Sunday, July 12, 2009

Once upon a time in Penn

Once upon a time in Penn…

A short story by Tony Huskisson


Once upon a time, in a village far, far away, (just the other side of Springhill Bus Terminus), there could be found a dense, scary jungle. Hidden in the jungle was a little tumbledown house where there lived a lonely tiger. Although his house was tumbledown, he loved it dearly, and over the years he fixed the leaking roof, mended the draughty windows and replaced the rotten floorboards. And fitted an infra-red remote control lighting system.

One day, a pretty little pixie came to the jungle and saw the lonely tiger. What a tall, handsome tiger thought the little pixie. How useful he would be for reaching high things. And what a nice job he has done of repairing this little house. Although I think he has gone a bit over the top with all the electronic gadgets.

What a pretty little pixie thought the lonely tiger. I like her sparkly eyes and her cheeky smile. Perhaps she would like to come and live with me in my little house, then I would not be so lonely. Plus there is a mountain of washing up in the kitchen which needs doing.

And so the pretty little pixie came to live with the tiger and he was not so lonely. Together they cleared the jungle around the little house so they could grow their own food to eat. The little pixie sprinkled her magic pixie dust over the ground and soon things began to grow. First some courgette plants appeared. Then some squash plants. Which looked rather a lot like the courgette plants. Soon the entire garden was filled with courgettes which made the little pixie very happy. I don’t really like courgettes thought the tiger. But never mind, perhaps next year she will grow a real-ale tree. Or a bush that produces bombay mix.

And so the couple lived happily together. The tiger reached high things and the pretty little pixie left them lying about the place. The little pixie washed the tiger’s underpants and the tiger put them in a pile ready for ironing. Life for the two became a team effort.

The tiger soon realised that they made such a good team, he thought they should stay together for ever. So he bought a big shiny ring, put on his best tiger suit and asked the little pixie to marry him. And the little pixie agreed.

They were soon married, and threw a big party at a fairytale castle for their friends and family, who travelled from miles around. There was a banquet of food and wine and ale, and everyone had a fabulous time dancing into the night. And everyone agreed that the twenty-one-tier courgette cake was the best they had ever tasted!

The end.

20 comments:

Little Phoenix said...

You look absolutely gorgeous, and you both look so happy. Congratulations!

Ammerins said...

Congratulations!!! You both look great. I hope you had super day!

Wibbo said...

Congratulations and best wishes for the future, Ruth! Lovely photograph too :o)

Dawn said...

Congratulations, you all look lovely (and well co-ordinated!).

Flossie said...

You look so beautiful, and very happy. And I think that's the sweetest story I've ever read. :)

Please can you post more photos? Any close up views of the shawl and your dress? I love weddings! x

Sally said...

You look so happy and so beautiful Roo! Gorgeous dress, and a very spectacular shawl!

Much love and best wishes for the future xxx

Emily said...

Don't you look as if you're having fun!

love the story, too. Thanks for that! And congrats both.

Desiree said...

Congratulations, I am sure you had a lovely day. The story is very sweet.

clarabelle said...

Aww, Ruth, such a lovely story, sob!

Swiftly pulling myself together... lovely bridesmaid shrug and, of course, your wonderful Aeolian! Congratulations to the newly-weds! X

Carrie said...

Congratulations, you look beautiful and you both look very happy.

Hat said...

What a lovely photograph! You look wonderful and the little bridesmaid's outfit you made looks so professional. Everybody looks so relaxed! Such a good beginning to the rest of your married life.

Secret Sheep said...

Congrats, Ruth and Hubby!!
Was that you I saw in a horse and carriage on the Penn Road on Saturday? I nearly did a U-turn to inspect the shawl up close...

tea and cake said...

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs! You all look really happy, x.

Flossie said...

I just need to add another comment: I think those briesmaids' outfits are the nicest I've seen! The navy dresses are gorgeous and those shoes! What a stylish wedding party. And Cerys looks adorable in her Roo-made dress and shrug. Fabulous!

kate said...

You are an absolutely stunning Bride.
Congratulations!

Aknita said...

Ruth, you look radiant and so very very happy. That's a lovely photograph.

Little Cerys looks a real picture in her dress, and I love the clever co-ordination in colours with the two other bridesmaids who look so stylish.

And doesn't your shawl look the business :-)

Wishing you much love and happiness :-)

Roobeedoo said...

Lovely story! Good luck for the happy ever afters! And you all look lovely!

Linda said...

Congratulations and you look beautiful. xx

Secret said...

You look stunning-as expected. Congratulations and the best of wishes for a happy future

Liz said...

Wow, you look beautiful! Can we see a close up of the wedding shawl? Your little bridesmaid looks gorgeous in the dress too!!
Congratulations to you both. I hope you're always as happy as you look there. xxxxx