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JazzAnnNonMouse Sun 20-Jan-13 19:41:26


hackmum Mon 11-Mar-13 09:00:28

LaVolcan: "I got annoyed when they talked about knitting squares and then sewed up crocheted squares."

Yes, that annoyed me too. Or rather puzzled me, because I kept thinking: have I missed something here?

I'm afraid DD and I both laughed when Sister Bernadette's real name turned out to be Sheila.

ppeatfruit Mon 11-Mar-13 09:22:38

OMG I LOVE this I was crying again this morning thinking of the symbolism of the knitted\crotched blanket covering Chummy in the love of her 'family' sad.

Do any of you midwives know if she had placenta praevia (sp)? In those days you'd be lucky to have both baby and mum survive wouldn't you?

Trumpton Mon 11-Mar-13 09:39:44

Caught up with CTM this morning . Woolly Hug!! Going to miss this so much. DGD sleeps in a cot built by her Great Great Grandad in 1951 just like the one that Peter and Chummy were painting and the same colour !

ppeatfruit Mon 11-Mar-13 11:04:42

AAAh sweet grin Trumpton

atthewelles Mon 11-Mar-13 11:07:17

Glad it was a happy ending for them all last night; Chummy with a new baby boy, Sr Bernadette finally engaged to the doctor, and Jenny in love and riding off on the back of a scooter. Even Fred got a cute new granddaughter (I never realised he had a family.)

I agree with someone up thread though. Jenny has become quite annoying and dull this series. I know that Trixie is the flighty one, Chummy the funny lovable one, Cynthia the sweet and innocent one and Jenny the sensible cautious one. But I think they need to liven her character up a bit and hopefully next series she will become a bit less buttoned up, like she was in series one.

I thought someone was meant to die in the final episode??

NotADragonOfSoup Mon 11-Mar-13 11:11:38

Was Fred's wife killed in the bombing that his daughter was remembering?

1991all Mon 11-Mar-13 11:12:05

Oh, when the put the blanket over her, and then tucked the baby in!

I didn't see the first series, got the boxset coming!

LadyInPink Mon 11-Mar-13 11:14:48

Dragon I said to my DH "That's what us mumnetters call a wooley hug" when they put the blanket over Chummy too smile. Boy I sobbed like a baby at this episode, much to DH amusement woke up this morning with cramps and have come on 5 days early hence the tears last night I now realise although I do tend to have a little sniff at each episode tbf grin

Waswondering Mon 11-Mar-13 11:16:39

Really enjoyed this too ... But wish they ended the whole thing here and didn't spread it into new series. Jennifer Worth's writing is hard and gritty. They tied up several plot lines last night, it would have been a good place to stop, on a high.

NotADragonOfSoup Mon 11-Mar-13 11:25:04

It was very much a woolly hug wasn't it? It's exactly what the MN ones are like only we're spread much further apart when making it!

ppeatfruit Mon 11-Mar-13 11:57:43

IKWYM Waswondering And the sadness of the building about to be knocked down to make way for a major road. Though I couldn't quite work out what was said at the end about it.

Though it's so beautifully done it'd be nice to see that quality again.

NorthernLurker Mon 11-Mar-13 12:22:35

Dd1 said that Fred's wife and child/ren were killed in the bombing. She's read the book so don't know if that was from there or from a bit in the programme I'd forgotten.

atthewelles Mon 11-Mar-13 12:36:43

They left the future of Nonnatus house quite vague last night. I suppose they could move the location. However, if this series took place in the late 1950s then I assume most of the families living in slum like areas were already beginning to be moved out of inner city areas to newly built suburbs and soon it would become the norm to have your baby in hospital and not at home. So presumably the days of midwives riding around on their bicycles were also coming to an end and most of them would end up working in maternity hospitals. Its difficult to see how they can move forward too much while still staying historically accurate.

MarthasHarbour Mon 11-Mar-13 12:39:53

Oh how i wept last night blush I thought it was beautifully done. I was panicking that Fred's grandson was going to get kidnapped from outside the scout hut until she started talking about her swollen ankles, then i realised it was an eclampsia storyline (it is a bit 'casualty' isnt it - you can usually detect the stories from the first scenes!)

I too was puzzled and cross with the crochet/knitting issue grin

I dont think any of last nights stories were in the books, even Fred's but i could be wrong.

I am also getting fed up of Jenny's prissiness and hope that the producers havent overdone it, and have potentially offended her family IYKWIM

Waswondering Mon 11-Mar-13 13:53:12

From hazy memory, Nonnatus faced its greatest threat from the pill and relocations .... Suddenly the numbers of babies dropped dramatically. But, from memory, the Sisters vocation took them to where they were needed and I think the moved to working with AIDS patients (though cant remember what they did in the 70s).

Clawdy Mon 11-Mar-13 13:59:51

Lots of midwives worked from home too. In one of his memoirs, Paul McCartney remembers the phone ringing in the middle of the night and he would get out of bed and look through the window at his mum cycling into the night to a confinement. She died when he and his brother were little. sad

JazzAnnNonMouse Mon 11-Mar-13 18:46:18

I thought chummys baby had died until it made a noise!
So glad they're both ok smile

Nun and dr was sweet - also laughed at her being Sheila grin

Wooly hug!!! Someone writing must be a mumsnetter I reckon grin

Pixel Mon 11-Mar-13 19:52:17

We laughed at Sheila, I don't even know why it is funny, it just is!

Bue Mon 11-Mar-13 22:16:44

Bawling! I just about died of grief when they wrapped up Chummy with her baby in the blanket. Then Sheila and Peter had to go and finish me off. I wish they would quite while they're ahead and finish the series right there - it was the perfect ending. I don't want CTM to go the way off the Sex and the City movies and ruin the whole thing hmm

ppeatfruit I don't think she had placenta praevia, it was an abruption. Right before they found the blood I think she referred to the pain "not stopping" or something, which is a classic sign.

Bue Mon 11-Mar-13 22:17:20

DH laughed at Sheila too. Big guffaw as soon as she said it!

ppeatfruit Tue 12-Mar-13 08:41:07

Thanks Bue but what does an abruption mean ?

NotADragonOfSoup Tue 12-Mar-13 09:01:40

I think it's when the placenta comes away from the wall of the uterus before the baby is born

ppeatfruit Tue 12-Mar-13 09:06:34

So nasty but not as bad as praevia? NotADragon

NotADragonOfSoup Tue 12-Mar-13 09:16:02

I think they are both nasty in different ways - an abruption tends to be an immediate emergency whereas praevia, nowadays, is spotted and planned for. I'm not sure what the outcome of praevia would have been on the fifties.

ppeatfruit Tue 12-Mar-13 11:29:17

Inn the 50s a disastrous outcome unless you were in a well equipped hospital I should think. The reason I 'm interested is because DS1 was shown on the scan to be praevia at the beginning of the pregnancy but it moved on its own later on. I was worried for quite a while no one told me I didn't know that placentas move about (well you wouldn't would you?).

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