The Day the Wolf Moved in with Us

On Friday, my little man’s teacher had a nice surprise for her pupils. She explained they had a new class mascot, who would be going to a different family every week-end. Crevette (6 years 5 months) was delighted to be the first one to get custody of Le Loup (the Wolf).

Le Loup

Ever since the children were given Le Loup qui voulait changer de couleur, a brilliant book about self-acceptance, stories about the friendly wolf have been part of our bedtime routine. Recently, my friend Adeline sent us Le loup qui voyageait dans le temps. It aroused my children’s curiosity about History, encouraged them to ask questions and they learnt quite a lot in the process. On Friday night, Loup did not come empty handed. He brought with him his cardboard suitcase full of clothes as well as a couple of his adventures. Crevette enjoyed changing Loup’s clothes. He then did his homework cuddling his new best friend, before putting his pyjamas on and getting the cuddly wolf ready for bed.

Le Loup and Crevette doing Homework

That night, Crevette took the soft toy to bed and I read Le loup qui voulait être un artiste. The illustrations were as eye-catching and colourful as ever, the text well-written and the children wanted to know which creative career was the perfect one for our undecided little friend. When my brothers decided to bake a moreish chocolate cake for my birthday yesterday, Loup gave them a hand!

Le Loup Bakes a Cake

Loup put on his smart jacket and had a glass of champagne with us to celebrate my birthday.

Le Loup Celebrates with Champagne

We had a great day chatting, eating and enjoying spending time all together. We all went to bed quite late. Beanie and Crevette were ecstatic when their tonton and tata (uncle and aunt) told them they could sleep on the sofa bed in their room. Loup went with them, too! This morning, after a couple of cups of coffee, we started playing games together and when Crevette suggested Piou Piou, which had been recommended by Beanie’s nursery school teacher, we all joined in.

Le Loup loves playing Piou Piou

This afternoon, we put on our wellies and had a lovely walk to Philomène’s resting place. It was bitterly cold and muddy. The top of the hill where she rests is a beautiful spot; wind swept, surrounded by greenery, a pony on one side, a fruit and vegetable patch on the other. The children laid white roses on the ground by their little cousin’s tree and we said goodbye.

Le Loup and Crevette having a Walk   Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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  1. hope wolf had a good weekend lol I also hoped he helped clear that lovely meal away lol lol

    • I think he did! He got fed, offered a bit of bubbly, had a cooking session and a walk. What more could a wolf wish for?

  2. adeline says:

    Léa aussi a 3 mascottes dans sa classe: Camille la chenille, Lily la souris et Philémon le hérisson. Elle les a eu le weekend de son anniversaire, c’était trop rigolo, on fait des supers photos (dommage je peux pas en insérer)
    Le loup est la mascotte d’une autre classe de maternelle!!!! et ginette la chouette de la dernière classe. Pour le spectacle de Noel, il y avait tout un montage avec le père Noel perdu dans la foret avec l’intervention des mascottes, c’était super!!!!!! xxxx

    • Ce sont de petits rigolos dans l’école de Léa. Les noms sont bien réfléchis. J’adore. Le truc avec le Père Noël et les mascottes, c’est vraiment fort !

  3. Viv'maman_Bas says:

    J’adore ce loup !! A. l’a eu en cadeau à Noël et l’a baptisé “Saucisson” 😀 !!!

  4. My son is obsessed by wolves so Le Loup would be very popular in our home. Happy birthday too!!!

  5. a school mascot is a great idea, our school have them too, looks like he enjoyed his weekend with you.

    • I think he did! He got fed, drank champagne, played games, had a nice walk and got loads of cuddles. What more could you wish for?

  6. Daniel’s class have a mascot at school and they all get so excited every time they get to take it home. They even had a visiting bear over christmas who has apparently now gone back to live with Father Christmas. It’s such a lovely idea.

