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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Three Jemimas

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It was just another weekday at the Periwinkle household,

...but it didn't feel like a normal day to Jemima. Something was different. For one thing Mommy was baking donuts. Mommy never baked donuts on a weekday.

Also, she had placed cups and saucers on the living room table and a pot full of hot coffee. The kittens Molly and Pip were awoken by the smell.

Jemima was in her room. It was a mess. Mommy had asked her to tidy it up this morning, but she didn't like tidying up. Neither did Quackie, who was pretending to be asleep on the little blue chair. Reluctantly, Jemima started to pick up her toys. 

In the kitchen Julie had just taken out the fresh baked donuts from the oven. They looked delicious.

She started to prepare the icing.

Pip and Molly had tossed the cups onto the carpet, just in case they contained any sweet, delicious milk... Unfortunately, they didn't.

Back in Jemima's bedroom the little rabbit had just finished tidying up. Quackie was still pretending to sleep, as Jemima told her pink My Little Pony to behave. "Be a goood pwincess today... Stay inside da stable. My auntie is coming for a visit an' Mommy want evewyting to be clean an' tidy."

So far, the day wasn't getting any better for Jemima, as Julie decided to clean Jemima's ears and face with a sponge. Quackie was hiding inside the sleeve of Jemima's yellow dress; she did not like to be washed either.

Finally, everyone was ready. Julie and Jemima had just come down the stairs when there was a knock on the front door. Julie opened it.

Jemima couldn't believe her eyes. The rabbit that came in and was supposed to be her aunty looked just like her Mommy! 

"Oh Jemima! How you've grown since you and your parents moved to Riverside! It's so good to see you, love!" 

Then, as her auntie hugged and kissed her Mommy, two more guests hopped over the threshold. The cats walked off, because they felt annoyed by so many visitors. Jemima forgot to close her mouth. And Quackie fainted, because there were suddenly three Jemimas. 

Jemima tugged on her mother's dress questioningly. "Mommy?"

"Darling, these are your two cousins, Jillie and Billie. They are twins."

Jemima didn't understand why the twins didn't look like each other and instead looked like her. Just a little smaller. It was spooky.

After a while, the moms settled down on the sofas and had coffee and donuts.

"Thanks for the lovely gifts, Janey," Julie said to her sister. She was referring to the basket next to her filled with stinky cheese for James, daisies for her and a bar of chocolate for Jemima.

The children were having their snack in the kitchen. Even though they were allowed to have chocolate bars and milk, there was a very strange atmosphere. 

Jemima was staring at the girls who were doing everything in a synchronized manner. They even chewed and swallowed at the same time. Quackie was looking at them in a way that made Jemima jealous and lose her appetite. Jemima didn't even taste her chocolate. Instead, she took careful little sips from her cup of milk.

Before she could come up with any smart ideas, the twins had finished their chocolate and were huddled underneath the table conspiring. Jemima couldn't make out any words, she just heard them whisper to one another. In the meantime, Quackie had discovered Jemima's chocolate and decided to help herself to it. No one noticed her take a huge bite.

All of a sudden, the girls raced out of the kitchen. Jemima watched them suspiciously. What could they be up to?

As they passed by Julie, she said, "It looks like the children have decided to go and play." 

"Have fun, you three!" aunt Janey shouted after them. Jemima didn't say a word as she pursued her cousins up the stairs. 

What could they be up to??

When she arrived at the top of the staircase the girls had disappeared. Oh no, Jemima thought. So she had two evil doppelganger cousins AND they could do magic. Okay, stay calm, she told herself.

But Jillie and Billie weren't evil nor could they do magic. They were simply very, very good at playing hide-and-seek. Can you spot them?

The two of them came out of their hiding places in no time and were again busy with the whispering. Jemima was getting more and more annoyed.

They crossed the oriental carpet and pattered into Jemima's room faster than you can say bunny rabbit.

Now Jemima was really mad. They should have asked her for permission to enter her room... She looked at Molly and Pip who were relaxing inside their cat bed and said, "Be good watchkitties an' go get 'em!"

