The Lost Unicorn – Version 2

snowdrop

Many different creatures live in the Enchanted Forest but the most beautiful of all are the unicorns. With long, flowing manes that shimmer in the sunlight, coats of purest white, and elegant twists of golden horn, they are a sight to take your breath away.

The youngest of the unicorns is called Snowdrop and this is his tale.

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The Lost Unicorn, Version 1

watermarked Snowdrop and his mum

Gather around.  Make sure you’re sitting comfortably and listen to the storyteller’s tale…

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Autumn

Autumn

Daylight dims
as the wheel turns,
encroaching darkness
held at bay by
autumn’s vibrant expression,
a flame-like conflagration
painted across nature’s canvas.

Seeds settle to ground,
cradled amidst fallen leaves;
future’s promise
nurtured by yesteryear’s
sacrifice.
A balance of life and
death.

Time to reflect
and remember
all that passed before
as earth transitions into
dormancy.

Copyright © 2014 Louise Bunting

An Introduction

more scenery 001 trimmed

Welcome to Storyteller’s Abode. Come inside, take a seat, and let me tell you a story…

Join me on a journey deep into an enchanted forest. There we’ll discover a magical world of fairies and unicorns; we’ll encounter dragons, pixies and goblins. We might even have an adventure with some princesses, wizards or knights! All we have to do is let our imaginations run free.

I am a children’s entertainer of 10 years experience, living in the east of England and I am currently in the process of setting myself up in business.  The Storyteller’s Abode will be offering role-play sessions for children, with storytelling, scenery, toys and dressing up.  The stories to be told and the artwork for the scenery are all my own and one of the reasons for this blog is to share and gain feedback on them.

I have always written, though in recent years life, as it has a tendency to do, has got in the way of creativity.  This year I took the big step.  I abandoned my teacher training course midway and decided to strike out on my own, combining all the things I love most – working with children, stories and art. It was a terrifying move and I still occasionally wonder whether I did the right thing! But I am determined to make it work.

As well as writing children’s stories I also write poetry and stories for (young) adults. I add the ‘young’ here as I mainly write fantasy, which tends to be viewed as being for younger audience – though I would (and quite happily could) debate this. My blog is also a place for me to share these pieces and to, hopefully, improve my abilities to the point where I don’t cringe at the thought of other people reading them.

 

Scenes from the Enchanted Forest

Here are a few pictures I’ve painted for my children’s storytelling and role play business. Each of these also have children’s stories to go with them, which I’m hoping to share on here soon (when I’ve typed them up!).  I’d love to know what people think.

watermarked unicorns
The Unicorn Glade (20″ x 13″)
The Unicorn Glade (7" x 5")
The Unicorn Glade (7″ x 5″)
dragon watermarked
The Dragon’s Cave (7″ x 5″)
Pixie Party watermarked
The Pixie Part (7″ x 5″)

The World Will Wait

wild rose

In amongst the minutiae,
the everyday,
the hither and thither
of life
rushing by –
there’s no time to talk,
no time to rest,
no time…

Stop.
Take a breath.

Tilt your face to the sun.
Feel the warmth on your skin.
The world will wait.

See the beauty of the
budding trees,
the blossom cascading in flurries
of pastel shades.
View the ever changing canvas
arching overhead,
painted with clouds in multihued swirls.

Close your eyes .
Breathe deep.

The scent of wild roses carries
on an insistent spring breeze;
a heady intoxicant
twining around your senses.

Listen
to nature’s music,
a multitude of harmonies,
as wind strummed trees
join in chorus
with the trills of songbirds.

All it takes is a moment.
So stop.
And take a breath.
The world will wait.

Sidney the Scaredy Spider

This children’s story (aimed at 5 / 6 year olds) Sidney the Scaredy Spider, is one that I wrote to be told rather than read, but I thought I’d paint a few pictures to go with it and share it here.

Enjoy – and I’d love to know what you think.


 

sidney

 This is Sidney the Spider.

Sidney Spider is very shy and very nervous. He doesn’t like meeting new people or doing new things. He gets scared. That is why he’s known as Scaredy Spider.

 

 

Scaredy Spider lives in a web in the branches of a little bush. He likes living there. No one ever bothers him.

He has to admit, though – sometimes he does get a little bit lonely.

wind blown sidney

But one stormy day the wind blows so strongly that Scaredy Spider’s web is blown right off the little bush and is carried away – with Sidney still on it!

Scaredy Spider clings tightly to his web, trying desperately not to fall off, until finally the wind sets him down in a large garden.

 

Sidney is very scared – what can he do? His web is in pieces and his bush is far away.

He has to build himself a new web – but where?

owl

 

First he sees a tall tree. What a perfect place to live, he thinks, and he scurries up the trunk and begins to spin his web.

“Twit-twoo.” An owl looks down at Sidney. “Hello,” hoots the owl. “My name is Oswald. Are you my new neighbour? I live here in my nest. We can be friends!”

“Eek,” cries Scaredy Spider, and he runs away down the trunk of the tree, too scared to talk to the owl.

 

 

Next Sidney sees a rickety old fence. This is definitely a perfect place to live, he thinks, and he begins to spin his web.

rabbit

Suddenly a rabbit hops out of a hole, it’s nose twitching. “Hello,” says the rabbit. “I’m Ridley. Are you my new neighbour? I live here in my burrow. We can be friends!

“Eek,” cries Scaredy Spider, and he runs away through the grass, too scared to talk to the rabbit.

 

toad

 

After that Sidney sees a drainpipe, dripping water into a big puddle. Here, he thinks, will be a perfect place to live, and he begins to spin his web.

“Ribbit, ribbit.” A toad splashes into the puddle. “Hello,” croaks the toad. “My name is Terrence. Are you my new neighbour? I live here in this puddle. We can be friends!”

“Eek,” cries Scaredy Spider, and he runs away up the drainpipe, too scared to talk to the toad. 

Finally Sidney sees an open window and he enters a room.  No one else is around. No one to scare him. And there, sitting on a table, he sees a blue, pointy thing. A perfect place for me to live, he thinks, and he begins to spin his web.

After that Sidney is so tired that he falls fast asleep. When he wakes up he finds himself looking up at the long beard and kind green eyes of an old wizard.

wizard and hat

 “Hello,” says the wizard, lifting his hat with spider and web. “I’m Old Wizard Woo. Are you living here now? I live here, in this house – and this is my hat. We can be friends!”

Scaredy Spider wants to run away, but there is nowhere he can go. He has to be a brave spider. “Hello,” he squeaks, his voice as wobbly as his legs. “I’m Sidney.”

Old Wizard Woo smiles and Scaredy Spider finds himself smiling back.  He will be lonely no more.

Old Wizard Woo

 

Sidney still lives on Old Wizard Woo’s hat. They are best friends.

Sidney Spider is still very shy and very nervous but when he’s with his friend Wizard Woo he knows that he doesn’t need to be Scaredy Spider any more.

 

The End

 

 

 

 

 

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