Algernon Palmer has arrived in England at last! To join his brother Eric and sisters

Biddy and Merry.


Algernon , or Algie to his family and friends, is eight and a very clever young lad.


He loves medieval history and learning , you’ll always find him sitting somewhere about the house or garden with a book open and his head down reading.

He does not do dirty.. he find’s it very hard to just let go and get down and play which is why his suit is so nice and clean, unlike most eight year old’s.

But now he’s moved to England , the home of Medieval castles and knights of old, he cannot wait to visit those places. After all he wants to be a Professor of History and teach everyone to enjoy it too!


At the moment he is staying with his aunt and uncle and Cousin Vivian Scarlet until his Mother arrives to set up home. He’s just hoping all his books and things arrive soon !.





Merry finally got a wash and a change of clothes.


The snowman showed her where to find her Christmas present under the tree.


A sweet little Charlie Bear


Her first bear that’s all her own, she is so happy.


and new clothes and shoes! Could a Christmas be any better she sighs




A new member arrived in the Schoenhut house Village on Christmas eve ! So naturally her name is Merry .


Merry is one of those lucky Schoenhut girls who can rest and sleep.


She came in her fragile nightdress and underslip with her union suit. She’s been very good and rested catching up with her sleep while we had Christmas and today she was finally given some time to settle in and have her clothing washed.


I am going to use it to make a pattern for a new nightdress and also underslip. The nightdress is just too fragile to use and may not survive the washing in one piece!


Her hair is original and could do with a clean but I’m not worried about that at present.


She arrived just in time to help with the Christmas display and she loved this Christmas scene that the villagers received from our good friends Bea and Missy and their Mum Jenni.


Merry is looking forward to the rest of her family arriving in 2019, then she’ll be nice and settled. For now she’s staying with her cousin Vivian Scarlet .




Betsy has found some  large orange pumpkins on the kitchen table! She was just heading off to bed and noticed them glowing in the light from the open door.


Why are there so many pumpkins on the table? is she supposed to make faces in them? or cook them?  It’s all a mystery !





Betsy heard that someone was asking about the new salt n pepper pots, so she’s got them down to show everyone.


” Here you can see them much clearer ” says Betsy shyly ” The little mustard pot is about an inch tall and the salt and pepper about an inch and one half ”



” I hope that helps you ” finishes Betsy ” Now I must get on I’ve a shopping list to start for Christmas ”





Today Betsy’s made a lovely trifle for dessert


She also put out the good china on the dresser getting ready for when it will be needed at Christmas.

Soon she’ll be discussing Christmas menu’s with Mrs Evelyn , they are Betsy’s most favourite Menu’s to decide, Betsy loves Christmas.





Nina is bored and wanders into the kitchen looking for something to eat.

Betsy is busy starting the vegetables for dinner, when Nina arrives sighing.


” Is there anything to eat? ” Nina asks Betsy

“Yes dinner in about an hour ”


Nina goes over to the kitchen cupboard and opens the door , inside are several tins of Peak Frean biscuits.


” Look Betsy ! Biscuits ! Can I have one please? ”

“No ” says Betsy ” It will spoil your dinner ”

” How can it spoil my dinner ? I’ll be eating it now not with my dinner !”

Betsy has to think about this… ” No I’m sure it will spoil it , that’s what my old mum used to say so that’s what I say too !”


Just as Nina is telling Betsy how she may just fall down dead from hunger . Penny and Clara arrive.

” Hello Nina ” Clara says  ” Hello Nina ” penny also adds.

” Hello ” says Nina shyly


” When’s dinner ” asks Penny

” Not you too ! ” complains Betsy ” I suppose you’ll be dropping down dead from hunger as well !” Betsy’s is slightly worried about this dropping down dead business

” I think we are last but it will be a terrible trial ” sighs Penny cheekily


“Well take Nina with you somewhere to play and that will take your mind off food and dropping down dead ” says Betsy in an irritated voice ” I do not like all this talk of dropping down dead ” she mutters

Realising that Betsy is getting concerned by what they are saying Clara smiles ” We’ll be just fine and won’t be dropping down dead or anything , so don’t worry Betsy we can wait ”

“Yes ” says Penny ” It’s just that your dinners are just so delicious it’s hard to wait , will there be apple crumble and custard? ” she finishes hopefully

“If I get some peace and quiet ” states Betsy


Realising that one of Betsy’s apple crumbles could be at stake the girls turn and head for the door.

“Let’s go and see what the boy’s are up to  ” says Penny

” No lets go play hide and seek until Mama calls us for dinner ” Clara chimes in 028

” What would you like to do Nina? ” Clara asks

” Eat dinner? ”

Penny and Clara laugh ” Come on, we’ll find something to take your mind off how long it is till dinner ” laughing Clara leads the way out the kitchen


Once it’s calm again in the kitchen Betsy pauses , all this talk of dropping dead if dinners not ready is very worrying , surely waiting an hour for dinner is not going to kill people , is it?

Feeling a little anxious Betsy starts moving quickly about the kitchen, maybe it could be ready a little earlier , so quarter to ! Then no one will be found dead.. or dying… feeling a little better Betsy starts humming as she starts cutting the apples for the crumble.



Betsy is the Evelyn’s home help, she’s been with the family ever since her mother, who worked for Evelyn’s family, passed away from pneumonia when Betsy was fourteen. Betsy is very innocent and trusting, a wonderful house keeper and cook but very naive and can believe the tallest of tales. Evelyn took Betsy in and makes sure she is well looked after and not worked too hard, although Betsy loves housework and needs to be made to take a day off every week !

Betsy loves Evelyn and family , her room at the top of the house, under the eaves, is her own little happy space , where she feels safe and protected knowing the family are all just beneath her.