We Launch a Book!

by AnneWareham on April 26, 2015

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Well, you get asked to write a book, you write it, it gets published and the next thing is – you have a book launch, right? So we did. We launched ‘Outwitting Squirrels’  on the river Wye at Symmonds Yat.

We had to begin by making a boat to launch it in – this was Charles’ job, complicated by a need for ecological soundness plus floatability. And the need for a squirrel to accompany the boat.  The publishers, Michael O’Mara, kindly obliged with the squirrel and Charles built. We tested:

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It floats!

The squirrel seemed happy

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Hello.. nice weather for squirrels..

and chatty….

So we invited some good friends and set off to Launch!

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A devoted squirrel about to be Outwitted

With friends and some fizz….

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You wot?

Friends were a little bewildered? Then cheered up:

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Yey! (it was the quick slurp that did it…)

So – to the water…..

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and…..

Squirrel was beginning to feel a little unsure about all this….

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Launched!

And said ‘do I have to?’

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Really?

Yes, we said…

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And we want some pictures too…

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Professional at work

Noooo, said squirrel and made off for the ferry…

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Safety???

No you don’t, thinks Charles, and grabs a broom…

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go on…..

And OFF!

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We were all hoping for a picture of Charles falling in the water…

Bye bye, book, boat and squirrel!

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Byeeeeee !

Free entrance to the Veddw garden to anyone who returns the book and squirrel.

So we all went off to eat and drink and celebrate my birthday as well…then Big Surprise! Squirrel reappeared, now safely caged!

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That is a cage with a successfully outwitted squirrel in it and triumphant squirrel outwitter…

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This squirrel is not as pretty as the other one…

I ate a bit of his cage and let this squirrel out. But the boated one and the book were well and truly launched and vanished into the night…..

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