Mammoth Delight

Proboscid Family Tree

Proboscid Family Tree

The Block twins went to the Royal BC Museum to see the current visiting exhibit…

 

 

Please Touch!

Please Touch!

… Mammoths, Giants of the Ice Age, is a visiting show from the Field Museum in Chicago.

 

Short Trunk

Short Trunk

The girls took full advantage of the “Please Touch” models throughout the exhibit…

 

 

Long Trunk

Long Trunk

 …and learned a lot about the evolution and distribution of proboscids.

 

Lyuba

Lyuba

They even saw Lyuba, a mammoth baby that was alive about 41,000 years ago.  That was Very Cool!!! Opal and Agathe are carved from wood that that is about the same age!!! How amazing to think that their natal tree was alive in the Southern Hemisphere at the same time as mammoths (maybe even this mammoth) were alive in the Northern Hemisphere!

 

 

Trapped and Moping

Trapped and Moping

The girls were thrilled with their visit to the Museum and learned so much, but on the way out they saw a herd of woebegone mammoths milling about.  Opal and Agathe have been taught that wild animals prefer to live outdoors…

 

Escape

Escape

…so they helped the mammoths find the way to the exit.

Good Deed of the day

Good Deed of the day

Feeling very pleased with themselves, the Block Twins trotted home to tell Constance all about their exciting day.

He followed us home!

He followed us home!

Surprise!!

 

Click here for information about this exhibit!

Disclaimer: the Quimper Hitty Human does not advocate the liberation of stuffies from Museum gift shops without payment…

 

 

 

 

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19 thoughts on “Mammoth Delight

  1. Really, there should be a ‘LOVE THIS’ button on your blog! I look so forward to the whimsical delights that you share with us! Treasures! And, speaking of treasures…. it boggles my mind that the Block Twins are carved of such ancient wood…. no wonder they have such wonderful stories to tell! Thank you!

    • The age of Swamp Kauri wood is very mind-boggling! Opal and Agathe are rather flighty girls, somewhat surprisingly. The tree must have had aeons to think, while it was lying in a bog covered with mud. The girls are just glad that they weren’t turned into guitar tops or fancy furniture – and are SO happy that they are carved from the same block of wood (which is why they are the Block Twins)

  2. Oooooh! It’s like going to see the exhibit ourselves – only better because we would not have had the courage to set the mammoths free.

    • We are so lucky the exhibit is in town – and the twins were especially glad to see the little Lyuba, they feel somehow that they share a similar story! We wish we could have liberated one of the hand-sewn, very expensive mammoths, but alas, they were being very carefully contained!

  3. Maybe this is the BEST chapter I’ve read. I loved it, loved the pictures, loved it all!!! Thank you for all you do to delight us! Billie

  4. haven’t been yet but am trying to round up grandkids to make a day of it. Don’t know how many escapees we will facilitate. Hope Constance manages to keep control of tea time with a mammoth at the table.

    • Tea time with Mammoths is definitely an interesting experience! We have had to adjust! I hope you have a great time when you do make it to the museum – it seems to be horrendously busy on rainy days, so you may want to keep that in mind!

  5. I relish reading and viewing your stories…but this one goes to the best one ever…at least that I have seen… and that says a lot because so many of your stories would make a top seller book list if you published them… children would have their parents read these as bedtime stories over and over again. Honestly they are beyond adorable and cute and funny… the twins on that probosidslide is a riot… mammoths being led by the twins to freedom just the greatest. Quimper Human I have come to see that you have many talents but to me by far is your ability to tell stories. You have awakened my inner kid to the core. You are unmatched in this talent. One of a kind. Thank you powers to be for leading me to this blog.

  6. WOW! Forgot to tell you…OMG the block twins have had such an amazing long long long life. “Hitty her first hundred years” is a second in time compared to the twins. My jaw is still dropping. I mean really, I can’t wrap my mind around that.

  7. I think the new addition will be a wonderful companion to the Block Twins…plenty of things to be done with a handy pair of tusks. Quoits, perhaps? Or maybe pegs to stash one’s pinny when bathing at the shore? Constance will have it all in hand soon enough. Lovely tale! (The exhibition heads our way again in 2017.)

  8. seeing the girls herding mammoths made me laugh out loud~ What a wonderful pair they are. Enjoyed all of this post including the fascinating information about the girls wood! thank you.

    • The twins are always very earnest in their exploits – occasionally misguided perhaps, but they do mean well! We are so glad Opal came along – it definitely doubles the fun!

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