Penname: Pie-faced loon [Contact] Real name: Jo
Member Since: 11 Mar 2018
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Evil laugh!


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Summary: They had had such an easy war, compared to many.
Categories: Ste Therese's House
Characters: None
School Period: Guernsey
School Name: None
Genre: Drama, War
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 672 Read Count: 1945
[Report This] Published: 30 May 2011 Updated: 30 May 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed
Date: 16 Mar 2018 Title: Chapter 1: Through a Thin Mist Over the Sea

This is the trouble with war.  We see just a bunch of grey-faced threats, but they are real people, and so are we.  The grey-faced threats stay in the war offices or the bunkers and shove real people into the firing line.

It was an evocative piece, thanks.

No Place Like Home by jayj Rated: General starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 6]
Summary:

Nancy and Kathie want their own place.


Categories: Ste Therese's House
Characters: Kathie Ferrars, Nancy Wilmot
School Period: None
School Name: None
Genre: None
Series: Throwing Caution into the Blaze
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1820 Read Count: 3691
[Report This] Published: 30 May 2011 Updated: 30 May 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed
Date: 08 Apr 2018 Title: Chapter 1: Easter

Even if one is not as gay as a bunch of flower fairies, it might not be one's ideal to marry a doctor or a teacher!  Matchingmaking is a very dangerous pastime, and should be discouraged.

Glad they got their house!

Shot at Dawn by Lottie Rated: General [Reviews - 2]
Summary:

What might happen if you forget your drabble for a gather.


Categories: St Clare's House
Characters: CBB member
School Period: None
School Name: None
Genre: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 712 Read Count: 1220
[Report This] Published: 31 May 2011 Updated: 31 May 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed
Date: 17 May 2018 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Hilarious.

Bonfire of the vanities by Alison H Rated: General starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 6]
Summary:

Len and Sybil look back on their schooldays.


Categories: St Scholastika's House
Characters: Len Maynard, Sybil Russell
School Period: Future
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Angst
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 5070 Read Count: 2456
[Report This] Published: 01 Jun 2011 Updated: 01 Jun 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed
Date: 20 Mar 2018 Title: Chapter 1: Bonfire of the vanities (complete)

Brilliant.



Author's Response: Thank you!

The War Cloister by Alison H Rated: General starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 3]
Summary:

Jem is moved by the sight of old schoolfriends' names on the war memorial at Winchester.


Categories: Ste Therese's House
Characters: David Russell, Jem Russell, Madge (Bettany) Russell
School Period: None
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Family, War
Series: (I'm working on a title for the series!)
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2755 Read Count: 1814
[Report This] Published: 01 Jun 2011 Updated: 01 Jun 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 31 May 2018 Title: Chapter 1: The War Cloister (complete)

Kindly stop making me cry...

Out of Fashion by Liss Rated: General starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 23]
Summary:

Jo comes to some unpleasant realisastions about her career as a writer.


Categories: Ste Therese's House
Characters: Jo (Bettany) Maynard
School Period: Future
School Name: None
Genre: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 995 Read Count: 1631
[Report This] Published: 01 Jun 2011 Updated: 01 Jun 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed
Date: 05 Apr 2018 Title: Chapter 1: Out of Fashion

Should have kept itand sent it to GGBP!

Summary:

Things might have gone another way in Exile, and Jack Maynard is no longer the man we knew.


Categories: St Scholastika's House
Characters: Jack Maynard, OC, Robin Humphries
School Period: Future
School Name: None
Genre: Alternate Universe, Angst
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3751 Read Count: 3108
[Report This] Published: 01 Jun 2011 Updated: 01 Jun 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed
Date: 22 Mar 2018 Title: Chapter 1: Part One

Intriguing.

Bonfire toffee by Alison H Rated: General [Reviews - 5]
Summary:

A prank is played on Joey and Mary-Lou at the Chalet School's Bonfire Night party. 


