The Garden Centre

Otter in Garden centre trolly

At the weekend me and Teddy got some great news: Otter Keeper was taking us on a special trip to The Garden Centre!

If you own a garden then The Garden Centre is very important. The bigger your garden the more you should visit The Garden Centre, and the more of your pocket money you should probably spend on plants (but if you have no garden at all, you shouldn’t come because you might get bored). Me and Teddy think buying plants is a great thing to do! But for us, by far the most important activity at The Garden Centre is riding in the specially designed trolley.

Now, If you think riding in a supermarket trolley is fun (which everyone does), then you MUST try out a garden centre trolley, they are a superior model in every way. The unique design can cover larger distances, go faster and have space for not only plants but also a driver AND their best friend/co-pilot! To top it all, they’re very easy to control which conveniently leaves the pilot free to give advice on which flowers are the prettiest and should be purchased.

The only annoying thing about our trip was that after a lot of free advice was given to Otter Keeper to help him buy the best plants, he then refused to buy me and Teddy sweets at the checkout! He said we had to get home for tea and refused to see how ungrateful he was being! At this point we had to get out of the trolley and leave that behind too, which really didn’t help.



  1. Jan Hartman July 30, 2013 at 11:37 am

    So glad you’re back!

  2. Rose Valle July 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Thanks for the story. Too bad our students are on summer break. We LOVED sharing your stories. They would have enjoyed this one as well.

  3. otter July 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Oh no! What a shame. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind cancelling summer break to come back in to school for an Otter story 🙂

  4. otter July 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    OH me too! both me and Teddy are very relieved!

  5. Stephanie (foggyknitter) July 30, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Lovely to see you again Otter, sorry to hear about the sweets. Was it at least something good for tea? Have you helped plant the flowers?

  6. JanetReid July 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I hope there were good sweets at tea. Like cake. OtterKeeper has cake at tea, right? (If not, I will send cake.)

  7. otter July 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    It was fish fingers for tea (which is sort of good, because they get a 7.8 out of 10)
    I did help plant the flowers though! and we went in the garden to smell them today! They are very happy flowers… and me and Teddy are going to give them names, just as soon as I’ve finished colouring in this picture

  8. otter July 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    There was NO cake Janet! I’ve discussed with Teddy, and we think that maybe you should send cake? (none for Otter Keeper though)

  9. Soft Fuzzy Sweater July 30, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I thank you for sharing your story, Otter. Don’t be hard on your Keeper. Sometimes he must say no to sweets! Glad you’re writing again. XOXO

  10. Patty Blount July 30, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I wish I could ride in a trolley like this. Will you push me?

  11. Kiira July 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Oh Otter! I love you and your adventures! It made my morning here in Texas! <3

  12. Kiira July 30, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Yay otter!!! I love your fun story. What an adventure! You and teddy, and Keeper made my morning here in Texas. <3

  13. otter July 30, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    aww thankyou Kiira!! so happy we made you smile!

  14. otter July 30, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Ummm, so you want to be pilot? ummmm… OK, but I’d have to be co-pilot, and do all the steering. It’s very complex you see. And you should probably bring sweets too?

  15. otter July 30, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Yes, Otter Keeper says sweets are bad for Otters. He says fruit is better. It’s all got something to do with science.. and is confusing, and a little annoying!

  16. Mary Brown July 31, 2013 at 4:59 am

    I love you, Teddy, and Otter Keeper! Please keep writing about your adventures. If you ever decide to write a book I want to get on the advance-notice list!

  17. bev otter July 31, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Hi Otter, great to hear from you. I am just imagining your happy plants. xxx

  18. otter July 31, 2013 at 10:12 am

    YAY, thankyou Mary! Well, as it happens, we do have a book coming out next April! It’s the best news EVER! We are SO excited.. especially Teddy

  19. otter July 31, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Hi Bev! *waves* Our plants are very happy. Otter Keeper is good at looking after plants (just not good at looking after Otters – hence the lack of sweets)

  20. Sue Pownall July 31, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Sorry you didn’t get paid for your help in sweets (boo otter keeper) but it sounded like a great trip.

  21. otter July 31, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Thanks Sue. We had fish fingers for tea that evening. I really like fish fingers, so everything was sort of OK in the end 😉

  22. Lamar Bevil July 31, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Another cute and entertaining story. The idea of riding in the special trolley sounds like fun! Thank you Otter Keeper, but don’t you think Otter+Teddy could have just a little of something sweet? Oh YaaaY!

  23. jane croft August 2, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Otter , such a happy cute story… youre my fave otter….ever! x

  24. otter August 2, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Thanks Jane! You are my favourite Jane! Teddy is very fond of you also.

  25. otter August 2, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I’ve shown you message to Otter Keeper… for a minute I think he reconsidered? But still no sweets. Apparently sweets are bad for Otters? How ridiculous is that!

  26. Helena August 2, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Wonderful to hear from Otter again! This one’s a perfect summertime story. I keep imagining all sorts of flowers and plats that were there and which of them Otter chose 🙂

  27. Jen the Hippopottermiss August 3, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I love your stories Otter.
    Did the garden centre have a water plants section? or maybe Otter Keeper didn’t tell you about that bit in case you ate the pond fish?

  28. Linda August 3, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Your trolly is prettier than the ones at my garden center, Otter. I know you had an adventure even without the sweets!

  29. otter August 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Umm I’m not sure, I’ll ask him. He should know the answer, Otter Keeper knows everything!

  30. otter August 8, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Oh there were SO many plants! Otter Keeper didn’t buy enough in my opinion. Otter Keeper never buys enough of anything really…

  31. Catherine and Ferret too August 24, 2013 at 4:16 am

    NEW!! Otter Story -YEAH so wonderful to hear from you and Teddy!! I am kind of sad that you were not allowed any sweets at the check out–SO NOT FAIR especially after dispensing all of that free advice to Keeper! You have excellent taste Otter–so I am sure all of your flower and plant selections were outstanding!! Yes those Trolly Carts certainly are fun–and you look so stylish for the Garden Center outing as well!!
    I hope you and Teddy had a fantastic time –and as always, it makes my day to see a new Otter story–it’s been AY TOO LONG since the last one~!
    Have a great weekend Otter–and give Teddy my best wishes–and a hug and a kiss if you’d like also!

  32. Oluwabukola Tinubu August 30, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Otter is right I will get bored when I go shopping and I don’t have a garden.

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