The Tale of Rowan and
his boat: part 1
(Click here for part 2)
I'm going to tell
you George Mouse's favourite story, the one his father
Parsley used to tell
George and his sisters when they were little mice, just
before they went to sleep in their beds in the Tree house.
Rowan used to sit down on Campanula's bed, close his eyes,
and begin... and this is what he said..
upon a time I lived high in the mountains of Wales, near
a gigantic waterfall. It thundered and foamed as it cascaded
down from a great rocky height, through an archway and
down into a deep pool near my hut. The pool bubbled into
a fast flowing stream.
I was all alone, and every night as I fell asleep I used
to dream of building a boat of my own, so that I could
follow the rushing water along the stream as far as it
went. First I built a little raft using twigs, bound together
with grass rope that I had plaited but it got caught in
the flow of the current and was carried away before I
could catch it. I realized I'd have to build a big strong
boat with oars, if I wanted to make a long, long journey.
So I collected as much wood as I could and dried it in
the sun during the day and stored it beside my hut at
night to weather it.
I made tools from little
pieces of slate and chips of granite which I found by
the waterfall, so that I could cut up the wooden branches
and shape them into a frame and boards for my boat.
In those days I used to eat wild garlic and berries which
I found on the banks of the stream. I hadn't met your
mother yet, and I worked on the boat all day.
I used to make
a little fire outside my hut at night, and I slept with
pieces of wood all around me. I carved the oars for the
boat by using my best granite knife whilst I sat by the
fire after supper. I got quite excited as the boat took
shape and it seemed that my dream would come true at last.
. . what would I find when I set off down the stream?..'
If you'd like to know what happened
to Rowan next, come back and visit me soon again and I'll
tell you. Goodbye for now, hope to see you soon!