Sunday, 18 March 2012

My Sylvanian Chronicles

Hello there! Have you been wondering what happened next with my Sylvanians? Well, you remember that they had to come up with a plan to trap the intruder that Mrs Owl photographed right! After whispering a long time about it, they decided they needed to find a way to catch the thief when he or she came during the night. But how could they do that without being seen? It is not easy to hide from someone when you don't know where they're coming from!

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The Sylvanians decided they needed the help of their friends the Fairies! Mr Owl flew to the Enchanted Forest to look for them and ask them if they could have a meeting. Of course the Fairies said yes, because they are very nice and also they think the Sylvanians are very cute.

On the day of the meeting, Mr Walnut Cat, Mr Reindeer, Mr Polar Bear and Mr Owl travelled to the Enchanted Forest. It is quite a dangerous journey because the Forest is far away. There is a lot of climbing and walking to do. Of course, Mr Owl has an easy time of it.

When they finally reached the forest, some of the Fairies were already there waiting. In the picture you can see Rhoslyn with her butterfly, Odile with her magic wand, Hatshepsut with her cat Femi, and Faye with Brucie her fox, who is really a magical sprite.

After the Sylvanians explained everything, the Fairies thought about how they could help the Sylvanians hide. At last, Hatshepsut snapped her fingers. "You need to become invisible! Let us make you invisible!" she said.

"Of course!" said Odile. "Shall I turn you into air now?"

"No no!" said Mr Polar Bear, waving his paws in a panic. "We still have to do our chores and help the children. It will not be good if we are invisible then!"

"Yes, that is true," said Odile. "You need something to make you invisible when you want to be invisible".

"But not permanently!" said Mr Walnut Cat with some alarm.

"No no, of course not," Odile said hastily. She hadn't actually thought of that.

"It is simple," Hatshepsut said. "Brucie knows where to dig for the Gurgling Ginger roots. I will make a potion with it, that you can take to become invisible. When you want to become visible again, you just drink some hot chocolate with marshmallows".

"Does it taste good?" Mr Reindeer asked doubtfully.

"It tastes wonderful!" Hatshepsut said. "But even if it doesn't, you don't have much choice do you?"

Everyone agreed that this was true. So Faye and Brucie hurried off in search of the roots.

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On the way, they were almost eaten by the Fearsome Hound of the West Highlands, but Faye offered him some chew toys and he let them pass.

Soon, Brucie had dug up enough of the roots and they brought them back to Hatshepsut. The Sylvanians watched with great interest as she mashed up the roots and added some of her own potion from a little black bottle in her dress pocket. She also added three hairs from Femi's tail. Femi was used to this sort of thing so he didn't mind. Then she said some magic words, and the whole thing poofed up in bright blue swirls with golden sparkles.

Odile used her magic wand to make all the sparkling swirls into a ball, and then squeezed it like juice into a flower cup Rhoslyn had. Carefully, Rhoslyn made a cover for it with another flower, and then she handed it to the Sylvanians.

"Just three teaspoons each," Hatshepsut said. "You will remain invisible until you drink your hot chocolate. Good luck!"

The Sylvanians thanked the Fairies for their help, and gave them some pies they had made and two new blankets they had woven for their treehouses. Stay tuned to find out what happens next!!

Saturday, 17 March 2012

More Underwater World!

Here are just a few little videos of what I saw at Underwater World!





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Hi! Let me share with you another cool thing I got to do during this school holiday! Here are a few pictures of me and some of the wonderful creatures at Underwater World! It was fun. No, seriously, it was REALLY fun! Though I did feel bad for some of the animals who looked cramped up and unhappy. I am sure they prefer to be back out in the wild. I guess there are good and bad points about aquariums and zoos.

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These are the big sea turtles. They were at least 65cm long. And, cool fact, these were the biggest turtles I had ever seen! 

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This is the "touch pool". Here, you can put your hands in the pool and touch all the animals. The animals here included the bluespotted stingray, puffer fish (not the poisonous ones of course!!), archerfish (these spit out water to catch their insect prey), and sharks. This is me, touching a puffer fish. Isn't he cute!

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And this is me, reaching my hand in to touch the stingray. They feel soft, cool and smooth. I liked them a lot, and before we left I spent at least 20 minutes just touching the stingrays. There was one in particular who kept swimming up to me! Maybe he liked me :)

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TA-DA! The famous bluespotted stingray!

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This gigantic stingray is from the "raypool", where there are tons of huge stingrays. 

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These are the ever-so-cute garden eels! They slowly come out of the sand; sometimes, you can see just the top of their heads in the sand!

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WOAH! Look at this huge fish! I think it had back or spine problems. Perhaps it should get its spine treated or loosened. 