Categories: St Scholastika's House
Characters: None
School Period: Switzerland
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Humour
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 6585 Read Count: 1930
[Report This] Published: 01 Jun 2011 Updated: 01 Jun 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed
Date: 17 May 2018 Title: Chapter 1: Bonfire toffee

Quite simply brilliant!

Summary:

Ruey decides to perm her hair. Margot decides to help.


Categories: St Agnes' House
Characters: Margot Maynard, Ruey Richardson
School Period: Switzerland
School Name: None
Genre: Domestic, Friendship
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3062 Read Count: 1243
[Report This] Published: 02 Jun 2011 Updated: 02 Jun 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 01 Jun 2018 Title: Chapter 1: Margot, Ruey, and the Home Perm

I can just see this!

The First Day by RroseSelavy Rated: General [Reviews - 1]
Summary:

Reflections on a birth.


Categories: Ste Therese's House
Characters: Grizel Cochrane
School Period: Future
School Name: None
Genre: Family
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 196 Read Count: 1290
[Report This] Published: 02 Jun 2011 Updated: 02 Jun 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed
Date: 20 Mar 2018 Title: Chapter 1: The First Day

I'm sure she'll be a better parent than any of hers, biological or step.  Nice work.

Summary:

Sex education Chalet-style.

New Update 30/08/2011 and 01/09/2011
Categories: St Scholastika's House
Characters: Con Maynard, Hilda Annersley, Jo (Bettany) Maynard, Kathie Ferrars, Nancy Wilmot, Nell Wilson
School Period: Switzerland
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Humour
Series: None
Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 5861 Read Count: 10172
[Report This] Published: 02 Jun 2011 Updated: 02 Sep 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed
Date: 19 Mar 2018 Title: Chapter 1: Trying to talk about...you know...

You have to wonder, though - who did address the question, in what class and in what manner...if at all.

Summary:

The Chalet School is due a new pupil. But where is Augusta Maria Fraser?


Categories: St Agnes' House
Characters: Hilda Annersley, OC
School Period: Armishire
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Humour, School Story
Series: Augusta: The Chronicles
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2147 Read Count: 2185
[Report This] Published: 02 Jun 2011 Updated: 02 Jun 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed
Date: 13 Mar 2018 Title: Chapter 1: Augusta Arrives at the Chalet School

I'd just like to say that Augusta is an amazing (even marvellous!) creation and I love your stories about her.

Augusta and the Burglar by Abi Rated: General starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 5]
Summary:

In which Augusta attempts to catch a midnight marauder.


Categories: St Agnes' House
Characters: Nell Wilson, OC
School Period: Armishire
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Humour, School Story
Series: Augusta: The Chronicles
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3589 Read Count: 4490
[Report This] Published: 03 Jun 2011 Updated: 03 Jun 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed
Date: 15 Mar 2018 Title: Chapter 1: Augusta gives Chase

I have to say, lucky it was Nell and not Hilda!  Nell is so much more physically adventurous.  Brilliant work.

What Matey Knows by Eleanore Rated: General starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 91]
Summary:

Following their adventure with the "young lake" in The Chalet School and Richenda, Nancy and Kathie embark on a relationship - with various minor trials and tribulations along the way.

Complete.


Categories: Ste Therese's House
Characters: Hilda Annersley, Kathie Ferrars, Matron Lloyd, Nancy Wilmot, Nell Wilson, Rosalie Dene
School Period: Switzerland
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Romance
Series: None
Chapters: 34 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 31557 Read Count: 48443
[Report This] Published: 04 Jun 2011 Updated: 20 Nov 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed
Date: 23 Mar 2018 Title: Chapter 17: A few other bits and pieces

"True. And I've no desire to spend the rest of term sleeping in san. No one would ever let either of us forget it. People still rake up that old tale of Biddy having to sleep with Nell."

"What?"

