The Owl and the Rabbits: Fast vs Slow*

Once upon a time, in a forest, there was a wise old owl named Mary. All the animals in the forest would come to her for advice and guidance.

One day, a group of young bunnies came to Mary and asked her to tell them a story. Mary thought for a moment. She remembered a story a wise man called Aesop told her. Mary began to speak.

“Once upon a time, there was a rabbit named Speedy and a turtle named Slowpoke,” she said. “Speedy was very fast and loved to brag about how fast he could run. Slowpoke, on the other hand, was slow but steady.

One day, Speedy decided to challenge Slowpoke to a race. He laughed and said, ‘There’s no way you can win, you’re too slow!’ But Slowpoke accepted the challenge.

The day of the race arrived and Speedy took off quickly, leaving Slowpoke behind. But Speedy got too confident and took a nap during the race. When he woke up, he saw Slowpoke crossing the finish line first.

The moral of the story is that slow and steady wins the race. Don’t be like Speedy and brag all the time. Instead, be like Slowpoke and work hard and you will be successful in the end.”

The young bunnies were very impressed and thanked Mary for the story. From that day on, they remembered the story of Speedy and Slowpoke and worked hard to achieve their goals.

*Story created using AI with iteration

The Owl and the Rabbits: Comparing with Others*

Once upon a time, there was a wise old owl named Mary who lived in a big park called Richmond Park in London. One day, there was a big snowstorm and it was hard for all the animals to find food and stay warm. Mary knew that everyone had to work together to survive.

The foxes knew how to find food in the snow and they taught the rabbits. The rabbits knew how to make shelters to stay warm and they taught the foxes. Together, they were able to survive the storm.

Mary saw that some of the rabbits were feeling bad because they weren’t as good at hunting as the foxes. So, she taught the rabbits that everyone has different talents and it’s important to focus on what you’re good at and not compare yourself to others.

She also said that comparing yourself to others is not a good idea because everyone has their own struggles and it’s not fair to compare yourself based on what you see on the outside. She taught them to focus on their own progress and growth and to be proud of themselves for their own accomplishments no matter how small.

The rabbits listened to Mary and they stopped comparing themselves to the foxes and others. They focused on being the best version of themselves and being helpful to others. From that day on, all the animals in Richmond Park, London worked together and were happy. And Mary the wise owl was always there to guide them and remind them to treat themselves and others with kindness and respect.

*Story generated using AI

The Owl and the Rabbits*

The Owl and the Rabbits of Richmond Park in London

Once upon a time, there was a wise old owl named Mary who lived in Richmond Park. She had lived there for many years and had seen many things come and go. One day, she noticed that the rabbit family who lived nearby were having trouble finding food. The rabbits were small and not very fast, so they couldn’t catch their own food like the bigger animals could.

Mary, the wise owl, knew she had to help the rabbit family, so she went to speak with them. When they first met, Mary told the rabbits that the most important rule in life was to treat other animals just like they would like to be treated. She called it the golden rule.

She taught the rabbits how to better use their ears to listen for the sound of the plants growing underground. This way, they could find the freshest and most nutritious plants to eat. She also taught them how to better use their noses to smell for predators, so they could stay safe.

The rabbits followed Mary’s advice, and soon they were thriving. They had plenty of food and were able to live in peace and safety in Richmond Park.

But one day, a sly fox frightened the rabbits as he was hunting them, the rabbits were not aware of the fox’s presence and were caught off guard. The fox was almost able to catch a few of the young rabbits before they could run away. Mary, seeing the commotion, flew down to the scene and chased the fox away.

Mary then gathered the shivering rabbits and reminded them of the importance of staying alert and being aware of their surroundings at all times, especially when predators are around. She also reminded them of the golden rule, that they must always treat other animals just as they would like to be treated and to look out for one another. Little did they realise how important that rule would turn out to be.

One day, while the rabbits were out foraging, they stumbled upon a trap set by a hunter. Inside the trap was the fox who had been hunting them before. The rabbits were afraid and wanted to leave the fox there to suffer, but one of the young rabbits, named Flopsy, remembered Mary’s golden rule and decided to help the fox.

Flopsy carefully freed the fox from the trap, and the fox, surprised and grateful, thanked Flopsy. The fox said his name was Lightning and explained that he had been caught in the trap while hunting for food for his family, and that he had never intended to harm the rabbits. The two animals realized that they were not so different after all, and they became friends.

The fox and the rabbit family then worked together to find food and protect each other from danger in Richmond Park. Mary was happy to see that her advice had been taken to heart and that even the unlikeliest of friendships could form. They all lived happily ever after, always looking out for each other and Mary the wise owl was always there to protect them, always reminding them of the golden rule to treat others just as they would like to be treated.

A few months later there was a massive rain storm. The wind howled. The trees shook. It was icy cold. The rabbit family huddled together in their den.

Yet on that cold and windy night, at the height of the storm, they met someone who would become their friend for ever. He would become known as the Hero of the Winter Storm. He was a young dog named Wally.

But what happened?

That is another story ………………….

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*This story was generated by AI and a process of focused iteration plus actual amendment.

Photo by Aswathy – Thank you

Car Breakdown in Snow – Survival Tips

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This article is almost fully AI generated. It is for information purposes only. Consult an expert who you trust in your area to confirm that this advice is safe and reasonable and to get more advice.

NB: Before you go out on a journey in the snow (every journey – including a very short journey) tell someone when you are leaving, where you are going, what route you are taking and when you expect to arrive.

NB: Make sure you have a functioning flashlight.

NB: Make sure your flashlight is fully charged.

NB: Make sure that for each person you have a blanket and extra warm clothing.

It would be a good idea to permanently keep the flashlight and clothing in a case in the trunk of the car,. This way you won’t forget to take it.

If your car breaks down in the snow, there are several things you should do to stay safe:

  1. Stay with your vehicle. It provides shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to find you.
  2. Turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers of your presence.
  3. Keep a blanket, extra warm clothing, and a flashlight in your car in case of emergency.
  4. Run the engine and heater for about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. Make sure that the exhaust pipe is not blocked, to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  5. Keep the gas tank at least half full to prevent the fuel line from freezing.
  6. If possible, use a brightly colored cloth to signal for help.
  7. Try to keep yourself and any passengers in the car as warm as possible, and wait for help to arrive.
  8. If you have a cell phone, call for help or let someone know your location and that you are stranded.
  9. Keep your cell phone charged.

It is also important to note that, If you feel that the situation is dangerous, try to find a safe location like a gas station, a store or a house nearby, instead of staying on the road.

Keep warm and safe.

Danielle Steel: No miracles only discipline.

“There are no miracles. There is only discipline” – Danielle Steel

Read this great article about Danielle Steel. What an amazing person!

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Thanks for pictures: Paris :Chris Kadis AND San Francisco: Maarten Van Heuvel

Addo Elephant Park Treasures 8 January 2023

We visited Addo (outside Port Elizabeth) today. It was, as always, beautiful and interesting. Here are some pictures. Thanks to T and D for the outing. All within an hour of our home.

Hartebees
Hartebees
Hartebees – right near mom
Zebra
Staying close to mom. Thanks to DT for the picture
Following mom
Buffalo
Heard of buffalo

Doves breakfast & take off

Waiting. Eating. Take off. Two pictures and video.

Waiting in line
Enjoying breakfast
Slow motion take off!