Fellow Baffled Ones, greetings. What kind of explorations are you doing around your house? Houses are grand places to go exploring and visiting.
Today our Hilda Bear is setting off to visit the House Frogs. Hilda enjoys knitting and wearing hats. She likes to make sure everyone in the house is feeling comfortable. Last time she visited the Door Stop Family.
Today she put down her knitting and asked our ferocious lion, Lionel, to join her on a tour of the house frogs. Lionel was a bit sleepy – he sleeps most of the time – but was happy to see different parts of the house.
First Hilda and Lionel checked on the Bedroom Frogs. These frogs reported that they were very comfortable indeed.
Next they came to the Mantlepiece Frogs. While Hilda and Lady Frog admired each other’s hats, Fisher Frog gave Lionel fishing tips. Lie-About-Under-A-Leaf Frog shared tips with Lionel about being as relaxed as possible.
Next, Hilda took Lionel all the way over the room to the Television Frogs. All the little Television Frogs seemed to be mesmerized by Lionel. They had only seen lions on the telly before. They were under the impression that lions were terribly fierce and scary. Lionel assured them that although he was indeed a scary and ferocious lion, he usually felt too sleepy to do anything about it.
Over by the stereo sat Big Bull Frog and his friends. Big Bull first arrived in the house as one of the Doorstop Family. Big Bull did not like the stress of the door-stopping job. It played havoc with his suit and tie and hat. Just when he was in the middle of adjusting his bowtie, for instance, he’d have to work the door. So he retired from door-stopping. These days, he can meticulously adjust his attire all day long without interruption. In the way of old Gentleman frogs, he likes to tell the little frogs and any visitors tales of past lily ponds and swamps that he has splashed through. He warns them to avoid such places -they are dreadfully messy.
Lionel listened avidly to Old Bull. He had never sat on a lily pad in a pond and was keen to hear all about it. Old Bull was pleased to have such a listener. “You are a scholar and a gentleman, Lionel’, he croaked.
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