Hello Everyone! A Christmas tradition of mine is to write an annual round robin Christmas letter from the fictional Partridge family, an exasperatingly high achieving bunch whose one saving grace is that they confine their boasting to a 200 word limit. You can read about their 2017 exploits below, and should you wish to delve into their glorious past, you can also download their 2016 letter. Happy December! Rachel
Christmas Round Robin from the Partridges 2017
Once again it is time to write our Christmas letter. How time does fly! And the Partridges too, of course. Very high.
Douglas: appointed CEO, Pan-Gaelic-and-Global Spurtle Manufacturers Inc.
Phyllida: reappointed CEO. Life generally.
The children continue to coruscate. In a year which saw Robin mastermind a student space mission, Paloma take Gold in the European Powerbocking Triathlon and Oriole become the youngest ever Viper Sudoku champion, Ma and Pa Partridge feel a trifle eclipsed. We wonder which will be first to achieve international stardom, or a place in the history books?
The garden has been Douglas’s project this year; Phyllida’s, the lute. Frets and courgettes form the primary topics of dinner conversation, except when Douglas waxes lyrical about the pak choi. Postprandial entertainment takes the form of the Pavane, with occasional sorties into the Galliard.
Some happy events this year; three dear little cousins for the children! In January, Felicity Laetitia Partridge, King Edward VII hospital, Marylebone. In April, Bianca Candace Partridge, birthing pool, Hawaii. In June, Tarka Treehorn Partridge, mudbath, Glastonbury. All three show prodigious intelligence.
Methusaleh the tortoise is still with us.
Wishing you all seasonal good cheer,
Phyllida, Douglas, Robin, Paloma and Oriole Partridge
Christmas Round Robin from the Partridges 2016
Homecoming: a new short story from Sarah
The Ne’er-Do-Wells : excerpt from Dominic Watson fantasy piece:
The Nun’s Story: a new short story from Peter
And On That Farm: very rough first draft of a short story set in 1916, by Rachel
Also ‘Excuses’ – in 230 words
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