Friday, 28 February 2014


Good evening!
This is  BDK television
 And at 6 p.m.
This is Gregory Morgenthaller
With the early evening news.

Good evening!

Local people are in great turmoil  in the Bryn Derw area where a toddler is missing. Little Connor was last seen on Saturday evening at super time. His family report that he had enjoyed writing a letter to a little girl he knows of, eaten a very large super and then gone off to play.

At 9 p.m. that night, when his older brothers went to bed in the room they share with Connor, they saw what they thought was the sleeping toddler snuggled under his blankets. Imagine the horror of the family when the next morning it was discovered that there was just a pile of pillows under the blankets and little Connor was gone.

Here we have a photograph of the child as he looked a few hours before his disappearance. 

There have been reports of what may be the missing toddler appearing at the windows of a house in Hertfordshire but this has not yet been officially confirmed. Police are investigating the matter and there is the possibility of an arrest being made in the near future.

Currently, one suspect, known only as Mrs. Mum, is under surveillance whilst her possible accomplice, known by the aliases of The Ice Queen and The Ice Cream, appears to be on the run.

Some of the friends and siblings of the tot have gathered together for mutual support. Young Fred, adopted into little Connor's family only days ago, is so upset by the disappearance - and possibly by the lack of other outfits for him to wear - that he has vowed to keep his Banana Pyjamas on until his new little brother is returned home.

Anybody who has any information to offer about this matter should contact the nearest police station or branch of Social Services. 

A Letter.

Last Saturday, Connor found a large card that he thought Storm, and perhaps even the missing toddler Lucas, might like. He started to write but had to lie on the floor to reach the top of the big card. He was very proud that he knew where to start writing because he'd seen his older brothers and sisters doing their homework.

Start at top on that side. Up and down with mine pencil for making the words come out.
 Here I say, 'Dear Storm,' and Storm will read to Lucas what I want to be tell him.

Robin and Roland were home from boarding school for a short break.

Hello big boys. What for aren't you at school?

Exeat! said Robin.

You not got one! 

One of what? asked Roland.

One extra hat! You just got one each, no EXTRA hat.

No, not extra hat! Exeat means a little break when we can go out of school for a night or two but not for proper school hols.


No! Hols...holidays!

Roland decided it was time to change the subject. Connor is still struggling with English, so starting to teach him abbreviated schoolboy speak or Latin seemed a bit pointless... anyway, he and Robin have only been learning it for a few weeks themselves. He'd caught sight of Gregory too. Gregory has been at his school for years now and Roland didn't want to let him know just how far behind him in their experience of school life they might be.

What are you up to, Con? he asked.

I be writing a letter for Storm so she can say to Lucas that I am say thank you for........

WRITING a letter? But that's not.....Roland began.

Robin stood on Roland's foot and shook his head a little. Gregory realized that Connor was looking a little crestfallen and took over.

Fantastic joined up hand writing, Connor! he said. Well done. But do you think your friends will be able to read such grown up writing? Perhaps one of us should transcribe it into print, just to be sure?

OK. I choose..I choose...Robin for transplanting mine letter into paint ...

You mean.. Roland started to say.

Just don't go there!! yelled Robin and Gregory.

I'm not too good at reading grown up writing, Robin said, not wanting to let Connor know his 'writing' was really just scribble. Can you read it to me? Then I'll print, erm, write out in not-joined-up-writing what you say. Then if Storm can't managed big kids' writing like yours, she'll be able to read mine instead.


While Robin was busy making sure somebody would be able to tell Storm about Connor's huge request he wondered what would come of it. He knew that, if Lucas ever did turn up at Storm's house, her prior experience of him might make her too terrified to go near him, never mind pass on messages. Where, he tried to work out, could Lucas have got to? Nobody had heard from him in months and months. 

Meanwhile, Connor had tried on Rob's school cap and blazer.

I big now. I write good things. So I can go to St. Andrea's School when the extra hat holes are over? he asks.

Maybe, says Robin. But right now we need to post this letter and then see what is for supper.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

An Intruder?!

My Mum and I found another vintage doll's house that we could not pass up  ....oh, yes, my return to childhood is not evident only by my large Sasha family! 
So I thought I'd take a few snaps of it but....

 A pair of legs?  

Come out of there, before you get stuck!

'I tummin!  But I not want to. Want to live in here!'

A pair of legs in plum-coloured dungarees? Now where have I seen those before?

A pair of plum coloured dungarees, a plum checked shirt and red hair? Now why does that make me think of Easter eggs? Ooooh, perhaps I need to worry? (for those not in the know as to why I should be worried, see Absolutely Sasha blog for Easter of 2013!)

LUCAS??!! Is that you? 

'Yes, I LUCAS!'

What are you doing here? I thought you'd gone to live with...

' I Lucas. I not Connor!  I naughty boy, I going to be bad now....I ...sniffle, sniffle.'
 Connor takes up a defiant pose and tries to stamp his foot without falling over.

'Auntie Shelly send this clothes for me to wear, so now I Lucas, not good boy Connor now. I...sniffle, sniffle, sob.'

But Connor, lots of the children here wear clothes that their friends have worn before. Auntie Shelly is one of the very best pre-loved clothing providers. She only sends clothes that are in great condition and....

But, by this time Connor is on the floor, sobbing.

'I try for to be good boy!'

You ARE a good boy, Connor.

'So why I got Lucas clothes? Lucas is naughty boy.'

No he isn't.....well, maybe he is sometimes. But it isn't clothes that make somebody good or naughty, you know. I asked Auntie Shelly to send this set because Lucas looked so handsome in them and you look very like him.

'I good boy?'


'So what for I still got THIS? Only boys and girls who going to be sent away keep this on!'

Well, you wanted to keep it when you first came here. Don't you remember? You were afraid that I'd hurt you if I cut it off.  Anyway, when have we EVER sent kids away from Bryn Derw?

But Connor is not convinced and slumps back onto the floor, crying so loudly that Angelina comes to see what is wrong.

 'They going to send me away! They make me look like Lucas! Nobody love Connor!' he tells her.

They sit together and Connor explains just why he thinks he isn't wanted at Bryn Derw.

' .......and you playing with the other boys, not me, and Timmy say that this house only for girls and I LIKE IT and I want for to play with it!' he wails.

Well I love you and so does everybody else here. The house is for us ALL to play with  if we want to. Now let's ask Mum to take off your bracelet.' suggest Angelina. 

'OK,  but first though...'

When the bracelet is finally cut off, Connor is all smiles as he sits at the top of the bookcase den.

'What shall we do now?' asks Angelina.

'I going to write to Lucas and say thank you for my lovely warm clothes!'