Monday, 26 March 2012


Bobbie,Peter and Phyllis wanted to give Perks a nice birthday surprise. First, they wanted to make him some cakes. Later, Peter came up with a special idea to celebrate Perks's birthday. They went around the village to ask people if they wanted to give Perk's presents for his birthday. Some people were happy to give while some were not.

People gave things like - a pipe, a  tin of tea, a walking stick and some gave some small presents.The old gentleman gave a pound.Even grudgy old Mrs Ransome gave some red apples and a pram. The children were happy and put all the presents in the pram and pushed it to Perks's house. 
Mrs Perks  was really surprised with all the presents people had given Perks. The children hid in a room and wanted to surprise Perks.But to their surprise Perks was not happy but felt offended.

Perks was a proud man. He didn't want people to laugh at him. He did not want people in the village to think that he can't take care of his family and they had to give him things. Bobbie explained to Perks their reason for celebrating his birthday. She told him all the good things people thought about him. At the end, Perks finally realised his mistake and celebrated his birthday with his wife, his children, Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis.

Monday, 19 March 2012


One day, Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis saw a land slide happen right in front of their eyes. The land slide blocked the railway line below. It was already past 11 o'clock and the 11.29 train hadn't passed by yet. They wanted to alert the station but there wasn't enough time. So, they quickly came up with a plan to alert the train driver.

The girls took off their red petticoats and cut them into six pieces. They put them on to sticks. They had six red flags. They pushed two of the flags into heaps of stones between the lines. Bobbie and Phyllis each took one.Peter took the other two.They stood beside the railway line ready to wave. After a long time they heard the train coming.

The children waved thier flags frantically. The train came very,very fast. Suddenly, Bobbie ran on to the line. Peter shouted at her to get back but she did not move from the line. She waved and waved her flags, shouting 'Stop, stop!' as the big black engine came towards her. Finally, the train stopped twenty metres from Bobbie. Peter and Phyllis quickly ran and told the train driver about the landslide.Bobbie froze on the tracks because of fright and just sat down on the ground.

At last the children managed to save the train from meeting with an accident.The eventful day was known as the 'red-petticoat day'.

A few weeks later, they were presented with a beautiful gold watch each by the Northern and Southern Railway Company at the station. Many people were there including the people who had been on the train on the 'red-petticoat day'. The watches were as a gesture of thanks for their brave and sensible deed on the 'red-petticoat day'.

Sunday, 4 March 2012


It was Bobbie's birthday, she was now 12 years old. Her mother, Phyllis,and Peter prepared a surprise birthday party for her.Bobbie received some very nice presents from them and from Mrs Viney. Peter gave her half of his toy steam engine. Bobbie took the broken half of the steam engine. She wanted to get it mended.

The next day, Bobbie went down to the railway alone. She wanted to ask the driver of the train to help her fix Peter's broken toy train.Bobbie had never been close to a train's engine before.

Bobbie climbed on to the step of the engine.The train started to move and she fell on to a heap of coal. She cried for help but the driver and the fireman did not see nor hear her. She put out her hand and touched the driver's arm. He was shocked to see her. He shouted at her demanding to know what was she doing there.

Bobbie started to cry and the men were worried. They took several minutes to calm her down. Later, they asked her gently what was she doing there. Bobbie took out the the toy engine and asked if they could help her fix it. The men agreed to help her. Bobbie was very happy and thanked them.