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.











Today Penny arrived in the village. Penny is a twin but she’s arrived alone because her sister needs to finish helping their mother pack because they are all moving here along with their aunt and cousin.


Penny came along with her Dad and Uncle to help them this end.


There is lots to do with getting everything ready for when the rest of the family arrive.


She hopes it won’t be to long before her sister Polly arrives, they are not used to being apart. Penny’s waving to Polly, so she knows she’s arrived safely and hopes to see her real soon. But Dad is calling, so she’d best go see what he needs now!




Today was so lovely that Miss Vivian went out into the garden to enjoy the warm September weather.


Miss Vivian loves to be accompanied by the family dogs, Peppy a poodle and the Ralph also a poodle but he’s lost some of his fur at present but it will soon grow back.



The boys have enjoyed a nice long walk around the garden with Miss Vivian and are now hoping for a treat.


But Miss Vivian appears to have stopped to admire the garden again! Peppy and Ralph wonder if they will ever get that dog biscuit at the rate she’s going.


But they don’t mind really, they can wait for Miss Vivian forever ! well at least until it’s time for supper!

Finally she says ” Come along boys , lets head in, we’ll come out again tomorrow, after all it is another day ”



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I hope to try and add something at least once a month but hopefully a little more than that , only time will tell if I managed it.

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Jack who came to the Schoenhut Village to help at the new Elephant Sanctuary has spent all his time in a jumble of clothes that were to meant to keep him warm while proper clothes were found for him.


Finally today he got some clothes to wear that fit him! A nice long sleeved white T shirt and a part of long blue shorts , some socks and a pair of blue shoes.

Because it’s also a little chilly now at night he’s also got a nice knitted gillet with hood . It won’t get in the way when he’s tending to the Elephants.


I need to discuss with him what he wants to do about his hair! He likes the very short look, he says it’s handy when he’s working not to have his hair falling in his eyes! So a search for a very short hair style will be needed.




Earlier this year I came across this little baby. He been in a bad accident and needed a home!

He’s been sitting around waiting for some attention! So today I took a couple of photo’s and while I did he told me his name Albert but he wants to be known as Albie.

Albie will be needing some TLC at some stage but for now he’s just glad to finally be out in the light and have a promise of some clothes to wear.


Yes he’d had a hard life but I could not leave him to go to the doll scrap heap.


His face is quite untouched apart from the usual nose knock! and he adoption fee was so low , barely the price of a couple of decent magazines!


I found Albie today along side his brothers Edward and Jack, Edward is also having some work done on his face. So now Little Albie can at least have his nose touched up and a set of clothes until I decide if we try and remake his missing limbs.

He’s only about 12 inches long or would be if he had his missing limbs and feet.