A Garden of Surprises

‘Daddy! Daddy, there’s a tiger in our garden!’

‘Really? I hope not. He might dig up the watermelon seeds.’

‘Should we feed the tiger so he won’t come and eat us up?’

‘OK, you get Mum’s kitchen scrap-bucket and I’ll put on my garden shoess.’

‘I have my garden shoes on too, Daddy. Look, Mummy tied the laces. Do you think tigers wear garden shoes too, Daddy?’

‘Well, we’ll soon find out, my young tiger hunter. Up on my shoulders you go. You can be the lookout.’

‘Yippee! I can see the whole garden up here, Daddy. Look! Paw prints.’

‘It looks like the tiger has been out all night.’

‘Daddy, do you think the tiger might be sleeping?’

‘Could be. We will have to keep very quite so we don’t wake him.’

‘caw caw

‘Look Daddy, a crow. Let me down, cause he might get me. He could be the tiger’s friend. He might tell him we’re in the garden.’

‘Look, a lady bug. See how tiny her wings are?’

‘Daddy, why do they call em’ lady bugs?’

‘I’m not sure. Maybe it’s because they are so petite. Look at her tiny wings.’

‘Oh look Daddy, the watermelon seeds are popping out.’

‘Yeah, they are. Feel the little green shoot. Soon it will grow along the ground into a big vine and we will have lots of watermelons to eat.’

‘Ooooh, yuck! Daddy, it’s a snail.’

‘We can’t have snails eating our seedlings. Can we? We should put him on the compost heap. He can’t do any harm there.’

‘Come on Daddy, we have to feed the tiger.’

‘Be careful where you walk. The garden is a bit overgrown near the shed. We might clean it up next weekend. What do you think?’

‘Oh no, Daddy! Where will the tiger live?’

‘You have a point there. Here we are. Empty the scraps onto the compost pile.’

‘Daddy, can we empty the scraps for Mummy tomorrow? There might be a dinosaur in our garden.’

© Chrissy Siggee

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