You’d think early spring would be the designated time for blooming love, wouldn’t you? Well, it seems for the Sims of Honeycomb Valley, this time was November. Although, in some cases I guess it’s more lust than love and in others the feelings seem to be very one-sided. And then there’s that one couple, in which case we really can call it a courtship… Curious yet? You’ll have to wait just a bit longer, because the first event of SimNovember had nothing what so ever to do with courtship…
It may not have had anything to do with courtship, but it did involve love. Two parents loving their daughter. Their one year old daughter to be precise. It was Valerie’s first birthday!
The whole family came over to celebrate Valerie’s first. Evelyn seems much happier about her child’s first birthday than her sister was 2 months ago.
After blowing out the candles and unwrapping the presents, the family had cake, while cousins Valerie and Vicky played with play dough. Awww, Justin, I can already see it happening… The girls sticking together and Justin being left out…
Of course, cousin Ellie wouldn’t be Ellie if she didn’t get up to some mischief!
(Ellie started to destroy the pumpkin completely autonomously! It made me laugh. So typically Ellie…)
This made no difference to Valerie, who had a great birthday either way!
Two weeks had passed since that night Luke spent with Susie on the roof, and even though he couldn’t stop thinking of her while going about his daily business, he hadn’t heard from her since and kept wondering if he’d made a big mistake by kissing her…
He had sent her a few texts to ask her how she was doing and avoided talking about that kiss. But even a simple “how was work today? :)” didn’t get a reply.
He asked Boy for advice.
“What do you think I should do? Should I just try and forget about her? Or should I apologise for kissing her? I still really like her, you know…”
Boy just licked his face in response.
Because talking to Boy didn’t get him a lot of answers, Luke decided to ask Kyra after a rainy riding lesson how her aunt was doing.
“She’s alright,” Kyra said. “She seems a bit distracted lately, but I guess she’s fine.”
Little did Luke know that Susie had actually spent all her time thinking about that night too. She tried to distract herself by reading and drawing, but it didn’t really work. She got Luke’s texts but couldn’t bring herself to respond to them.
“He’s too young Suse,” she told herself. “It’ll only lead to another broken heart…”
Hey, look who it is, Amy and John with their eldest and youngest child at the busstop. And with a suitcase even! Rebecca was leaving for a few days. She was going to visit Ben in his hometown of Bonnie Brae. Of course she wouldn’t technically be staying with Ben! Heavens no, an unmarried woman staying with an unmarried man? No no, John would never allow it and the thought alone made Becca much too scared. She was going to stay with Ben’s eldest sibling; his sister Edith and her family.
(Lucy was at the busstation too, to pick up Nathan, who returned from a brilliant stay with his friend KamKam in Krampouezh. Read all about that here!)
After a busride, a change from bus to train in Bridgeport (such an awful place, according to Rebecca) and a few more hours on the train, Rebecca arrived in rainy Bonnie Brae*.
Rebecca’s train was early, so she had to wait a while before Ben and his family arrived. He had brought his parents and Edith with her youngest daughter Matilda.Rebecca, Ben, Edith and Matilda took a taxi to Edith’s house.
Rebecca was immediately very impressed by Edith’s house. it felt so warm and cozy! Oh to have a home like this…
Edith served some coffee and homemade pies and the three adults sat down so Becca and Edith could get better acquainted.
After coffee, Edith gave her guest a tour of the house. First stop: the guestroom, or, for now, Becca’s room! Rebecca could hardly believe it! Her own room! She hadn’t had a room to herself since she was three and Martha was born! And it got even better still, because this room had its very own bathroom!
After showing Rebecca the room she’d be staying in, Edith took her upstairs to show her the rest of the house. Rebecca loved every corner of it, but was most impressed by the bedroom where Edith’s daughter Bethany and Matilda slept. Oh, she couldn’t wait to create a room like that for her own children!Ben had borrowed his dad’s car and took Rebecca out to see the town.
They stopped at the local pub; The Shepherd and Flock.
Here, Rebecca met pub owner Hailey who called her “love” and asked her about life “in the city”.
It was still early, so there weren’t a lot of customers yet. Ben showed Rebecca how to throw darts.
Rebecca never liked going out in Honeycomb Valley, but this place sure was lovely.
After an hour or so at the pub, Ben told Rebecca he had another place to show her. They got back in the car and drove to a hill. At the top of that hill, a gorgeous little house was situated.
“This will be my house”, Ben said. “My grandfather used to own a lot of land in Bonnie Brae and he left this house to me.
Becca was speechless. To live in a house like this was something she had always secretly dreamt of…
When they returned, Edith was making dinner. Her two eldest children, 7 year old Bethany and 5 year old Ewan, had arrived home as well, as had their dad, Caleb, who was the local grocer.
Rebecca first felt a bit shy in the midst of all these new people, but the anxiety soon settled when they all turned out to be really nice.
Edith had cooked salmon and made pumpkin pie for dessert. It was lovely.
After dinner it was time for Ben and Rebecca to say goodbye, as Ben would obviously be sleeping at home, with his parents.
When they were hugging goodbye, Ben whispered to Becca; “I really like you, you’re very sweet.” Rebecca couldn’t be happier.The next morning, the family had breakfast, just before Caleb went to his grocery store.
After Bethany and Ewan had also left for school, Rebecca helped Edith in the garden.
When Ben came over to pick her up, they decided to visit Caleb’s grocery store.
And then went to the monument.
Rebecca felt sure she could get used to this place (and this boy 😉 )!
The next day marked the last day of Rebecca’s stay. Edith and Ben had organised a family gathering in the park so Rebecca could meet Ben’s brothers and their wives and kids.
She met Paul and his wife Fiona (who’s very modern, look, she’s wearing trousers instead of skirts!) and Peter and his wife Maggie.
They had a great day, luckily the weather was cooperative!
The many toddlers of the family had fun too!
That evening it was time for Rebecca to return home. Ben, Edith, Bethany, Ewan and Matilda took her to the station.
Bye bye Matilda!
Bye Bethany and Ewan! Bye Edith, thanks for everything!
Then Edith and her kids left, giving Ben and Becca a final moment alone.
Ben hugged Rebecca goodbye and promised to visit her again very soon!
Though Ben’s courtship of Rebecca was the best example of courtship of the month, he wasn’t the only one trying to get the girl…
* About Bonnie Brae
Bonnie Brae is my mum’s town. It’s an adapted version of the gorgeous Glen Donnach, which can be downloaded here. Bonnie Brae is a small village in the country where time sort of stood still. Most of its residents are religious (to various degrees) and a bit (or more than a bit) old-fashioned. Obviously this is a place where our Becca feels right at home!
Most of the houses and buildings in Bonnie Brae came with the town, but the pub and grocery store featured in this story were built and decorated by my mum. The house on the hill is built by me and my mum did the landscaping for it. Edith’s house was already there, but I changed the layout a bit and decorated it, after which my mum added a few details.
She’s still very much building the town up and changing little things to her liking, so who knows, maybe there will be much more to see next time we visit.