6th Annual 12th Night Giveaway: Day 2

victorian girl with toys


As some of you know, I come from a very large family. Because of this, some of us are still having babies, some have empty nests, and two became grandparents this year. We had our children later in life, so ours are still in their early teens (or twelve), but this year, I had the melancholy experience of not buying “toys” for Christmas for the first time. It was all….older kid stuff. Even the Lego sets were the sort you might give an adult.


You know he thought he could really get into the Dora House.

You think that stuff will last forever.

But it doesn’t.

In fact, I’d tell you that the only thing in that photo from 2004 that still exists unchanged (if at all), is the secretary desk in the corner, but that would be depressing. The little girl is soon going to be driving, and the little boy grudgingly took time from his holiday World of Warcraft binge to do today’s drawing.


Today’s prize celebrates Sherlockian playfulness–because no matter how old we are, we certainly know how to have fun!



Today’s quote…..

“Who would think that so pretty a toy would be a purveyor to the gallows and the prison?”

And if you win the drawing? You can relive your childhood with these….


You can play with them, display them, or gift them to the young Sherlockians in your life! I thought I’d share something cool about the paper dolls. The book was published in 2009, so the author included “substitution heads” for all of the (major) Holmes and Watson actors know up to that time. This misses a few favorites, and I didn’t see any mice, but it does include the proposed Will Ferrell/ Sacha Baron Cohen team up that was being discussed at that time. It’s now Ferrell and John C. Reilly, and it’s in post-production, so that gives you an idea of how long things take in movie-land!





Some others are missing as well–I don’t see Christopher Lee/Patrick McNee or Roger Moore/Patrick McNee, and you may think of some others. Still these should give you plenty of options for various tableaux!

As always, to enter, send you answer to today’s question to me via blog comment or FB message (you can either use the Well Read Sherlockian FB page, or my personal page, if we’re friends in real life). One of my kids will draw the winner’s name tomorrow afternoon.  Have fun!

Day One Winner!



Congratulations to Michael Duke of Australia!  He knew (as did everyone) that yesterday’s quote was taken from the poignant “Stand with me upon the terrace” scene in “His Last Bow.”


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8 responses to “6th Annual 12th Night Giveaway: Day 2

  1. Patricia Sampaio

    “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”

  2. Jay Wigley

    Yay! So appropriate for today: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle!

  3. Claudia

    The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle 😀 Also at the end of the short story

  4. Robert Perret

    This quote comes from BLUE. Those paper dolls are delightful!

  5. shalombresticker

    The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

  6. Noreen Pazderski

    The Blue Carbuncle………a perfect story for today! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  7. Jim McArthur

    It’s too late to play for the prize. . . but, playing for the game’s own sake, the quote is of course from The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.