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After [livejournal.com profile] ankaret's recommendation I made a point of watching Victorian Farm last night. As soon as the narrator mentioned that they were in Shropshire I thought, 'I wonder if that's Acton Scott,' and lo, it was! So that was a pleasing moment of smugness for me.

I did like it a lot. My absolute favourite moment was when they explained that they were going to put the mangold-wurzels into a tump for the winter and, just as I was thinking, 'Never heard of a tump. Don't you have clamps of mangold-wurzels?', the narrator continued to explain that tumps are also called clamps. So now we all know what Rowan was doing while the others were off having fun at school in End of Term.

I could have done without the narrator constantly telling us that 'Ruth is doing the laundry using a Victorian technique'; 'Peter is ploughing the fields using a Victorian method'; 'Alex is tiling the roof using a...' pause for dramatic tension '...Victorian technique.' Yes, thank you. The programme is called Victorian farm. We are not stupid. We do not have to be told that Henry Stephen's 'The Book of the Farm' is the Victorian farming bible every sodding time it is mentioned.

But it was very nice to see them just rolling up their sleeves and getting on with it, whether it was Ruth spending four days out of every week doing the laundry, or cooking and serving a cow's tongue, and then spending an hour in a cold, dark room every night stitching a pair of braces for a Christmas present, or the boys raddling the ram or building the pigsty or feeding the animals while it was snowing. And that Christmas dinner did look delicious. I will be watching again.
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This is a story I've had in mind to write for a while now. It was originally going to be quite a lot longer and include a lot more juicy staff room gossip. I was slightly stymied by a canon fact I'd forgotten (did you know that Miss Hellier leaves 3 days after the 'incident'? So I couldn't do the play and the Cricket Cup and the Prosser and all those fun things.) Sorry. Anyway, it seemed to fit with one of [personal profile] ankaret 's unfulfilled Yuletide requests, though I'm not sure this is quite what she had in mind when she wanted something set at Kingscote. 

It'll probably be incomprehensible if you've never read Antonia Forest's marvellous 'The Cricket Term'.

Gondal

Sep. 3rd, 2007 09:41 am
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For the 2nd annual Trennels ficathon in response to the prompt 'Anything set in Gondal'. I must be mad.


'Anthing set in Gondal' )
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Author's note: This is a [longish] one shot which follows my Nicola/Patrick fic 'The Voyage' and probably won't make any sense at all unless you've read that.  This is all the fanfic I have and as of Monday I'm offline.  Hope you've enjoyed reading my stuff.

Chapter 22

May. 31st, 2006 09:11 pm
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Author's note: last chapter - sorry if I haven't tied up all loose ends - think of it as food for your imagination!  Thanks to everyone who's read, and particularly those who've taken the trouble to review, this.  All your encouragement has been much appreciated.

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