Categories: Ste Therese's House Characters: Hilda Annersley, Nell Wilson, OC
School Period: Armishire
School Name: Chalet School
Series: Dr Kelly and the Chalet School
Chapters: 20 Completed: No
Word count: 31355 Read: 14225
Published: 30 Oct 2013 Updated: 08 Aug 2017
1. Chapter 1 by shesings [Reviews - 7] (1850 words)
Apologies for this long post but the bunnies had a lot to say. The international issues were current and the local based on real events. Meg and her mother would speak to each other in Scots with a Dundee accent but I've just kept some expressions and constructions to give a flavour.
5. Chapter 5 by shesings [Reviews - 2] (1622 words)
Meg finds herself in Berlin just before the infamous Blockade. By the way, 'shoags' are swings - many old style playparks had their metal roundabouts and chain metal swing ropes removed along with gates and railings in the early years of WW2.
6. Chapter 6 by shesings [Reviews - 2] (1111 words)
This presumes the School was still in Armishire in 1948 based on Carola's statement that she was born in March 1936 and was nearly 15 when she arrived on the island
7. Chapter 7 by shesings [Reviews - 3] (1438 words)
Sorry, this meanders a bit! HMS Cressy was the wartime (and until 1959) name of the 190 year old Frigate Unicorn which has been in Dundee since 1874 and now resides in Victoria Dock. My father was in both the RNVR and British Legion so a bit of nostalgia crept in......the Frigate is open to the public and still has lovely Pirates Days, Family Ceilidhs and parties!
8. Chapter 8 by shesings [Reviews - 2] (1942 words)
Happy New Year, everyone, and may 2015 bring you health, joy and good friends. This is the year that runs up to a couple of other drabbles, A Holiday for Christmas and the Daft Days (sorry, I can't do the links).
9. Chapter 9 by shesings [Reviews - 4] (1564 words)
Apologies for the long delay - real life intruding! Nell and Hilda's Hogmanay adventures can be found in The Daft Days (one of these days I'll work out how to do proper links.....) And for those who wonder, yes, Dundee was the home of Toblerone for more than a decade! The Keillor sweetie factory was in the centre of town and walking past the entrance and smelling the boiling toffee and chocolate was a delicious torture!
11. Chapter 11 by shesings [Reviews - 1] (1843 words)
Sorry for the long delay but another bit of Meg in Normandy should appear over the weekend. And I know Miss Nalder was Phyll in Oberland - not to mention mysteriously still unmarried - but she did revert to Grace later on in the series!
12. Chapter 12 by shesings [Reviews - 1] (1289 words)
Even when I read the wartime books as a child, I felt that the Austrian connection would make the authorities keep a discreet eye on the Chalet School throughout the War. And there were still pretty rigid currency controls in place when the various moves to Switzerland were made.....
13. Chapter 13 by shesings [Reviews - 1] (1356 words)
Erm, so for the delay in updating. Meg still being a Reserve officer she would almost certainly have been called up when the Army had Korea, Malaya and any number of other colonial problems to deal with.
14. Chapter 14 by shesings [Reviews - 1] (1684 words)
Meg did get fairly close to the action, with the 28th British Commonwealth Brigade, and sounds as if she might have met Hawkeye along the way, Beecharmer....
18. Chapter 18 by shesings [Reviews - 1] (1463 words)
Not a proper update but a rejigging because I forgot to add the last chapter. The death of King George VI was one of the most vivid memories of my schoolchild life, even more so than the subsequent Coronation.
20. Chapter 20 by shesings [Reviews - 0] (1506 words)
Meg's reference to bombing post boxes reflects the controversy in Scotland over the Queen's official designation. Pillar boxes bearing EIIR were vandalised and the new pillarbox at Inch in Edinburgh blown up early in 1953. This is why pillar boxes in Scotland just have the Scottish crown on them. Most of the events in Meg's letter have their roots in reality although the potato incident was actually a very shoogly tramcar!