Spider Training (Attic Mission part 2 – 5)

September 23rd, 2014

This past week, Teddy and I have been very busy preparing for the Attic Mission. We’ve held regular Q&A sessions with Otter Keeper, to find out as much as we can about the attic. These sessions have been very useful and we have learnt a lot! For example, did you know that Christmas decorations are stored in the attic? This means that it is technically Christmas all year round up there! (It could also mean it’s where Santa lives…)

However, in Friday’s Q&A (our least favourite so far), we found out that although there is a chance Santa may live in our attic, there is a much better chance that there are spiders up there. This is bad news because Teddy is very scared of spiders. I’ve had to come up with an additional spider-training module, at very short notice.


Phase one went well. I drew a picture of a spider and told Teddy that spiders are really not very scary, and he felt a lot better. We discussed spiders a lot and developed an important theory: spiders are scared of Glowsticks. Otter Keeper said this wasn’t the case, but he later admitted he has never actually seen a spider when he’s been holding a Glowstick.

Phase two involved looking up spider pictures on the Internet. It turns out phase two was a very bad idea, and I now wish we hadn’t done phase two at all. Actually, I don’t really want to talk about phase two. Phase two ruined everything. I’m never doing a phase two of anything ever again. Ever!

Otter on laptop


I’m trying to be brave for Teddy, but the truth is the Attic Mission may have to be called off altogether. Unless, that is, I can come up with a really clever plan..

Otter Attic Mission! (Part 1 of 5)

September 16th, 2014


At dinner last night, Teddy and I got some interesting (and very exciting!) news. Otter Keeper told us all about a room in the house that we didn’t even know existed: the attic!

The attic is the room right at the top of the house, and when it was built nobody remembered to build stairs up to it. Otter Keeper says the attic is very dark and is used to store things we don’t need but also don’t want to throw away. I can’t believe he’s only telling us about it now!


After admitting he’d been keeping the most exciting room in the whole house a secret, Otter Keeper then told me and Teddy that he would be going up to the attic soon to put some things up there.

At this point we left the table without asking, which got us into trouble – but Otter Keeper must understand that if we are all going on an Attic Mission, there will be a lot for me and Teddy to do! (I suggested that if he wanted to moan at someone, Giraffe had plenty of spare time at the moment. I’m not sure what he said after that, because by that point we’d already left the room.)

Teddy and I spent most of the next hour doing two things: first, hiding from Otter Keeper (who was running around, insisting we come back and finish dinner), and second, trying to hold an important Attic Mission planning meeting. Despite the logistical issues, Teddy and I have completed stage one of our plan: making attic suits!

Attic Exploration suit

Our attic suits are specially designed to help us see in the dark. I had to let Teddy use my Glowsticks because we only had one torch (and Santa brought it for me). I had been saving these for a special occasion, so I told Teddy he would have to pay me back out of his pocket money. Unfortunately, Teddy doesn’t get pocket money, but I didn’t think about this until after I’d said he could use the Glowsticks.

Teddy and I are now embarking on an intensive attic mission training schedule. Otter Keeper refuses to give us an exact date for the Attic Mission (he also refuses to call it a “mission”), but we suspect it won’t be long, and when it comes we must be prepared! We’ll keep you updated on our progress…this is going to be VERY exciting!

Summer Reading Instructions

July 1st, 2014

It’s nice weather at the moment, so Teddy and I have been spending a lot of time in the garden reading. I like to be helpful, so I thought it would be a be a good idea to make this chart explaining how to get the most from your garden reading experience. I was going to write a story to explain things, but I have to go back to reading….

Otter Summer Reading Instructions