Celebrating the Yuletide Season at Castle Vexstein by Jemima Pett – Day 10 Advent 2017, 2nd Sunday of Advent

The Yuletide season is one of relaxation and happiness for all who belong to Vexstein, from the lowliest to the highest, currently my uncle, Baron Smallweed, who succeeded a few years ago following the death of my other uncle, the late Baron Darcy.

 The relaxation stems in part to the fact that we close down production at the brewery for the ten day holiday.  This allows everyone to have a good break and for all the equipment to be thoroughly cleaned and overhauled.   So Solstice really starts with the end of the last shift, and to mark that, we have a firework display over the brewery, and a street market with vendors selling hot drinks and snacks, playing music and dancing, on the streets outside the castle walls. Continue reading Celebrating the Yuletide Season at Castle Vexstein by Jemima Pett – Day 10 Advent 2017, 2nd Sunday of Advent

Yuletide at Castle Marsh by Jemima Pett – Day 2 Advent Calendar 2017

Here we are in the lead-up to Yuletide again.  It’s such a busy time, but very enjoyable, and although he would never admit it, it’s a time Fred finds very stressful these days.

There are a lot of duties on the King of Marsh, and he’s already despatched three of them, starting with the Solstice Speech, which traditionally reminds us of the passage of the sun round the sky and the Circle of Life.  This is not exactly what Fred’s Philosophical Thoughts say, as he has it on good authority that our world travels round the sun.  Continue reading Yuletide at Castle Marsh by Jemima Pett – Day 2 Advent Calendar 2017

No Room at the Inn of the Seventh Happiness by Jemima Pett | Day 3 | Advent Calendar 2016

Advent Calendar 2016

Day 3 | Advent Calendar

Today Jemima Pett offers a seasonal story with characters from her fantasy series ‘The Princelings of the East’.

Trouble in part of the Realms has made a lot of people homeless, and the Inn of the Seventh Happiness is an important transport hub for travellers. It is run by run by Victor, who stars in many of the books. With little or no entertainment technology, the itinerant story-teller – or Narrator – is a welcome guest to keep people entertained; in this case, Willoughby shows up in the nick of time.

Willoughby the Narrator is book 7 in the series, and is due to be published in spring 2017.

Jemima says “I wrote this originally last year, for the Princelings website, as part of the general degeneration of society in my Princelings world.  I read it now and think I’ve been altogether too accurate in predicting the state of our own world. Whatever your beliefs, I wish you joy of the season and a hopeful new year.”

 

No Room at the Inn of the Seventh Happiness by Jemima Pett

Willoughby blew in with the snow, crashing the door of the Inn of the Seventh Happiness against a table squashed too close, and the wind creating chaos of the napkins and place-settings, carefully laid out for Solstice festivities.

“Making an entrance as usual, Willoughby!” called one of the people leaning against the bar, and other calls and greetings met him as he struggled to shut the door again.  The weather noises receded, and the hubbub of a warm and friendly refuge took over. Continue reading “No Room at the Inn of the Seventh Happiness by Jemima Pett | Day 3 | Advent Calendar 2016”