After the twins had finished telling their tale of giant green girl eating lizards roaming the garden ! Mum had taken them into the kitchen for some hot chocolate to calm their nerves.
The boys however who had listened to the tale with growing excitement had charged out into the garden whooping and yelling battle cries of ‘ find the killer lizard !’ ‘ The lizards mine! ‘ ‘ Can we keep him for a pet? ‘

They were soon down into the damp shade garden and where the girl’s had abandoned their trugs! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   Little Albie puffed out from running to keep up with his big brothers sits on the step, so happy that he now as shoes so can follow the others when they go outside.

Toby looks around ” I cannot see no Giant lizard!” OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Erik, Robin and Valentine look around searching for signs of giant green lizards! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlbie’s not to sure about giant green lizards .
” What’s in those trugs? ” asks Robin.
” I’ll have a look ” replies Toby OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHe lifts off the blue trug and then drops it with a small start when he suddenly sees Gunther blinking at him!
” At last ” sighs a sleepy Gunther ” Now we can go for tea!” OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   At the first sign of movement in the trug Albie shot off the step and sheltered beside Erik for protection.
” Don’t be frightened ” says Robin ” It’s only Gunther “ OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARobin goes forward to speak to Gunther .
” Have you seen sign of a giant green lizard? ” Robin questions ” is that why you hid in the trugs? “
“Nein ! ” says Gunther insulted ” I am frightened not! of green lizards ! I am a bear of much bravery and cunning “
” Then why are you in the trug? ” Robin continues
” The wind is chilling and I took shelter not knowing how long before the screaming girl’s would return!” OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARobin leans forward and lifts Gunther out of the trug asking ” Did you see any sign of a giant green lizard? “
” Nein ” confirms Gunther ” no lizards or their foot prints !” OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA” We’ll take you back to the house once we have had a quick look…” Robin is saying as Toby suddenly
starts laughing
” I think I have found the lizard !” and he waves the green dragon puppet around for all to see! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe boys laugh at the girls being frightened of a PUPPET! Gunther explains that he had to carry it on his head , which sends the boys into more laughter imaging the puppet bounding through the plants towards the unsuspecting girls! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Nein!” exclaims Gunther ” It was I who frightened off the junge Mädchen ( young girls)”
” It’s not your fault ” says Robin soothingly ” Those silly girls should have made sure of what they saw before  running home!”
Gunther feels a little better at Robins kind words.” I am very tired ” he sighs ” It’s hot and heavy work to carry the giant puppet through the plants “ OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAValentine picks up the empty trugs and after making sure they are not dirty or smelly puts them on his head to take back to the house!
The boys try to decide who will take turns to carry Gunther back to the home. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA” I’ll go first ” says Albie , Robin’s not sure his little brother will be strong enough to take a turn but does not want to upset him by saying no!
” Look ! ” says Albie turning round ” I have the perfect place for him to ride!” OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA” So you have ! ” laughs Robin, lifting Gunther up and placing him in Albie’s hood!
“Right ” says Robin ” you lead the way and we’ll follow, Erik you can take Gunther once we get to the Lychgate, Then I’ll carry him from the flower  garden gate to the house ” now the decisions been made, the boys set off.
Gunther is loving his view from the hood and calls out ” Let us sing a walking song to help us on our way !” OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHe clears his throat, hums a few notes then starts to sing ” ich liebe zu gehen … ” English” calls Valentine from his place at the back ” traurig .. sorry ” says Gunther and starts again…. ” I love to go a-wandering along the mountain track …”
 The boys all recognized the song and join in ” and as I go I love to sing ” Albie pipes in ” My Gunther bear on my back!” the boys laugh and sing  ” My Gunther bear on my back!!” for just a minute Gunther cannot sing for the lump in his throat he is so happy, quickly he swallows and his deep voice joins back in with the boys ” Val-deri, Val-dera , Val- deri…….” ” where’s my tea..thank you ta!! “sings Toby, the boys all start changing the words about, each trying to out do the next and lots of laughing and giggling follows their progress down the garden to the house….


While outside with the boys I thought I would take a couple of photo’s of Erik and Robin who both have the NP style hand painted eyes. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA a full length view. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A closer view. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   They are wearing Ginny of a passion for Sasha, cords and Erik is wearing a Gill sweater and Robin one by Michelle. It was hard to get a good close up of the two because the camera kept choosing Erik’s brighter blue eyes as it’s point of focus. I’ll try another time.