Delphine’s Schooldays – Chapter 18

Read Posy’s previous chapter here The story continues: St. Faith’s School, Surrey June 1953 I was awake early and lay in bed thinking about yesterday;s events. I hardly needed to touch myself, the very thought of the French girl in a brown overalls, Wellington boots and rubber gauntlets, humping the heavy kitchen bins, ending the day with her hair full of vegetable peelings, her face … Continue reading Delphine’s Schooldays – Chapter 18

Delphine’s Schooldays – Chapter 17

The story continues. Read about how Delphine and Belinda made an unauthorised trip to London in Chapter 16 by Posy here “You are really going to have to learn to curtsy properly Trudy.” I walked round her as she stood on the carpet before my desk shaking with nerves, and adjusted her dress, her frilly apron. I ran my fingers over her chin. “You are … Continue reading Delphine’s Schooldays – Chapter 17

Delphine’s Schooldays – Chapter 15

The story continues. Read the previous chapter by Posy Churchgate here From the centre of the prison Sarah led me out through a barred door whose crash echoed through the prison as she slammed it shut behind us. A woman in a blue dress knelt and scrubbed the floor with a cloth, a large metal bucket beside her. She looked up as she saw us … Continue reading Delphine’s Schooldays – Chapter 15

Delphine’s Schooldays Chapter 13

The story continues. Read Chapter 12 by Posy here They call it hubris and it is always followed by a fall. Catherine Spencer-Harrington, in her insufferable arrogance, assumed that she was untouchable. She was, after all, the wealthy and privileged elder daughter of a Conservative MP and landowner. What she failed to consider was the thing that compromised that privilege. That she is a woman … Continue reading Delphine’s Schooldays Chapter 13

Delphine’s Schooldays – Chapter 11

The story continues. Read Chapter Ten by Posy Churchgate here I have always thought of Belinda Coningsby-Firth as one of the slower witted girls at the school. She is pretty, that much I have to admit, and I doubt her lack of intelligence will be a barrier to contracting a good marriage. It may well turn out to be an advantage. Very few St. Faith’s … Continue reading Delphine’s Schooldays – Chapter 11

Fiction Relay – Part Four

This is the fourth part of the Fiction Relay organised by May More.  If you haven’t already done so, you may want to read the first three instalments, links to which you can find here. Ellie’s best friend Susie was murdered in 1995 when Susie was 12 and Ellie 11 years old. In 2006 Ellie find an undeveloped film from that fateful day and sees … Continue reading Fiction Relay – Part Four

Delphine’s Schooldays Chapter 9

A continuation of the school adventures of young French aristocrat Delphine de Lotbiniere. Read the previous chapter here  The school has its own railway station. The green nameboards proclaim “Hernmere –  for St. Faith’s School” Before the war the two daughters of the General Manager of the Southern Railway attended the school and he arranged for the reference to the school to be added. Not … Continue reading Delphine’s Schooldays Chapter 9

Delphine’s Schooldays – Chapter 7

The story continues. Read the previous chapter by Posy Churchgate here After the Christmas holiday Delphine returns to school at the beginning of what is to be Coronation Year. St. Faith’s School – January 1953 As I looked out of the window I saw Catherine Spencer-Harrington’s dark green Alvis draw to a halt on the gravel before the main entrance to the school. She got … Continue reading Delphine’s Schooldays – Chapter 7

Delphine’s Schooldays – Chapter Five

The continuation of the story of Delphine’s schooldays I am writing in collaboration with Posy Churchgate. Read Chapter Four here  ST. FAITH’S SCHOOL – SEPTEMBER 1952 Lotbiniere was shaking as I slammed he door of my study. She was only half dressed, carrying her tarty shoes and bag. I walked up and down before saying anything, to heighten her anxiety. – “Take those tarty shoes … Continue reading Delphine’s Schooldays – Chapter Five

Delphine’s Schooldays – Chapter Three

The next instalment of my collaboration with Posy Churchgate.  The previous chapter is on Posy’s blog here  St. Faith’s School  September 1952 I have never much liked the French. I have bitter memories of 1940 when their collapse left our country to fight on alone against Nazi Germany. I was a young House mistress at St. Faith’s in those days when we had to open … Continue reading Delphine’s Schooldays – Chapter Three