Eugene’s Easter Adventure….



One Easter holiday John the Assistant Premises Manager at the School agreed to look after Eugene the tortoise for two weeks while the school was closed so he would not be lonely. This was a new experience for Eugene as he had never been to John’s house before.  So on Sunday morning his house was gathered up and put in the car and off he went on his Easter adventure.

When he arrived at John’s house, Eugene found that a very nice spot near the fire in the front room was all ready for him and that’s when he met Lesley (John’s wife).

Eugene found it all a bit exhausting going on vacation so after a quick drink and some food he took himself off to bed for a snooze. ZZZZZZZ

Later that night Eugene woke up in the dark and heard a voice calling out ‘Hello over there’

‘Who’s that?’ Eugene called back.

‘My name is Jenny and I’m a giant African land snail and my little friends here are Mildred and Zebedee, we all live over here in our glass house are you hungry at all as we have lots of lovely lettuce and cucumber if you want to share a midnight feast with us?’  So Eugene checked no one was watching and climbed out of his house and hurried over to the big glass snail house.

After having a lovely meal with his new friends, Jenny invited Eugene to have some fun playing games with them, we often play at night with the little grandchildren’s toys when everyone is asleep. They don’t know that we come out to play at night, or that we can talk, but that’s ok as it is our secret.

Sometimes he just sunbathed on his hot stones in his house for a bit he loved being all snug and warm.


So every night the new friends played with Play doh, had races (which Eugene always won as the snails were so very slow ), did colouring, had picnics and sat round telling stories and generally having fun, then when they were all worn out they got back in their cages before John and Lesley woke up snuggled down and slept for most of the day on and off.






One day, Eugene got rather messy with his blueberries, so Lesley had to put him in his bath which he really enjoyed and he had quite a splash around practicing his swimming while getting clean again.

At the weekend something else happened that put a smile on  Eugene’s face, John and Lesley’s grandchildren Izzy and Joe arrived to stay for a few days so he had some children to play with during the day as well as the snails during the night (for the secret play time!!) He loved chasing them up and down the front room and they kept telling him how lovely he was (he liked that a lot !). At one point Joe said he was going to steal him and take him home with him, but John said the children at school would miss him too much.


ut all too soon Easter was over and it was time for Eugene to return to school and be back with the Children. Eugene thought that although it was fun having a holiday it was also very nice to be back home with all his school friends.