A Nice Ring To It. — The Gnomestead Tapestry – part 5

The third of The Gnomestead Tapestry stories — A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

Sir Biff and the others sought out Brother Jacquef (Jacque) on the castle parapets. Brother Jack, if some knights needed a huge block of ice, where could they get one? Sir Biff, I gather these good knights could not wait until the winter snows had once more returned to these parts... Sometimes Brother Jack.. Jacque could be a bit long winded...

Sir Biff and the others sought out Brother Jacquef (Jacque) on the castle parapets.
Brother Jack, if some knights needed a huge block of ice, where could they get one?
Sir Biff, I gather these good knights could not wait until the winter snows had once more returned to these parts…
Sometimes Brother Jack.. Jacque could be a bit long winded…

...after a bit of a pause, Sir Peanut steps up to translate for Sir Biff... He means, do we want it now. Yes Frere Jacque, we need it as soon as possible!

…after a bit of a pause, Sir Peanut steps up to translate for Sir Biff…
He means, do we want it now.
Yes Frere Jacque, we need it as soon as possible!

Umm, well, I hear the rivers up north at St. Frostberg are still clogged with ice... (and it melted long before it got here!) Wouldn't blocks of ice from that far north melt long before it reached here? Brother Jacque admitted that it could be a large problem.

Umm, well, I hear the rivers up north at St. Frostberg are still clogged with ice…
(and it melted long before it got here!)
Wouldn’t blocks of ice from that far north melt long before it reached here?
Brother Jacque admitted that it could be a large problem.

Umm... Well, when the King doth desire sherbet in summer, we doth send servants with a large wagon... Where to, Frere Jacque! This is important to us! Patience was not one of Sir Biff's virtues.

Umm… Well, when the King doth desire sherbet in summer, we doth send servants with a large wagon…
Where to, Frere Jacque! This is important to us!
Patience was not one of Sir Biff’s virtues.

Truly could Brother Jacque be long winded and try even Sir Peanut's patience. ...there are mountains to the west where-within you will ind glaciers of the Alpine variety as opposed to the Arctic variety, and it is there-in from those self same glaciers... (Aren't Alpine roads dangerous?) ...that we shall find ice even unto the months of June, July, August, and September. But the answer would ring out in the end.

Truly could Brother Jacque be long winded and try even Sir Peanut’s patience.
…there are mountains to the west where-within you will ind glaciers of the Alpine variety as opposed to the Arctic variety, and it is there-in from those self same glaciers…
(Aren’t Alpine roads dangerous?)
…that we shall find ice even unto the months of June, July, August, and September.
But the answer would ring out in the end.

Somehow more knights heard of the quest and all wished to join. (and all that was left was enough for the King's sherbet!) But in the end it was decided only three knights would go.

Somehow more knights heard of the quest and all wished to join.
(and all that was left was enough for the King’s sherbet!)
But in the end it was decided only three knights would go.

As they left, Sir Hills had some sage advice. B'fore thee get to yon mountains, switch thee to oxen. A'fore yon path be vara steep and rough with wagon setch. Sir Hills was more than a bit rustic and archaic.

As they left, Sir Hills had some sage advice.
B’fore thee get to yon mountains, switch thee to oxen. A’fore yon path be vara steep and rough with wagon setch.
Sir Hills was more than a bit rustic and archaic.

“A Nice Ring To It.” is to be continued! Watch for it!

“A Nice Ring To It” is a longer story than “The Hunt!” but it’s a fun story. It is a half hour cartoon compared to a  5-10 minute short — or something like that. It’s all about a birthday — but read on…

DWPenner

A Nice Ring To It. — The Gnomestead Tapestry – part 4

The third of The Gnomestead Tapestry stories — A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

And so began the log (long) trek south - and home.

And so began the log (long) trek south – and home.

The trek south seemed even slower than the one north.

The trek south seemed even slower than the one north.

The trip did seem to speed up as they got further south...

The trip did seem to speed up as they got further south…

It took a while to realize the true reason for the easier travel.

It took a while to realize the true reason for the easier travel.

This was not a part of the plan.

This was not a part of the plan.

Sadly Sir Peanut had to admit defeat. I have failed at mine quest.

Sadly Sir Peanut had to admit defeat.
I have failed at mine quest.

