Fate?

Many years ago I was leaning out of my little house as usual telling stories to a lovely group of children and adults. Somewhere in the crowd was a little girl called Tilly Lunken. She and her mother really enjoyed my stories and have always remembered and treasured that special time they had with me. How do I know this? Because she said so herself just the other day!

Tilly now is a writer! She loves telling stories too. Here is a photo of her getting ready to tell a story with puppets. Tilly is working on a new show and had a showing as part of the HATCH festival at Little Angel Theatre in London. I’m so happy to see you doing the same thing that I enjoy doing so much. Keep up the great work and never stop having fun.

Tilly Lunken

Tilly Lunken

Denmark! Not the country, the Australian town

This weekend I went down to the town of Denmark in the South West of Australia, bordering the magnificent forests and the amazing coastline.

I meet myself in human form!

I used my travelling suitcase to help me get about on Strickland St as the good people of Denmark delighted in all sorts of stalls and activities.

sitting on my suitcaseMy very good friend Rachel accompanied me on my perambulations and helped me tell stories to the eager and willing people.

with RachelThere were quite a few very unusual people there, is it the air, or is it the water?

the stare!

The Stare!

I’ve collected an Australian story from the Dreamtime of the indigenous australians, the original inhabitants of this land before the Europeans came. How the Kookaburra got it’s Laugh.

kookaburra

Say no to Roe

Beeliar wetlads

I was having a lovely visit to Beeliar wetlands, south of Perth, when I came across a rally of lots of people down by the lake. There was a band playing and some stalls.

Save the wetlansI was handed a sign which said ‘Save the Wetlans’ and ‘Say No Roe’, which I found  very confusing. I asked a few questions and realised that the rally was protesting against the construction of a big highway extension right through the middle of this beautiful ecosystem…

Carnaby Cockatoo

I kiss a cockatoo (not a real one, a mask)

As the last of my kind, a wandering gnomad due to the destruction of my habitat, I joined in the protest and showed my support for the protest, listened to the speakers and joined in on the rally.

Save these wetlands! Say no to the Roe highway extension!

My Christmas Cracker tomorrow in Preston

Come and see me at the New Continental down by the river in Preston Town Centre tomorrow at 1pm. It’s only a short walk from Preston station, and the trains are all running fine now.

Even if you choose to drive, Preston is only 30 minutes from Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster so there’s no excuse not to come, really.

I had a brilliant time today with Rachel down the New Continental with stories and songs for a lovely audience of all ages. I made the ladies giggle, Rachel parcelled the children up in a giant Christmas bow, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer appeared and we all cheered when his Christmas dream came true.

Thurtinkle

With the kids at the New Continental, Christmas 2010

Lancashire Life

Thurtinkle Xmas time

I'm back at school!

Upon my return to the frozen wasteland that is Great Britain in Winter, from sunnier climes in Perth, Western Australia, I paid a visit to the lovely Cureden School in Bamber Bridge, Lancashire.

The infants (that’s years one,two and three) were having a christmas party.

Riding on the shoulders of my trusty steed Rebecca, I had a lovely natter with the children and we made up a story together of Santa in Australia, wearing nowt but a pair of red boardies biting into a pie while delivering presents only to find it full of witchety grub worms!

EEEUUUURRRRGH!!

 

Walk against Warming

Thurtinkle with some Cockatoos

I'm hanging out with the cockatoos in Freo

I went down to Fremantle the other day to listen to all the speakers at the ‘Walk against Warming’ 2010 event. There was an election looming in Australia, and as an endangered species, one of the last gnomes left, I wanted to hear all the different policies of the ALP, LNC and Green parties.

It was a lovely day and loads of people had turned up on the Esplanade. Once again the lovely Rebecca carried me on her shoulders and I had a chat with some people. I do hope that the humans stop using so much energy from non-renewables and get their act together in time.

Seniors Week at Scitech

After my visit to Scitech in Perth, Australia, I was invited back as one of the three special guests at the launch of seniors week this week at Scitech.

teawithminister

I had a grand time drinking the FREE TEA and munching on the FREE BISCUITS and meeting all the other visitors, including 104 year-old Peg

withtheladies

Later I handed my flip video to a passing senior and got him to film me talking to Garry about the amazing Segway. You can watch it below.

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