The Unlikely Adventures of Miss Hyla Bibbit

…a small frog in a big world…

Midwinter’s Eve 2015 December 21, 2015

Filed under: At Home in Sycamore Springs,Holidays,Outdoors — missbibbit @ 2:23 PM

Traditionally, Midwinter Eve gifts are given and collected between close friends and children; but this year, Velvette Slydale convinced the townsfolk of a different plan…

Phineas Underwood and little Ella finally moved into a home of their own, courtesy of the resident carpenters, Wade Waters and Hornbull Buttercup, in late November. All of Sycamore Springs gathered any extra bits and bobs to help fill their home for this year’s Midwinter Eve festival! Phineas was humbled by the warm reception he received when he first arrived in the forest, but this…this overwhelmed him and his niece. With teary eyes, he embraced his best friends in the woods, Velvette and her husband, Slick. He would endeavor to continue his contributions to this new place they could truly call home.

 

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Traveling Sylvanian 3 – Part 3, The Dig September 9, 2014

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“Thank you, again, Phineas, for letting me come along with you.”
“It’s my pleasure, Damara! Before we head to the Gorge, I wanted to show you something.”
“Oh?”

 

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“Oh my!”
“What do you think?”
“It’s beautiful, Phineas!”

 

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“It could very well be the largest waterfall I’ve ever seen!”
“This is Montour Falls, also known as ‘She-qua-ga’. That’s ‘Tumbling Waters’ in the native language.”
“‘Tumbling’ is certainly an understatement!”
“Let’s head out to the dig site before the weather decides to turn.”

 

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“We have to go through a cave to get there?”
“Yes. Well, a few of very short tunnels, really. You see, this is a very large and very long gorge in the earth that was made by ice and water during the last Ice Age. You’re not afraid of the dark, are you….?”
“Oh, not so much. I’m just so surprised by all of the different places near your little village!”

 

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“And I thought the waterfall was huge!”
“We’ll see several of those here. One you can even walk behind!”

 

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“There it is!”
*laughs*
“Be careful, you might get your fur wet!”

 

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“So much moss! It’s like a carpet!”
“I like to use it for a nice place to nap if I stay too long searching around the Gorge.”

 

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“Here we are, Damara. I know it’s not much to look at, but you can’t imagine the finds I discover here!”
“I’m ready to start when you are. Lead the way, Phineas!”

 

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“Look here, Damara! I’ve found a beauty!”

 

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*gasp*
“I never would have thought!”
“See? It has both a full body seashell AND the impression of a sea urchin!”
“Wow, Phineas, I can see why you get so excited about this stuff!”

 

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“Can you help me with this one?”
“Help you? Finn, there’s nothing there!”
“Ah, sometimes the rocks can deceive. Let me show you. Grab that side.”

 

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“It’s on the inside!?”
“Long ago this little critter became stuck in the sand and over time, that sand became rock. That’s why we find fossils inside stones sometimes.”

 

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“Look! I think I found one!”
“Why, that specimen is stunning, Damara!”

 

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“I guess I’m a regular ‘fossil hound’ now!”

 

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“Such a beautiful grotto….”
“Come with me, Damara. I have another body of water I’d like to show you.”

 

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“It…it’s so huge!”
“This is Lake Seneca, the largest of the Finger Lakes. We’re at the bottom tip and where you see it disappear over the horizon is only the half-way point.”

 

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“Oh, Phineas, what a beautiful sight.”
“What a beautiful sight, indeed…..”

 

 

 

Traveling Sylvanina 3 – Part 2, The Celebration August 31, 2014

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“I’m glad you joined me for a stroll this afternoon, Damara. I hope your exploration of Sycamore Springs was pleasant?”
“Oh yes! You have such a lovely little village here! So many things are different, yet many feel the same as my own town. Everyone is so friendly, you’ve really made me feel welcome.”
“That’s great! Your arrival has helped us more than you know…you see, Sycamore Springs is in the process of moving the entire village! We simply needed more space.Not all of our critters have made it to our new location here yet, so with you visiting…well, it helps take our minds off of our family and friends back home. And to thank you for that……”

 

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“SURPRISE!”
*gasp*
“Wh-how? You’re making me blush! You shouldn’t have!”

 

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“Oh, we love throwing parties! We wanted to welcome you properly, but didn’t know when you would arrive!”
“You are all so thoughtful!”
“Come on, I’ll introduce you!”

