Thursday, 2 December 2010

Lost - and safe - in a Tree!


What a night I had! Yesterday I was lost in the snow, wandering round and round in the mountains with no idea where I was going. It was such a comfort, having my Intergalactic mobile phone, and being able to communicate with my human bloggy and twitter friends! But I had no means of contacting my fellow giraffes to find my whereabouts.

I suddenly had the idea of climbing a tree. As a magnificent sunset shone all around me, I surveyed the landscape.

Nothing recognisable. Tired and weary, I was turning to climb down, when I saw a small green doorway. Beyond the open doors was a lovely little room, with food, a warm cosy bed, and even some books. Oh bliss, oh safety! I had found one of the resting-houses created by our rambling tree-giraffes!



'Thank you', I sighed. I climbed gratefully into bed, and drifted off to sleep.

29 comments:

Arija said...

Oh Raph, I was sooo worried about you alone and lost in all that cold whititude. How lovely that you found a refuge! I do hope your clan has a giraffocope and can find you soon, unless the books are really good and you feel like finishing a few . . .

Best wishes and i hope there is a stock of hot chocolate there.

Worried . . . Aroja

Cloudia said...

Your tale (tail) brings me a childlike peace and pleasure!




(word verification: "squidge."
How delightful!


Aloha from Waikiki

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Raph G. Neckmann said...

Arija, how kind you are! Thank you! There is indeed a stock of hot chocolate in the tree house, and the books are the kind I don't want to put down! I decided to stay a couple of days, and see if the snow improves.

No doubt my family will be reading this blog, and know that I am safe and warm.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

I'm glad to bring you childlike peace and pleasure, Cloudia!

Squidge! What a lovely word!

Aloha from somewhere in Giraffe World!

RuneE said...

This reminds me so much of a cross between Winnie the Pooh, The Moomins and the Hobbits. I hope for the Giraffe equivalent of an Ent any moment :-)

Raph G. Neckmann said...

What an honour, RuneE - thank you! I suppose the mane difference is that our world is real! (Though maybe their worlds are too!) ;)

Heather said...

What a dear little oasis of warmth and comfort Raph. Thank goodness you found it before succumbing to the cold.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

It certainly is a dear little oasis or warmth and comfort, Heather - a better place could not be found to weather the blizzards and ice out here! I must remember nexactly where it is so I can bring the family to see it.

Lyn said...

Quite a generous group, your tree-giraffes..such comfort offered and free? Definitely deserve an award!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Oh yes, Lyn! Our rambling tree-giraffes are quite nomadic, and leave shelters with food and warmth for each other as little havens in the wild. They keep them topped up, which, of course, I will do once I've found my way home again!

Rosemary said...

Lovely cosy shelter you found....... tree giraffes , interesting.

Choices said...

It is very scarey to be lost,but you are one smart giraffe for climbing that tree. Good thinking!
I am glad that you are safe. Did you have any hot chocolate left?

Linda Sue said...

I admire your climbing skills! I was also wondering if there is a bit of room there in your cozy house for one shivering me? So cold out here and your house is so warm...

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Hi Rosemary - I'll have to post some photos of our tree giraffes - they are quite elusive, but I'll try and get some pics!

Very cosy here - found some Winter fruit loaf and toasting it!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Choices, I've been rationing the hot chocolate here in the tree house to make it last. Also I want to leave some for any future visitors, as it may be a while before I can return to replace it. But there are several varieties of tea, and coffee, and fruit cordials and even some honey mead!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

I'm sure there'd be plenty of room for you, Linda Sue, if you could find a way across intergalactic space to Camelopardalis Constellation. Make sure you don't get lost in the snow though!

The Solitary Walker said...

I'm in the human equivalent of a giraffe tree-house, Raph - a warm living room lined with books, with a constant supply of tea on the go and a big bowl of sprouts prepared and ready to be cooked (do you 'cross' them like I do?) I don't think I'll ever come out - the snow is still so deep and crisp and even outside.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

That sounds idyllic, SW. And you have sprouts too! They are one of the few things I lack here in the tree house. Sprouts, and my family. (Yes, we do 'cross' our sprouts here too, except the very small varieties and the ones we eat raw).

Ahhhh, Girth's Succulent Sprout Soup! How I long for a bowl on my return ...

'Eaten in salads
Or fried and stewed,
Sprouts are yummy
Whatever your mood!'

I'm looking forward to singing this song again with everyone back home!

Madame DeFarge said...

How lovely to find such a thing. I wish we could use them too, but I have no head for heights.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

What a pity, Madame DeFarge! The view up here is nexceptional, but the trees are certainly high. You must come and visit us at Necky Knoll House when I return!

Friko said...

Hi Ralph
Thanks for your comment.

I'd love to stick my neck out and follow you, provided you don't lead me into a snowdrift or a ravine.
My neck is not quite as long as yours and it certainly doesn't swivel, so once I got stuck I'd stay stuck.

Tell me, is it cold up there? They say heat rises.
If I did follow you, would you follow me, a simple human, and would I be allowed a share of your chocolate?

These things need negotiating before any transaction!

Crafty Green Poet said...

oh how kind of your wandering friends, it looks like a snug place to rest!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Hello Friko!

Of course I'd be happy to share my chocolate with you - and I promise I won't (deliberately) lead you into any snowdrifts! I don't usually frequent them myself, but this has been a nexceptionally early winter which took us unprepared (chocolately speaking).

I'm about to leave my tree-house haven and try and find my way back to Necky Knoll House. So do follow me in the blogosphere, but not literally, as there are ravines, snowdrifts and frozen lakes to cross. I will happily follow you too, and would appreciate the occasional cup of tea, if you can manage to push one through the intergalactic portal!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Crafty Green Poet, our tree giraffes are very kind, (also a little mischievous,) and I so appreciate their snug little shelter!

Derrick said...

How fortunate to find such a refuge, Raph! Make the most of your stay and enjoy the books!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

I am, Derrick! In fact, I had intended to set out to find my way back today, but was up to such an exciting part of the book I'm reading, it was dark before I realised!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Oops - spelling mistake, I meant nexciting!

Rosemary said...

Raph It is National Cocoa Day! Necky Knoll House should be celebrating.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Ooooh! Thank you Rosemary! We are indeed celebrating and will add this to our festive activities. I'm going to post about our joyful time shortly!