Wednesday, 9 March 2016

The introduction of Mack & Mabel

For our wedding anniversary this year my husband bought me the Periwinkle grandparents. They were second hand & though Mack came with his original clothes, poor Mabel needed dressing. This is the end product. 

I have a bit of a soft spot for these two now, & I picture them as a bit of a quirky, slightly eccentric couple. (A bit like myself & my husband) 

Once upon a time, on a sunny day in Sylvania...

"Why on earth did I let you talk me into riding right up the top of the bus! It's so windy & im sure I'll catch my death of cold!" Said Mabel Periwinkle 

"Mabel, dearest, you said you couldn't stand the noise of all those children on the lower level. You practically begged me to help you up here! Remember?!" Replied Mack. 

"Did I?" Said Mabel 

Mack sighed. Sometimes Mabel was a bit difficult & changed her mind often, but he loved her anyway. There were so many times that Mabel was a caring, patient soul, that when she did have a difficult mood it didn't matter so much. 

Meanwhile at the new Slydale Hollow bus stop...

Smokey & Flora Wildwood, and Cliff & Pearl Babblebrook were waiting for the Periwinkles arrival. 

They hadn't seen Mack & Mabel in years, & had planned to get all the "senior" citizens of Slydale Hollow together for a welcome drink down at the Harvester Restaurant. Smokey Wildwood was especially excited as Manel was his cousin & he had very few older relations left (as can happen when you grow older).  As they were waiting Alex Periwinkle & his family came walking up

"So Alex are you excited about your parents coming to stay?" Asked Pearl Babblebrook 

"Yes, both Katie & I are really looking forward to it. This will be the first time they meet little Isobel" replied Alex
"It would also be good to have someone to watch the children & give us the chance to spend time together." Remarked Katie. 

"You do look like you need a bit of a break Katie, would you like me to take the children to the playground while we wait." asked Flora Wildwood

"Flora, that would be lovely. But don't you get worn out be around children all the time? You live with your son Herb & his family don't you?" 

"Katie, don't you worry your pretty head about me. I enjoy being around young children, & my daughter in law Ginger makes sure I don't have to do too much at home."
And with that Flora took the off to play. 

"Thanks heaps for coming Uncle Smokey. I'm sure Mother will be pleased to see you when she arrives." 

"No worries, Alex. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. I haven't seen cousin Mabel in way too long. Plus I have a feeling Mack will need a bit of a break from her after the long bus ride" chuckled Smokey 

"I think I can see them! I can see the bus!! Yay!" Cried Rebecca from the top of the playground 

Everybody waited for the first glimpse of the bus. 

It was here! The first official bus trip to Slydale Hollow! Mack & Mabel could see their friends & relations waiting for them. The Babblebrooks were so excited they had to sit down! 

"Now Mabel, my dear, let me go down first so I can help you down those steps"

"Of course I will Mack, I don't fancy tumbling down them"

"Mother! Father! What on earth possessed you to sit at the top of the bus!!" Cried Alex

"The view, of course" replied Mack with a wink 

"Here, Mrs. Periwinkle allow me to help you down." Said Stan the bus driver, " I have experience get up & down these steps."

"Why yes of course" said Mabel, but as soon as the words were out of her mouth she slipped, & luckily Driver Stan caught her. 

"Oh my, oh my, oh my" muttered Mabel as Mack & Katie led her to the bench. 

Mabel promptly lay down on the bench & puffed & panted like she was going into hysterics. But just then a little face appeared right next to hers. 
"I kiss it. I make it better Granny!" 
It was Baby Isobel, Mabel's newest grandchild. Mabel cheered up immediately. 

"Come along Mabel, you've had worse slips than that." said the familiar voice of her cousin Smokey. "Remember when we were children & you used to climb the apple trees in your father orchard..."

"Are you talking about the time Mabel ended catching her skirt on a branch, then slipped & you left her hanging there!" Said Mack
"I had to go get help, & if I remember correctly you were too busy rolling around laughing!" Replied Smokey

Mack & Mabel spent the rest of the day reminiscing about younger years, & getting to know their grandchildren better. 

And now here they are. The Periwinkle rabbits. 


  1. Oh poor Mabel! But she seems fine and little Isobel is adorable! Congrats on the new family!

  2. That was sooo cute and funny! I love the picture of Isobel kissing her grandma and had to laugh about Mabels arguing on the top of the bus :D

  3. Congratulations to you and your husband on your anniversary. :)

    Haha, the anecdote about Mabel hanging from the apple tree is very funny. :D Mack and Mabel seem like a cute and quirky couple and Mabel's clothing suits her very nicely. :)

    Your playground set is pretty and I enjoyed reading a story including the vintage Sylvanian bus. I must admit, I don't have any transport available for the Sylvanians in Riverside just yet... They still have to get everywhere by foot!!

    Kind regards,

  4. I enjoyed your story!
    The Periwinkle grandparents are adorable.Actually,I love Sylvanian grandparents.

    1. Me too! I'm trying to get as many of the grandparents as I can.

  5. Very cute story and a kiss can make wonder:)