Friday, 20 April 2012

Further Adventures with The Willows

The Willows were excited, Betty was taking them on a very late night walk.  There was some caution as the strange group walked along the hedgerow ; they had to cross a busy road to a pond and this road was known as a danger spot for Toads- so dangerous there was a sign warning motorists



Not much use in the dark on a bendy road, but better than nothing thought Toad.

They hurried across the road, dodging traffic and made it to the pond, an emotional moment for Toad as there were many of his species there to greet him.  After a quick swim in the pond, the three scampered along excitedly,  Betty was taking them to Outwood, close to bluebell woods and ….



Home of a beautiful, wonderful, WINDMILL – standing majestic against the night sky with it’s huge white arms stretched like a scarecrow, there it was amongst the sparkle of a thousand stars.


  Betty threw down a blanket and invited the Willows to sit down.  ‘This’ she said, ‘is a midnight feast with the fairies‘.  Out of her wicker basket came fairy cakes with the most delicate pink and yellow icing and everyone tucked in.



It wasn’t long before small sparkles could be seen around in the darkness,much brighter than the distant stars, a tinkling noise like bells could be heard here and there, laughter, then there they were – the fairies of
Outwood were everywhere, wearing bluebell colours and with wings as fine as spiders webs.  The group were enthralled and lay back on the blanket munching their cakes contentedly – they left all the pink ones for Betty.



The fairies flitted around  until the first bird song was heard, birdy voices started up from all corners of Outwood and broke into the dawn chorus.  As daylight seeped into the night sky the magical moment came to a close as the fairies drifted away like little puffs of dandelion head on the breeze, their lights no longer visible in the daylight sky.

It was the first time Betty had ever shared the fairies, the windmill or even the cakes with anyone., she knew she was becoming too fond of these little Willows characters and it might be hard to let them go.  As you can see, Ambercat has taken a liking to them too.






10 comments:

  1. That's exactly how I felt too and they weren't even having nearly as great a time as they are with you! I love this story! Can I come for a midnight feast as well?!

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    1. I found myself talking to them in the car the other day! You are welcome for a midnight feast, just bring plenty of fairy cakes.

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    2. I did that too! Oh I'm so glad I'm not alone!! I'm going to ask Pom to make us some when it will all be over!

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  2. And I haven't said how fabulous are the paintings.

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    1. Thankyou, it was something new to do and fun.

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  3. Amber has a very sweet look on her pretty face!
    Even the fairies love the Willows! I think they might grow quite fat over the course of their tour! You are a WONDERFUL hostess, Betty!

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    1. The Willows have been drenched in Catnip (dried plant which cats love), any household with cats that they visit in future should be aware the Willows will be extremely attractive to cats!

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  4. ADORABLE!! Betty you are amazing! I love every scrap of this story. Your pictures are perfect & I am still chuckling at the toad crossing sign...well done! I hope you didn't hurt your eyes reading under the duvet with a torch after lights out ; ) Goodness, Mags can talk alright...she lost mole for hours on the street!! And by the way, my little ears pricked up when I heard the ad for "Call the Midwife" on our telly this week. I remember you mentioning it...starts tomorrow night yay! Much love Catherine x0x0x

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    1. YOu are going to just love 'Call the Midwife' it's so fab. So glad you enjoyed the Willows picnic. Reading under the duvet with a torch is new for me, so no eye strain yet!

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    2. Well it was an accident- I was terribly contrite!

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