Hi there! Our gadget finally arrived from Apple, so I can now show you a few more of our Norway trip photos!
First, though, I thought you might like to see just how much Bert has grown in the last few days!
He can't quite escape from his washing basket yet, but we think it will happen any day soon, and we are preparing ourselves for chaos!
Our friend Mary suggested that we tried feeding him on carrots instead of toy cars. His poor sore new teeth seem to find these chewy enough, and his tummy seems a lot happier now too!
We are keeping Bert at Melinda's for now, as we had to keep pushing Bert's washing basket around the house to hide him from Billy's Mum, but we eventually got found out. (Billy's Mum was desperate to do some washing, and looked everywhere far faster than we could move him...)
So, back to Norway! We were staying at this bunkhouse in a place called Rjukan, and below is the massive pile of wood that the humans had kindly collected up for our nice wood burning stove. (This meant that Buster, PD and I could stay nice and cosy each day, while the humans went out to play in the snow and ice!)
Here is our room! (If you look carefully then you will spot Buster sitting on our bottom bunk at the far end of the room.)
And this was our comfy living room, with our nice warm stove being positioned just off the left of the picture.
It wasn't until our last night there that I noticed this picture on the wall. Hmmm....doesn't that look like a group of frozen or hiding TROLLS?!
So, here's a photo below to show everyone just how beautiful Norway is in the snow...
We popped in to see our new animal friend Tenzin on our way back to the airport...
...and PD Monkey kept teasing me that I would be flying home with Bert via Fisherprice not Ryan Air, as Bert had no ticket!!
So, our Norway adventure sadly came to an end, but we have Bert with us now as a very lasting reminder of our holiday! (And I intend to scrutinise the other photos my unobservant humans took, as who knows what Troll activities they missed if they didn't actually fall over them...)
Bye for now,Love Odd Sock xxx
Hi everyone, Odd Sock here!
I can't show you the rest of our Norway holiday photos yet, as we are still waiting for our new adaptor to arrive for the iPad. (It's been dispatched by Apple, so "paws crossed" it will be here in tomorrow's post!)
I did manage to take a photo of our baby Troll, Bert, today though - by using the iPad camera. This is Bert's first photo (he doesn't seem to like cameras), so I wanted to share it with you all.
Our bear friend, Toddy, thinks that Trolls normally eat goats, but I'm hoping to raise Bert as a vegetarian, as I don't want to kill any poor goats for him.
Another of our good bear friends, Jeremy, cleverly suggested that poor Bert might be chewing my paws so much because he was teething. Jeremy's suggestion of toy cars has been working, but Bert seems to chew the whole cars up, and then he swallows all the bits up!
Oscar and Buster are seen here offering Bert his THIRD toy car, to distract him from me trying to take the picture! Billy is getting less keen on us feeding his toy cars to Bert, so we may have to think of something else soon!
Bert seems to be growing quickly, so we think it will not be long before he escapes from the washing basket!
Melinda has been trying to contact Troll sanctuaries in Norway, as she says we cannot keep Bert once he gets bigger. (His poor Mum was about 3 feet tall, so a dwarf by Troll standards, but still MUCH bigger than all of our gang!)
Odd Sock here, reporting from Norway again!
Yesterday I decided to go with the Troll hunting humans, to see why they are being so unsuccessful! I wrapped myself in a big jacket inside a rucksack, and clung onto a flask of hot chocolate (to both keep myself warm, and to protect it!)
I also asked them to explain a bit more about this activity they call ice climbing (as I think this is the way they look for trolls who live in the trees on top of steep icy waterfalls).
It was -12.5degC when we set off, so both Ice climbing and troll hunting seem to require humans to wear LOTS of warm clothes! (They also where helmets on their heads, in case ice lands on them, or in case trolls throw rocks at their heads!)
These are what the spikey crampons look like that the humans then strap to their big warm boots.
...And these are the sharp ice-axes that they hold in each gloved hand.
By kicking the sharp front points of their foot crampons into the ice, and hitting their ice-axes in, they can gradually make their way up steep ice!
If you look very carefully at the photo below, then you will see that one of my humans is using his left hand to screw something (called an ice screw) into the ice, and you will see that ropes are trailing beneath him.
Another human standing at the bottom of the ice cliff holds the ropes with a special "belay" device, and the rope is clipped to the ice screws (which are screwed into the ice at intervals). This stops the human falling far if he slips!
Having checked the top of the cliff for trolls, the unsuccessful humans then fasten their ropes to something strong, like a tree, and use their special "belay device" (shown above in the middle) to slowly slide themselves back down to the bottom of the cliff. Their ropes can then be pulled back down too, so they don't need a new rope for each climb!
Well that's the end of my report on ice climbing. In my next blog I'd like to show you where we are all staying, and show you some more troll signs that I think my unobservant humans are completely missing!
The Top of the Wardrobe Gang: Oscar Rabbit, PD Monkey, Odd Sock, Burton Bear, Terry Tiger (TT), Burton Bear; helped by Melinda Kinsman