Hello, fellow Baffled Ones. In Pt.1 we met Gavin (with bowtie) and Lionel The Lion (with mane) looking at books about Oz-Tray- Ya. Lionel, excited by the pictures of the extinct Tasmanian Tiger (thylacine), wondered if there could have been Tasmanian Lions too.
Such lions might be Lionel’s forebears. Or his fore-lions! He had to know. And right there he made a Plan. He would leave BigBedroom and explore the Wide Lands yonder until he found his fore-lions. His friends worried about him. Lionel had never left Mawson’s House before. He spent his days lolling about. How would a sleepy, pampered indoors lion ever manage to look after himself? Someone would have to go with him. Gavin volunteered to go.
Gavin often sits on the bookshelves and reads things and knows stuff. He knows about maps. They decided to journey to the North West of Western Australia. Gavin thought that If these fore-lions were anywhere, they might be there.
They will start where Koala sits on the map. That’s Perth. They will rest in Geraldton about where Gavins bottom foot-paw is and rest again where he is pointing at the bit of land sticking out. That’s called Shark Bay and it’s a world heritage area. Then they will go on across a lot of empty country (empty of people) to where Lionel sits. It will be hundreds and hundreds of kilometres.*
They have no idea what a ‘kilometre’ is.
Gavin and Lionel prepared for their expedition. They found hats, sunnies, bags, a compass, water, sunscreen, and more maps. They set off from Big Bedroom. Lionel wobbled under the weight of his exploring gear. Shortly after that, he collapsed. Gavin helped him up and wondered if they would even make it out of the house.
Will Lionel stop toppling over? Will they find any fore-lions? Don’t miss the next exciting episode of …. da da da daahh dummmm .. Lionel The Lion Seeks His Fore-Lions.
(*1450 kilometres. The round trip will eventually take 2800 km, but don’t tell our heroes.)
Mawson Guardian Says: Gavin and Lionel live in Mawson Bear’s House. Mawson writes little books full of muddles , bafflements, and even some accidental wisdom.
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