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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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    • Mel
      28/01/2015 / 4:58 pm

      He was exhausted by the time he had to go back to school!

  1. 22/01/2015 / 6:44 pm

    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.

    • Mel
      22/01/2015 / 10:31 pm

      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.

  2. 22/01/2015 / 8:44 pm

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

    Sounds like Philomene has a wonderful resting place.


    • Mel
      22/01/2015 / 11:18 pm

      She has. I think we will enjoy going there for picnics in the Summer. x

  3. travelingchristie
    22/01/2015 / 11:27 pm

    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

  4. 23/01/2015 / 2:55 pm

    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

    • Mel
      23/01/2015 / 5:04 pm

      I love it when children are learning without realising it! x

  5. lystramaisey
    23/01/2015 / 10:31 pm

    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

    • Mel
      25/01/2015 / 11:10 pm

      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

  6. acornishmum
    27/01/2015 / 1:06 pm

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

    • Mel
      01/02/2015 / 4:02 pm

      He is great, isn’t he? I wanted to keep him!

  7. 29/01/2015 / 3:23 pm

    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

    • Mel
      29/01/2015 / 9:52 pm

      Thanks Sophie, it means a lot. xxx
      I have never sung “Promenons-nous dans les bois” to my little ones. You have inspired me to do that tomorrow (easily excited, moi?).

      • 30/01/2015 / 7:24 am

        We still sing it now and L’s 8….it could be me that instigates it though….!

        • Mel
          31/01/2015 / 12:20 am

          He he!

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