Friday, 27 April 2012

The Willows Depart

It was Friday morning and Betty decided it would be too wet for Brighton -  she had really wanted to take the Willows but the weather just wasn't right.  She was busy packing the box up to send the Willows on to the next stop on their long journey when she remembered the little house nearby with the teddies on the balcony - perhaps the Willows would like to see?




In the 18 years Betty had lived by the Woods this little house had always had teddies on the balcony, the house has changed hands and still the teddies are there - they wear different outfits depending on the weather.  People often stop at Lonesome Lane, Horley, to take a picture.  The bears have their own personalities and really enjoy visitors.

Just one more stop - to see the River Mole...




Betty held the box up over the river, thinking how pleased Mole would be to see a river named after him ..... and lost her balance.




The box landed on a piece of wood floating downstream fast and, although they were safe and dry, Betty knew she had lost them forever.......

The Willows could hear water and were being swished around on a fast current, Ratty bravely opened the lid of the box a fraction and realised their box was a floating boat and they were heading down the River Mole all by themselves.  'Where does the river go?' asked Mole.  'To the sea' said Ratty.  Remembering his earlier survival training he fished around in the box for his swimming shorts.

Everyone stayed in the box, frightened but excited and too scared to look until, after what seemed like hours, the box felt like it was no longer afloat.  Ratty peeped out and threw the lid back 'We've arrived and it looks like we have washed up on Brighton beach,  I can see the Pier, no sand - it's a pebble beach'.




Ratty leapt out for a paddle

Mole and Toad were not so confident - Toad was concerned about the effect of salt water on his skin and found dry rocks to hide under; Mole couldn't find anywhere to dig so hurried under a pile of rocks too - the characters looked out of place, but it was a wet and windy day and not many people around.




Ratty returned - he had enjoyed his paddle and slumped in the box, tired and ready for a sleep, Mole and Toad joined him - wondering how on earth they would get to Ange's house on their bloghop now.  Just then the box moved and they saw a little girl peep inside - 'These are somebodys toys, I think we should post them Mummy, they have the address and stamps on and clearly have got lost' ... the Mummy peeped inside too 'yes, lets go straight to the post office' she agreed ..... and so The Willows got their day at Brighton after all and thanks to the kindness of strangers are now on their way to Ange...  Betty is on a train to Brighton anxiously searching for The Willows, unaware of all this - so when they arrive - perhaps you could let her know they are safe? Thanks ... and here's the link for Ange - watch out for their arrival


16 comments:

  1. Watching anxiously for the village postlady now! I must rush and tidy the spare bedroom so they have somewhere snug and warm to stay.

    Hope you are ok after your overbalancing, Betty! blessings xx

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    1. I am fine thanks Ange - just hope they make it safely to your place; but I am confident that with all that survival training they will get to you one way or another. Betty x

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  2. I was a weekend guest at Angela's last year. I do hope the boys have large appetites and lots of energy. They are going to have so much fun!
    Jane x

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    1. Come to think of it, I can't remember feeding them after the toad in the hole dinner - I seem to have been a little neglectful, hope they will forgive me. Bettyx

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  3. Love the drawings, esp toad.
    Hope they arrive warm and well at Angela's after that adventure.

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    1. Thanks Carolyn, I think they are ready for some pampering after this trip.

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  4. Too cool. You should publish! River Mole was already fabulous, but Lonesome Lane? Too cool! Best trip yet! Star star star!

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  5. Oh, those silly boys seem destined for mishaps! I can't wait to hear their tales when they get back to Denver months from now! The teddy house is so snug and cute! Bears on the balcony . . . I like that!
    Oh, I shall dream of Ratty, Mole, and Mr. Toad as they travel to Angela's house. I bet she'll sew them something. Your paintings are FANTASTIC!

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  6. Just found your blog and love it. New Follower.

    Jody

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  7. I agree with Mags and 'Lonesome Lane', what a great title.Really enjoyed reading the further adventures of the trio but they do get into hot/cold water, don't they? Bear House looks quite spooky and now I know why!Best to be avoided I think. Good weekend to you. x
    ps the paintings are FAB!

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  8. Oh my goodness Betty I'm glad that they were found & that you have not suffered any injury. Fancy that, nothing to eat since Toad-in-the-hole"..they'll certainly be more than a little peckish by the time they reach Ange! Well done Betty The Wood Fairy! x0x0x

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  9. Your stories of The Willows are delightful Betty! What a lovely house belonging to those teddies - and a lovely post.

    Jeanne
    x

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  10. My that was harrowing!! And now they have yet one more *adventure*!

    Blessings, Debbie

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    1. Well, I may have taken 'adventure' a little literally but I think they will get over it at Ange's with a bit of pampering.

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  11. Hello. I have come to by way of PomPom. We are both Coloradoans, though we don't know each other. We are both educators at different ends of the spectrum. She teaches youngsters; I teach at a local university. I am glad to make your acquaintance. I am also a bit giddy over England, having visited there twice and hoping to return. I'll enjoy your blog.

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    1. Hello Ann nice to meet you. Hope you will get over to the UK again, the Willows have been staying very close to Gatwick Airport, infact they were in the flightpath here and could hear the aircraft! Maybe you will visit Surrey next time and explore our woods.

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