Nanny Fairy here people, my good works and kindnesses to bestow.
Minty and Monty wanted a quiet day out together today, probably to get me a big prize or plan a huge surprise party for me or something of that me-centred nature. I, of course, volunteered to look after all the baby mices for them. Such a selfless little treasure I am!
Hello there Marmaduke, Mabel and Petunia. How lovely for you to have me to look after you today.
Right you three, lets be ‘aving you. Are you all sitting comfortably? Hold tight. We are off for a quiet genteel stroll around the garden on this beautiful sunshiny day, in your beautiful new shiny pram.
Mummy, we are going to set off now mummy. We won’t be too long, Mummy. You might want to prepare some restorative sustenance for when we get back. I will be very much in need of it because I will be doing all the hard work type things in the hot sun, pushing this great big heavy pram and everything.
Chocks away! Oh! Hang on . . . I will need a quick energy boost before we move off.
Now where did I put that secret stash of grass? Looks like you are sitting on it, Marmaduke, hotch over.
Yum, yum. Now, you three can sit there patiently and admire a virtuoso display of piggy formation nibbling and at the same time get a free maths lesson.
Munch, 2, 3, 4. Chew, 2, 3, 4 . . . and what comes next, Petunia? Yep, swallow! Gulp 2, 3, 4 . . .
That was just the ticket. Right, brace yourselves – time to launch this show on the road.
Just a cotton pickin’ minute – what’s that up ahead?
It can’t be, can it? It looks like it could be . . . I can’t believe it – we might have stumbled across a mythical, fantastical, storybook type treasure, beyond the wildest dreams of piggy avarice. . . A Sweet Corn Leaf Mine!!!!
Whoooooooah! Look! By ginger! It is!
STOP! EVERYBODY OUT!!!!
Goodness – this looks like a very picturesque picnic spot. Let’s just sit and eat the scenery for a while.
Nomm, nomm, burp – pardon! Nomm, nomm . . .
We can’t possibly leave all this yummy stuff here to go to waste . . .
I know, let’s pile as much as we can into the perambulator.
I had better sit up here and make sure nothing falls overboard.
Come on then mices – heave ho. Let’s make tracks for home.
Put those little mousey backs into it. Puuuuuuush!
Hummph, we don’t seem to be getting very far. Are you all trying?
What’s that, Mabel? One of the wheels has sunk into the gravel?
Well, if you had pushed a little harder, and complained a little less . . .
MUMMMYY – HELP – WE’RE STUCK! Ring the breakdown man, quick. We will need an extra big, strong tow truck!
No need to panic – I have it all fixed and fettled.
There was nothing for it – I lightened the load – by eating all those yummy leaves!
We haven’t heard the end of the soon to be legendary Sweet Corn Leaf Mine saga, no doubt . . .