But Molly and Pip weren't interested in chasing after anyone at that moment.

Jemima entered her bedroom and was just about to give them such a telling-off, when she heard Jillie, who was staring at the My Little Ponies, squeak, "Look, she has pooonies! Sooo beautiful!" 
And then Billie, turning her head in awe, whispered, "...the BEST room in the world!!"

This changed Jemima's mind about her cousins. They didn't seem like bad rabbits at all. They were admiring her room and they had complimented her ponies. So she decided to show them everything. She started with the magical night light on her crib. "Oooooh!" they said.

Then, she helped Jillie climb onto her rocking horse.

And when it was Billie's turn and she won first prize at the "super duper rocking horse race", Jillie, Jemima and Hans the bear all clapped in unison.

After that, Jemima showed them her My Little Pony collection.

Their ponies made a trip to Ponyland, to win back the princess' throne from the evil teddy.

The next game the children played was "Red Riding Hood visits her grandmother in the woods with a basket full of marzipan ponies". 

Billie, who was seated on Jemima's rocking chair, was the grandmother.


After so many games the little rabbits couldn't find the strength to get back up from the carpet, so Jemima fetched the cushion and blanket from her cot and tucked them in.

As her cousins were relaxing, Jemima pretended to read to them from her picture book, just like a mother would. 

This made her become sleepy too.

Julie and Janey had decided to check on the children. It was practically a miracle that Quackie (who had finished the entire chocolate bar) was able to accompany them up the stairs. 

What the sisters saw in Jemima's bedroom made them very happy. Their girls had all laid down together for a nap.

When Quackie saw that Jemima was friends with the Jemima-clones, she fainted. 

"What's wrong with Quackie?" Janey asked. 
"Maybe too much chocolate," Julie guessed.

Half and hour later, the children were back downstairs and it was time to say goodbye. "Oh Janey, please come back soon!" Julie told her sister. 

"I will," Janey promised. "I am so pleased the children got on well. Jillie and Billie have been so in love with Jemima ever since I showed them the photos you sent and read them your letters about her. They couldn't wait to meet her and were so fond of her, they begged me to make them matching yellow dresses. I do hope you don't mind!"

"Don't be silly!" Julie said.

Now that Quackie and Jemima knew the twins' story, they felt they understood them better and were sad to see them go. Not only had Jemima had a great time playing with her cousins, they even turned out to be her biggest fans. 

"Come back soon," Jemima told Jillie and Billie. 

"We will, Jemima. Thank you for playing with us, Jemima," they squeaked.


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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Lucky Day

Good day to you! My name is Ralfie Hazelnut and you may know me from previous entries on this blog. I am friends with Jemima Periwinkle and a Biwubear named Fudge. Today I would like to tell you a story about my sister Rona and me, but first have a look at this.

One day, Nina invited Rona and me (and Rosi, the teddy bear) to look out of her window, because there was something interesting going on in a tree. 

We saw a furry red tail sitting on a branch. (Shame I haven't grown mine yet. Momma says I'm still little and if I eat up my oatmeal every morning I'm sure to grow one too.) 

'Course it wasn't just a tail sitting on that branch, it was an entire squirrel. A really big one. With ears and all. You can see them here sticking up over the branches. They were round, just like Rona's and mine.

The giant squirrel was crunching on some yummy hazelnuts of which there were A LOT that day.

And it just couldn't get enough.

Which is why it simply went on eating, even after falling off of the tree branch!! Rona and me laughed so hard and we were also a little envious of this awesome eating tecnique, though I'm sure my Momma would never approve of it!  

Back inside the house, Nina had taken out her beautiful autumn wreath and decorated it similar to last year. 

She said it looked like keeping a tiny piece of forest on top of the living room table. Fox seemed happy to have acorn fairy's company, I think.

And last but not least, have a look at Nina's collection of squirrel items. Rona and I offered to pose for this photograph, too!

Nina made this jar filled with things from the forest. She simply took two laaaarge mushrooms, some sand and stones, pieces of wood, some leaves and berries and filled it all into a jar. Have you spotted the jar's green inhabitant? 🐸

Now, back to my story! 

