Toby is in the garden looking for Zak, who is hiding.
“ZAK ! Where are you?” Toby calls.
“Where can he be! ” mumbles Toby
“ZAK ! I’m going back indoors if you don’t answer!”
“S A C !” A sweet little voice calls ” S A C K ”
Toby jumps! ” Who ! What! Where..did you come from ? ” he stutters
” Bonjour Tobee’s ” smiles the stranger ” I comes from Madam Shelly’s to lives here”
” Well No one told me!” exclaims Toby ” I could have had a heart attack and died!”
The little girl giggles ” Oui! I am Marcie ” then she is off across the garden, Toby quickly follows.
“What’s in the pram?” asks Toby
“Landau? ” queries Marcie ” Ma petite Edith ”
“Bonjour ” sighs Edith with a sad face.
“What are all those other things? ” asks Toby
” Cadeaux ” replies Marcie
” Heh! ” Toby is confused
” How you say arh G ift ”
Toby likes the sound of Cadeaux!
While they have been chatting, Hattie’s appeared coming back from the village stores.
Looks like she’s been buying sunflowers.
She stops long enough to wish them good afternoon in Japanese ” Konnichiwa Toby, Marcella ”
Hattie continues on her way.
Toby shouts after Hattie ” Does Mum know you are wearing her knitting needles in your hair? I bet she’ll be angry! you could poke someone’s eye out!!!”
” Only yours ” mumbles Hattie carrying on with her journey.
“Is she..Is that..” stutters Marcie ” is Hattie Bonham Carter Owen?”
“No ! ” says Toby annoyed ” That’s Harriet OWEN” he shouts that last part at Hatties vanishing back.
” Fantastique ! ” cries Marcie then runs after Hattie calling ” Bon apres-midi Hattie !
Toby finds himself left alone with the pram full of Cadeaux and Edith!
“Come on I’ll take you indoors ” says Toby to the little bear ” I bet you wish you’d never come here !”
“Non Non Regret ” sighs Edith
Back at the house he finally catches up with a very happy Marcie . ” You left poor Edith outside in the sun! I had to push this pram all the way down the garden I’m a BOY I don’t push pram’s!” he says in disgust
“Merci! Tobee’s ” says Marcie far to happy to be upset by Toby’s cross face.
Marcie soon has Toby smiling when she gives him a gift ” Maman says you is Joker so this I bring you!”
Half an hour and two trips to the bathroom later ,there are lots of gifts spread about the room.Wool for the girl’s to knit with, fabric for dresses, snazzy yellow and white shoes, dresses and a hot water bottle because Marcie thought it would be cold all the time in England!
The door opens and Arabella comes in, Toby sees this as his chance to escape, so picks up his toy and rushes for the door pausing only long enough to say ” If she says Oui , it does not mean she wants to use the bathroom ! ” then he’s gone.
Arabella realising her new sister has some French blood in her veins, Is happy to greet her in the French manner of a kiss on each cheek.
Soon they are chattering away Arabella using some of her school girl French and Marcella her school girl English. Arabella cannot believe her luck , a French sister, who loves Fashion… Fantastique!!!