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Here I am, having my picture taken in front of the huge fish!

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Here is a school of fish. They look luminous, especially their glowing purple eyes. Aren't they pretty!

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Look at these big crabs! I never thought I would see them live in action (well, they were not really in action)! You can see these ones are almost bigger than my head. There was another one sitting behind in the dark who was much larger; he was a little creepy.

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Look at this seahorse! It looks like a piece of kelp, doesn’t it? It does that to camouflage.

These last few pictures are from inside the Underwater World aquarium tunnel. It is such a cool aquarium. You can walk through it or ride on the travelator, and the water and fish are all around you. I like this part of the tunnel because the statues and pillars look like some mysterious ancient city that sank underwater -- like Atlantis! 

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This picture really shows how old and mysterious the sea and its inhabitants are doesn't it! Do you know, many sea creatures go back millions of years! I hope you enjoyed my pictures. I will post up some little videos soon when I have time. See you again soon!

Thursday, 15 March 2012

March Holidays: Sylvanians!

It's the March school holidays! I've been a bit too busy having fun to write often, but I wanted to share these pictures with you! They're from the Sylvanian Families show!! Look - there's Chocolate Rabbit waving to you!
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During the show, kids went up on stage to play games, answer questions, and win prizes! The prizes were only colour pencils though. There was singing and dancing too. Here is a picture of two kids playing "Scissors, Paper, Stone" with the Sylvanians. 
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Time to answer questions! That little girl was only two years old and couldn't understand what the man was saying. In the end he gave her the colour pencils anyway.
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Yippee! This is always my favourite part - taking pictures! Of course, I always let my little sister pick who she wants to stand with during Meet And Greets. Don't the Sylvanians look enormous!
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I also won this in a lucky draw! It's a garden set. My sister has already used some of the things in her new front yard, like the bench and flowers. I love the little rabbit topiary; it's so cute!
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See you soon! Happy holidays!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Sylvanian Chronicles

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Hi there! Today I am writing about my sister's Sylvanian house! Remember I told you her house is right at the end of our Sylvanian village? It is really right at the last part of our chest of drawers. She had about 5cm of space outside her house to play with her Sylvanians and so every other day she would be knocking someone over.

Well my Mom felt bad for the Sylvanians who kept hurting themselves falling so far. Also she was worried about our dog eating them and dying. So she decided to make my sister a front yard for her house! She made the yard out of a box. She made a fence for it too, so that my sister's Sylvanians can sit in the garden and chat and play and ride their bicycles without falling off a cliff.

The first two pictures show the new yard without anything in it. My Mom made it to fit on the drawers and stop just before our room door. You can see how it sticks out past the drawers right? My sister now has about 15cm extra space! There is a part of the yard that goes round the side of the house too.

The bottom pictures show everybody enjoying themselves in their new yard. I'm so jealous! No, just kidding! See you soon!

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Hair!

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Hi there! I just wanted to show you the bun my Mom did for ballet today. Isn't it perfect? I shall have to tie a super neat bun like this for my ballet exam. It's coming up in just a couple of weeks! See you soon!

Ming!

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Hi there! Remember my cat Sophie? Well now let me introduce you to another of my cats -- Ming Ming! He is a Ragamuffin cat and he is about as big as Sophie. He is quite fat and heavy. His fur is very thick and soft, but it does not get matted very easily. People always notice his bright blue eyes.

Ming is a very quiet cat, you almost never hear him meow. He is also very very easygoing. I don't think he is really friendly unless he knows you well, but he is very relaxed. You will often find him lazing about, lying completely flat on his back on the sofa or on the bed or the floor. In this picture, he is sitting on top of that cardboard cat house my Mom made.

Ming is a little bit older than Sophie. They play together a lot. My Mom rescued him when he was a little kitten. He was just sitting all alone in the rain and his white fur was all wet and dirty. He is very close to my Mom and follows her around the house like a dog. Sometimes he'll climb up right in front of her on her computer keyboard to get her attention!

Friday, 2 March 2012

My Sister the Vampire

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Hi there everyone! How have you been? No, my sister is not a vampire, at least I don't think so haha... that would be quite cool though. This is a picture of me with my new, favourite book -- My Sister the Vampire by Sienna Mercer. It is the story of two girls named Olivia Abbott and Ivy Vega. Olivia moves to Franklin Grove and makes friends at her new school with Ivy. After awhile, the girls discover they are actually long-lost identical twins! Olivia is a sporty cheerleader, and Ivy is a Goth who dresses all in black and wears lots of black eyeliner. The girls start to learn more about each other and then Olivia learns something amazing about her sister and Franklin Grove!

Read this book now to find out what it is and what happens next! It's a great story about family and friendship! Have a super weekend and see you again soon!