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Once upon a time there was a gronk named Gabby. She was happy living at Woodland Whimsy with all the fantastic creatures, but what she really wanted was a home and a special friend all her own.

Gabby Gronk

Gabby Gronk

All of the creatures from Woodland Whimsy go to fairs in hopes of getting adopted. Gabby always made sure that her pig tails were perfect, and that she was happy as she could be when she went. One day, at a wonderful fair near Lake Tahoe, Gabby met a beautiful little girl who was looking for a forever friend. Gabby and the lovely girl felt an instant friendship. Both were very happy to go home together. Gabby and the girl are happy together still and will be so forever after.

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After getting the the decorating done, it was time for the main event, the party! Henry went down by the lake with the kids. It was cold down there. The kids got in the water anyway. They were covered with goose bumps.

By the lake

By the lake

Henry thought those kids were crazy, but he enjoyed watching them from the tree stump.

Not going in

Not going in

“Come in and play with us Henry,” shouted the children. Henry went closer, but he still didn’t get in that cold water. Henry is a smart House Hob.

Henry with one of the birthday boys

Henry with one of the birthday boys

Everyone came back up from the lake and got dried off. It was time for cake.

CAKE!

CAKE!

Henry loved his slice of white cake. I couldn’t believe how fast he ate it.

Present time

Present time

Henry really enjoyed watching the gifts being opened.

Birthday boy number 2

Birthday boy number 2

Everyone was very happy with their presents.

It had been a wonderful family day at the lake, but it was time to clean up and head home. “I’m so happy that I got to go to the party,” said Henry, “but I am ready to go home.” House Hobs only like an adventure occasionally. They have fun, but are usually ready for them to be over so they can go home.

I hope you enjoyed Henry’s Birthday Adventure. You can see more of my work on my facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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House Hobs by their very nature don’t get out very often. However, our family has several birthdays right around the first of September. Since another family function had most of us in the same general area, which almost never happens. We got together to celebrate some birthdays and Henry wanted to come. It was a breezy day at Lake Tahoe the day of the party.

Climbing up to check out the lake

Climbing up to check out the lake

Henry scrambled up a tree so he could get a good view of the lake. It was overcast, so the lake really had a moody look about it.

 

Ready for balloons

Ready for balloons

Henry was anxious to help blow up the balloons. He got every thing he needed together so he was ready to go.

Filling with Helium

Filling with Helium

Henry controlled the flow of Helium as the balloons were filled.

Tying the balloons together

Tying the balloons together

After the balloons where filled with Helium, Henry helped tie them together to make a balloon arch.

Arch being made

Arch being made

My awesome husband posing somewhat unwillingly to display the balloons Henry is helping him tie together. Sadly, it was way to windy to get a clear photo of the balloon arch once it was done.

Snack time

Snack time

After getting the balloon arch put together, it was time for a snack. My grandson(who is mean mugging me in this photo) very nicely shared his sandwich with Henry.

In the next blog post, Henry will take a look at the cold, cold lake and presents will be opened.

 

 

 

 

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At the bottom of the trail down into Emerald Bay at lovely Lake Tahoe, is a spectacular house. It is called Vikingsholm.  Pierre had an incredible time scrambling all around.

Vikingsholm Plaque

Vikingsholm Plaque

Pierre read the plaque and then jumped up for a photo. The plaque details the donation of nearly 300 acres including the stunning Vikingsholm and Fanette Island. The plaque is located in the interior court yard of Vikingsholm.

Court yard pond

Court yard pond

For reasons I can’t really understand, Pierre loves the water. He can not swim, but he still always wants to get in. It took some convincing to get him to pose next to this pond in the Vikingsholm court yard.

Pierre on the door

Pierre on the door

The craftsmanship that went into this home is incredible. Pierre particularly liked this door. It leads into the house from the court yard. Goblins are worse than monkeys for swinging on things.

Fuel Pump

Pierre checking out the fuel pump

This is an old fuel pump outside Vikingsholm. Pierre thought that it was really cool. He inspected every part of it. (So did the men who were with us) Pierre is always interested in how things work.

Window

Pierre in the window

Sadly, the season for tours of Vikingsholm was already over. We did take a peak in the window to see some of the fantastic furniture inside.

Buoys

Buoys on the beach

After we looked at Vikingsholm, we walked on the beach for a while. Pierre was fascinated by the buoys that had washed up on the beach.

Driftwood log

Pierre rides the driftwood

As always, it was a struggle to keep Pierre out of the water. He had to settle for lounging on this driftwood log. He really wanted me to talk to the owners of the cool boat in the background about letting him check it out. I did not. I tried to explain that you can’t really expect people to want a goblin they don’t know running around on their boat.

Land Shark!

Land Shark!

It was time to head back up to the car. We did not hike back the way we came in. We took a smaller trail along the lake for a bit over a mile. Pierre was delighted when we came across this rock shark. Nothing would do except for him to crawl in and pretend to be getting eaten.

Last Stream

Pierre by yet another water fall

Here is one last photo of Pierre by a beautiful little water fall. We had a lovely hike. All in all we did about four miles.(To hike to Vikingsholm and back is a 2 mile hike) The trails have areas that are quite steep, but it is well worth the effort.

As always, you can see more of my art work at http://www.woodlandwhimsy.com

 

 

 

 

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I’d like to introduce you to Pierre. He is the first goblin born here at Woodland Whimsy.

Pierre

Pierre in the parking lot

Pierre had his first hiking adventure last week. He came hiking with us down into Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe.

Pierre Hiking

Pierre Hiking

When I say Pierre went hiking, what I really mean is he got a lovely ride in a back pack while the rest of us hiked. Pierre’s legs are just not long enough to keep up with us.

Pierre with sign

Wait! Check out the sign!

We were just getting ready to head down the hill when Pierre shouted, “Wait!! I want a picture with the cool sign.” So out of the back pack he came, and he gave me a lovely Vanna White pose to show off the sign.

Lake View

Lake View

This is our first view of the lake. You can see the little island. It has a tea house that looks like a castle on it. Pierre thinks that the way his shadow looks in this photo is great.

Pierre by a tiny water fall

Pierre by a tiny water fall

There were several pretty little water falls along the trail. Pierre wanted his photo taken at every one of them. He loves to be in photos with water. I will not include all the photos of Pierre checking out the lovely waterfalls here.

Tree roots

Tree roots growing through the rocks

“Stop! Please stop!” yelled Pierre. (I should mention what a patient man my husband is) “I want to climb up and look at the roots.” There were roots of trees twisting through the rocks gaining purchase to stabilize tall trees.

Cave Water Fall

Pierre in a small cave with a water fall

Pierre had a great time playing in this little cave, climbing from rock to rock over the water.

Fire damged tree

Fire damaged tree

Pierre thought this tree was amazing. It was severely damaged by fire at some point in the past. The tree was burned all the way through. Yet it still lives and continues to grow.

Pierre in the tree

Pierre in the tree

Pierre felt like he couldn’t be seen well enough in the larger photo. So here is a much closer picture of him in the fire damaged tree.

This tree is near the bottom of the path down to the bay. It is next to Vikingsholm. Pierre had fun exploring the outside of this amazing house. I’ll share those photos with you later this week.

If you like Pierre, you may enjoy seeing more work from Woodland Whimsy. You can do that here http://www.woodlandwhimsy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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