Diddily Dee Dot's Dreamland for Children Everywhere
Sat, 16 Jan 2010
On Page 46 !Hello it has been a long time since we heard about Percy and his new friend Precious, They are starting out on a new adventure next week.
CHAPTER THREE -
SLIPPING AND SLIDING
and Percy set off on their way to the outpost and
hopefully some thing that will give them a
direction home."That's a thought"
said Precious, "Where do you live
you heard of it?" Percy replied."You have to be joking my lovely,"
Precious said laughing . "Then you don't live that
far away from me. Except of course that I live over
the border.""No way, you live
in Wales! Percy spluttered."Now do I sound Welsh, there is more than
one border to England, you
know.""Not if you live
in Liverpool it isn't, Wales is the closest.
Scotland is miles away.""Diw bach, as I said. Do I sound Welsh?...
of course I'm bloomin Welsh, I
was being sarcastic." "Oh sorry, truly
sorry," Percy said frowning. (In he head he
thought that he could
have taken on more than he
imagined.) "Hm m
tricky one," he muttered under his breath and
slipped, landing with a bump on the
snow."What was that you
said?" Precious said helping him
up."Nothing special I
just said that, that could be a tricky one," he
pointed to the mountain of snow ahead of
them."We'll do it, just
save your breath for walking, come
"Bossy as well" he
whispered and tagged on behind
After what seemed
like a hundred hours, it was only about four
really, they saw a grey shape looming up in front
of them. They were both very tired, even Precious
had stopped giving orders and it was with great
relief that they found the door unlocked and were
soon sitting in the warm
They found soup
and mugs, some dried fish and meat. Plenty of water
to make coffee, though there was no sugar or milk.
The little holes in the top of the stove, made
patterns on the ceiling as the early night pulled in.
The two creatures
spent the rest of the evening talking about their
respected homes and how strange it was that they
lived so close together , yet it had taken a voyage
across the world almost to bring them together.
actually belonged to a little boy called Michael.
How could he forget, he had been so excited when
Michael told him he was going to take him with him
on a trip to see the whales. It was going to be a
most marvellous adventure. "Well how on earth did you end up in the
Antarctic?""Huh, tell me
about it. One minute we where watching for whales
over the starboard bow. Suddenly Michael's mother
screams "there's one! there's one!"
then screams, more in fright at his mother's
scream. Up jumps Michael, up goes me and I'm
over the rail and dropping down into the
water.""Oh goodness me
cariad!, what a fright, so what happened
"You may well ask, for I don't think
anyone else did. I fell and fell, hit the water and
carried on falling. This is it I thought, gone
forever. The liner was pulling away, I was back up
on the surface bobbing away like Noddy's bell. Then
you'll never guess what happened next?"
comes this dolphin, says his name is Donald. He had
watched me fall when the whales appeared. He also
noticed the lack of interest in the family, so he
took it upon himself to rescue me, he carried me
quite a way actually," Peter paused and looked up
at the roof of the cabin.
"Gosh I'm so tired, we
seemed to have walked an awful long way today." He
lay down on the pallet and next minute he was being
waken up by Precious asking him "did he want his
eggs poached or boiled".
"Eggs! Where on earth
did you find eggs, no, no, no, don't answer that.
Gosh I might be eating my own kind." He frowned, "
I'll have the same as you, thanks" he said getting
up off the pallet only to find himself shivering
like mad. He grabbed an old fur skin that was
hanging behind the little stove and wrapped it
around his body. Then stuffing his hands in his
pouch he sat there hunched up like and old, well
I'm not sure really, an old green penguin covered
in scruffy fur I suppose.
Precious bought him
his eggs, "no bread," she laughed. "Only a two star
restaurant this my lovely." she laughed again. "Are
you feeling warmer? "I hope so we really can't have
you catching a cold, now can we?" She never seemed
lost for things to do, which was good, for Peter
truly was feeling a little under the weather.
have found a few old charts and after deciding that
things couldn't have changed that much in the last
few years, I think I have planned us a route to
this small span of water." she wiped her nose with
the back of her paw. "Sorry about the dribbles,
always get them when it gets cold." she muttered
wiping it again.
