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A fête worse than the Chalet School

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EmilyAlice Mon 29-Jun-15 13:30:16

Roll up, roll up!
Bid for a mortgage on the doll's house! Pin the tail on the St Bernard! Guess the weight of the handsome doctor! (Or pin the tail on the doctor and guess the weight of the St Bernard). Knit a lime green liberty bodice against the clock!
The Chalet School fête is open.....

hels71 Mon 29-Jun-15 14:14:55

Hurrah! I am hoping to win the dolls house so I can kindly give it away, and I hope to play clock golf too....(whatever that is!!!)

DeeWe Mon 29-Jun-15 16:08:37

I'm running the stall where you pay not to have to own Joey's lime green twin set. Most people are paying for entry and coming straight over to me, in fact the queue is all the way round the hall.

EmilyAlice Mon 29-Jun-15 16:34:04

You could unravel the twinset and enter the knit a lime green liberty bodice competition?
I think a yodelling competition would be good too.

morningtoncrescent62 Mon 29-Jun-15 19:23:07

Yodel-ay-ee-oh! Hello, girls, I'm practising for the yodel competition. Meanwhile I'll have a go on the Juniors' lucky dip, hopefully I'll pull out my very own handsome doctor. Or maybe there's an intermediate stage - I'll bash my wrist as I dip, turn still, grey and to all appearances dead, and the handsome doctor will appear as if from nowhere (or perhaps the clock golf tournament) to minister me back to health.

Great thread title, EmilyAlice.

I am stamping on flowerpots and knitting twinsets all at the same time.

RobinHumphries Mon 29-Jun-15 21:44:52

May I ask what the theme is?

EmilyAlice Tue 30-Jun-15 06:26:14

Yodel-eh-ee-dee! Sitting waiting to embark on the boat train for England. There were some Americans sitting next to me, but nobody offered to take my luggage, deal with customs, see me safely installed....
Am off to a reunion of the brown and flame school (true).
How about something around plaits, yodelling and lederhosen for a theme?

hels71 Tue 30-Jun-15 08:16:10

Maybe a Sound of Music theme.....

morningtoncrescent62 Tue 30-Jun-15 12:43:39

<eyes curtains thoughtfully...>

Mornington - I am sure Matey will let you use the curtains, but you can't cut them or sew them - it must all be done with pins. << looks stern >>

DeeWe Tue 30-Jun-15 19:30:07

Joey is insisting she takes the part of Maria. She says they have so much in common. grin

EmilyAlice Tue 30-Jun-15 20:31:29

I used to make dresses for my GDs from print fabrics that they called their Von Trapp dresses; I am sure I could run up some more.
Robin could play all the nuns <warms to Sound of Music theme>.

morningtoncrescent62 Wed 01-Jul-15 11:51:34

No, no, EmilyAlice, Robin is slated for the part of Gretel, bubchen engelkind extraordinaire.

Don't know about anyone else, but I wouldn't want to dress as a nun in this weather. I think I'll be an Alp and pour melting snow all over myself.

Oh no, Jack and Reg are fighting over the role of Georg. They're both insisting that they're the perfect choice for creepy control freak older man who falls in love with young innocent girl and sweeps her off her feet and into marriage. I can see their point - how shall we decide? In the meantime Madge has cast aside her 'sweet woman Frau Doktor' facade and has bagged the Baroness.

DeeWe Wed 01-Jul-15 12:36:44

Anne Whatevershe's called has been given the part of Louisa. Sounds good but no one ever notices her unless she's toe curlingly bad. They're too busy cooing at the younger ones or admiring the performance of "I am 16 going on 17".

hels71 Wed 01-Jul-15 16:35:31

Jack and reg will both have to compete in a sing off of secularists. (Which I have no idea how to spell..)

EElisavetaOfBelsornia Wed 01-Jul-15 19:47:03

I'm struggling to remember some of the lyrics. In 'How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria', I know the part about "tell Joey because she rely understands gir-irrrls", but I keep forgetting the next part, about "or Mary-Lou who is a champion butter-in". And in "My Favourite Things", what comes after "soft eyes like pansies"?

'Voice like a chorister', maybe, EElizaveta?

EmilyAlice Wed 01-Jul-15 20:01:19

Silver white Jungfraus that melt into torrents
Elinor's heroes are truly abhorrent. hmm

Needs some more work I think....

hels71 Wed 01-Jul-15 20:23:17

girls in brown tunics with flame coloured ties
pastries and coffee and cream filled pies
cold frozen lakes that girls might fall in
these are a few of my favourite things

EElisavetaOfBelsornia Wed 01-Jul-15 22:15:40

grin I have missed you, my lambs.

morningtoncrescent62 Thu 02-Jul-15 08:39:51

Great to see you back, Your Highness. May I rescue you from a mad uncle sometime?

Let's start at the very beginning,
A very good place to start,
When you read you begin with, "If only I knew what to do with you girls!' said Dick in worried tones."
When you sing you begin with singing your beloved adopted sister back from the brink of death.

DeeWe Thu 02-Jul-15 09:42:59

What makes me chuckle every time is the nuns singing "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" at her wedding.
Marry her off was obviously the answer.

I suggested my friend Maria walked up the aisle to it, I don't think she was very amused.

Perhaps I had a very ill childhood
Perhaps I had a mischievous youth
But somewhere in my schooldays long past
I was the Spirit of the School

For here you are standing there
Loving me
And the books I write
And all of my days, you sing my praise
For I am the Spirit of School.

EmilyAlice Thu 02-Jul-15 10:35:48

Actually when you think about it there are an incredible number of parallels between the Maynards and the Von Trapps.
Older man in upright profession. Younger wife with golden voice (though more Julie Andrews than Maria von Trapp), hoards of children trained to instant obedience, mountains, lakes, boating accidents, nuns, nauseating religiosity, escape from Nazis over the mountains....
But which came first? Did Elinor hear the von Trapps in concert? Was she actually at the concert where they failed to turn up for the prize? Did she spike the car engine?
Must be a PhD thesis there somewhere......

DeeWe Thu 02-Jul-15 12:21:44

Climb every mountain
Fall over the cliff
Hopefully find a doctor
End in marriage bliss

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