Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Hazel's New Clothes

For some time now her Ladyship and myself have been dropping hints to Hazel about his unkempt appearance and how we thought it was about time he paid a visit to the gypsy tailor for a new outfit. Of course he ignored the hints and carried on wearing his favourite, grubby but comfortable, old clothes.

Now one morning this week, when we awoke, Hazel was nowhere to be found, except for  a pile of discarded clothes laying on the floor. Of the man himself there was no sight nor sound, he had simply vanished into thin air.

Her Ladyship grabbed hold of his clothes and holding them with outstretched arms away from her nose, put them into the washing tub and cast  a magic spell over them.
I am not privy to her secret work and so I can only share with you that part of her chant
that I heard as I walked away it had something to do with ‘hubble, bubble, soaps and suds’.





About half an hour later I noticed that a Blackbird was flying to and fro between the washing tub and the drying line. Slowly a line of Hazel’s old clothes, now freshly washed, 
appeared before my very eyes. Soon after that is started spit with rain, within minutes there was a great storm lashing down and I heard her Ladyship say to no one in particular
"Hazel’s clothes will never dry now!”


I thought it best to make tea and soon the kettle was fair skipping on the stove. I threw three large spoonfuls of Lyon’s loose tea into the teapot and poured a pint of boiling water over them, putting the pot on the edge of the stove to let it draw. Her Ladyship does like a good strong cuppa along with a dash of milk and no sugar in her favourite cup.
I thought to myself "This will soothe her frayed nerves”


We were just on the point of finishing our afternoon tea and eating up the last of the caraway seed cake when her Ladyship said “Oh did you hear someone singing just then ?”
 “ Do you think it might be Hazel coming home ?” I replied.
So we both went to the window to look out and there was a very smart looking Hazel dressed in a new set of clothes complete with a waistcoat, muffler, a new hat and boots to match.




“Oh welcome home Mr Hazel and my goodness you certainly look smart!” cried her Ladyship.
As Hazel preened in front of the mirror I complimented him on his new look and asked, “Why the change of heart about the new outfit?” 
 “I have it in mind to find myself a wife” whispered Hazel. 
Then with a smile and a wink he disappeared.


We are getting worried now because Hazel has still not returned home !

32 comments:

  1. Very handsome indeed! He will surely find himself a lovely wife! Merry Christmas!

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  2. Thank you Mary Anne. Hazel will definitely be able to find a wife, whether she will stay with him is an entirely different matter (wink!)

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  3. I know I've said it before, but I do love Hazel's Onesy and I can see him in his very own book too. Maybe a children's poetry book H?

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    1. H'mm ..... I admire your confidence Debs :) Guess I shall have to finish the book that's underway already, I keep meaning to do that.
      Thank you for the comment.

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  4. Well, he could certainly do with a good woman - but suspect that the adjective 'good' does not necessarily fit into his description of what he is looking for. He looks a bit of a rascal to me.

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    1. You certainly do surprise me at times Pat !
      That is a terrible aspersion to make about poor old Hazel, regardless of how true you may be...... obviously you are not afraid of the faery wrath ?
      Thanks for commenting.

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  5. Great to see Hazel looking so smart and clean. He definitely has a twinkle in his eyes so I think there's shenanigans afoot!

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    1. Thank you for your first nine words Jane B, for they are quite correct.
      H'mmm why is it I find myself asking. Why is it that you women all gang up on a 'twinkly fellow' at the first opportunity ? :)

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  6. Love the brightly colored clothes hanging on the line.
    Perfect.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Thank you Parsnip, am sure the secret faery tailor will be delighted.

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  7. Mr. Hazel, Mr. Hazel, the best of luck and come back soon with the tale of your search.

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    1. Thank you for the suggestion Joanne, I guess we shall just have to wait patiently for his return :)

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  8. I'm new to this blog and that is mighty eerie!

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    1. Hello Simon, Ha'h don't take everything for granted that you read on this blog because topics and subject matter fluctuate: the aim is to stimulate and ...entertain sometimes :)

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  9. Oh dear, Heron! What a delight, and I chuckled at the end!
    (and I want a set of his clothes that would fit me - I already have a hat that would match!)

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    1. Carol. I have had my name on the list for years and years for a set of clothing such as Hazel's. So very sorry but you will just have to wait your turn.

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    2. I'll try to be patient! :)

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  10. Message from cousin Elfie
    So my dear Hazel you have smartened up your look & you are looking very dapper, I write of women news too!
    I was wedded myself yesterday to the fair Twinkle it is most agreeable to have a woman in your life & can thoroughly recommend it! I may have a couple of lady contacts you may consider worthy & will forward those on forthwith ... Yours Elfie

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    1. Thanks for Elfie's message which I will pass on to Hazel on his return. To be honest with you I rather fear that Hazel only requires a woman for the winter and not for life !

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  11. Nothing like clean and freshly washed clothes to get the ladies interested.

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    1. Oh' right we thought attraction came from smoking a pipe, does this mean those ads were feeding us false information then ?

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  12. Very dashing and sophisticated, sure to be a hit with the ladies!

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    1. John you have just massaged Hazel's ego :)

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  13. Hazel is just wonderful, I am sure he will find himself a lovely wife. :O)

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    1. No doubt he will. Though whether she will be able to put up with his bad habits is another story ?

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  14. Oh Mel, I've just read this to Koos and now we are both anxious about Hazel, so let us know if he turns up again. This was so charming. We hope he finds a nice wife to share his days with.

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    1. Thank you Val, am sure that he will put in an appearance very soon.... ")

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  15. I am in love with your Hazel and his new clothes. Very sweet entry. Thank you, and a very merry Christmas.

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    1. You may watch out for further adventure's and Seasonal Greetings to you

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