Peter chuckled but didn't say
anything just shook his head and
He suddenly started to
laugh. What did Precious look like, all you could
see was a pair of purple ears and feet the rest was
draped in a bright yellow bit of tarpauline type
stuff, that she had somehow cut a head hole and
armholes out, she was wearing it as a poncho. "Oh
dear Precious,, you do look strange." He laughed
"Huh," she tutted. "It's a good job
there isn't a mirror here, you green rug rat,
you don't look much like a prince either! Now, come
on, so long as we are warm what the heck. Let's
have a root around, I'll do the inside again, in
case I missed anything. You can go outside and see
what there is around the back of the hut."
aye Captain!" Percy said reaching for another bit
of skin, and wrapping it around his neck. "Off I go
into the icy depths." he groaned, taking a last
drink of his coffee. Then tying a piece of rope
around his waist he opened the door of the hut and
walked out into the morning
that bad really, he was quite surprised at how warm
the sun was and it wasn't long before he was
feeling more like his old self.
A good search
around all the sides of the hut brought some very
good treasures. First there was a sledge, it wasn't
brand new by any means and the rope needed
renewing, which Percy did straight away by taking
the rope from round his waist and attaching it to
either side of the sled. He thought he had
found a few empty crates under a tarporlin,
but when he tried to move them, they were heavy.
Calling Precious to help him, they managed to get
one of them open and what a find. It was full of
cans, and inside the cans was a variety of dried
food, including milk, which pleased Precious very
There was two other
crates, one of them was full of flares. Too many to
take them all, but Percy wrapped a few of them up
in a piece of oiled cloth to keep them dry, also
matches and some sort of fire lighter, these too
were wrapped carefully in the oiled cloth. After an
hour or so our adventurers had amounted a goodly
pile of useful bits and pieces. Percy felt a bit
like Scott, he frowned as he remembered Scott's
ending and decided that maybe he was more like
Robinson Crusoe and Precious was his girl Friday,
but he didn't tell her incase she wanted to be
They attached one of the crates,
which they had emptied, onto the sledge, then they
filled it with all the good things they might need
including the little billy can set they had used in
the hut. They put all the stuff out of the crates
inside the hut save it getting damp, for they also
took the tarporlin as Precious said. "It will make
a grand shelter, should they not find a natural
one." They went back into the hut to get themselves
a last cup of coffee, with milk. as well as a big
chunk of corned beef from one of the cans, then
when they had finished and refilled their mugs once
more. It was time to go.
far do you think we will get before nightfall,
Percy asked as Precious surveyed the chart, whilst
he did the washing up and packed the mugs and
plates in his bag.
Percy having no idea about
chart and maps just sat there and listened as
Precious routed the way to go. Outside it had begun
to snow again though not very much, "I do hope it
doesn't turn into a blizzard." Precious said
putting the kettle back on the paraffin stove. "You
did pack away that tiny stove didn't you Percy,"
"Yes, it's in the bag on the sledge well
wrapped to stop it getting damp. What shall we do
if the snow does thicken Precious?"
can do really, lovely! It is going to be hard
enough finding our way in the daylight but we will
never be able to do it in the dark or a blizzard."
She poured the coffee into the spare cups. "We will
just have to stay here for another night, at least
we will be able to set off first thing in the
didn't stop snowing for the rest of the day, but it
didn't turn into a blizzard either so Precious and
Percy decided to spend another night in the hut.
Percy spent a short while searching through draws,
that was until he found a pack of playing cards.
They helped to pass the time a way, he was pleased
Precious knew how to play cribbage, though Precious
had to keep the score with a some charcoal from the
old bin and some scraps of paper.
the stove went low and the darkness descended our
two intrepid adventureres slept through the night
till the morning.
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