Smile For The Camera!

Marigold: Mum said ‘no tea’ and to sit still and behave! Look, she’s got that black box with the funny lens thing again!

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Marigold: Look over there though, there’s that nice sweetcorn mine . . . .
Fairy: Marigold, behave and look at the camera thingy.

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Mariella: Yes, it looks yummy. I am partial to a few sweetcorn husks.
Fairy: Smells good too! It’s my favourite, you know.
Marigold: And over yonder, is that the lettuce patch?

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Fairy: But if we want our TEA we have to look straight at Mummy – NOW!

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Fairy: Blow this for a lark, tea or no tea, I am getting out of here!

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Nanny Fairy To The Rescue!

I didn’t know the new babies would be such hard work, Monty. I am just about at my tails end trying to cope with everything. I haven’t slept in nights! They don’t give me a moment’s peace – look at them! It’s bedtime now and they simply won’t settle down and go to sleep!

Don’t worry, Minty my sweetheart! I’ve just called Fairy and she is coming round later, as soon as she has finished her snacks. I am sure with her supreme diplomatic and organisational skills she will soon have everyone under control and life will be all hunky-dory again. You’ll see. If not, I have kept the receipt . . . Shh – she’s here!

Babies being naughty

Now then you three! Sit up straight and pay attention. It’s time we had a little chat.

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No Marmaduke you can’t be excused – you should have ‘been’ at break time.

I want you to show your new mummy and daddy how good you all can be.

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Come on now! It’s bed time. Settle down there. None of this shilly-shallying.

NO – I am not going to read you another story Mabel!

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Well thank you, Petunia. I know you love me SO MUCH and a big hug is always lovely . . .

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. . . oh! A very big hug it is then! These Cuddle Cup beds are not very big, are they?

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4 hours later . . . that’s better – all that huggling has tired them out. I think everyone has nodded off . . . zzzzzzzzzzzz

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The next night.

I brought one of my Baby Bowls around. I thought it would make a suitable bed!

In you get Petunia, there’s just enough room for a little’un!

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What’s that, Marmaduke, you’re HUNGRY? You can’t be! It isn’t long since you had your supper.

No, I won’t get off until you promise to stop being naughty and go to sleep!

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There – that worked! Good NIGHT . . . zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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The third night.

This old packing case from my office (the kitchen) makes a jolly good bed too. But you will soon either outgrow it or wear it out. Particularly if you don’t stop all that wriggling about.

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Hmmm . . . I’ve got my work cut out here. However, I think I have solved the underlying problem – we need some new, proper beds – just like Monty and Minty’s. The babies want to be treated as part of the family.

Mummy! Daddy! Get your credit cards warmed up, we’re going shopping!

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The Next Night

There we are – Bob’s your uncle!

The kiddy-winks feel all grown-up and appreciated and have settled down a treat.

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Mummy – does this mean I should have a brand new, super duper, luxury four poster bed with silk sheets and integral fridge (to help stave off night starvation) – just like yours? No!?

Hummph – one rule for mice another for Fairy! It’s so unfair!

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Oh well, at least it looks like my work here is done. All’s well that ends well!

Good night, Minty – good night Fairy! Good night, Monty . . . good night Fairy! Good night, Mabel, night night Auntie Fairy . . . good . . . night, Marm . . . zzzzz

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It’s Off To Work We Go!

Another Mouse Tale today.

You can follow this ongoing story starring Fairy and her friends, Minty and Monty, as well as other magical characters, by going to the Index page and selecting the Blog Posts from the Mouse Tales Category list. The Tales are also to be found in HELLO! Fairy magazine and the Special Souvenir Supplement. These are free pdf downloads.

Here’s Fairy with today’s tale.

Now then Monty pay attention. If I can prise you away from Minty for five minutes, we have to think about your future. When you are married you will need an income. You can’t expect Minty to run a home and everything on fresh air! I realise Minty will continue with her modelling career but you will need to provide for her and make arrangements for a pension too. And one day there could be Baby Mice . . . they will be very expensive, what with employing a Nanny Mouse, and then there is their education!

Anyway, I have had a very interesting chat with Minty’s parents. It looks like there could be an opportunity in the Rt Hon Plantagenet’s Big-Cheese Factory for a dynamic young executive type mouse. We are going over there first thing tomorrow morning for an exploratory chat. Well, after breakfast that is.

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The next day . . .

It is very good of you, Mr Plantagenet sir, to help Monty take his first step up the ladder of success. Your Cheese Factory is a fascinating and profitable business. I can see now where you made your millions – but I didn’t realised there was money to be made in cheese. All that pressing talk gives me a churning feeling. I am more of a specialist in the Salad market don’t you know.

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Gosh! Are all those mice part of your workforce? Goodness, I had no idea what a huge concern it was.

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While Plantagenet hangs around with Monty showing him the whey, I’m going to avail myself of the nibbles. All this food talk  was making me peckish. Hard cheese Monty, I have eaten them all.

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Now that the Rt Hon Big-Mouse has shown you the ropes here on the factory floor Monty, we’ll show you round the offices and get you fitted up with some work wear. You’ll need overalls, boots, hat and gloves for a start. This cheese making can be messy business.

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Thanks very much Mr Plantagenet, sir. I’ll make sure Monty is here bright and early on Monday morning to strengthen the cheesy team!

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The Big-Mouse Cheese Factory – hummph, that sign will need altering! The ‘Fairy, Big-Mouse and Son-in-law, Cheese Factory’ sounds about right!

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Christmas Comes But Twice A Year!

Christmas was a very special time for Fairy. Not only was it her first Christmas ever, it was also a time of giving of gifts and receiving surprise presents in return! The highlight of her day was Christmas Dinner. Mr Bear joined Fairy for a not quite traditional meal.

Oh yummy! Look at my Christmas Salad, Mr Bear! It looks lovely. Those cakes are probably quite tasty too, are you going to try one?

Lunch for Fairy and Mr Bear Xmas Day Best

This leafy stuff is my favourite! Nom, nom, nom . . .

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Nom! Oh! Where DID it all go? Can we get seconds do you know?

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Please Note: Although she ate quite a lot, Fairy did not eat ALL the salad on her plate. Guinea Pigs should be fed a balanced diet including fresh food, hay and pellets.

Bears should not be fed knitted cakes.

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Push Ups!

Although, like most guinea pigs, Fairy’s favourite pastime is eating she is also very aware of the importance of exercise. And what could be better than combining the two!

Fairy’s little hay tin contains some chopped ‘special blend’ hay. Each ‘Push Up’ results in a small treat! The perfect combination!

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What a great game!

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