As Kathie's eyebrows shot up, Peggy chuckled. "Mean to say no one's told you that yarn yet? Ask Biddy about it sometime - or Nell. Or better still, both. It's simply not the same story if you don't hear it from their points of view."

Are you going to write this one?  Please?

Five go the Chalet School by Elle Rated: Mature starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 5]
Summary:

The Famous Five attend the Chalet School, it was supposed to be a serious crossover, but as with most of my stuff it had decended into syphilis inspired madness by about the third post... (that is syphilis for the Famous Five and not me I would like to add)


Categories: St Clare's House, St Scholastika's House
Characters: Bride Bettany, Grizel Cochrane, Hilda Annersley, Mary-Lou Trelawney, Matron Lloyd, Nell Wilson, Peggy Bettany, Tom Gay, Vi Lucy
School Period: St Briavel's
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Crossover, Humour
Series: None
Chapters: 9 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 8541 Read Count: 3458
[Report This] Published: 04 Jun 2011 Updated: 19 May 2014
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed
Date: 02 Apr 2018 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

A much better version of Anne and the others than the original!

Only in my dreams by Alison H Rated: General starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 5]
Summary:

Con's become the Cinderella of the Maynard family, but is her life about to change in ways she could never have dreamt of?


Categories: St Scholastika's House
Characters: Con Maynard, David Russell, Elisaveta (Arnsonira) Helston, Jack Maynard, Jane Carew, Jo (Bettany) Maynard, Len Maynard, OC, Vi Lucy
School Period: Future
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Drama, Romance
Series: None
Chapters: 8 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 25485 Read Count: 11758
[Report This] Published: 04 Jun 2011 Updated: 04 Jun 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed
Date: 28 Mar 2018 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8

"Freddie was extremely relieved that his mother-in-law didn’t manage to get anywhere near Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh: he’d had horrible visions of her using the occasion to raise the question of a baronetcy for Jack."

Imagine it!

Summary:

Karen is blissfully happy in her new life, but her successor at the Chalet School isn't happy at all with the way that the domestic staff are treated either there or at Freudesheim, and is determined to bring about change by whatever means are necessary.


Categories: Ste Therese's House
Characters: Anna Pfeiffen, Hilda Annersley, Jo (Bettany) Maynard, Karen, Madge (Bettany) Russell, OC
School Period: Switzerland
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Alternate Universe, Drama, School Story
Series: (I'm working on a title for the series!)
Chapters: 15 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 52514 Read Count: 26643
[Report This] Published: 05 Jun 2011 Updated: 05 Jun 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed
Date: 22 Mar 2018 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8

"They didn’t have to pay school fees for the girls, obviously."

This has annoyed me for a long time.  Why didn't they have to pay fees?  It's utter codswallop that the Maynarnds shouldn't pay fees for their girls.  I understand why Joey's fees were not a problem, but once the School was not merely a vehicle to save Madge and Joey from penury, the Maynards should have been treated like any other parents, such as the Ozannes, Chesters and Lucys. My father worked at my school, but I don't remember them waiving any fees which were charged to other parents!



Author's Response: Maybe Madge thought she owed Dick and Joey because she'd set up the school with the proceeds of selling the family home ... but she was the one who did all the work, and she and Jem supported Joey whilst she was living at Die Rosen. Jem's sister Margot got a job, even though she had two little kids. It must have cost the school a fortune, given how many daughters Joey had - all money that could have gone on new equipment or pay rises for the staff :-).

Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed
Date: 22 Mar 2018 Title: Chapter 14: Chapter 14

This is the way it should be.  Everyone is worth as much as everyone else, and the school runs smoothly only when everyone does their own job to the best of their abilities.  And no one is taken advantage of.  It's a bit like the business with Jocelyn Marvell thinking Kathie Ferrars shoud take them for speed-boating practice in her free time.

I come from a family of teachers, and they work so much more than most people think.  My father used to do the timetable in what other people thought was his summer holiday.  It's never as simple on the inside as it seems from the utside, and this story is wonderful.



