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When Octopus Came Round for Tea.

When Octopus came round for tea, it was a tricky time for me. Not knowing what he’d like to eat. I wondered... savoury or sweet? I borrowed spoons from Mrs Deggs next door, for each of his eight legs. I ‘d heard, if cross, black ink he’d squirt. I worried... main course or dessert? I know you’re thinking ‘do the two’ but he doesn’t eat like me and you, his tummy’s really very small, he can’t eat very much at all. I fast flicked through my cooking books and gave the clock face frequent looks, but soon the door bell went ‘terrrinnggg’ Oh gosh! Hot pie or cold pudding? ‘Terrrinnggg, terrrinnggg’. Eight times it rang and then he used each leg to bang eight times upon my door. I rushed to open it, and past he pushed. “Please hurry up and let me in” he squealed, and I thought, through the din, ‘He must be hungry for his food, that’s why his manners are so rude’ But still I didn’t have clue (a secret between me and you) what I should feed the octopus. I wished he ate like one of us. I closed my eyes and made a wish, Into my thoughts popped ‘Jelly fish!’ It sounded like the perfect meal, much tastier than jellied eel. Ooh, seafood with a fruity taste and wobbly too. I cooked with haste, and while I wondered what he’d think I gave him sea water to drink. He drank it through a straw, with ice. He smiled and said “That’s rather nice, but now I really need my dinner before my legs get any thinner” The Jelly Fish I boiled and froze and put some parsley up its nose. It was neither jelly nor a fish but I served it on a silver dish and asked before it passed his lips “Do you want it with ice-cream or chips?” He chose to have a bit of each, both garnished with a slice of peach. It all went down with one loud SLUURRRPPP close followed by a great big BUUUURRRRPP

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  1. Date: 7/19/2010 8:15:00 AM
    Congratulations Sharon on your well deserved win in Susan Mill's contest "Jellyfish at the Beach". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 8:17:00 AM
    Many congratulations Sharon on your win in Susan's fine contest with this wonderful poem >> James

  1. Date: 7/13/2010 5:01:00 PM
    What a funny tale, Sharon. Congratulations on your win! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 7/13/2010 3:39:00 PM
    Congrats Sharon on your winning poem in the Jellyfish contest with this awesome tale.. enjoy your win and thankxxx for liking my trio of grand babies... their photos are posted on my blog... enjoy.. withluv..

  1. Date: 7/11/2010 11:44:00 PM
    This is just so cute & creative, Sharon! Who knew that octopuses would be such high maintenance guests?? LOL, super enjoyed this one but that sure is nice, him giving such a loud buuuurrrp!! Hmm I think this would make into a very cool storybook for kids too!! ^_^ Wish you the best in the Contest :) -- nikko :)

  1. Date: 7/10/2010 2:31:00 PM
    Ingenious and creative Sharon... a wonderful tale ..good luck in the contest.. with luv..

  1. Date: 7/10/2010 2:04:00 PM
    Sharon, you have chuckling big style with this witty piece. No wobbles for you in this contest >> James

  1. Date: 7/10/2010 8:47:00 AM
    That's funny-Wonderful write Sharon! Good Luck in the contest!~Tirzah~

  1. Date: 7/10/2010 8:31:00 AM
    hahaha , those cannibalistic creatures. I read all these facts on jelly fish while preparing for the contest and found out what an incredible source of protein the jellyfish is. A very interesting creature indeed. Great humor on this one, I think it should do well. I hope you are doing better now since last week? Luv, Andrea