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Moonface's Story (The Magic Faraway Tree)

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Jo, Bessie and Fanny's mother is very understanding of the children's relationship with their friends in the wood and is quite happy to let Jo stay the night with Moon-Face although she expects him back the next day because he has his share of the chores — as they all do. Her numerous books, while telling the stories of children having adventures in faraway lands or solving mysteries on a private island (a re-read of some of the Famous Five books has now revealed to me at an older age that these families must be loaded. Such exciting adventures are experienced that the children deliberately stay away from the tree every now and again just to get over them but eventually they're off again for more thrills.

This tree grows so high that it reaches special clouds that contain magical lands which visit every now and again and rest on the top-most branches.At first, Connie refuses to believe in the Faraway Tree or the magical folk who live in it, even when the Angry Pixie throws ink at her and when Dame Washalot soaks her. While the original description of Google Buns are that they contain a large currant filled with sherbet, it was really hard to find any currants bigger than sultanas around my local area, so I cheated and used dried apricots. Produced originally in 1943, this title is a popular one and was described very aptly by a fan as "One of Enid Blyton's most enchanting tales. They chase the gnome and recover the papers, but the gnome himself escapes up a huge tree whose branches seem to reach into the clouds. Dame Washalot, who spends her time washing her clothes and throwing the dirty wash-water down the tree.

To make the ‘egg’ wash’ simply combine the 2 tablespoons of milk and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and brush over the tops of the uncooked buns. It could be done without, you would just have to use your hands to work and knead the dough instead. I think — "Yes" because there are twenty-six chapters in this book so you'll be set for a good few hours of entertainment once you get hold of a copy. Carefully use a small, sharp knife to slice open the bottoms of the dried apricots until it makes a sort of pouch - then, using a teaspoon, pack it with as much sherbet as you can and use the stickiness of the apricot to close it back up.

Mix together the bi-carb, citric acid and icing sugar - feel free to taste and adjust if you want it sweeter, more sour or more foamy. I used a hot cross bun recipe, I really wanted that fluffy texture that’s not quite so sweet, with the subtle spiced flavours to have as a direct comparison to the burst of sweet sherbet from the inside. Dame Slap, who runs a school for bad pixies which, in some of the adventures, the friends accidentally land in. Bake buns for about 20-25 minutes - they should be a nice golden brown on top and slightly springy to the touch.

They have also been to Nursery Rhyme Land, the Land of Enchantments, and the Land of Treats and they have made friends with several fairy people who actually live in little dwellings carved out of the tree itself. Cover with a clean tea towel and let it sit for about an hour in a warm spot - it should double in size. Due to his lack of knowledge regarding the Faraway Tree, Dick has some more wetness added to his clothing because there happens to be a washer-woman further up who uses a considerable amount of water in her trade although the book doesn't tell us how it is piped up to her place of residence. I found I had to manually work the sultanas through at this stage to ensure they would be properly distributed. As touched upon, quite a few of the funny situations in the Faraway Tree stories are caused by Saucepan's minimal hearing ability and, added to other peculiar happenings, there is an endless supply of material to stimulate the reader's interest.They encounter a pair of rabbits, who dig a hole for the children to help them escape the land when they discover that the hole back to the tree had closed up after the ground turned above it. and now they are all in a terrible fix and Enid Blyton will tell us how they manage to get out of it in one piece. I just used a recipe from delightful adventures that I use all the time - I’ve never had it not work.

The last land they visit in this book is the Land of Birthdays, where the brownies and the inhabitants of the Faraway Tree celebrate Bessie's birthday. In 1997, stories from the novels were adapted into animated ten-minute episodes for the TV series Enid Blyton's Enchanted Lands. While I am aiming to have a Famous Five style picnic soon (I am confident in my ability to provide lashings of homemade gingerbeer), the first few recipes I wanted to tackle came from possibly the most famous of Enid Blyton’s books - The Faraway Tree. Dame Washalot is her name and she gets rid of the spent water by simply emptying it down the tree so Dick learns another valuable lesson. Place the yeast, 1 teaspoon of sugar and the lukewarm water in bowl for your stand mixer and leave to foam up for a few minutes.When a land is due to leave its position over the tree and head for faraway places a cold wind begins to blow. After several more adventures, the people of the Faraway Tree need the children's help when they are invaded by an army of Red Goblins. At the very top of the tree they discover a ladder which leads them to a magical land which is different on each visit, because each place moves on from the top of the tree to make way for a new land. It's a table soaring skyward with the children squeezed on it followed by a bench bearing Moon-Face, Silky and Saucepan and if you don't believe a situation like this could take place just take a look at the Dorothy Wheeler picture. He has a slide in the floor of his little home and it goes right down to the bottom of the tree and it is just one of the attractions which supply the children with so many good times.

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