'You are up early today.' says Mam.
' Have to get ready for walking.You left me at home yesterday. Why, Mam? Why?' he asks.
'Because the snow was deep and you don't have wellington boots.'
'It warmed up yesterday afternoon and the snow melted.' Mam tells him.
'Is this snow? Why it didn't melt? Why Mam?'
No it's frost. 'Mam begins, wondering if he'll understand. 'The moisture in the air turned to little ice crystals when it got cold again last night and...'
'Not be frosty. Frosty be a snowman in a song. This be fairy tree forest. Why you not look properly Mam?' says Teddy.
...... and he could be right!
'Climb down now and you can help feed the geese.' Mam says.
Can't see the geeses. They not out yet, why Mam? Why?' Teddy wants to know.
'They like to stay in the barn until we break the ice on their drinker dishes because they can still get a drink in here where it is too warm for water to freeze.' Mam explains.
'Oh, so why we don't give them cup of tea or coffee for to warm them up. Why Mam? Why we don't give them hot drink? Why?' Teddy wants to know.
'Come on, we'll break the ice for them.' Mam says, trying to change the subject.
The dog gets there first and, not wanting to round sheep in the cold, he pretends to be much less bright than most collies, and pretends he thinks he can drink the ice that formed there over night.
'Mam, why Quango drinking hard water? Why Mam?' Teddy starts again. 'Ooh, look! Somebody broked a window!'
' No that's the ice Dada broke out of the water dish yesterday. It still hasn't melted. Put it down and help me break the ice that's in there now so the geese can drink. Then we can walk down to the stream.' Mam says.
'Mam? Why there's lots of frosties here but not lots over there?' Here we go again!
'' Because it takes longer for the sun to warm up the ground close to the hedge than it does in the middle of the field.' Mam says.
'Look, Mam, more icy stuff. And the grass looks like trees, too! Why...oops! OWW!'
Teddy finds it hard to stay on his feet.
'Mam...?' Uh-oh, he's about to ask another question!
'Why you let Blackberry-the-Ninja-Cat, an' Hobo-Fat-Cat an' Blue-Boo-Boo come for walks in cold, frosty icy days, when they not got shoes on?? Why Mam? Why?'
'Listen Teddy,' says Mam wearily. ' Why don't you look for some interesting things and when you've found three or four, you can ask me about them all at once.'
'K,' says Teddy as he thinks hard about whether three is more than four, or if it's the other way ruond. ' But Mam...'
Mam realises the questions will go on pouring forth.
'Tractors have to be able to run in places that cars can't go, so they have bigger wheels and the tyres have different treads, to grip on mud, ice or snow.'
Do the why questions ever come to an end, wonders Mam.
'Why these brackens so crunchy, Mam? They was green and soft before. Why they get crunchy, Mam?'
'How about a game of hide and seek?' asks Mum. 'You hide and I'll try to find you.'
'Count up to a big number first,' says Teddy. 'Count to three or four. OK Mam?'
It turns out that Teddy isn't any better at hiding than he is at counting, but at least Mam has had enough of a break to feel ready for the next question......which is not long in coming!
'Why there's seaweed growing on this stick, Mam? Why?'
'That's not seaweed, Teddy, it's lichen. It grows on the trees here because the air is very clean. It can't grow near main roads because of the petrol fumes and dust.' Mam tells him.
'Why it grow on tree sticks mam? Why it not grow on ground in the soil?' Teddy wants to know.
'It is a special kind of plant that grows on trees and sucks the sap from them instead of water from the soil.'
Teddy thinks the lichen wants to be high up in the trees so it can see things that are a long way away. He decides it's a good idea and he might just copy the lichen.....
He climbs up into the little oak tree. Just as he is about to ask Mam why the leaves haven't fallen off the tree.....
when he comes down a lot faster than he climbed up
'Why that tree throw me down and break mine leg?' he asks with a sniffle
She sits hm down on a tree root and he rolls up his left trouser leg.
'I thought you hurt the other leg.' Mam says. ' And, TEDDY! Where are your socks? Why didn't you put socks on this morning? Aren't your feet freezing cold?
'But Teddy why ....' Mam begins.
'MAM! WHY YOU KEEP ASKING LOTS OF QUESTIONS??? Why you not pick up me with mine broken leg an' take me home for hot chocolate and magic-make-me-better chocolate chip cookies? Why, Mam? Why?!'
So they go home, where Mam takes a headache pill whilst Teddy recovers by eating 6 cookies and drinking 3 cups of chocolate.