Saturday, 5 October 2013

Autumn in Little Chestnut

It was a mild but windy early Autumn day, and Mortimer Bramble the hedgehog was doing some last minute re-potting and pruning before Winter came.


Then suddenly, a gust of wind came. One minute Mortimer was watering his tulips, the next him and his lovely neat garden were covered in leaves!


"Oh no! The garden looks so untidy now!" Mortimer exclaimed. I better sweep it up, he thought to himself.


They must have all come from that tree from the Dappledawns' garden next door, Mortimer thought.


Soon, all the leaves were in a nice pile ready to be cleared up. Mortimer smiled with satisfaction.


Then, another gust of wind brought lots more leaves, and sent the leaves in Mortimer's nice, tidy pile all over the place!
"Oh for goodness sake!" Mortimer said, slightly crossly.


"What's wrong, dad?" Asked Maxwell. Maxwell and Abigail, Mortimer's children, had come to see what he was doing.
"I just swept all these leaves up and now the winds messed it all up again!" Mortimer explained.
"Oh dear!" Abigail said as they laughed.
"There's always going to be leaves in the garden in Autumn!" Maxwell said, and Abigail nodded.
"No matter how often you sweep them, they'll always come back. There's no point worrying about it," Abigail said, wisely.

Later on, as Mortimer and his wife Eleanor were getting into bed, Eleanor said "Darling, why are there so many leaves in your prickles?".
Mortimer sighed and started to explain, but Eleanor had already dropped off to sleep...

23 comments:

  1. Hello from Finland :) !!!
    So cute story :D I have just started my own Sylvanian Families collection. Your blog is so cute and one reason for that why I have now little bunnies in one of my dollhouses :)

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    1. Hi there! I'm so glad you've started collecting, it's such a brilliant hobby :) thank you so much, and enjoy your Sylvanians! :D

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  2. What a lovely heart warming Autumn story - my favourite season :)

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    1. It was actually a very fun scene to photograph :) thanks :D

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  3. Very cute Lily! Glad to have you back!

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    1. Thank you very much Eaton, means a lot! Especially since your blog is one I always look to for inspiration :)

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  4. Such a cute story! And your fallen leaves look really good in the pictures!

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  5. Lily, I love the new look of your site. You are so talented in your drawings! The photos are so cute - great idea on the setup with the autumn leaves.

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  6. Hey Lily, adorable story. I love the way the leaves sit on poor old Mortimer's prickles. Have you done anything to the floor of your dress shop? (Like put a carpet in or something?) :)

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    1. No, I honestly haven't had the chance - 2013 has been a crazily busy year! Thank you :)

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  7. I love it! Sooo cute!

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  8. Great story! xxx

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  9. Hi Greetings from England :D I collect Sylvanians to and I made a new blog! :) I just made An Adventure Chapter One! Please Reply ;)

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    1. I will have a look at your blog :)

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  10. Katherine Shewell31 October 2013 at 02:27

    Hi Lily! I'm from the United States and I collect Calico Critters and Sylvanian families. I love them so much! But, with lots of love they collect a lot of hair, dust, dirt, etc. I read on your blog that you clean your Sylvanian Families. So I was wondering how you clean them. Yours look so nice and I want mine to also. Thanks for your help!

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    1. I cleaned them simply by running a bowl of lukewarm water, dipping the Sylvanians in and gently rubbing at any patches on dirt. Alternatively, you can use a soft toothbrush to remove any dust - I find this the most effective method. Sorry for the late reply :)

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  11. Wow! What a darling blog you have here! I love the mini scenes you create. I'm so glad I found your blog today! :-) xo Jennifer

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  12. I forgot to mention that Mortimer and the other hedgehogs are totally adorable! I think that is the next Sylvanian Family I will try to buy. Too cute! What a fun blog and sweet story, Lily! I've just discovered the sweetness of Sylvanian Families and posted my first photo of a mini scene I created with them a few days ago on my blog. I'm so happy I found your blog, and now I'm one of your newest followers. I'm looking forward to seeing more stories from you. I'm holding a mini desserts giveaway that might interest your Sylvanian critters too. :-) xo Jennifer

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    1. Thank you very much :) I will have a look at your blog, of course x

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