Dim and Matilda’s Big Move!

Hello, Matilda and Dim look smart. I wonder if they have a Valentine’s date planned? Matilda is fussing over Dim’s tie being straight, so it must be quite important.

I wonder why she’s taking all that paperwork in her handbag.

Matilda has papers in her bag, with Statement written at the top

Oh! They’ve come to see Bernard at the bank. Matilda’s a bit surprised he’s not in a suit, but he says it’s Dress Down Friday.

So, he’s looking carefully at all the bank statements and things she’s brought.

Bernard looks at the statements

What’s this, a big form to fill in? Oh my goodness, they’re applying for a mortgage!

It takes ages to fill the form in, and then Bernard has to go over the figures carefully.

He’s delighted to say they are approved! They thank him very much, and now they have to go off to another appointment…

A viewing! The place looks alright from the outside as they wait for the estate agent. Ah, here he is…

It’s Compact and Bijou, according to the agent. They make sure they have a good look around. It’s a bit grubby in places, but they can work on that.

So they whisper between themselves for a bit… and they’ll take it!

So while the agent adjusts the sign, Matilda takes the key. And Dim says he has a perfect keyring for it.

The key is now attached to a heart shaped keyring, as Dim and Matilda hug each other.

Stags and Hens!

Well, Matilda and the girls went out today for her ‘hen do’. They all went to a country house for a spa day. Matilda made sure they all had sashes, and they got her a veil and an L plate to wear!

First of all, they had a relaxing Yoga session. Well, Esther said she’d pass on that because once she lies down, her shell makes it awkward to get up again. Mary said she didn’t want to take her hat off and Fury said she couldn’t say Om without giggling.

Peggy, Ofelia and Matilda lie on mats on the floor in various positions.

After the Yoga, Peggy wanted to try the Special Botanicals Face Masque. Matilda said it put her in mind of wanting a sandwich.

Matilda looks at Peggy who is lying on a couch with a slice of cucumber over her face.

Then it was time for the sashes to come off for a soak in the Hot Tub! Mary and Esther stayed dry – both claimed to be too ticklish for the bubbles.

Peggy, Fury, Ofelia and Matilda sit in a bubbling hot tub

All out of the tub and wrapped up in fluffy towels, it was time to open the champers!

All wrapped in towels, the girls look at the large bottle of champagne

Meanwhile, Winston had arranged a stag outing for the lads. We wondered why he’d brought us to a hilly field.

All the lads are gathered in a field looking at Winston

Oh! It’s an off-road driving experience! There’s a quad bike to hire! In fact, there’s all sorts of vehicles to drive about in.

Winston appears riding a quadbike

Vincent liked the tractor, and Ernest enjoyed giving Micro and Nano a lift! I liked the quadbike myself.

There was even a motorbike just right for Micro, and Nano had a whale of a time in the digger!

Back at the Spa, Fury said she was sure she could hear a lot of noise, and wanted to check it out.

Fury peers out of the door at the spa

Oh! We’ve all been at the same place and didn’t know it! Well, Fury’s not going to pass up a go on a quadbike!

Now that we’re all here together, we might as well get together for a little buffet party, eh?

All the vaarks gather inside around a buffet table laden with treats.

Fury escapes a frock!

Matilda called Fury, Esther and Ofelia into our lounge to show them the material she’s chosen for the bridesmaid dresses!

Esther, Fury and Ofelia look at some pale green fabric on the table in front of Matilda

Fury said, could she have a word? Only, that’s really not her colour, in fact she’s not keen on frocks generally. She thinks she can find something more useful to do than be a bridesmaid.

Fury has a word in Matilda’s ear

Matilda said that was fair enough, so Fury scooted off, and left them admiring the silky feel of the cloth.

Esther feels the fabric draped over her snozzle as Matilda and Ofelia admire it.

Looking for The Dress

Now that the date for the wedding is set, there’s a lot to do! Matilda asked all the girls to help her look at dress designs online.

Matilda talks to Fury, Esther, Ofelia, Peggy and Mary, in front of a laptop

Peggy liked a simple straight look, and Ofelia spotted a sweet lacy style with a floaty skirt that was very pretty.

Matilda asked Fury what she thought of this one. Fury said it looked like a candle that had melted on a hot plate.

Fury and Matilda look at a picture of a skirt with a train that drapes on the floor around the model’s feet.

Esther said this one with lacy sleeves was very dramatic. Ofelia asked Fury if she was OK? Fury said “How can there be so many flipping dresses to look at?”

In the end, Matilda decided she liked a full skirted traditional style. She’s always liked meringue.

Matilda looks at a dress with a very full ruffled skirt

“Now”, Matilda said, “Let’s talk about bridesmaid dresses…” “I’m off!” said Fury!

Matilda and the others look at bridesmaid dresses, as Fury runs away.

Dim’s Big Question

This year, for Valentine’s Day, Dim and Matilda have decided to go for a romantic country walk. Matilda wanted to wear her nice new winter coat. They enjoyed strolling through the woods.

“Oh look!” said Matilda, “Snowdrops! How Pretty!” So they decided that was a good spot to stop for their picnic lunch. Dim had come prepared with a nice hot flask of tea.

After lunch, Matilda asked if she could help pack everything up, but Dim said, no, it was alright, he’d do it.

Dim packs the thermos away in his rucksack

“Where next?” asked Matilda. Dim said he had a surprise planned, they just had to walk a little further.

Matilda talks to Dim

Oh, what’s this? A posh Country Club? Dim explained that he’d booked them in for afternoon tea, how lovely!

The head waiter greeted them and offered to take their bags and coats. While Matilda was distracted, Dim whispered something to the waiter.

It’s a lovely cosy room – wood panelling, a roaring log fire, pretty china on the table. They looked at the menus, and opted for the full afternoon tea for two.

Well, look at that! A whole trolley full of tea, and sandwiches and eclairs and scones and cakes! How lovely! Matilda said it was the nicest tea she’d ever had.

They soon polished off the sandwiches and most of the cakes, but Dim seemed a little distracted. Oh, it’s the waiter again, and his trolley seems quite heavy this time!

What’s THAT!

The trolley has a black jewellery box on top

Oh! Oh! A ring! Dim asked Matilda, “Will you marry me?”

The box opens to reveal a silver and jewelled ring. Dim moves to be next to Matilda

Dim looked at Matilda, and Matilda looked at Dim…

Matilda looks down at Dim

She said yes! How lovely! We’re going to have a wedding!

Dim and Matilda embrace, and she wears the ring on her snozzle.