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And now I am pleased to finally be able to answer the requests that have been pouring in from across the globe.

It’s time for an interview with Wendy, the dog and animal.

Question 1: Where exactly did you come from?

Answer: Thank you for this delightful and intriguing query, and let’s delve straight in to really savor this. My ancestor and great-great-grandmother Molly Entendre Moira Louisa Peppercorn-Darling first immigrated to this country in 1902 from Scotland, where she worked as a wrangler of shetland ponies. I was born in 2011 and was soon enveloped in the glorious partnership of Margot Brooks and Alex Eaton and have resided and lived in the green mountain state to this day.

Question 2: Wendy! What a flavorful name. How did you come by it?

Answer: I am named for the brilliant playwright Wendy Wasserstein, whose work and ease with life I adore and aspire to.

Question 3: Neat! Have you anything to say about your large ears and otherwise strange resemblance to the infamous water rat, another animal, when wet?

Answer: Well, all I can say on that score is that I am blessed with an acute sense of hearing and a slender tail. I have never met a water rat.

Well, Wendy you are truly a credit to us all and thank you ever so for this small FAQ, we are all much obliged!

Thank you Jill, my grandmother and devoted friend! I’ll be over for a snack at 5 or so, please have the ducks ready for their chase.   


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The ducklings have grown tremendously since this swim. I hardly recognize them anymore! They are quite frivolous and skip about skattering wood shavings everywhere with their floppy feet. I have a big metal cage that sits out on the ground and I just pop them in there in the morning so they can browse around the grass.

Some Facts to Know About Call Ducklings:

– They jump very high and far and run fast, so if you want to make a pretty penny, enroll them in a prestigious college with a good track and field program.

– When they drink they sound like they are stomping in puddles because they are so enthusiastic about it!

– They splash lots of water around because they actually do stomp in their water, no matter how small the dish!

– Do not be alarmed, they have clear eyelids.

– They sleep in a semi circle!

– They peep very loudly and peck at your hand even when there’s nothing in it.

– You can feed them frozen peas, they adore them.

– Most are experts on Parisian Style.

– That’s all!

The ducklings are wonderful, I suggest everyone get at least one, because they are the best. Not to mention they double as good luck charms in certain regions of Brazil! They are also a conveniently portable size. 

Click on the picture to see a video of Supervised Swim!

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I have dreamt of having call ducks for nearly 2 years, ever since I saw them quacking loudly at the fair. Anyway, they arrived on the last day of school. They are a nice portable size and they fit softly in your hand. They are all sprinkled over in a soft down and stick their chests out very properly. Also they have a miniature bill and little leathery feet. It’s like one breath could blow them away!

Isn’t it marvelous that a flock of docks can be wrapped up in brown paper and tied up in string with a “par avion” label and flown across the country? The postal service is the most magical of all government branches.

There are 6 ducklings and they are 6 days old. They still get a little startled and cheep rather loudly when I pick them up which makes me sad, but that’s only to be expected I guess. I am so glad to have them! Hooray! Just wait until you meet them, I’ll post pictures later this week probably.

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This is a tassel I made. I made four total, one enormous one! I am going to turn them into earplugs since our new house is wide open and you can hear everything when you’re trying to sleep!

We are raising baby goats for Consider Bardwell, which is right next door. My sister works there.

This is Gerkin, daughter of Pickle.

Bye now!

P.S.- I put a something on the I Am page which is spectacular! (It’s a picture.)

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This is what the cats have been doing lately. Oh, I forgot to mention, since we are living right next door to Margot and Alex and they are an a small vacation we are watching One Eyed Will and Stella for them while they’re gone. Pipkin and Will love each other, and fight in cardboard boxes and settle disputes pulling each other’s whiskers, of course.

This is Oscar the African Goose. I could not get a very good picture because I waited until the last minute, and now the computer is not letting me type below the picture, so I’ll have to rap up here. Today I put all my necklaces in teacups on my dresser and finished reading Jane Eyre, which I started yesterday! I am a very fast reader. Also I typed on my typewriter and went sledding. We have our own private sledding hill at our new house, right in the back yard. It was the fastest sled I have ever been on because the snow is all iced over on top! Darby loved it. Now I have a million more things to do, so goodbye!

P.S. Here is a fun place to go: http://www.sketch.odopod.com. My computer won’t let me put links in because it is the worst computer in the world! But, it is a really fun website!

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I finally finished my sketchbook project and we sent it in. It was all very last minute so I didn’t really do a good job on it and chewed all my bubblegum thinking of ideas for it! My favorite pages are the ones with the balloon letter and the portrait made of finger prints, which is a lot easier than it looks! To see the pages bigger, click on the photo.

We have been packing a lot and there is nothing left in my room. I have to sleep on the couch now because my bed is just boards and no mattress! There is also hardly a snack in the whole house, so we have to live mostly on ice water and dust. Calico Jack, luckily, is well supplied with fish food, so he needn’t worry.

I am to ride with Dad in the U-Haul when it’s time to depart, which means that I have to be the navigator. I am practicing the quickest way to unfold a map and have stocked up on tranquilizers, in case emotion levels reach a regrettable high (they usually involve the GPS).

Darby and Paul have been anxiously getting in the way of things and tampering with the boxes. Darby insists on getting his beard dirty, and even though I spend 15 minutes every day coaxing him with a biscuit, I still cannot get him to speak. Paul speaks rather too much, but Darby has the most patience in the world, and will not express himself no matter how frustrated you try to make him.

Au Revoir!


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These are the pajamas that I got for Christmas.

I don’t think that I’ll be able to post a lot in these coming weeks, because we are packing and taping things up, because we are moving very soon, so everything will be rushed and extra busy.

Last night we got pizza and root beer floats. If you let the float sit at room temperature for about 10 to 15 minutes, the ice cream will taste like whipped cream when you eat it, did you know?!

I am reading The Riddle of the Red Whale by Edward Fenton, because all the other books are packed!

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