  7. Bon anniversaire Mel !! Je suis du 31 décembre, donc tous les deux Capricorne ??
    Quand mes enfants étaient à la maternelle, ils avaient Capucine ! On la eu deux fois à la maison, c’était très rigolo, on se a fait plein des photos avec ! x

    • Eh oui, je suis Capricorne comme toi!
      J’ai aussi des tas de photos de mon petit bonhomme avec Loup, c’est vraiment chou.

  8. adeline says:

    et tu sais ton petit filleul dit “loulou” l’a reçu en cadeau par sa soeur la semaine dernière! on est fan des aventures du loup à la maison!

    • Franchement, Tchoupi a aussi cédé la place de personage préféré au Loup chez nous. On l’aime, Loup ! Et loulou aussi !

  9. loraine x says:

    How wonderfully French xxxx

  10. Oh dear I am reading this in public and having to hold back the tears. You have been so brave. You are amazing. I love the idea of the wolf…Goes to show how exciting school can be with the right props!

  11. What a lovely post and very touching at the end. Beautiful photos as always x

  12. What a lovely idea and he’s such a cool mascot! Looks like he had lots of fun at your house and your photos are wonderful! Happy Birthday too! X

  13. Hello there, this is so lovely, and what lovely wolf, I think it’s a fabulous idea! Wonderful photos and a beautiful read as ever x #magicmoments

  14. Eléonore Thuillier says:

    Merci beaucoup Mel! Très belles photos et joli article! Je suis tellement fière que notre personnage à Orianne et moi fasse tant partie de la vie des enfants! 🙂

    • Merci d’avoir donné vie à Loup. C’est vraiment un personnage très attachant, et on adore vos dessins gais et colorés.

  15. I love all the things your school mascot got up to. I can’t quite get my head around the idea of a friendly wolf though! I’m so sorry to hear about the children’s little cousin. Sending love and hugs. xx

    • The beauty about Loup’s adventures is that he is a quirky, funny and indecisive character. I cannot imagine a child (or parent) who would not love him!

  16. Just gorgeous, I love that the wolf got to enjoy some champagne too!!

  17. We had Bertie Bear to stay last weekend. Joe was so excited for the first day, but by Sunday the bear had outstayed his welcome – Joe just wanted to play football and didn’t want a bear in tow…


  18. Oooh I hope he didn’t get tipsy on the champers!

  19. Loup had a super fun stay! Sounds like a great book too, must see if I can find it.

  20. They’ve got a really nice mascot at your crevette’s School. At my daughter’s, they’ve got an elephant and it’s not as nice.

  21. Aww the cutest school mascot. He was busy! #BrillBlogPosts

  22. Oh what FABULOUS photographs! You’ve really brought Loup to life. I’ve just discovered your blog and am looking forward to reading more from you.

    • Thanks Amber. I am glad you found your way to my little blog. I discovered your blog tonight, too and I loved the bright, colourful pictures of the five of you.

  23. Sweet to have clothes for Loup and having the books to read alongside.

    Sounds like Philomene has a wonderful resting place.


  24. travelingchristie says:

    My sons school had one in reception he used to feel so honoured when he got to bring it home and keeps its diary, its a great idea x

  25. Oh he’s so sweet and love that he’s a springboard for learning as well as play, gorgeous post. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

  26. Hello there, I hope all is well-I tried to comment the other day but I don’t think it’s worked! I just wanted to say this is such a lovely post and the smashing photos made me smile-what a brilliant idea to have a mascot, it’s something which would be fantastic to do in schools here! x #magicmoments

    • Thanks a lot, lovely. They do it here as well! I had no idea they were doing anything like that in France and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. x

  27. The wolf is fab, especially his changes of outfit! What a fab idea 🙂 x

  28. I’m loving the loup! One of L’s favourite songs when we lived in France was “Promenons-nous dans les bois” and she loved calling out to the loup 🙂 I can’t really put into words how I felt reading the bit about their little cousin, but know that my thoughts are with you, your brother and his girlfriend in a really big way xx


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