Hornbull Buttercup was enjoying his first cup of coffee of the day, while admiring the sunrise. He loved being a farmer and being surrounded by all this beauty.
His mind started to wonder, today he and his wife, Daisy, will be getting new twin babies. He is very excited about their arrival, but their is so many things that must be done first. He must saw some wood for the fire place and wood burning stove.
He needs to load the wagon with all the fresh produce that must be delivered to various shops in town.
Also the fresh milk and dairy products that Daisy made yesterday, must also be loaded and delivered to various places. He is not sure if he will manage everything before they have to leave.
As he was about to start with his daily chores, Daisy and little Cheddar came out.
Hornbull: Hi Daisy, everything okay? Should we leave earlier?
Daisy: No everything is fine, I just wanted to ask you a little favor, dear.
Hornbull: Anything, what is it?
Daisy: I will not have time to put my seedlings in the ground before we leave and I really want you to tidy up this mess around the trellis. I don't want to bring my new babies home to this mess.
Hornbull (feeling agitated): I also have lots to do and I'm sure it will be fine if we plant the seedlings tomorrow. Furthermore I'm sure the twins will not notice the mess.
Daisy (raising her eyebrow): And what will the guests say if they see the place like this? They will think we are unable to look after our own children.
Hornbull: How on earth ... uhm ... nevermind. I will do it for you, my love!
Daisy: Oh thank you, I knew I could count on you, you are my saviour. I'm going in to go and get ready for our trip.
Hornbull: It is my pleasure, maybe send the kids out to come and help. Paddock can help me and Annabell can look after Cheddar.
Hornbull knew he didn't had a choice other than to give in to his wife's demands but now he spend 15 minutes of his precious time debating about stupid seedlings and he got and extra chore to do. Luckily Paddock came out to assist his father. But of Annabell their was still no sign and out of the corner of his eye he could see that Cheddar is already planning all kinds of mischief. Hornbull adores his three children, but Cheddar is always the one that gets him worked up most. He just hopes that the twins will be less trouble, as if!
He gave Paddock some instructions and finally Annabell appeared.
Hornbull: Thank you Annabell for finally deciding to come and help me, please watch Cheddar, I think he is about to hurt himself with that rake.
Annabell: Daddy he will not listen to me and I'm scared of rakes.
Hornbull: Annabell, please. I really need your help now, we have lots to do. Why don't you take him to play on his baby slide.
Annabell: I guess that is a good idea, but actually I'm afraid of slides too.
Hornbull: Really you are? Lucky for you, you don't have to slide, just watch Cheddar.
Annabell: Ok daddy.
Hornbull and Paddock started to load the wagon. First all the dairy products and then the vegetables. Hornbull was considering to stop his vegetable deliveries and only plant for own use. He makes enough to live comfortably off the milk and dairy products' income, and he knew Bob Blackberry's market provided more than enough fresh produce for the whole village.
Finally all the dairy products where loaded.
Paddock quickly helped him to sort the vegetables and but it into suitable containers.
It was also then loaded. Finally the wagon was loaded and ready. Hornbull was wondering if their will be enough space for the rest of the family to sit though.
Next he moved on to the wood. Paddock offered to fetch the horse in the barn. Hornbull was relieved to see that Cheddar was enjoying himself and the slide and the Annabell was quite content watching her brother.
Just as Hornbull was done sawing the wood, Paddock appeared with Moon, the horse.
Paddock: I fed him and gave him some water, daddy, so he is ready for the trip too.
Hornbull: Thank you son, that was good thinking.
Hornbull send Annabell and Cheddar inside to go and get ready for their trip. Now he only had one more chore to finish and he asked Paddock for help.
Hornbull: So son your mother want us to tidy this mess up, beautify the trellis and plant the seedlings. Are you ready for it.
Paddock: Sure dad, I'll move all the equipment while you plant the seedlings. I'm not totally sure how to do that, but I will love to watch and learn.
Hornbull. Great idea and it is really easy.
In no time they were done and Hornbull had to admit, with everything in its place, things looked better.
Hornbull: There, done! Ok son, you water the seedlings. We must water them daily and in no time they will start to flower.
Paddock: I can't wait. It looks really good dad, mommy will love it.
As if she knew they were talking about her, Daisy appeared.
Daisy: Oh how wonderful, this looks great. And so tidy. Thank you Hornbull and Paddock.
Paddock: I love helping dad, mommy and I'm glad you like it, now we just have to wait for flowers.
Hornbull: My pleasure dear, and I'm glad you are happy.
Daisy: You are truly my night in shining armour, thanks for saving the day.
Hornbull (looking perplexed): I don't know about saving the day, but well ... uhm ... yes. So are you ready to go and fetch our babies.
Daisy: Oh yes of course I am.
Hornbull and Paddock quickly freshen up and in no time they were off to the village of Sugarbush Valley.
They first stopped by Cedar Terrace 1 to drop off Paddock and Annabell. They will be staying there for the time being. It was like a bee's nest with children everywhere. The Chiffon siblings were there too, and Pippa informed them that Delia also asked if her children may spend the day too.
After a quick chat Hornbull, Daisy and Cheddar was on their way. First they will make the necessary deliveries and then they will go and find he twins. Pippa waived them good bye. The children immediately started playing together.
After a morning filled with fun and a lovely lunch, the children were exhausted and literally passed out. Pippa was relived as this gave Dorothy some time to pamper her. She was in desperate need of some grooming.
Pippa: Thank you Dorothy for the hair cut and styling. This is exactly what I needed.
Dorothy: My pleasure, I like to pamper you. You do so much for me.
The two was still talking, when they heard Hornbull's wagon nearing.
Pippa: Wow that was quick, I didn't expect them till much later!
They got up and went out.
To their surprise the wagon was loaded with people.
Hornbull (explaining): As we left, we bumped into the Chiffons. Along the way we passed Hubert and Hatty, who was accompanied by Schroeder and Isabel, so I offered them all a lift.
Pippa: This is wonderful, but don't tell me, were they all collecting their new babies.
Gordon: Yes we were, can you believe it.
Soon there was a buzz outside Cedar Terrace. Everyone was talking at the same time . Hornbull and Daisy introduced their twins Dolly and Fennel.
Dorothy: But were is all the other babies. You know how I feel about babies, please don't hide them from me.
All burst out laughing and showed Dorothy the babies on the wagon. They were introduced as Austin and Nigella Chiffon, Eddie and Michelle Fisher and Jethro and Cordelia Huckleberry. Everyone was fussing about the cute babies and how adorable they were.
Soon it was time for the Huckleberries and Fishers to leave. They thanked Hornbull for the ride and left.
The sleeping children were awaken by the noise and came down to see what the fuss was about. Annabell fell instantly in love with her new brother and sister and Karen just wanted to hold her new siblings but couldn't decide who to pick up first. Even Paddock told his dad how cute the babies are. Just David was a bit taken aback by all the babies.
After some time and numerous compliments and cuddles it was time to head home. Hornbull again offered a ride to the Chiffons as their house was on the way.
Hornbull: Bye Pippa and Dorothy, children. Thanks for watching the children and see you soon.
Pippa: Bye bye, come again soon. And good luck with the first night.
Gordon: Don't remind me, bye!