Events in 1932[edit | edit source]
Winter of 1931-1932[edit | edit source]
- It is not known where the Walker family were planning to be in the winter of 1931-1932, but they were expecting not to be at the Lake (WH8)
- The metafictional story of Missee Lee, "based on information provided by the Swallows and Amazons" is assumed to have been written/told over this winter. (See the article Missee Lee for chronology)
August 1932[edit | edit source]
- Events described in The Picts and the Martyrs
- Mr Callum is correcting exam papers
- Mrs Blackett had the flu, Captain Flint took her on a voyage to Scandinavia for the first 10 days of summer holidays
Timeline[edit | edit source]
Numbers are actual dates in August 1932 (PM16); names are chapter titles (dates and events in parentheses occur outside the book's timeline).
- 2: Visitors Expected, The Visitors Arrive
- 3: Out of the Blue, The Dog's Home, Transformation Scenes, "She's Here!"
- 4: Secondhand News, Dealing With the Doctor, Harbour for the Scarab, Pigeons for Timothy
- 5: "A Better Pict Than Either of Us", A Signal From the Lawn, Tickling Trout
- 6: "They Can't Be Going to Sail...", Launching the Scarab, On Their Own
- 7: Waiting for the Message, Visiting Seal
- 8: "We've Never Been Burglars Before"
- 9: Police!, As Others See Us
- 10: Plans and Change of Plans
- 11: Plans and Change of Plans, The Great Aunt Goes to See For Herself, Carefree Holiday, Totally Disappeared
- 12: The Hunt is Up, The One Thing That Mustn't Happen, Three in a Boat, Great Aunt Maria Faces Her Persuers, Reward of Virtue
- (13): (planned analysis of new copper samples on board the Houseboat; projected arrival of Mrs Blackett and Captain Flint at the Lake [Mother arrives thirteenth (PM2)]; projected arrival of Miss Huskisson at Harrogate)
- (18): (projected arrival of the Swallows: And I said "I wish they were but they aren't coming for another week, Aunt Maria." And she said "Ah!" Nancy, on 11 August, PM22])
- Swallows coming in a fortnight [from which day??] to stay at Holly Howe; on 11 August they are expected in a week (PM22, quoted above)
- there are 5 weeks of summer holidays to go after the story ends
- the Ds go north to stay at Beckfoot, but their father had to be busy for a fortnight in London correcting examination papers (PM1). They are to teach their parents to sail when they arrive. Their mother writes: Do be careful. It would be a dreadful pity and most annoying for us if you both got drowned before you have had a chance of teaching us to sail. Father is still snowed under with examination papers, but he seems to spend quite a lot of time looking at a catalogue of boats for hire on the Broads and the red and blue pencils he uses for marking the examination papers are quite useful for putting crosses against the boats the look of which he likes. I think something may come of it. Presumably for a future Broads holiday as she repeats her warning at the end P.S. Mind! No getting drowned. We want to learn to sail. (PM14).
- Mrs Barrable is in Horning, her brother Richard will be there and they will go sailing sometime in September.
August 1932[edit | edit source]
Events described in 'Coots in the North'
- chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 (not titled)
- It's Gone!
- One Way of Meeting Nancy
and subsequent days as suggested in the author's notes.
Native events in 1932[edit | edit source]
- 1932: Peter Duck published.
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