 

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“This is Mr. Moekey, he runs the junk shop….Mr. Wildwood, who put this little shindig together…”
“Guilty as charged!”
“…and Aristotle Treefellow, who is our school’s principal.”
“How dooo you dooo?”

 

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“…Mr. Dale runs our orchard with his family. His specialty is apples. And Mrs. Huntington is the best baker in the Appalachian trail!”

 

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“Mrs. Slydale! Thank you for coming to my party! I’m still so very thankful for the room!”
“It’s my pleasure, dear. This is my son, Skitter.”
“Such a sweetie!”

 

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“Pleased to meet you, Orson Yellowfield!”
“Pleasure is mine. How you enjoy the sandwiches!”

 

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“That’s our milkman, Mr. Webster and his daughter…”

 

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“…our postman, Durwood Chestnut and his daughter Myrtle and his baby girl, Charity…”

 

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“Hello Phineas!”
“Oh! Hello Miss Damara!”

 

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“Who is this little one?”
“Ah..well…see….This is my niece, Bella. I’m…I’m her guardian. Bella, this is Miss Damara, say ‘hello’!”

 

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“I’m sorry, Damara, she’s usually not this shy.”
“Perhaps a cookie will cheer her up!”

 

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“There now, a nice kitty cookie with spots just like me, hm?”
“What do you say, Bella?”
Thank you, miss.

 

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“I hope we’re still on for that fossil hunt, Phineas?”
“Oh, of course! The day after tomorrow. Meet me by the town hall, let’s say…..10 o’clock?”
“That sounds wonderful. I’ll see you then!”

 

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“Nice lady.”
“Yes, she is very nice, isn’t she?”
*sigh*

 

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“Hyla, this is a fantastic party! Thank you all, so much!”
“It’s our pleasure! I’m glad you’re having such a great time!”
“Yes! I just wish my husband and kids were here with me.”
“Let me know if you’re feeling too homesick. We’ll help cure that in no-time!”

 

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“This really is a wonderful little town….”

 

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“…with so many friendly critters….I really can’t be alone!”

 

 

 

Traveling Sylvanian 3 – Part 1, The Arrival August 25, 2014

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“Somewhere over these hills should be Sycamore Springs.”

 

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“There! There’s the town! Just through these woods!”

 

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“Thank goodness I’ve arrived. What a long journey! Well…since I’m here, I guess I better deliver this package straight away. I don’t want to be rude and forget it! …. So this is Miss Bibbit’s house? Seems very humble for a ‘celebrity’. I do hope she will be nice.”

 

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“Hello. May I help you…miss?”
“Oh! Damara…Damara De Wildt.”
“How wonderful! The whole village has been expecting you! Please come in!”

The whole village?

 

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“Rooibosch Hill sounds wonderful. I apologize for the chill, our summer has been very peculiar with temperature this year.”
“It’s not too cold, though I am thankful for my husband insisting upon binging my jacket!”
“He sounds like a sweet man.”
“Oh, very sweet….Listen to me chat away! I have a package for you!”

 

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“A package?”
“Yes, from Ms. Madeline’s boutique! She said there was some delay or mix up with the last order.”
“You have to forgive me…I haven’t the froggiest idea what it could be…”

 

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*gasp*
“Miss Bibbit…it’s beautiful!”
“Now I remember! I helped our resident thread makers and dyers, the Sweetbriars, connect with Ms. Merryweather a few months ago. They make so much thread and dye, Ms. Clearwater can’t keep up with her dressmaking! Madeline wanted to send me something in thanks, but I never imagined this!”

 

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“You must be famished, Damara! Would you like to go to the cafe’? It’s not very big, but their sandwiches are fantastic!”
“Now that you mention it, I could use a spot of food.”

 

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“This is a great place, Miss Bibbit. Thank you for inviting me!”
“Please, call me ‘Hyla’. Miss Bibbit makes me sound old.”
*giggles*

 

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“So Damara, tell me what do you want to do in Sycamore Springs?”

 

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“Oh, well…I’ve always wanted to travel the world and meet new critters.”

 

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“I work in Rooibosch Hill as a herbalist, so I suppose I would like to learn about new recipes and plants. The excitement of it all! Me! In a new town! On a different continent! Hemisphere, even! Oh, I want to see everything I can!”

