Ralfie and Jemima

Ralfie and Jemima

Thursday 4 October 2018

Welcome, Hippolina!

Today Hippolina is coming to stay with Mother, Father, my brother Paul and I. In case you didn't know, my name is Portia Peachblossom. 

Dad has told us to not be nervous, that Hippolina is probably more nervous about her stay than we are and if we're nervous, she'll get nervous and then we'll all feel especially nervous and... you get the picture. 

That is why we are gathered in the living room acting normal.

Father has prepared everything for our tea.  

Paul is telling his penguin a penguin story, Mother is cross-stitching and I am multitasking. I am stroking our cat Aster with one hand and putting a beautiful pink necklace around my sheep's head with the other while telling it to behave. My sheep can get very naughty around visitors.

Suddenly the doorbell rings.

We all jump up and gather around facing the front door. 

"I'm so excited, I've never had a sister before!" Paul cries out. 

"You numpty!" I hiss at him, "What about ME??" 

"Aw Portia, you know what I mean - of course I have a sister, but we've never had a test sister before, have we?

Paul is right about that. I am so excited to have another girl in the house from now on. I can't wait to give Hippolina a welcome hug.

But trust the parents to be all patient and grown-uppy and to really take their time welcoming each other first. *sigh*  
In come Teresa Babblebrook and little Toby and the mothers exchange hugs and kisses.

Troy Babblebrook and Hippolina enter the living room behind them. Hippolina is wearing a pretty blue dress with pink and white flowers on it.

"Hello Hippolina!" I say, "How was your trip to Africa? You've got a lovely tan!"
Hippolina smiles at me and says, "It was awesome and thank you. You are the first to notice." 
And then she blushes a little, so I am feeling really good about myself and like I have broken the ice with her already,

when all of a sudden she turns around and leans into Troy Babblebrook. 

And when I think things can't possibly get any worse, she starts crying the most enormous tears I have ever seen another person cry.

"There, there," says Teresa and the Babblebrooks lean in for a group hug with Hippolina in the middle.  What is going on??

"Don't worry, children, it's just hard for her to say goodbye," Mother whispers to Paul and me, as if she were reading my mind.

The Babblebrooks leave because they don't want to postpone the inevitable and Hippolina gets a huge mother bear hug from my mother Orangine. Paul has suddenly pushed himself in front of me, so I contemplate pinching his dumb little tail in revenge, but then I think of my sheep doll and I stop myself. I have to set a good example.

Paul hugs Hippolina

and then it is finally my turn to give her my first test-sister-embrace.

After all the hellos and goodbyes and the crying and welcoming, Mother takes Hippolina by the hand and leads her to our comfy sofa. Aster joins her immediately and looks at her curiously.

"Oh Aster," I say jokingly, "have you never seen a hippo before?" (She probably hasn't...)

Dad is preparing our drinks.

Paul and I fetch something to eat 

and Mother chooses something for Hippolina. The Babblebrooks have told her she likes brioche with strawberry jam.

"I do hope you enjoy our homemade iced tea," says Patrick, our father. 

"Oh yes, thank you, I like it very much," replies Hippolina in a very well-mannered way. "In fact," she adds, "iced tea is my favourite drink."

And then we all tuck in. 

Hippolina seems to be relieved at the kind of food we eat. I wonder what she has been fed at some of the other families' houses?

I realise we should have test siblings over more often, since Mother and Father have made a special effort with our meal and we don't usually have muffins and brioche and puff pastries for tea...

Paul feeds his penguin another toy salmon.

And another one. 

(Well, actually, it's the same one.)

Hippolina seems to have a healthy appetite.

Mother has already finished and is having her belly massaged by Aster.

There is no food left on the dining room table - oh yes, a white chocolate muffin. Do you want it?

Hippolina and I draw some pictures and Paul listens to our conversation while cuddling the cat.

"I like your flower," Hippolina tells me. 

"Your bear looks good too," I reciprocate, after looking at her sketch. 

"Thanks," says Hippolina, "it is a picture of you."

After a while Hippolina stands up on top of a sofa cushion and looks at the family photos on our wall.

"I wonder whether I'll ever take pictures like that with a family of my own," she sighs.

"Of course you will, Hippolina! You just wait and see. You'll have at least one photo with every family you've ever tested, I'm sure, and then countless pictures with the family where you decide to stay! That's more family photos than we could even fit onto this wall!" I explain enthusiastically and Hippolina gives me a wide and happy smile.



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  1. Hi Nina,
    this story was very good again. I loved everything in it. Mrs Peachblossom has a very good hobby, cross-stitching. I have to learn it, too.
    I admire also Mr Peachblossoms skills in making the meal. Delicious muffins and brioche and puff pastries. Nam, nam.
    Today is a rainy day in Finland.
    Greeting to Hippolina and the Peachblossoms from Siiri and Iivari.

    Kind regards,

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment and the greetings from the mice.

      The sun is shining and we are looking forward to the weekend. Especially the Peachblossom cubs and Hippolina, as they are planning on going to the park to play.

      Have a great weekend!

  2. The Peachblossom family, especially Portia, made Hippolina's welcome a very warm and loving one. She already looks comfy, sitting and drawing in the company of Portia. A lovely story!

    Hugs, Drora

    1. Hello Drora, the Peachblossoms are very friendly and they know how to cook. Portia even has the same hobbies as me: sketching and going to the playground.


  3. The Peachblossoms are such a nice family! They really did their best to make Hippolina feel welcome, I think that all of those cupcakes and pastries were a great idea, I would certainly feel welcome if I got served such nice food anywhere! The plates where they ate their food from also look very fancy with the floral design and the gold rims. Many of the mothers in Dandelion Creek would be very jealous! Where did you get them by the way? The two girls are very talented artists, those drawings really look amazing. I am sure that Hippolina will have a great time with the Peachblossoms.
    Until the, Emily

    1. Thanks for your comment, Emily!

      Orangine is very happy you noticed her plates. They are from the Rilakkuma British Tea Time set from Re-ment.

  4. A nice story and beautiful pictures. Hippolina is adorable.

  5. Zu sehen, wie ein Nili solche KrokodilstrĂ€nen vergießt, war wirklich herzzerreißend... *seufz* Ja, das ist nicht so ganz einfach fĂŒr Hippolina, immer wieder eine neue Familie... immer wieder ein Abschied - aber auf der anderen Seite viele fantastische Erfahrungen und wunderbare Erinnerungen fĂŒr's ganze Leben. Die Peachblossoms haben sich wirklich rĂŒhrend bemĂŒht, damit sich Hippolina gleich wie zu Hause fĂŒhlt. Übrigens - liebe Hippolina, die leichte SonnenbrĂ€une steht Dir mindestens so gut wie das wunderhĂŒbsche neue Kleidchen!

    Liebe GrĂŒĂŸe
    Birgit und die BiWuBĂ€rchen

    1. Danke fĂŒr das Kompliment, liebe Birgit!!


  6. Your pictures and stories are always a joy to see.
    Hugs Maria

    1. Thank you, Maria!!

      Have a lovely day.

  7. I zoomed in to see all of the lovely details- there are so many- love the tea cozy! Hippolina is so sweet- I hope she finds a lovely family to stay with.

  8. Dear Nina:
    What a sweet story! Your beautiful pictures and all those cute re-ment items helped me put in the sylvanian mood again! The Peachblossoms´ have a lovely living-room. It feels really warm and cozy! They were very friendly to Hippolina and she seems to like her new "family" already.It´s nice to see how Portia and Hippolina got on well so quickly.

    Thanks for such a nice story!
    A big hug!