on 5 September 2012
The children and the Gummidges meet Saucy Nancy (the ship's figurehead) again - someone has taken her from her island, where she was happy living in a tamarisk bush near the sea - and stored her in a barn. I remember loving this book as a child, especially the detail about a local shop (the Treasure Ship) selling antiques and useless nicknacks like pencils with tassels attached. Worzel and Earthy get up to some larks with a railway scarecrow, and Nancy finds a home with an old sailor. Marlene Snooks, the girl who loves painting scallop shells gold and selling them at a mark-up, gets rather side-lined. But the Treasure Ship's owner with her folk-weave cape is a hoot.