Login   Register     FAQ    Members

View unanswered posts   View active topics


Board index .:|:. Raiding the Library :: Fiction .:|:. Stacie Benson's Reading Notes
It is currently 29 May 2020, 13:14



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 57 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: Writing December - for Alison H
PostPosted: 18 Dec 2011, 22:47 
Offline
Arranging your timetable with Miss Dene

Joined: 29 Nov 2006, 17:28
Posts: 97
Location: The North Pole
FROM THE DIARY OF MADGE BETTANY

Jem – Doctor Russell, that is – came by today to see how the patients were doing and to collect his cigarette case. I must confess I was surprised at his staying away for such a long time. I mean, of course, that I thought he would have wanted the cigarette case, not that he would want to come to the school. As a matter of fact, he barely looked at the girls, for Matron Wilson is more than capable of looking after them and doesn’t give any sign of welcoming his assistance. But he did agree to stay to lunch. After such kindness I feel it’s only fair that we entertain him a little, and he always seems very glad to stay.

In the meantime, the preparations for The Youngest Shepherd are going well, and I know that quite a few of our parents and their friends mean to come. I hope it will be a great success. The girls are certainly very excited about it, and Mr. Denny seems quite hopeful that they will give a good performance, which for him is quite an accolade.

_________________
Happy Christmas Image


Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Writing December - for Alison H
PostPosted: 18 Dec 2011, 23:16 
Offline
Rescuing a Junior from the lake
Rescuing a Junior from the lake
User avatar

Joined: 15 Oct 2004, 13:57
Posts: 8282
Location: Manchester
:lol: I always thought it was very suspicious that Jem kept just happening to turn up in Jo of: he was clearly just looking for excuses to see Madge.

_________________
We really must stop eating like this ...

Minds are like parachutes - they only function when open.

http://setinthepast.wordpress.com/




Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Writing December - for Alison H
PostPosted: 19 Dec 2011, 22:57 
Offline
Arranging your timetable with Miss Dene

Joined: 29 Nov 2006, 17:28
Posts: 97
Location: The North Pole
FROM THE DIARY OF HILDA ANNERSLEY

I think everyone’s finally recovered from the various traumas of the Play. Happily, I was sitting in the middle of the front row and was entirely unaffected by the interesting little problems behind the curtain. I must say it all seemed to go off very nicely. Kathie tells me that they lost half the angels thirty seconds before the curtain went up on the first scene, but fortunately there were plenty of them and it didn’t show. Even Joseph seemed quite resigned to her role and played it quite well, all things considered. It seems that she has now decided that she would rather be a teacher than an actress. I hope someone will warn the poor child before she gets too enthusiastic about that idea!

The last day of term today, and everyone goes home tomorrow. It might be rather childish of me to say so, but – hurrah!

_________________
Happy Christmas Image


Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Writing December - for Alison H
PostPosted: 19 Dec 2011, 23:11 
Offline
Rescuing a Junior from the lake
Rescuing a Junior from the lake
User avatar

Joined: 15 Oct 2004, 13:57
Posts: 8282
Location: Manchester
I hope Hilda's getting a nice Christmas holiday somewhere too :wink: .

Thank you, Santa.

_________________
We really must stop eating like this ...

Minds are like parachutes - they only function when open.

http://setinthepast.wordpress.com/




Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Writing December - for Alison H
PostPosted: 20 Dec 2011, 21:30 
Offline
Arranging your timetable with Miss Dene

Joined: 29 Nov 2006, 17:28
Posts: 97
Location: The North Pole
FROM THE DIARY OF NELL WILSON

Oh, dear Lord. Why do I do this at the end of every term? I swear I won’t drink a single drop at the end of next term, I really won’t. Of course, I said that at the end of the summer term, too, and the term before that. I’ve only just recovered from the headache, which was made worse by bloody Hilda singing at the top of her voice for practically the whole two hour journey to our hotel. It’s not as though I have anything against Handel’s Messiah, but it’s a bit much when it comes to someone singing through the entire thing the morning after I’ve drunk – well, let’s just say it was quite a merry party.

However, I feel much better now, and even had a glass of wine this evening. Just one, though. And now I have a glorious few weeks in which to do whatever I like. Although, since I will be spending most of this holiday with Hilda, I will probably end up doing far too many useful and edifying activities. Oh well, such is life.

_________________
Happy Christmas Image


Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Writing December - for Alison H
PostPosted: 21 Dec 2011, 21:52 
Offline
Arranging your timetable with Miss Dene

Joined: 29 Nov 2006, 17:28
Posts: 97
Location: The North Pole
FROM THE DIARY OF MADGE BETTANY

Tomorrow is the last proper day of school – and of our second term! All in all it has been a great success, and even the bout of colds has almost completely cleared up, which is fortunate since we perform The Youngest Shepherd in two days’ time. Our last rehearsal was a great success and I have great hopes of the girls putting on a really good performance.

