Cheetahs In My Shoes

living with the imaginary menagerie and all that it entails

Scooting Cheetahs


As the end of the summer holidays draws ever closer, the Cheetahs, Dinos and Banana People have continued to make the most of everything on offer to them with their usual mix of reality and gorgeous imagination…

It transpires that the Cheetah’s car has now passed it’s MOT, the bodywork has been resprayed (yellow of course, that’s probably what attracted the bee that did the damage in the first place) and the wheels have been put back on and have the right amount of grip.  Little does their keeper know that there is a real ‘Cheetah’ car, available which would probably go the necessary “100 speeds fast” that a cheetah car needs to do.   There seems to be a lot of emphasis on having the correct amount of grip on your tyres at the moment – I suspect due to the great joy that comes with having a picnic lunch in the sitting room and getting to watch the F1 racing cars courtesy of the BBC of a Sunday.  There have been very detailed explanations about the blistering that’s been occurring on some of his toy racing cars too…

So the Cheetahs are back on the road – the Banana People are still on the road and the Dinos are adding to the fleet of yellow cars with their new motor that can accommodate all of them, drive on the pavement if necessary and avoid speed-humps and ‘pop-holes’.  Excellent – maybe we should get this made into a concept car?

The inaugural test run was another trip back to the lovely Whipsnade Zoo and all motors seemed to negotiate the hills well.  Once into the Zoo, feeding the wild boar piglets and the bears with apples was a definite highlight, as was the chance to watch the beloved real cheetahs being fed (chicken, feathers and all), meeting a white faced owl at the bird show (as well as seeing the amazing Macaws in flight) , seeing the elephants in action and the sealion show.

The Cheetahs, Dinos and Banana People never seem to tire of what Whipsnade has to offer – and our visits seem to bring them home full of new ideas, fresh air, big appetites and mucky paws.  Which obviously then need washing – in the bath.  Except the cheetahs have their own bath – it’s red and green and you jump down into it.  The colour of the bubbles changes according to what they want – but it’s normally pink or green.  The Dinos and Banana People share the bath with their keeper and his sister (so probably come out dirtier than when they went in) – they like riding around on the backs of the ducks and in the boats and watching themselves in the mirrors (taps).  They have cuddly towels to wrap up in when they come out and for the cheetahs to dry their fur on.  I’m not entirely sure how the Banana People make it back down the garden to their door to get into their socks for bedtime…

The second outing for the new motors was to the cinema.  When you don’t like the dark and aren’t particularly keen on loud noises or steps, the cinema is a pretty daunting place to visit – even when you are off to see The Wiggles.  The sheer terror of a new, dark and step ridden place was appeased by the agreement of all friends to come with us – even if the Cheetahs wanted to run up and down in the aisle rather than sit nicely on their bottoms and watch (it’s hard to sit on one of those flippy seats when you’re small enough to live in shoes).   As much as people are baffled by the sheer quantity and seriousness with which we take our current assortment of ‘friends’ – they are an absolute lifeline when it comes to trying new things.  It was reported that they had all really enjoyed it and on those grounds were able to come to Cassiobury Park in Watford.

From previous experience, we know that the Cheetahs, Dinos and Banana People love nothing better than a good splash around and when it’s 27C the need for wetsuits becomes less and whilst the need for ice-cream becomes more.  So happy times were spent with friends looking round the various paddling pools (somewhat busier than the picture!) to see where each group of had run off to.  Chasing 48 Dinos, 4 groups of Cheetahs and an assortment of Banana People is a tiring business, especially as they do like to hide and then jump in and run away again.  Grazed knees were added to the collection (thankfully no blood to try and clot) but the need to track them down provided suitable distraction.

As the need for an ice-cream became more acute, they all came and sat down nicely on the mat (how does he get them to behave so well?) and their magic ice-creams appeared for them.  Just their size – the Cheetahs have chocolate whilst the Dinos and Banana People had strawberry.  Magic appearing ice-creams – now there’s another plan…  They then all had a lovely trip on the little train – perfect as it had no tunnels for them (or their keeper more importantly) to get scared in.  How they made it home awake, I’m not entirely sure.

The knock on effects of such excitement have meant that a day at home to recover was the only viable option.  However a trip to the park was suggested for later in the day but caused much distress as apparently the Cheetahs had taken the front wheel off their keeper’s scooter.  It transpires that they had taken it off to sort out the grip but with much reassurance he was convinced that it was road (or at least pavement) worthy.  The Cheetahs have been keeping their scooters parked under our car – each has 8 wheels for ‘super extra balance’ and a bit on the back for paint, brushes and tools; just in case they have to do any touch up work on their paintwork or running repairs.

Initially not so keen on the bumpy bits of the pavement (they need to learn this is St Albans, all pavements are bumpy) they soon realised that if they got up a bit of speed (and overtook their keeper) they could do stunts as they went over the bumps – including the ever so difficult “double loopy loop”.  Their need to cross the road in exactly the same place remains – although they are allowed to scoot over if their Daddy says it’s safe and says “Over we go”.  They got to see the train again and have a play at scooting on the path in some gorgeous September sunshine – happy Cheetahs.

And so to bed – the Banana People are becoming aware of the fact it’s getting a little darker in the evening and seem to have equipped themselves with torches so they can find their door in the grass.  They’re also considering it may get a bit cold out there and sleeping in Giles’s duvet may be a better plan.  I think the Cheetahs are considering that option too – the shoes may be cosy but the porch is getting a bit chilly…

Author: Jenny

Life, photos and recipes mixed with family life, additional medical needs and a whole load of imaginary friends

2 thoughts on “Scooting Cheetahs

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