 

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“Well, you’re in luck! One of Sycamore Springs’ newest residents is Phineas Underwood. He’s a study of everything in the woods! Plants, rocks, bugs…just name it…
…and double our luck! Here he comes now!…
…Phineas! May we speak with you a moment?”
“Hmm? Oh, ah, yes! I’ll just…be right over.”

 

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“Finn, this is Damara De Wildt. She’s from Rooibosch Hill in South Africa and she’s visiting for a few weeks. We were hoping you might be able to show her some interesting places you’ve found.”

 

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“Oh, well, I would lo—……..ahhhhh….”

 

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She..she’s beautiful!

 

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“Um, ah..yes! Of course! I am heading out in a few days to hunt for some fossils. Would you…ah…like to join me?”
“I’ve never been fossil hunting! It sounds so exciting. I promise I won’t be a bother!”
“Nonsense! You won’t be a trifle at all. Um..w-where might I find you?”
“Oh dear. I haven’t found a place to stay just yet, I’m ashamed to say.”
“Finn, why don’t you take her to the Inn where you’re staying?”
“Oh, of course! I’ll…I’ll…help you with your things.”

 

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“Mr. and Mrs. Slydale, this is Damara De Wildt. She needs a room for her stay in the village.”
“Welcome to the Foxglove Inn, Ms. De Wildt. We have a room that would be perfect for your stay!”
“Please, don’t make it a lavish one! I would hate to put you out with all of the trouble of last minute!”
“Mr. Slydale and I may not have the fanciest of inns, but our rooms are full of comfort, cleanliness and courtesy! They’re always made ready for guests; you needn’t worry!”

 

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“I hope this is to your liking, Miss Damara.”
“Oh, it’s lovely. With such a great view of the forest!”
“I..ah…m-my room is just down the hall. Don’t hesitate to ask.”
“Thank you Phineas, you’ve been most kind.”

 

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Oh, Finn…just what have you gotten yourself into?

 

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Oh Rowan, if you could see me now! I miss you something awful…but I have to do this. I just wish you and the cubs could be with me. What a grand adventure this will be…

 

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As she slowly drifts off to sleep, Damara can almost hear her husband whisper, ‘good night, Kitten’….

 

 

 

Happy Bunday! April 20, 2014

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Happy Bunny Day!

 

MidWinter’s Eve 2013 March 21, 2014

The furry forest folk of Sycamore Springs have a winter holiday unlike any other.

When the woods are blanketed in white and the wind send shivers up the furriest Sylvanian’s back and the air is so cold their breath turns to mist, the villagers of Sycamore Spring take to the streets to celebrate MidWinter’s Eve.

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MidWinter’s Eve takes place on the longest night of the year; the eve of the Winter Solstice. Critters bundle up and head outdoors at sundown to celebrate the warmth of friendship during the coldest times. Candles and lanterns dot the landscape to light the forest in honor of friends past, friends present and friends not yet made.

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They bring greenery into their homes to remind them of the spring and summer ahead. Some folk consider it good luck for a wonderful bounty on the farms for the upcoming season.

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In the early days of Sycamore Springs, gifts were traditionally given to those who need it most; those who just arrived or who were sick. Nowadays, gifts of all kinds are presented to friends and family, though no one goes in want. Blankets, foodstuffs and other warm trimmings are popular presents.

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Children go begging from door to door for treat. Some adults make them sing or dance or otherwise “play” for the prizes. Treats can be exchanged for new ones between friends or at the next house and can be anything from marbles to candy, but are typically something small.  The exchanges continue until all of the children receive one gift. They can stop going door to door when they are happy with what they have, but it’s fun to see who is handing out what!

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After the presents have been given and the children are finished running from door to door, the entire village gathers for the MidWinter’s Feast. Tables and chairs of all sorts are brought out from the houses and placed in one long line at the center of town. There is always a seat for everyone, even those passing through! Everyone brings as much as they can to share and left-overs are quite appropriate. Everyone shares in the clean up and the joy of each other’s company.

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The festivities of MidWinter’s Eve bring warmth and light to a cold and snowy season. Among the eves of the tiny houses and the branches of the trees, the spirit of friendship can prevail over the darkest nights.

 

Postcard Series: Midwest GeoBash, OH February 2, 2014

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Hello fellow party animals!

I’ve gone to another geocaching get together, this time it’s in Ohio for the Midwest Geo Bash! Every year they have a different theme. This year was Mardi Gras! They also have a tin foil hat party on the first night! What fun!

– Miss Hyla Bibbit