Saturday, July 24, 2010

Leonard in New Zealand Part Deux

Leonard's back. It was only a matter of time before his itchy little feet grew restless. Following a successful stint as chief vintner he embarked upon a journey that was more than he bargained for.

All aboard, Leonard settles in for a busy day of fishing.

He struggles to control the pole and the fishing reel but quitting is not in Leonard's nature so he tries his best.
Less indicative of Leonard's fishing skills, he manages to persuade a roaming crustacean to stop by for a beer. Fast forward an hour or two and it's all Mr. Crustacean can do to make it to the bucket. Leonard steadies him as.... well we'll leave that to your imagination.

Mr. Crustacean bids a fond farewell as it is past his curfew and the Mrs will be wondering where he's got to. Leonard feeling emboldened by the beer climbs to the top of the life saver and does a rendition of "My heart will go on" (Yes, even FTB's have seen Titanic). The boat suddenly lurches due to a freak gust of wind and Leonard is flung into the air blissfully unaware that he is no longer on the boat.
Mr Crustacean fortunately is still in the vicinity and gives him a ride to the nearest shore. Wet and a little bewildered Leonard tries to get his bearings.. He is certainly a long way from home.
He stumbles along and finds a deserted stretch of sand and lo and behold his favourite thing in the world, a rope swing ! In no time at all Leonard is singing away and back to his happy self, content to just be free.

Thanks to Sam for the great photos. They are definitely amongst some of my favourites.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Wally in Wales Part 2

Wally is back in Part 2. If you missed part 1 click here.. Apologies for the delay in posting things have been a bit hectic. I am excited to report that FTB's have been spotted in China, Hong Kong and Indonesia with another trip to the far east scheduled for September. Troy will be back with tales from the Nike 6.0 no tell mo tell. Stay tuned .....
Big thanks to Sophy for her wonderfully imaginative Wally tale.

Wally shows his new friend the cottage in which he is staying however the curious snowman is very eager to explore the land around it.
The emotional events have opened up Wally's appetite. He quickly gobbles down a large bowl of porridge before meeting his friend outside
The pair begin an arduous uphill hike in high spirits as they admire the brilliant colours of the surrounding nature.

The hike seems to get harder and harder. Wally and the snowman lose eachother in what Sophie has renamed the Thorn Jungle.
They finally find each other at the top of their uphill struggle. Pausing for breath they admire the Welsh hills and beautiful view.
Seeing as there is plenty of day light left, the pair hitch a car ride and cool down on the pretty Oxswich beach.

 Spying the unattended life boat in the distance Wally and his friend hope for a ride but unfortunately the tide is too far out.
 After arriving further into the mainland a curious rabbit takes a liking to Wally and inspects him to see if he is edible.
 After taking their leave from the rabbit the pair take a cart ride back home.
Wally hops off the ride on the way to rinse off a bit of rabbit dribble with the spray from a nearby waterfall.
The awe inspiring water seems to have softened his brain and he asks directions on the way out.

Having finally returned from their busy excursion it is already time for the adventurous pair to leave.
A little sadly they say goodbye to the Welsh countryside view though secretly knowing more adventures are bound to come their way.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ivan in Colorado

Ivan was last seen in Costa Rica but is now enjoying his new home in Colorado. Here he takes time out from his busy schedule to explore his surroundings. Thanks to the Wilcuts for the photos.

Oh the wonders of nature, Ivan stops to admire a dandelion.

On closer inspection, Ivan is surprised to discover that the dandelion is almost as big as him.

He bumbles along the tow path aimlessly and wonders what he's going to be eating for tea.

He spies the river below and decides to take a peek.

He lands on a sign, Spiderman style.

Mission accomplished, hmmm it's going to be rather more tricky getting back up again and he doesn't really fancy a swim. Stay tuned to see what happens next.