Author's Response: Thank you!

Augusta and the Handcuffs by Abi Rated: General starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 3]
Summary:

Augusta spends a day wearing a new and tiresome accessory.


Categories: St Agnes' House
Characters: OC
School Period: Armishire
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Humour, School Story
Series: Augusta: The Chronicles
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2915 Read Count: 3538
[Report This] Published: 06 Jun 2011 Updated: 06 Jun 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed
Date: 26 Mar 2018 Title: Chapter 1: An Accident

I think this is my favourite Augusta story.

Fast and Loose by Nightwing Rated: General starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 3]
Summary:

Despite her mother's warning, Len knows she has to break her engagement - but first she has to break the news to Joey.


Categories: Ste Therese's House
Characters: Jo (Bettany) Maynard, Len Maynard
School Period: Future
School Name: None
Genre: Domestic, Drama
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1021 Read Count: 1787
[Report This] Published: 07 Jun 2011 Updated: 07 Jun 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 27 May 2018 Title: Chapter 1: Fast and Loose

This is how I thought it should be - a warning not to dash into the engagement simply because Reg wanted it so.

And, of course, saying it formally would have lead to resentment from any person of Len's age.

3000 stars.

Stuff and Nonsense by chattie Rated: General [Reviews - 1]
Summary:

An alternative explanation of the identities of the Stuffer and Maria for those who have not read the hardback edition of Head Girl


Categories: St Agnes' House
Characters: Grizel Cochrane, Jo (Bettany) Maynard, Robin Humphries
School Period: Tyrol
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Family
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2286 Read Count: 4270
[Report This] Published: 07 Jun 2011 Updated: 07 Jun 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed
Date: 16 May 2018 Title: Chapter 1: Complete short story

Brilliant.

We Three Kings by Nightwing Rated: General starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 5]
Summary:

Ruey returns to the Chalet School - and so does Joan Baker.


Categories: St Agnes' House
Characters: Hilda Annersley, Joan Baker, Ruey Richardson
School Period: Future
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Friendship, School Story
Series: Two Steps Forward
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 6381 Read Count: 5062
[Report This] Published: 07 Jun 2011 Updated: 08 Jun 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 29 May 2018 Title: Chapter 3: Gold

Beautiful.

Summary:

When Augusta finds a cross on a map, she is convinced that here is a fail-safe way to contribute to the War Effort.


Categories: St Agnes' House
Characters: Nell Wilson, OC
School Period: Armishire
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Drama, Humour, School Story
Series: Augusta: The Chronicles
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3946 Read Count: 4495
[Report This] Published: 09 Jun 2011 Updated: 09 Jun 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed
Date: 29 Mar 2018 Title: Chapter 1: A Cross on a Map

The thought of Augusta anywhere within reach of a lab is terrifying.

Contraband by Nightwing Rated: General starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 4]
Summary:

The residents of the Platz have their own ways of getting around authorial restrictions.


Categories: St Clare's House
Characters: Hilda Annersley, Jo (Bettany) Maynard
School Period: Switzerland
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Humour
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 372 Read Count: 1285
[Report This] Published: 11 Jun 2011 Updated: 11 Jun 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 29 May 2018 Title: Chapter 1: Humour

Brilliant.

Both Alike in Dignity by Liss Rated: General starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 20]
Summary:

In which Princess Elisaveta meets her one, true love (and has an exciting adventure).

[Bit of a crossover with EBD's Ruritanian extravaganza, The School by the River.]


Categories: St Agnes' House
Characters: Elisaveta (Arnsonira) Helston, Margia Stevens
School Period: Tyrol
School Name: None
Genre: Adventure, Crossover, Friendship, Het, Romance
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 2338 Read Count: 2186
[Report This] Published: 15 Jun 2011 Updated: 15 Jun 2011
Reviewer: Pie-faced loon Signed
Date: 17 May 2018 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This is fun...more, please.