Category Archives: Mawson’s friends

Hilda Bear and Lionel visit the house frogs

Fellow Baffled Ones, greetings.

Once again, here is our Hilda Bear. 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 ferocious lion, Lionel to join her on a tour of the house frogs.

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First Hilda and Lionel  checked the Bedroom Frogs. They enjoyed the visit and all reported being very comfortable.

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Next they came to the Mantlepiece Frogs. While Hilda admired the Lady frog with a hat, Lionel got some fishing tips.

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All the little Television Frogs seem to be mesmerized by Lionel. They had only seen lions on the telly before.

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And last stop was with Big Bull and his friends.  Big Bull arrived in the house as one of the Doorstop Family. But he found that the stress of door-stopping kept upsetting his meticulously arranged attire. Just when he was adjusting his bowtie for instance, he’d have to work the door. So he retired from the door stop job and these days, in the way of old Gentleman frogs, he likes to tell tales of past lily ponds to all who will listen.

Lionel listened avidly – he’s never been in a pond let alone sat on a lily and was keen to hear all about it. Old Bull was very pleased. “You are a scholar and a gentleman, Lionel’, he croaked.

You have wandered into Mawson Bear’s web-den. Mawson is a Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps) and the Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In  and She Ran Away From Love.

‘Reading this book is like receiving a great big hug of reassurance and a huge hot chocolate with fluffy marshmallows.’ Review of Bright World by Lady Bracknell

Hilda Bear visits the Door Stop Family

Fellow Baffled Ones, greetings. Here is our Hilda Bear. Hilda enjoys knitting and wearing hats. She likes to make sure everyone in the house is feeling comfortable. When she isn’t knitting she tours about to check on all the plush and anipals.

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Today Hilda is visiting our Door Stop family. The first stop (chuckle) on our way is Owly Homebody Stop. Owly likes the feel of gentle breezes and looking across from his door out the window at night.

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And along the way we find Owly Passageway Stop. Hilda and Owly Passageway admire each other’s sense of colour and style. They often discuss hats. Hilda has promised to find a hat for Owly.

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Wandering along, and here is Penguin Stop. Penguin only has to work when the wind blows really strongly against the front door. Most of the time he chats the day away with the floor ducks.

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Over by the family room entrance Hilda meets up with Dora Cat Stop. Dora has the prime position to see all the comings and goings. She’s a good source of gossip. So Hilda likes to catch up on what Dora has noticed lately. Oh, and who is that in the background?

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Yes, its Shaun Sheep Stop. Shawn is our latest Stop Family member. He still looks bewildered by his new surroundings. Hilda has visited every day to reassure him. Mind you, Dora confided in Hilda that she thinks Shaun might always look bewildered.

‘He’s just that sort of sheep, Hilda’, says Dora.

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Do you have a doorstop family? Do they like hats? Do they look sheepish? Do they like to gossip? And do you have Floor Ducks too?

You have wandered into Mawson Bear’s web-den. Mawson is a Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps) and the Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In .

‘Reading this book is like receiving a great big hug of reassurance and a huge hot chocolate with fluffy marshmallows.’ Review by Lady Bracknell

Magic Arrives in our Mail: Feuding Fae

Mail has arrived! Word has gone out to every cushion, bed and lounge in Mawson’s castle. Word on the carpet is that inside this seemingly innocent looking parcel there is a magical tale.

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The Tedettes crowd around the Magic parcel that arrived in the Mail.

Young Jewell (in striped sleeping hat) tells everyone that only a magic sword will work for the opening. Bonnet and Oscar, recoiling away, are not so sure, especially as Jewell seems got hold of the wrong end of it. Samantha (far left) brought her pet Dino along. Dino wants to know more about these rumoured Phoenixes. Suspicious creatures, Phoenixes, Dino is thinking.

The Magical Mail was posted from far away – where steampunk heroines and water dragons live – by FELICITY BANKS . And this is what is in it:

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“This is a tale of two missing magical creatures; a phoenix and a water dragon. The missing ones have left a trail of art behind them. Can you help find them before it’s too late?”

What happens is, you get parcels in the post! Not just a book but a parcel with Things In It. Inside are artworks and CLUES. You can see examples of the artwork at Felicity’s Home on the Web right here.

You begin to read the story about the water dragons and the phonenixs. There has been a disappearance, possibly a kidnapping. Oh dear. You read the stories and letters and notes and clues. And discuss them all (there is a noticeboard where readers and players can discuss it). And you puzzle out what is going on. You might end up still completly baffled so far and have to wait for the next clues in the next parcel.

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Frenzied unwrapping of the Magic in the Mail

Oh look, inside the outside parcel is an inside parcel! Frenzied unwrapping ensures. Stay tuned.

Interactive Fiction:

Felicity writes other Interactive Fiction too. As with Feuding Fae, you don’t just read but get involved. They are also known as Choose Your Own Adventure Stories. It’s a different and absorbing way of reading, and its suitable for all ages. In fact, people of all ages could do it together and take a break from the telly.
Excited by the whole idea of Interactive Stories? Consider Murder in the Mail. Dastardly deeds are done and, as the clues arrive in your mail, you get to be the detective. Again, the clues are in various forms including original art. For more Interactive games and stories have a look at IFDB, a database about them.

You have wandered into Mawson Bear’s web-den. Between naps among cushions, Mawson ponders about Baffling Things. He is the Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In .

Gustav and the Ironing

Greetings fellow Baffled Ones,

My name is Gustave.

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 I like words and poems.
And the ironing.
Ironing is so peaceful.

 

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I could sit and watch it all day long.

You have wandered into Mawson Bear’s web-den.  Between naps in gardens, Mawson ponders about Baffling Things. He is the Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In .

“The book brings back such nostalagic memories that it made it comforting, like a  old security blanket.”  FNM Book reviews.