Monday, 16 April 2012

From Suburbia to Wood Land - Adventures of The Willows

They awoke to find themselves in a warm and cosy heap of leaf mould, a small very dirty window looked out onto a tiny garden and woods beyond, they couldn't see much through the grime.  It smelled earthy and secure in this dark place.  They heard a bolt being drawn and, as the door opened wide realised they were in a shed.  There stood Betty the Wood Fairy.  Fairy dust was all about them.



 Bettys hands reached down and plucked the willows from their cosy heap and dropped them into the wheelbarrow with the red creeky wheel.  Off they went into the woods bumping along the uneven path deeper into the Wood Lands.


A quick jog round Wood Land and a bit of tree climbing, foraging for free food (a selection of slugs and snails for Toad and Mole and a quick dip in the rubbish bins for Ratty to find left over pizza crust). This was to get The Willows into  survival mode incase they got lost or had to go it alone.  They could look after themselves now if needs be.

The wheelbarrow stopped at the foot of an old tree in a shady party of the woods that was dry and smelt of toadstools - there were all manner of fungi around.  Fairies flitted around the trees and brushed around Betty, who seemed completely unaware - humans miss so much visually, although they often sense the presence of these creatures. 


  
Betty put the Willows down by the lightening tree and mole quickly found the hole at the root where they could watch the woods safely. 



 Warning:  this tree is magical, it has been struck by lightening and split into two and somebody lives below.   




Whilst Betty picked all the flowers she could carry - bluebell and dandelion today -the squirrels  amused themselves by dropping hazelnuts on her head.  A woodpecker hammered a nearby tree, sending insects flying into the air - Betty was unaware, a lone human in a woodland filled with secret life, side by side but strangers to each other. 




As the day wore on the Willows relaxed and enjoyed Wood Land, they watched a magpie snatching up ring pulls from discarded cola cans, rubbish to humans, treasure to this little bird with the sharp eyes and liking for all things glittery and bright. 


There was a delicious smell coming from below the lightening tree and Mole realised they could shuffle down a long corridor into the roots and beyond ... Toad and Ratty crept close behind deeper within, they found themselves in a tiny room, fully furnished from other people's rubbish - a broken chair, an old lamp, a small bbq, as their eyes adjusted to their surroundings, they saw in the corner,  none other than a friendly leprechaun about to sit down to dinner.  'Welcome' he said, 'I love visitors, come and join me'.




This', said the little leprechaun,' is Toad in the Hole'. Toad felt panick rising, was he about to eat his own species?  'It's a sausage cooked in yorkshire pudding batter, a traditional British meal' explained the leprechaun reassuringly.






Everyone sampled  and found how delicious Toad in the Hole tastes when eaten with peas and gravy.  Toad slurped gravy noisily from the bottom of his bowl.

Looking around the leprechaun's home they realised most of the light inside was reflected from the sparkling gold, silver and cola can ring pulls that were stacked neatly around, perched on top was the magpie they had seen earlier.  Who would have thought such treasure could be hidden so close to Suburbia unseen.  'There's always a leprechaun with a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, said the leprechaun, if you ever want to visit me again, just follow a rainbow'.



Having picked all the flowers and cleared up her cola cans, Betty fumbled around in the lightening tree hole and lifted The Willows out.  'Mmm I fancy toad in the hole for dinner, infact I can almost smell it already' she mused.  The Willows were tossed into the air, landing on a bed of wilted flowers in the creeky wheelbarrow, they bumped and bounced back to Touchwood, Betty's little house at the edge of Wood Land. 
What an adventure, it felt like home here and would be difficult to leave. , Let's stay a few more days' said Toad and have another adventure......the others agreed.

All characters and places in this story are true. The Willows are visiting with the book and travelling around the world on adventures, this is one stop of many before they return to Pompomsponderings.blogspot.com.

12 comments:

  1. The Frog. No, the Squirrel. No, the Mushrooms are my favorite. They are all so sweet.

    Nice post and good words. Am re reading this post again!
    Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, just a bit of fun going on here - if you click on the button on RHS you will go to Pompom and then you can find a list of the people that have had The Willows to stay as they journey around the world!

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  2. Oh speechless. Oh fab! Oh you're so great!

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    1. Gosh thankyou Mags! it's all good fun.

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  3. WOW! Not only do I think you should illustrate childrens' books, I think you should write them as well. Going to read this to our little Toad on Wednesday. Good work, Betty.x

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    1. Not quite JK Rowling! but if Chloe enjoys it that will be delightful!

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  4. Oh Betty you are AMAZING!!! that was the best story I have read in AGES!! and your water colours are truly delightful...yes, I agree..a children's book indeed! How perfect Toad in the Hole for tea! I can just see them bumping around in the wheelbarrow...at least you didn't lose anybody like that Mags!! Can't wait for the next installment! Much love Catherine

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    1. I spend most of my spare time daydreaming Catherine so when I found the lightening tree in our woods I just knew it would be a great place for a story! Thanks for your compliments. In an ideal world I would have a treehouse in the woods and write stories all day!

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  5. G'day Betty. What a wonderful story. I was enthralled from start to finish. Well done. Take care. Liz...

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  6. Betty, your paintings are wonderful! Toad in the Hole looks delicious! Those lucky Willows! They're seeing it all, aren't they?
    LOVE the real life toadstool!

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  7. Betty, I loved your paintings of all the action, and the magical tree!! Your tale is suspenseful and packed with exciting goings-on. Sorry if it's taken me a few days to catch up with you. I don't know where I've been! I think I will have to try my hand at making Toad in the Hole. It looks delicious! Thanks for the wonderful tale! They should be ready for anything after your training!

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