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See the tasty morsel below? It was one of my favourite after school treats. If it was a lucky day, I would smell them as I walked through the door.

Currant slice!
and a hot cup of tea

This morning a large parcel arrived and as I battled my way through the bubble wrap, tin foil and greaseproof paper, this is what I found. My sister had made a batch at the weekend and thought she’d brighten my lockdown.

So, here it is with a couple of my favourite childhood reads: Malcolm Saville’s Lone Pine series, and Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers. If I could have found one, I’d have added Elinor Brent-Dyer’s Chalet School series to the pile.

Now I’m off to eat!



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 29 April 2020

Posted as part of #acoffeeandabook series

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    • Yes, I downloaded it when it was first released on iPlayer and loved it 🙂 They actually released the series earlier than planned because they thought it would be the ideal family show during the our lockdowns. It brought back lots of memories of the characters, though there were a few changes to make it a bit more current day. Are you enjoying it, Elaine?


      • Yes, I’m enjoying it and am pacing myself with one a day rather than watching them all at once. 😊 I noticed a few modern updates too, but it still has all the core elements- midnight feasts, matron and the ‘San’, lacrosse, swimming, nasty Gwen… 😄😄


  1. Loved Malory Towers (and just about any Enid Blyton) and I know I read Malcolm Saville but I couldn’t have told you any of the titles. Other comments remind me that I liked Just William but my best friend preferred Jennings. I don’t think I cared what I ate with them – more likely to have been custard creams than home baking in our house!


  2. Like? Love more like! Yes to Mallory Towers but my all-time favorites were the Just William books which I read and re-read over and over again and the ‘big stories’ in the comic papers which I learned to read at an early age, and then Girls’ Crystal where I learned all about how the other half lived – and I never knew!


  3. Never read Saville, but Malory Towers and Chalet School were on my bookshelves, or the pile on the bedroom floor where they more often lived. Hang on, Debs- you can’t possibly eat all that currant slice by yourself! Think of the consequences…. 🙂 🙂

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      • Oh, marvellous, But I remember being seriously disappointed by ‘The Secret of Grey Walls’, because 6 year old me thought I was going to find out what it was about grey walls that differentiated them from other walls…but this was fiction, silly, about as place called Grey Walls!!!


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