we were all left to wait and worry.”
My question: did they call her? Was she simply not answering her phone? We’ll never know, because it wasn’t addressed. I always have questions at times like this.
And how did Caroline feel when Annabelle decided, in true Festivus style, to air her grievances over dinner?
“Annabelle likes to tell us all what’s wrong with us and how we should behave but apparently we aren’t allowed the same luxury…I was a little surprised she took our happy dinner to such a negative space but again I rather know how someone feels than not.”
So were the ladies right to be ticked off at Annabelle? And do you think Fleming is trying to usurp Caroline’s role as Queen Bee?