Rona and I were walking through the park. It was my lucky day, because Rona hadn't spent an afternoon with me in a looong time. She's usually busy studying or practicing the piano or meeting with her friends.

We had been to the playground where we had first played ball and then tag and then pirates on a ship. I thought we were going back home when Rona suddenly said:

"Ralfie? Would you like to have a snack?" 

"Huh?" I asked. I didn't know what she meant. We hadn't packed anything for a picnic.

Rona retrieved something from the pocket in her dress and showed it to me.
"I just remembered I've got these two coupons for the Vintage Snoopy Café! Maybe we can get two for one, or a drink on the house or something!" she said all excited. 
"Wowie!" I told her, thinking of whatever sweet and delicious might be waiting for us there. "Sure Rona, let's go!"

"We have to call Mom and Dad first and ask if it's okay. I told Momma we'd be back by four thirty," Rona explained as she walked toward the red telephone booth. I was kind of distracted watching the little critters that were scuttling around between the orange leaves.

"Rona?" I murmured while she was on the phone with our Momma, "ask her if we're allowed to order cookies. Or pie." 

Rona did what I asked, then listened into the phone and said "Uh-huh... Uh-huh! Okay, thanks!"

"It's our lucky day, Ralfie!" Rona laughed. "Momma said we can go if we're home by six and that we can have ANYTHING we like!"


When we entered the Snoopy Café there was a free table next to a shelf. It had a green plant on it, cut into the shape of Snoopy's head. 

"I'll take the chair and you can sit on the bench, Ralfie," Rona said.

"Welcome to the Snoopy Café!" said the friendly waitress.

Rona helped me onto the bench. (My legs are kind of short, you know. Momma says I'm still little and if I eat up my hazelnut casserole I will grow to be very tall and strong.)

"Look Rona," I said, as we were checking out the interior of the café. 
"Is that a gift basket?" 
"I think so," Rona answered. 
It was filled with a bunch of goodies from the store. 

"I'd sure love to have one of those..." I said.

Then the waitress came and we made our order. 

"Did you kids know that it's Snoopy's visiting day? He comes once a month to talk to customers and sign autographs. He's on his way here now."

"Wowie!!" I said for at least the millionth time that day and dashed back and forth on the bench 'cause I was so happy. 

"I can't believe our luck, Ralfie! Now we can meet Snoopy in person."

And we were even luckier than we thought, because Snoopy didn't come alone. He brought his good friend Woodstock. At first Rona and I were a little tongue-tied, 'cause how are you supposed to keep your cool when you actually get to meet two CELEBRITIES?? 

But Mr Snoopy and Woodstock were really friendly and easy-going and it didn't take us long to feel like we had known each other for a long time. I was sitting next to them on the bench as the waitress brought us our drinks.

I let Mr Snoopy sip on my fruit tea, while Rona had her sweet cocoa and Woodstock sat on the table telling dog jokes. 

I don't know anything about running a business and decided to concentrate on my snoopylicious pie as Woodstock and Mr Snoopy discussed weird stuff like "proceeds" and "budgets" and "taxes". 

Mmmmh, my chocolate pie was reeeaaally good!!

After Mr Snoopy and Woodstock had left and Rona and me had eaten up, more and more people were leaving the café to go home. Rona suddenly jumped up from her chair and cried, "Oopsie! I absolutely, totally forgot about the coupons!! I wonder whether we can still use them now, after we've already ordered. I'll go and ask."  

"Okay," I said.

"I totally forgot I had these coupons. Can we still get a drink for free or something?"

"Let me see," the waitress said. "Oh no, these aren't coupons, I'm sorry." 
"Oh..." said Rona and she was really very disappointed.

But the waitress wasn't finished. "Those are two raffle tickets and the number on the black one means you've won our main prize!"

"Whaaaaat?? I think it's our lucky day!" Rona squealed.

And it really was, because Rona won the awesome gift basket and promised she would share the contents with me.