An Update At last

I haven’t updated recently because I’ve been unwell for a long time but hopefully I’ll be able get back to posting now.

Knowing the importance of having an ‘heir and a spare’ Rose and Allan tried for another son. They were fortunate and they named the new baby Peregrine

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Meanwhile, Annis found a most unusual tree had grown up seemingly overnight. Curiously, she entered the hollow in the tree

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She came back with a strange seed which she felt was compelling her to eat it. And when, against her better judgement, she did something incredibly odd happened

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Peregrine was a happy and active toddler

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Keziah doted on him and even when she was with her friends she loved to be around him

When Bartholomew became a teen, he made the most peculiar dietary choice to avoid any meat or fish out of principle

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Keziah’s musical proficiancy was so astounding, some considered her to be a prodigy. Despite beeing a young girl she was already composing her own music

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Keziah had a wonderful birthday party

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As a teen she was naturally known for her creativity

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The Toddlers Grow Up

Before the funeral proper the Ackleys gathered to mourn Aulus privately

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Bartholomew was an insider who loved socialising and being in groups

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Rose taught him to play chess as was now a family tradition

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He turned out to have a real aptitude and enjoyment for the game, so much so that Rose and Allan began started inviting other like minded, gently bred children to the house to play and study during the holidays

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Allan loved to spend time with his children when he could

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But he only did fun things with them. More and more it seemed like a huge part of the childrearing was left to Annis, the unmarried sister. She loved the children but she began to feel a little like an unpaid servant and it really got her down

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Little Keziah grew into a child. Although it was obvious she had a keen brain that wasn’t considered important and instead she was pushed to excell in all the arts an accomplished young lady should

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When she wasn’t doing that she loved to spend time with her close friends Phoebe and Abeni

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Up until now Rose had had success publishing a few poems and short stories but nothing else. When her novel Dorinda; or The Path to Virtue (author: A Lady) was accepted she had thought it the proudest and most exciting day of her life. And now she was able to read an actual, physical copy of her book. Amazing.

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Toddlers Are Fun To Play With

Allan was thrilled at Rose’s news

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He was so excited to tell Aulus that evening. The two men had taken to playing cards together of an evening

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On the days when he wasn’t working he loved to play with Bartholemew. Both he and Rose were so proud of their son

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Rose gave birth to a baby girl who was christened Keziah
(I don’t have any pictures because of that annoying bug where the sim gives birth to nothing. Fortunately, its easy to work around and I just waited three days and then made a toddler)

Annis’ birthday celebration was a quiet, family affair

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Later, as she was an acomplished musician, she played and sang for them

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As an adult, Annis was non-committal. The next birthday was Keziah’s. She became a sadly clingy toddler

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At first, Bartholomew wanted nothing to do with her

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But eventually he warmed up to his sister

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But in a tragic turn of events, on the day of Bartholemew’s birthday his grandfather died




…It’s a New Generation

As time went on, fashions changed and technology grew more impressive. People even spoke differently and Royce noticed her name was increasingly pronounced more like Rose. Most of the old house was torn down and replaced with something more in the current style. John left to start a household of his own.

Annis would insist on still practicing Catholism but at least she was content to be educated in all the arts a young lady should know

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Allan found that he was suited to the the business side of land management, as ungenteel as that was. It was very hard work and he was glad to drink vast quantities of an exotic and fashionable new beverage called coffee which kept him energised

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He also spent a lot of time practicing various speeches, political and otherwise

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Little Bartholomew grew into a rather silly toddler who loved to play with toys

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Annis quite liked to take care of him sometimes

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Rose would often invite other ladies – and sometimes her brother – round to read and discuss books

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Aulus found her friends interesting too and even dared to exchange pleasentries with the eccentric and acerbic Miss Agyei

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In the evenings Rose like to settle down at her desk and work on her poetry

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And she kept it to herself that soon she would experience an Interesting Event


You’re Living in the Past…

As time went on, Royce became a young woman and discovered a hitherto dormant romantic side


Her birthday celebration was small and though everyone tried to enjoy themselves Fausta’s absence weighed on their minds


Aulus found himself ble to go back to his carpentry, leaving the running of his estate in his children’s hands


Annis grew to a self confidant teenagehood and declared her desire to become a nun. Aulus told her she would have to wait for him to decide on a suitable convent bu secretly he didn’t want her to leave. He was terrified she would disappear like her mother had. In the meantime, Annis chose to live as an anchorite. She was walled up in a room to spend her time in prayer and the study of the Bible


She cleaned up after herself which she had never done before


And limited herself to one meal of plain food per day


Royce was wedded to Allan Howe, a prosperous but common born man who was persuaded to take the family name and live with his wife’s family


It was a more cheerful party than the last and it was good to see old friends and relations again


Annis even left her cell at her sister’s request


The newlyweds were sent off to their bedchamber with rowdy songs and many crude jests. Once alone, Royce embraced her husband. She had been prepred for this day and she was not just willing but eager to do her duty. It did not hurt that Allan was young and handsome as well


She soon settled into life as a married woman


Allan proved to be somewhat obsessed with cleanliness and would even wash dishes himself. But other than that he was a fine addition to the family, a pleasant, cultured man with a shrewd head for business


John grew into a strapping young man with an eye for art. As a knight he would soon leave to join the service of his liege-lord


On a visit to her niece, Aula was thrilled to hear she was pregnant already


As he aged, Aulus’s health grew worse. The worst was when he found himself racked by a disease that caused uncontrollable giggling


As her belly swelled, Royce began her confinement


Despite her young age Annis wrote a collection of religious verses


Royce’s labour was slow and tedious. She found she had both the time and inclination to eat during it


She was certainly calmer than her panicking husband


Finally, she was delivered of a son. He was named Bartholemew and his parents were very proud of him



Well, I’m Back

An explaination. My game kept crashing for a while which naturally meant I couldn’t play. I finally fixed the problem only to discover that Fausta had disapeared. I tried everything I could think of to get her back but it was no good which left me too despirited to play the game for a good while. I considered making a new version of Fausta but I couldn’t remember everything about her and I didn’t want to cheat by making her more skilled than she had been before so I decided to play without her. I miss her though.

Strange as it might seem, the death of Kata drove Fausta and Aulus further into each other’s arms. It was as if the act of making life could make up for the loss of the beloved elder


Tenney was sent to live with Fausta’s relatives to serve as a page. By rights, John should have been sent away too but Aulus whished to keep his heir close.

Aulus had a birthday and realised middle age was upon him


Shortly afterwards Royce grew to teenagehood. She developed a great love for the outdoors and a longing for a family of her own. She began learning more advanced househhold skills


And though it was vanity, she secretly liked to practice her speech and storytelling in  mirror she had installed in the laundry


Fausta gave birth to a little girl who was named Annis


But only a few days after that she disappeared, throwing the household into confusion and dismay. Though they looked high and low none of the search parties returned successful. It was a tragic blow to the whole family

So, Annis grew into childhood in a somber nd dreary household and it was perhaps not surprising that she preferred to spend time alone. She was a strange, quiet little thing and unusually religious for her age


John, too, aged up into teenager with the family mean streak. He desired to be fabulously wealthy  above anything else. He was training to be a knight and he took it seriously


He and Royce tended the garden in their mother’s absence


While Annis loved to fish by herself


Royce was extremely intelligent and she was becoming quite the chess prodigy


Aulus genuinely loved his wife but now to soothe his sorrow he turned to other women. In particular he had dalliances with Mathilda, Lady Broughton and the Widow Coats. Their’s was not a relationship based on love but for a while it allowed him to forget