Five go off in a Caravan, by Enid Blyton

In the fifth book about the Famous Five, which Enid Blyton wrote, Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy, Georges dog, are at Julian, Dick and Anne’s home for the summer holidays.  They are trying to decide if they should go somewhere else for two weeks, or just stay  at the house, when a circus procession passes by.

They make friends with a boy in the circus called Nobby and he tells them where the circus is going.  George has the idea to go on a caravanning holiday, and Julian suggests that they should try to catch the circus up.

Julian, Dick and Anne’s parents need to go away for a while so it works out well.  Soon the caravans and horses arrive and they set off for the circus camping-place.  The Famous Five camp near the circus camp in their caravan.They get shown round the camp by Nobby but when they run into Lou, the acrobat, he tells them to “clear out” and go and camp somewhere else.

They decide that they will move higher up in the hills the next day, but that night the Five are woken up by Nobby’s uncle, Dan, and Lou the acrobat creeping round the caravan but they are chased away by Timmy.  In the morning Dan and Lou arrive outside their caravans to make sure they were going away.

They choose a nice, sheltered hollow in the hillside as their new camping place but later that day they bump into Dan and Lou coming up the hillside, as they went down the hill to a lake, to swim.  They ignore the bad-tempered pair, but they guess the Five hadn’t gone over the hill, as they had thought, but were camping on the hill, they suddenly try to appear very good tempered and friendly and try to say that camping down near the circus camp is better than up here.  The Famous Five are very puzzled why Dan and Lou would so suddenly change their minds about them moving their caravans.  When they come back from the lake they find Dan and Lou lying down in the grass below some trees.  They seem more anxious than ever to get the children away from there.

Why are Dan and Lou so anxious to get them away from that hollow?

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The Mystery of the Invisible Spy, by Helen Moss

The Mystery of the Invisible Spy is the tenth book in the “Adventure Island” series that Helen Moss wrote.

The book starts when Scott and Jack Carter arrive at Stone Cottage, the home of their Aunt Kate.  Their friend Emily and her dog Drift, have already discovered a person that she thinks is a spy!  The boys don’t believe her, especially when she tells them that the “Spy” drives a silver Ford Fiesta!  Jack and Scott say that spies should drive Ferraris or Aston Martins!

When the man dresses up as a birdwatcher and goes into one of the birdwatcher huts, on the moor on Castle Key, the friends go into another hut to keep watch on him.  In the hide the children watch a Skylark singing a song above its nest.  When Scott  looks in a logbook inside the hut, where it says “Superb pair of skylarks with late brood in nest.  Otto and Karin, Frankfurt.“, he gets an idea.  He thinks if the man really is a birdwatcher he would have noted the skylark display in the logbook.  When he looks in the logbook in the other birdwatcher’s hut, he discovers that the “spy” had not written anything in the logbook!

Another day, when they were buying ice-cream, Jack notices that the ice-cream man is the same man that disguised as a birdwatcher!  When Emily starts writing in her notebook about Operation Skylark and heads the page “Ice cream spy” they are shocked by the spy, who seems to be watching an old house that is being renovated and is meant to be owned by a retired gardener, leaning over them.  Emily tried to hide her notebook but it was too late.  The man had seen it.

After thinking for a while, the man who apparently is called Rudge,  tells them that he is an MI5 agent!  He also tells him that his mission is to keep an eye on the “retired gardener” who he says is a KGB agent!

When the children see bullet-proof glass and CCTV cameras being unloaded at the gardener’s house, they’re certain there’s more to him than meets the eye, but just how much can they trust Rudge, who is starting to do some very suspicious things?

Adventure Island 10: The Mystery of the Invisible Spy




Five go to Smugglers Top, by Enid Blyton

This is the fourth book that Enid Blyton wrote about the Famous Five.

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy are staying at Kirrin Cottage again, with their Aunt Fanny and Uncle Quentin (George’s parents) but on the first night the great ash tree falls down and does a lot of damage to the upstairs rooms.  No one was hurt because they were brought downstairs by Julian, who was looking out of the window.

Because of the damage to the bedrooms, Uncle Quentin arranges for them to stay at his friend’s house, Smugglers Top, which is on the top of Castaway Hill and is surrounded by marsh.

The town of Castaway is surrounded by an ancient wall.  This is probably based on the beautiful town of Rye, in East Sussex, England.  Rye used to be surrounded by marsh land, like Castaway.  Rye and Castaway both have traditional histories of smuggling.

Uncle Quentin’s friend, who is called Mr Lenoir, doesn’t like dogs, so George smuggles Timmy into one of the many secret passages in Smugglers Top.  When Timmy rescues the children from the underground catacombs, Mr Lenoir changes his mind about disliking dogs!

When they arrive Pierre (or Sooty, as the boys at school call him, because of his pitch-black eyes and hair) and Marybelle, Mr Lenoir’s children, tell them about strange lights that flash from Smugglers Top’s tower, they investigate at once.  Does the mysterious deaf servant know a bit more than anyone else?

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Five Run Away Together, by Enid Blyton

When Julian, Dick and Anne arrive at Kirrin for the latter half of their holidays they find the cook from Kirrin Cottage, Joanna, has gone to look after her mother, who broke her leg, and in her place is Mrs. Stick, complete with her rude son and horrible dog, Tinker (who is nicknamed Stinker by George).

When George’s mother takes ill, and her daddy goes to stay at the hospital with her, the Five are left alone with the Sticks.  When Mr. Stick arrives at Kirrin everything starts to get awful.  The Sticks get so annoying that they decide to run away to Kirrin Island.

At Kirrin Island, they find the roof of the one liveable room in Kirrin Castle  has collapsed, but they find a cave to live in instead.

One day, though, they find the Sticks on the island!  Soon it is clear that they are not looking for the children, though.  Then what are the Sticks doing on the island?  When the Five see lights out to sea, at night on the island, they are sure they’re mixed up in smuggling.

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Standard Vanguard 1

I was looking through some photographs on my computer when I found this photo that I had taken at the Portrush Airshow in Northern Ireland and after a bit of research I discovered that it was a classic car called a Standard Vanguard 1 from the 1950’s.

I had to zoom in to just behind the wing mirror, where Standard was written and then searched “Standard classic cars” on the internet and found out what type of Standard it was.