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3/6/10

Secret ingredient...part two..


There are days when even the large kitchen table in Hilltop Hall is too small for all the woodland creatures that visit. Today was such a day.
Everyone was eager to be allowed inside. ...
Gustave was already busy in the kitchen .. stirring the secret ingredient through the soup....

HMMM, he mumbled ... that's going to be a great soup if I say so myself .. he gently stuck one frog finger in the soup and tasted to be sure ... Hmmm ... he smacked ... nice!
Suddenly the kitchen door swung open .... Mr. C fell in. ... He's usually in front of each row!
Because of his bad eye sight he isn't always sure in which row he really is ...this is tricky,it wouldn't be the first time he fell in to the wrong house ,but this time, Mr. C came to the right place at the right time and he fell with his nose on the right doormat ..
Dear C quacked Gustave ... there you are..how nice of you to invade the kitchen so unexpectedly .. did you smell the soup .. ?

I did I did..replied C, as he rose and picked up his glasses.... you can smell it from afar friend Gustave ..

Behind Mr C the head of Sir Horatio Hog appeared.... quite shocked by the collapse of C....it made all his quills stand up ... he looked very dangerous and grumbled ... 'C ....Why is it never possible for you to enter a door a civilised way..?'
' Oh my dear friend Horatio', quacked Gustave ...'look at yourself.. we'd better stay away from you ... you're very prickly today ...be careful...you might hurt somebody..!'
Mr. C didn't pay any attention to Sir Hog...merrily he shuffled through the kitchen ... bumping against a table leg and then searching his way to the nearest chair .... Sir Horatio followed at a safe distance while he tried to get his spines in order again....

Then..a large shadow fell on the doormat...... Mozes entered ,wearing a big smile on his bear face ...' Ahaa', he muttered ... 'soup' .. From the doormat a small echo squeaked... 'Ahaa .. soup' ... Where did this funny twitter come from... well, look who we have here.... the one and only Miss Moussie ..

'Hello Gustave', twittered Miss M...'so good to see you, and, dearest,the soup..really.. when it will taste as good as it smells... it must be..marvellous..
My sweet little Miss ..quacked Gustave, this soup is made with love ....quickly, lets go go and eat.. ..
It took a while before everyone was seated..... Elvira was hopping form one chair to another.. eventually she stayed sitting on the table next to the soup ..... And then there was Sybille. . she was very nervous....magpies and silver cutlery .. not a good combination .. Sir Horatio grumbled ...still some spines were upright..'Sybille ..Why is it never possible for you to sit still....and give me back my spoon..!'

The Dutchess ... who had observed the sweet chaos with pleasure,said..Dear friends ... there we are ...welcome to my kitchen.. I wish you all a wonderful souper ... .. Shall I be mother..dear Gustave ...and serve the soup ?.

Please do.. quacked Gustave ...the honor is all yours...Bon Appetit My Friends....

7 comments:

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh how grand Gustave, to have all your friends for soup! What a wonderful day this has turned out to be. I wonder what the secret ingredient is?
Beautiful illustration dear Dutchess!!!!
Blessings everyone at Hilltop
Penny

GrandmaK said...

Soup! What a wonderful meal to be shared among friends. Indeed, the illustration is grand! Wishing all at Hilltop Hall a grand day! Cathy

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh I am late for this most delicious meal, but what love is found here; everything tastes better when LOVE is mixed in! Gustave looks absolutely smashing and fabulous my dearest! Your art work is a joy to behold, and you are like a Beatrix Potter to me...my own dear friend, so talented!

Blessings to you for a peaceful and inspiring week! Anita

Jacqueline said...

The aroma of this famous soup has traveled all the way from Hilltop to Nowhere to Bellingham where I live. I told my husband I was leaving tonight for Hilltop. His only comment was...whatever you want Jackie, just bring me back some!

TK said...

How wonderful! Soup for all your friends. I wonder if i might not hang around the back door in hopes of just a taste...
We loves your art and your stories!
TK

skippinginthemeadow said...

i am so excited! i'm a big fan of Molly Brett, Beatrix potter and Kenneth Grahame and i feel i have met their equal here. have you bublished any books?

Anita said...

I love ,love love the pix on ur blog. (the sketches and the photos). I like the lazy squirrel. I wish the ones around here laid around like that lol. I am an artist also. My blog is anitaphillipsart.blogspot,com -Anita

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