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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:OCTOBER/NOVEMBER COCKERMOUTH STAMP CLUB


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Smokey the Dragon


A SHORT STORY FOR YOUNG CHILDREN BY CHRIS BOWER©2017 PART TWO – How Smokey Makes Friends


Last month, Smokey the Dragon could not make friends because smoke and flames came out of his mouth and this made everyone scared of him. A wise owl called Twowit flies down to help Smokey.


Twowit says into Smokey’s ear, “I have been watching you. You only breath smoke and talk flames when you get very excited. You get very excited when you try to make friends. When you are on your own, these things do not happen. So, do not get excited when you try to make friends.”


“That is very easy to say,” says Smokey. “I cannot help getting excited when I think about making friends.”


Twowit thinks for a moment, and then he says, “The answer is not to try to make friends!”


“But I want to make friends. It must be very nice to have friends to play with,” answers Smokey.


“I know,” says Twowit, “so when you see someone in the distance do not go rushing up to them. Just wave in a friendly way and carry on. Gradually everyone will get used to you and when you meet anyone you will not get so excited.”


This worked very well. Everyone gets used to Smokey and Smokey does not get so excited. Very soon he had lots of friends. He gives children flights on his back, because dragons do have wings and can fly. Sometimes, when a fire has gone out in the grate of a village house or a bonfire is needed to burn garden waste, then the villagers get Smokey just a little bit excited so that he makes a small flame to light the fire.


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Once each year, he lets himself get very excited. This is on bonfire night. First, he proudly leads the procession with smoke and flames coming in great bursts from his mouth. When he gets to the bonfire, he is so excited that his flames very quickly light a spectacular bonfire. All the villagers and their children cheer. Smokey feels very proud.


Then he has to calm down very quickly because his flames would make it difficult to see the fireworks and that could spoil the show both for himself and for everyone else. This is not easy for Smokey but he is learning very quickly to control his excitement – but inside he is still very excited to see the lovely fireworks.


Every day the robin, the squirrel and the fox come to play with Smokey and poppies flower outside his cave. Smokey is very happy with his friends but his special friend is Twowit.


AND NOW FOR SOMETHING TO DO...


Make a Pumpkin Birdfeeder


For this you will need: •One small pumpkin •Garden twine or string •One nail •One spoon •Lard •Bird seed


Ask a grown-up to cut the pumpkin in half. Then take out the seeds from one half with your fingers. Now take out the rest of the pumpkin insides with the spoon.


Turn the pumpkin over and put long pieces of the string or twine in a cross shape over the bottom of the pumpkin and fix them in place with the nail. Turn the pumpkin over and the string or twine will be used to hang the pumpkin.


Now mix the lard with the bird seed. Make sure the lard is at room temperature. If it comes straight from the fridge it will be too hard to mix. Cut the lard into small pieces to make it easier to mix, and only add a small amount of bird seed at a time.


Spoon the lard and bird seed mixture into the pumpkin and hang it somewhere where you can see the birds feeding: high enough up to stop cats upsetting the birds.


Hint. To make the string or twine stronger you could plat three strands together. You could make a second feeder with the other half of the pumpkin.


If you do not wish to waste the inside of the pumpkin ask a grown-up to show you how to make pumpkin pie. It tastes delicious!


Have fun! 19 OCTOBER 2017 ISSUE 419 PAGE 51


© SUSAN FLEMING


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