1685. A wonderful Christmas gift

You’ve no idea the trouble Ivy went to, to get twelve lovely photographs of the wonderful family who lived next door. There were five in the Winchcombe Family: Mum, Dad, and their three beautiful daughters. The Winchcombes were about as ideal next door neighbours as one could hope for. And every Christmas they would bring Ivy a basket of the tastiest homemade shortbread possible. Glorious!

The trouble was that Ivy always had trouble knowing what best to give them in return. She’d done chocolates at least five times. And then she got this idea. Wonderful!

She would get a calendar printed with a different family photograph each month of the year. Ivy started early gathering the photographs together. It was a difficult task because she didn’t want to let her secret out. The photos were perfect. There was a beautiful one of the family gathering mushrooms in a green field. Another shot was of the family at a fair ground. The loveliest photograph of all was an official portrait taken of the family sitting on a rug in front of a lake. With swans. And trees. And flowers. And… oh lovely! Just lovely!

Ivy was so pleased with the calendar when it was finished that she couldn’t wait to give it to the family. But she must be patient. She mustn’t jump the gun. Only a week to go!

And then the three girls called in with a basket of Christmas shortbread and said that their parents were getting a divorce.

24 thoughts on “1685. A wonderful Christmas gift

    1. Bruce Post author

      My mother ruined many a photograph by cutting herself out of pictures (with scissors). I am starting to get a bit of space Simon, so could well end up on Disorderly Jottings in the near future!

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  1. badfinger20

    How dare they ruin Ivy’s hard work!
    My sister had photographs of her boyfriends (when she was a teen) and when they became ex boyfriends …there would be holes where faces were.

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  2. Sarah Angleton

    Should have given them the calendar one year earlier. Perhaps she could have saved their marriage. How uniting it would have been to wonder over their creepy neighbor who has so many pictures of their family, and then there’s the bonding experience of searching together for a new home. Really, this all could have been avoided if only Ivy had had her stuff together.

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