Doctor Jem paid us another quick visit today. He explained that their telephone had been a little unreliable lately and he wanted to check when The Youngest Shepherd is being performed, as he wants to come and see it. This seemed a rather poor excuse to me, but he seemed to feel that it was sufficient. I wonder when he will begin to admit that he just wants to come and see me. I know perfectly well that he does, because a few weeks ago, while suffering a rare crisis of self-confidence, he confided in Mollie Maynard and of course she told me all about it afterwards. It’s rather entertaining seeing all the different excuses he comes up with, though.

_________________
Happy Christmas Image


Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Writing December - for Alison H
PostPosted: 21 Dec 2011, 21:54 
Offline
Annoying a Sixth Former
Annoying a Sixth Former
User avatar

Joined: 02 Nov 2007, 08:12
Posts: 617
Location: London
That was brilliant! Thank you :)


Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Writing December - for Alison H
PostPosted: 21 Dec 2011, 22:06 
Offline
Rescuing a Junior from the lake
Rescuing a Junior from the lake
User avatar

Joined: 15 Oct 2004, 13:57
Posts: 8282
Location: Manchester
Bless :lol: .

_________________
We really must stop eating like this ...

Minds are like parachutes - they only function when open.

http://setinthepast.wordpress.com/




Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Writing December - for Alison H
PostPosted: 22 Dec 2011, 14:24 
Offline
Meeting the escort mistress

Joined: 07 Nov 2011, 13:02
Posts: 39
aww, that last one was great, hehe! :)


Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Writing December - for Alison H
PostPosted: 22 Dec 2011, 23:14 
Offline
Arranging your timetable with Miss Dene

Joined: 29 Nov 2006, 17:28
Posts: 97
Location: The North Pole
FROM THE DIARY OF HILDA ANNERSLEY

No girls. No staff. No school. What a tremendous relief! I love the school dearly, but it is wonderful to be able to be Hilda, and not ‘Miss Annersley, the Headmistress’.

I will be spending Christmas with the Randolphs, which I have done two or three times before and always enjoy. I travel in two days’ time, and until then I mean to enjoy myself thoroughly here in Lugano. Today I visited the Museum of Swiss Customs, which is not, as you might think, a museum about customs in the sense of traditions, but customs in the sense of border controls. It’s quite fascinating, however, and would be a wonderful place to take the Middles, and perhaps even the Juniors. There are lots of interesting stories about smugglers, and a vast array of weapons that I feel sure they would appreciate!

Christmas here is beautiful. They have a wonderful Christmas tree in every piazza, hundreds of lights, and a warm, noisy festive market. I don't think I have ever been in a more beautiful city. Now, I must go to bed and prepare myself for a day of Christmas shopping and sightseeing tomorrow.

_________________
Happy Christmas Image


Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Writing December - for Alison H
PostPosted: 22 Dec 2011, 23:28 
Offline
Rescuing a Junior from the lake
Rescuing a Junior from the lake
User avatar

Joined: 15 Oct 2004, 13:57
Posts: 8282
Location: Manchester
I'm glad Hilda's having a nice holiday, especially as it's in Lugano, which I love :D . It has the distinction of being the first place where I ever ordered an ice cream in my best evening class Italian. (I'm sure everyone really wanted to know that ...)

Thank you, Santa!

_________________
We really must stop eating like this ...

Minds are like parachutes - they only function when open.

http://setinthepast.wordpress.com/




Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Writing December - for Alison H
PostPosted: 23 Dec 2011, 22:48 
Offline
Arranging your timetable with Miss Dene

Joined: 29 Nov 2006, 17:28
Posts: 97
Location: The North Pole
FROM THE DIARY OF NELL WILSON

Christmas Eve tomorrow! Hotel is celebrating the festive season in magnificent splendour and we have met many interesting people. Tried to persuade Hilda that she wanted to play strip poker with me and some others, but don’t think she was drunk enough. Shame. I think she’d have enjoyed it if she had been. Sat in the bar with gin (and Hilda) instead and sang Christmas carols, but got thrown out a couple of hours ago. Hilda probably now drunk enough to play strip poker, but think I have forgotten how. Also can’t remember enough German to explain how it works to v nice Swiss couple who have excellent Swiss drink. Oh well. Gin good. Suspect I will regret this in the morning, but who cares? Where is the other bottle of gin? Surely we can’t already have drunk it? Bugger. Think we did. Oh well, think Swiss couple have some more of whatever that stuff is. Will come and actually write diary later instead of just thinking it. If can remember how to write. Hm. Think I can remember most of the rules of strip poker. Will suggest it and see if Hilda drunk enough yet. Hurrah for Christmas!

