The further adventures of Marty and Gillian the motorcycling giraffes
Story 11 Marty and the dinosaur
As you will know by now, Marty is a giraffe who lives in the big African city of
Nairobi in . Marty
lives with his wife Gillian and works as window cleaner’s assistant with his
friends Peter (the window cleaner) and Victor (the trainee window cleaner). Kenya
But what Marty likes to do best is to whizz around on his motorcycle while looking out for adventures.
Marty and Gillian are sat in the garden of their little house in Nairobi discussing how they could tidy it up and make it look a lot nicer.
“We could build a garage at the one side, that we could store our motorcycles in” Said Marty
“Yes and we could have a raised patio outside the back door where we could sit in the evening” replied Gillian.
“Mmm yes and how about planting some acacia trees in the corner then we can always have a snack of fresh leafs and twigs while sat in the garden” stated Marty.
'Matumaini wewe!' Alicheka Gillian 'daima kufikiri ya tumbo lako, wewe alikuwa bora kuangalia au wewe kuwa kama mafuta kama kiboko' (“Trust you!” Laughed Gillian “always thinking of your stomach, you had better watch out or you will become as fat as a hippopotamus”)
This made Marty laugh, “we should get Emmanuelle (Marty’s friend the farmer) to design the garden as he is good at these things and the rest of the gang to help” he said.
So a couple of days later, first thing t in the morning, Emmanuelle turned up on his tractor pulling a trailer filled with the necessary tools, equipment, a self build garage and two acacia trees.
Moira, Emmanuelle’s girlfriend had also come along to help out and soon after Peter and his wife Gloria (and of course baby Martina- Jilly) and Victor also turned up.
Emmanuelle took charge of the operation and soon had the whole gang working hard on the garden.
First they flattened the ground closest to the house and laid the foundations for the raised patio and as Emmanuelle and Victor worked on laying the patio , Marty, Gillian , Peter and Moira started to dig away at the ground to lower the far end of the garden . Baby Martina-Jilly had woken up by now so Gloria was excused digging to look after the little one.
Peter and Moira dug the ground and shovelled the spare earth into a pair of large buckets that Gillian and Marty held in their mouths, then like two large spotty cranes Marty and Gillian lifted the buckets up and emptied the earth into the back of Emmanuelle’s truck
“I can make good use of that soil back at the farm” commented Emmanuelle.
It wasn’t long before the patio was finished and the second half of the garden was suitably lowered so that patio had a nice raised look
“That looks really good” stated Marty
“Yes just the pond to be dug and the garage to be put up and we will be finished” replied Gillian with an excited squeal
“Well you have al been working so hard, I think you had better take a break before starting the rest of the work” said Gloria who had come out into the garden with a large plate of sandwiches that she had made up and a big jug of her special ice cool fruit smoothies.
The friends all tucked into the sandwiches and smoothies (except of course Marty and Gillian as they don’t eat sandwiches they helped themselves to a large pile of twigs and leafs instead)
After their break the gang got back to work and soon had garage put together and erected at one side of the garage and dug two large holes for the acacia trees to be planted in
Marty poured two large buckets of water into the holes and Emmanuelle and Peter gently placed the trees into place and firmed the ground around them.
“These trees should grow big and strong and provide you with plenty of your favourite food” said Emmanuelle
“Asnte sana” (“Thank you very much”) said Gillian “ but don’t let Marty stop work and start munching before my pond has been dug out” this made everyone laugh.
Peter, Emmanuelle and Victor all then started digging a large hole for the pond, again lifting the soil into a large bucket that Marty held in his teeth and every time it was full he lifted it up and poured the soil out into the back of Emmanuelle’s truck.
Meanwhile baby Martina- Jilly had woken up and Gloria, Moira and Gillian were happily cuddling and playing with her.
It was hard and thirsty work digging in such a big hole in the hot African sun but soon they were getting down to level where they could pour in a concrete base for the pond, when Victor’s spade hit something hard and round.
At first he though it was just a large stone but it was very smooth and as he cleared the mud off it he realised it looked like a large egg.
“Look at this, it’s a bit odd” said Victor
Yes that is a bit strange” replied Peter “and look there are several of them”
With a bit more digging they managed to unearth eight of these strange large egg shaped rocks
After a lot of head scratching and different opinions of what they might be, Peter said that he had a friend at the Nairobi Museum and he would take the rocks there to find out what they are.
So Peter lifted the rocks into the back of the van and headed off to the museum.
“Typical” said Victor “Peter always finds a way to leave the hard work to us”
While Peter was gone Marty, Victor and Emmanuelle finished digging the pond they poured the concrete base in and after a little wait, to let the concrete dry (it dried quite quickly in the hot African sun), they poured the water in to make a lovely pond.
'Oh bustani yangu inaonekana ajabu' alisema Gillian 'asante sana, una kila kazi kwa bidii' (“Oh my garden looks wonderful” said Gillian “thank you very much, you have all worked so hard”)
“Hakuna matata” replied Emmanuelle “ni jambo jema daima kusaidia marafiki” (it’s always good to help friends out”)
“Well when Peter gets back we are going to have a big barbeque party to celebrate our garden being finished” said Marty.
A little later Peter arrived back from the museum in a very excited mood.
“Those rocks were fossilised dinosaur eggs, and my friend is going to display them at the museum”
“Wow dinosaur eggs that is fantastic” exclaimed Victor, and they all agreed that it was a very exciting find.
The friends then relaxed in the newly landscaped garden and ate a large meal of barbequed food all washed down with lots of Gloria and Moira special fruit smoothies. Marty and Gillian of course just ate lots of their favourite food, fresh twigs and leafs from their new acacia trees.
After a while Gloria told everyone that she and Peter will have to go home to put Martina –Jilly to bed and everyone else agreed that they were all feeling tired after such a hard days work and will be heading for home.
“Kwaheri, asante sana kwa kazi ngumu yako yote” (goodbye thank you very much for all your hard work”) shouted Marty and Gillian as they waved their friends off.
“Time for bed I think Marty” said Gillian
“In a minute” mumbled Marty with his mouth full of acacia twigs and leafs.
“You’ll make yourself sick eating so much so close to bed time” scolded Gillian
As they were both very tired it wasn’t long before Marty and Gillian drifted off into a deep sleep.
A few hours later Marty was woken up by a strange scrapping and digging sound coming from his garden.
Marty couldn’t believe his eyes when he looked out of the window, as there in his garden was a large dinosaur scraping at the ground.
The dinosaur spotted Marty at his window and stood straight up and peered into the window, the dinosaur was as big as Marty’s house and had a large mouth with very sharp looking teeth, Marty felt quite frightened.
“Where are my eggs gone” roared the dinosaur
“But they are just fossils now” gibbered Marty “they are thousands of years old, my friend took them to the museum”
“What!!” roared the dinosaur “I want my eggs now” and smashed his head through the window, shattering the glass everywhere and sending Marty spinning back across the room landing on his bed sitting bolt upright.
Marty was very scared but then he heard Gillian’s soothing voice.
“Marty wake up your having a very bad dream, I told you about eating so many twigs and leafs before bedtime”
“Bbbbbut the dinosaur” gibbered Marty
“It’s just a dream” said Gillian now go back to sleep and in the morning we can see what new adventures there are for
Marty and Gillian the motorcycling griaffes