This is the last post of the year and of the decade!
You may be pleased to know that’s the end to the Christmas quotes in the Monday posts but I think I’ll move on to wintry ones as having a theme is quite fun.
Enid Blyton at New Year
Birthday/Christmas present roundup for 2019
It was grand fun to be on the ice that clear winter’s morning. Roger fell over quite a lot, and groaned and rubbed himself, quite envious of the others, especially of Snubby. Snubby did not skate as gracefully as either Barney or Diana but he was as usual, full of idiotic tricks, leaping in the air on his skates, twisting himself round in never-ending circles till he fell over in giddiness – and altogether behaving in what Diana called a “very Snubby-ish way.”
From The Rat-A-Tat Mystery.
Five Get Into a Fix is set in the depths of winter and the Five get an extended Christmas break to recover from being ill. They are sent off to Magga Glen which, of course, they find an adventure in. There’s a big house on the hill which has signs warning off trespassers, it also has a strange ‘shimmering’ above it some nights. There’s Aily, who brings notes telling of a woman being held prisoner in her own home. There’s surly Morgan with his booming voice and seven dogs. There is also a lot of fun as they toboggan in the snow and ‘camp’ out in the summer-house above the farm.
Sorry, but I have always thought that FIX is one of the most ridiculous Enid Blyton FF stories I have ever read. In contrast to most of the other FF stories, I think I have only read this book about twice in the last 60 years. Now aged 71.
Happy new Year girls. And thanks you Fiona etc for producing this web journal over and over again, month after month !
Despite my restlessness with Five Get Into a Fix, I do enjoy receiving your email.
Enid’s forays into science fiction plots generally weren’t great, I’ll admit, but it’s a very small part of Fix. I can’t find fault with the rest of the book and Morgan shouting for his dogs at the end still gives me shivers down my spine.
Happy new year to you, Dale, and thanks for all the comments. It’s great to know that people are actually reading and enjoying what I write.