Pen and Ink...and maybe some paint

Thursday, November 10, 2011

On the Road Again!

Mole, Ratty and Toad are off on their next adventure! They experienced our first snowfall of the season...
Shortly after this experience I found them working on this sign!Maybe the snow reminded them too much of the time they got lost in the woods! (Although that ended very well, in front of Badger's fireplace!) They were very kind, saying they enjoyed seeing the north woods and the beautiful lakes, not to mention learning about poison ivy *itch* and wolves and black bears *shiver*. They were sorry to know that they had arrived too late to hear the haunting call of the loons, who had headed to their wintering places by now. But...they had heard rumors that Texas was warmer this time of year. (I withheld the fact that the area where they are headed has experienced some earthquake tremors lately. I think that was a fluke, so why worry them?) I wish they could have seen the Aurora Borealis, but that lightshow can be very elusive even for those of us who live here all the time. So...
we packed them up snugly and after many good-byes and thank you's, and a few tears, I gave them over to the care of the nice lady at the post office. The outside of our little post office is decorated with this beautiful mosaic of a tiger muskie, which is fabled to live in the waters of our beloved Lake Belletaine.
Mole, Ratty and Toad are on their way to visit Gigi at Firefly Cottage in Texas. Maybe they can wave at my two sons who live in Ft. Worth, as they pass by. Wish I could ride along with them and visit my sweet boys, but I will have to wait for larger accomodations! Gigi, they are looking forward to seeing all of the wonders of the Lone Star State. As a native Texan myself I enjoyed hearing of their expectations of BIG things in Texas. Have lots of fun with The Three. I sure have enjoyed meeting them and decorating The Book!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

WITW Happenings in Minnesota...

Ah, finally we had our tea party! Toad was a little put out that my English Cottage cups were actually made in Japan, but he liked my Irish biscuit tin. Did you notice my little mushroom teapot? It has been glued back together, but I think it's a cute little teapot. After our tea...
...the boys located my copy of their favorite book! They gazed admiringly at it and stroked the binding. I think they're a little homesick. Well, I promised a visit to the Ancient Swamp Willows...
These old willows have been around for a hundred or more years, I'm sure, and they won't be around much longer, but I think Mole, Ratty and Toad enjoyed being back close to nature for a bit.
Boys are boys the world around and these are no exceptions.
Their noses were pressed against the windows as they watched this huge log cutting machine on its way to harvest some trees in our woods.
Yes, Pom Pom, I did get a photo of The Willows posing with little Miss Audrey. I'm not sure she quite knew what to think of it, but she'll be impressed someday to find she posed with these famous folks!
Well, it's time for everyone to be off to bed. I'll keep you posted! :D

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Three Set Foot on Terra Firma Once Again!

It was a cold and blustery Minnesota night when my hubby rescued The Three travellers from a chilly fate...inside our mailbox. He quickly ushered them into the warm house and placed their cold toes close to the crackling woodstove. They were very appreciative!

Because they had been served a late meal in route, we said our goodnights and they quickly snuggled down into the little sleeping spot we had prepared for them in the loft of our log cabin. (We haven't quite gotten moved to our new place!) I will look in on them later to see if they need a quilt. At the moment the house is quite toasty, thanks to our trusty woodstove.

We couldn't put them to bed without first posing them with my laptop as proof of their arrival. They loved my desktop picture of Jerusalem!

I was aghast at the thought of putting my own picture online, but I see it's a requirement of all WITW hostesses. I'm really not bald, as my picture might suggest. I just wear my hair pulled back in a braid. (I'm seriously thinking of changing my hair-do after seeing this photo.) Anyway, I'm looking forward to adding my touches to this wonderful copy of The Wind in the Willows.

I will follow up with more news as our adventure continues. I hope to take The Adventurers to visit The Ancient Swamp Willows of Nevis which grow in our pasture. Their leaves have gone for the winter, but I thought it might help the boys not to feel so homesick for their own willows back home.

Goodnight, all!