Honey Bee Meadow (Paperback)
  • Honey Bee Meadow (Paperback)

Honey Bee Meadow (Paperback)

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Published: 30/10/2018
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The "May day fair" was always held on "Honey Bee Meadow" on May 1st in the field at the top of Bodmin Hill above Lostwithiel. That year was no different, except when the animals read a notice that had been displayed on the gate during the fete, to inform the town "There is to be a housing estate built on Honey Bee Meadow".

The animals were horrified but came up with a cunning plan, they would ambush each load of building materials as they were delivered to the field and replace them with magic ones. There was to be a spy on the building plot who would let the Piskies know what was about to be delivered so the replacements could be made in the big barn at Trewether Farm. These would then be dusted with a magic dust, which melts away the materials when "Jude the Fairy Godmother," sings her magic song.

In the mean time Scrundle the "scruffiest cat in Cornwall", would fall in love with Demelza a beautiful cat who didn't really want to go out with Scrundle until she was rescued by him when she fell in the river. There was some special shops in Lostwithiel. One where the magic potion was made, and another that sold a magic cream called "Factor 21". This was a cream, that when put on, would return you to the age of 21. One of the main ingredients were "Tear drops", which were gathered by the "Black bunny choir " from Lerryn woods.

There was a wicked witch called "Raspacious". She was also asked to make a horrible potion that, when sprinkled on "Honey Bee Meadow", would slow up proceedings.

During the wooing of Demelza by Scrundle, they pass a mill near Pont, and hear a wonderful tune played on the piano, Peter asked them to come in and to listen while he played it to them on the piano. When Scrundle and Demelza leave on their buggy and return to Lostwithiel, Scrundle finds he can only talk in rhyme, and continues wooing Demelza with the lyrics to one of Peter's most famous songs, " You're a lady".

"You're a lady, I'm a man,

your supposed to understand,

how these things are often planned to be"

When the houses are finished and ready to sell, all the town animals gather at midnight around "Honey Bee Meadow" and wait for "Jude the Fairy Godmother" to sing the "magic song". All the houses melt away, and quickly the animals roll the grass back replant the trees and flowers, then set up the field for "May Day fair", just in time for the potential buyers to turn up.

There is then the "Perfect cat competition" of which "Jude the Fairy Godmother" had made another potion to turn Scrundle from the scruffiest the cat to the most beautiful. Demelza is amazed as she turns up to their wedding at Honey Bee Meadow to see Scrundle waiting for her, stunningly beautiful . During the ceremony the Black Bunny choir sing with Peter Skellern as he leads them with "Your a lady". As the happy couple leave, Demelza throws her bouquet in the air, and we are left wondering who might catch it.

Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers
ISBN: 9781787107113
Number of pages: 76
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm

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“Superb, funny, Cornish, for kids & their parents!”

What a wonderful story! This is a great little story with lots of wit and humour for young children and adults alike. The story has a few discreet local Cornish landmarks that make the book even more interesting.

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