Hello, Editor Des here. I have been in Sydney lately doing some historical research on Queen Victoria and her husband Albert. However, my trip turned into a real life drama
So here’s what happened. I went into the city on the bus with my guardian, Pauline Conolly. It was a bit rainy, so when we got off at Wynyard Square Pauline put up her brolly. Then a big puff of wind came and suddenly she was gone!! Yes….JUST LIKE THAT.
I thought she might have blown into one of the city’s big fig trees, but not a sign of her.
It was all a bit worrying. I walked up to Macquarie Street (that’s her favourite place) and stopped outside Sydney Hospital. It was the first hospital in the whole country, in case you are interested in facts. Pauline is writing about this building so I peeped inside, just in case. No, a lady told me she hadn’t been there.
There’s a famous old bronze boar outside the hospital. It was donated by the daughter of a surgeon called Dr Thomas Fiaschi. You can rub his shiny nose and make a wish. It was a bit high, but a kind council man helped me up. I promised the spirits of very lost people that if I could find my guardian I would never misbehave ever again. I would give up my worst habits, too.
Well the spirits must have been listening, because a bit further down the road near the big Library I found her card wallet in the gutter.
I knew it was her wallet, because I spotted her blue Library Friend card. It allows her to enter a lovely place that other people can’t go in. A bit ‘elitist’ Dr Bob says (whatever that means). I’m allowed in sometimes though.
Would you like to look in the special room?
Coffee please Pauline.
Pauline says that the old part of the library (called The Mitchell) not only has books, but special pillars of wisdom and a lamp of learning. And do you know what? If you stand exactly where you can see the lamp shining between the pillars, all the mysteries of life will be revealed. So that’s what I did.
And then I heard a disembodied voice. It said, ‘Editor Des…what does Pauline Conolly like even more than books?’
Hmmm, she does loves birds, and also my other (slightly kinder) guardian, Dr Bob Conolly. She probably doesn’t love them more than books though Oooh, I know….. COFFEE AND CAKE!
I ran around to the library cafe, and there she was. Wow, wot a relief. I’m not putting her photo here though, because this story is far more about me than her.
Of course there was one sad thing for me to think about; ‘Why didn’t Pauline go back to Wynyard Square to find me?? Any thoughts?
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Goodbye for now. xx