_________________
Happy Christmas Image


Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Writing December - for Alison H
PostPosted: 24 Dec 2011, 23:17 
Offline
Arranging your timetable with Miss Dene

Joined: 29 Nov 2006, 17:28
Posts: 97
Location: The North Pole
FROM THE DIARY OF MADGE BETTANY

We have had a truly beautiful day. Very busy, of course, but seeing Joey in a pinafore was a real treat – I never bother trying to make her wear them, but I suppose she didn’t like to argue for fear of being rude. We shopped in Innsbruck and it was so wonderful and Christmassy, with the snow and the sound of bells constantly ringing on the sleighs, and the atmosphere so bright and merry. In the afternoon we skiied – Joey’s efforts were too funny! But she was so tired afterwards that she should sleep very well tonight – in fact, she’s already snoring like a little pig. I think the beauty of the service in the Hofkirche just about finished her off. And I must go to bed myself; I’m nearly as tired as she is. Tomorrow is Christmas Day, and if it is half so glorious as today has been, it will be one of our best Christmasses ever.


FROM THE DIARY OF HILDA ANNERSLEY

I flew to England today and was gathered up at the airport by a little crowd of Randolphs, who bundled me into their car and bore me home. They seem to think that I will be dropping with exhaustion and in need of being waited on hand and foot the entire time I’m here. I am, of course, quite tired, but a few days in Lugano have already taken away most of the weariness. However, I know I will feel thoroughly rested by the time I return to School, and will probably be desperate to be allowed to do some work again!

The Randolphs have a lovely tree, covered with candles and decorations, with beautifully wrapped presents at the bottom of it – of which I am assured that a fair share are mine. We had a delightful carol singing session tonight before a light meal, and now I am just about to go to bed, which I feel I have definitely earned!


FROM THE DIARY OF NELL WILSON

Terrible hangover this morning. Not surprising. That Swiss drink, whatever it was, was quite something. Must remember to ask about it when we next see that couple. Although I can’t really remember what their names were. Oh well, they probably can’t remember ours, either.

Today has been rather a nice day. Once Hilda had recovered from her slight headache – lucky beast, she never gets proper hangovers – we went shopping and enjoyed the gloriously festive atmosphere and a little mulled wine. Delicious. And neither of us has to do any cooking this year, which is something I am most definitely in favour of. There are some advantages to spending Christmas in an hotel! Midnight Mass tonight, of course – in fact, we leave quite soon – and then a little sleep before Christmas day. I just hope Hilda doesn’t wake me up at five o’clock in the morning in her excitement over it being The Day! And, on the topic of Hilda, I think I hear her calling me. Merry Christmas, one and all!

_________________
Happy Christmas Image


Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Writing December - for Alison H (Complete)
PostPosted: 24 Dec 2011, 23:23 
Offline
Rescuing a Junior from the lake
Rescuing a Junior from the lake
User avatar

Joined: 15 Oct 2004, 13:57
Posts: 8282
Location: Manchester
Thank you so much for all this and for all the other presents, Santa, and a very merry Christmas to you!

_________________
We really must stop eating like this ...

Minds are like parachutes - they only function when open.

http://setinthepast.wordpress.com/




Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Writing December - for Alison H (Complete)
PostPosted: 26 Dec 2011, 12:30 
Offline
Fifth Form!
Fifth Form!
User avatar

Joined: 09 Nov 2009, 14:53
Posts: 1215
Location: Cheshire
Thank you Santa, for allowing us all to share Alison's drabble. I've really enjoyed it! :D

_________________
''He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." Jim Elliot


Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Writing December - for Alison H (Complete)
PostPosted: 26 Dec 2011, 21:04 
Offline
Playing Impertinent Questions
Playing Impertinent Questions
User avatar

Joined: 28 Feb 2004, 17:47
Posts: 583
Location: Wakefield
Thank you Santa for Alison's story. I've really enjoyed reading about the secret thoughts of the headmistresses :D

_________________
Life is a voyage homeward bound
So long, and thanks for all the fish
There's always a bigger fish...


Top | End
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Writing December - for Alison H (Complete)
PostPosted: 28 Dec 2011, 18:48 
Offline
Playing up in prep
Playing up in prep
User avatar

Joined: 14 Feb 2007, 16:49
Posts: 168
Location: Surrey
Thank you Santa for all the amusing diary entries!


Top | End
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 57 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3

Board index .:|:. Raiding the Library :: Fiction .:|:. Stacie Benson's Reading Notes
It is currently 29 May 2020, 13:14

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group