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Pongo and Mouse and the leaves on the path

"There are awfully many leaves on the path in Craigmillar Castle Park", said Mouse.

Mouse (a soft toy mouse) looking at leaves on a path

A path full of leaves

"I think you're right about all the leaves", said Pongo. "Let me climb that tree to get a better look!" Pongo likes trees very much, and any excuse to climb one is very welcome.

Pongo (a soft toy orang-utan) is climbing a tree

From the top of the tree, Pongo could see the whole path. "We should do something about that, Mouse", said Pongo.

View of the path from the tree, Pongo's head in the foreground

Fortunately, Pongo and Mouse had a shovel. "It is a really big shovel", said Mouse. "Quite perfect for the job", said Pongo.

Pongo and Mouse next to a big shovel

Mouse and Pongo started to work.

Pongo and Mouse next to a big shovel

"Look how wide the path is under these leaves", said Mouse to Pongo.

Pongo and Mouse sitting on the path, which is partly cleaned from leaves

Pongo and Mouse sitting on the path, which is partly cleaned from leaves

While Pongo and Mouse were having a break, some local people came along and stopped for a chat. They also agreed it's a good idea that somebody cleans that path, as it's so slippery.

Pongo and Mouse sitting on the path next to the shovel, which is partly cleaned from leaves

"This is a lot of work", said Mouse. "How many more leaves are there?"

Pongo and Mouse sitting on the path, which is partly cleaned from leaves

"I don't know", replied Pongo. "Let me climb that tree so that I can get another look!". Pongo really loves trees so he was glad to have a reason to climb another one.

Pongo climbing a different tree

From the top of the tree, Pongo could see that the leaves continued all around the bend and that there was still a bit of work to be done.

View of the path from the tree; Pongo's head in the foreground

Looking back, Pongo and Mouse realised that they already had cleaned quite some length of the path. But there was still some more to be done.

Pongo and Mouse next to their shovel, looking back where the path is clean

Pongo and Mouse next to the shovel looking forward, where the path is full of leaves

Pongo decided to climb another tree to have another look. Mouse thought that this wasn't really necessary, but as Pongo loves trees so much, Mouse didn't want to say anything.

Pongo is climbing a third tree

"I can see the end of all the leaves from up here! We're almost there!", said Pongo.

View of the path from the tree. There are only a few metres with leaves left.

"Look at that path now!", said Pongo after they finished. "And remember all the people who walked past us and said nice things", replied Mouse. So they agreed it was time well spent.

A bicycle trailer with the shovel on it; Mouse and Pongo sit on the shovel and look at the clean path

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