Again the good knights pondered... Then it's agreed! ...and finally decided to consult with brother Jacque directly.

Again the good knights pondered…
Then it’s agreed!
…and finally decided to consult with brother Jacque directly.

“A Nice Ring To It.” is to be continued! Watch for it!

“A Nice Ring To It” is a longer story than “The Hunt!” but it’s a fun story. It is a half hour cartoon compared to a  5-10 minute short — or something like that. It’s all about a birthday — but read on…

DWPenner

A Nice Ring To It. — The Gnomestead Tapestry – part 3

The third of The Gnomestead Tapestry stories — A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

First for our quest, we get a large and sturdy wagon. ...and teamsters.

First for our quest, we get a large and sturdy wagon.
…and teamsters.

Then we leave the castle and head north! As it was Sir Peanut's plan, he took on this part of the quest.

Then we leave the castle and head north!
As it was Sir Peanut’s plan, he took on this part of the quest.

It was a long way north...

It was a long way north…

A very long way!

A very long way!

North is a very very long way away.

North is a very very long way away.

The northern forest is dark.

The northern forest is dark.

Not so, the open areas in June!

Not so, the open areas in June!

Brother Cedric was rather pleased with the woolens Sir Peanut thoughtfully brought. ...he arranged a large block o ice to be dragged from the river and loaded on the wagon.

Brother Cedric was rather pleased with the woolens Sir Peanut thoughtfully brought.
…he arranged a large block o ice to be dragged from the river and loaded on the wagon.

“A Nice Ring To It.” is to be continued! Watch for it!

“A Nice Ring To It” is a longer story than “The Hunt!” but it’s a fun story. It is a half hour cartoon compared to a  5-10 minute short — or something like that. It’s all about a birthday — but read on…

DWPenner

A Nice Ring To It. — The Gnomestead Tapestry – part 2

The third of The Gnomestead Tapestry stories — A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

I received a message from him just last week. He is in St. Frostberg.

I received a message from him just last week. He is in St. Frostberg.

That's very far up north, isn't it?

That’s very far up north, isn’t it?

Yea, indeed. So far north he doth say...

Yea, indeed. So far north he doth say…

Most of the rivers are still frozen 'til this day!

Most of the rivers are still frozen ’til this day!

Good-Day Sir Knights! Good-Day Sir Knights!

Good-Day Sir Knights!
Good-Day Sir Knights!

Remind me to never cross the Bishop.

Remind me to never cross the Bishop.

I think I have a plan! Sir Peanut has come up with a plan at last!

I think I have a plan!
Sir Peanut has come up with a plan at last!

“A Nice Ring To It.” is to be continued! Watch for it!

“A Nice Ring To It” is a longer story than “The Hunt!” but it’s a fun story. It is a half hour cartoon compared to a  5-10 minute short — or something like that. It’s all about a birthday — but read on…

DWPenner

A Nice Ring To It. — The Gnomestead Tapestry – part 1

The third of The Gnomestead Tapestry stories — A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

So Princess thy birthday doth approach and we know not what thy wish for a gift. Let me whisper my wishes to thee Sister.

So Princess thy birthday doth approach and we know not what thy wish for a gift. Let me whisper my wishes to thee Sister.

So these are my daughter's birthday wishes. It is such terribly short notice. I don't know...

So these are my daughter’s birthday wishes. It is such terribly short notice. I don’t know…

And so Sir Biff meets with other good knights in the stables to discuss the Princess' birthday present. The Princess wants a carriage made of what? She wants a carriage made of ice!

And so Sir Biff meets with other good knights in the stables to discuss the Princess’ birthday present. The Princess wants a carriage made of what? She wants a carriage made of ice!

...and they planned...

…and they planned…

...and they planned...

…and they planned…

But they could not come up with any plan to get ice in June.

But they could not come up with any plan to get ice in June.

Brother Jacque, whatever became of Brother Cedric?

Brother Jacque, whatever became of Brother Cedric?

He just sort of disappeared after the incident with the Bishop.

He just sort of disappeared after the incident with the Bishop.

“A Nice Ring To It.” is to be continued! Watch for it!

“A Nice Ring To It” is a longer story than “The Hunt!” but it’s a fun story. It is a half hour cartoon compared to a  5-10 minute short — or something like that. It’s all about a birthday — but read on…

DWPenner