Chapter 2 "In which the Belgians deliver a little surprise.... or two.... hundred!"
A much brighter day woke the neighbourhood this morning, so much so that by the time Lawrence saw in any sign of life in the "outside world" the sun was literally streaming in through the windows on a wonderfully bright sunny day! Lawrence surveyed his work of the previous day and thought to himself..... hmmm, that was fun.... though.... I'm not sure what I did it for in the end! Then with great joy he remembered the arrival of Mr Humphries and set out to find him and "welcome " him to the neighbourhood.
With a huge degree of delight Lawrence found Mr Humphries who had already busied himself for the day amongst the undergrowth. Mr Humphries has a big personality and is a wonderfully rich golden colour.... by now the inevitable stress of moving house had subsided and he was able to breath a sigh of relief... it was all over and the neighbours seemed to be quite pleasant!
Now, about this time both the new friends .... and pretty much everyone else in the neighbourhood... heard a commotion from the rockery area.... Lawrence knew from experience who might be behind this and also knew why!
Monsieur and Madame Lifalilli had a clutch of eggs, which had been Laid in the very early hours of the morning, and had now set about the task of diligently guarding them with their LIVES!!!!!! Now it has to be said that the Belgian family, from the Congo, were exceptionally good parents, and it was with a mixture of amazement and admiration that, In the past, Lawrence had watched as they herded their offspring around, almost as if to parade them to the neighbourhood. Monsieur Lifalilli had become a past master at the art of watching for his fry straying from the "accepted group" and then taking the miscreant into his mouth and rather unceremoniously regurgitating him or her back into the group! In fact both parents were more than adept at this feat and Lawrence was sure that the spectacle would be seen again in the near future. http://youtu.be/J8NTwBbk4Qs
Lawrence turned to Mr Humphries and was asking if he wanted a tour of the neighbourhood and they happily set off to explore and trail-blaze the locale.
Far above the action below there were seven "Graces", who constantly look down upon the neighbourhood and simply observe..... and on this day, with sun streaming in though the window..... They were evidently wonderfully happy with what they saw... The males had donned an emerald green livery which seemed to shine with the brilliance of the jungles of Sri Lanka from where they came.
However in the world above not everything was such peace and serenity on this fine morning.... A Caribbean couple had spotted the situation below and were somewhat less than impressed! The last time this had happened it had been made perfectly plain to they both that they were to say away from the vicinity.... and they had take in very personally!!!!!! To be fair though the same had been said to all and it was a generally accepted thing that, unless invited to do so, one didn't approach the scarlet family Lifalilli while the children were around.