On Saturday the creatures discovered records for the first time! It was quite the revelation, and Isabella the koala, Henley the fox and Milla the red panda spent the morning rummaging though and playing all the records they could find.
In the mitst of all their record playing they heard a knock on the door. They looked at each other in surprise because as far as they knew they weren't expecting any visitors.
Henley opened the door to a creature he has never seen before - he was exceptionally tall and rather slim.
The others came running to meet this new creature. He introduced himself as Alberto the traveling giraffe and said he'd heard about this house of critters on his travels though Romania of all places.
They invited Alberto in - Isabella and Milla took him straight to the record player. Alberto was very impressed and showed just the right amount of entusiasm for their new discovery. Alberto said his favourite record was the Winnie the Pooh soundtrack, the others couldn't tell if he was joking so they half laughed.
Meanwhile, Henley whipped up some tea.
Henley is well versed in tea serving (he did a course on it last year), so he knows you can't serve a new friend tea without something sweet to accompany it.
He searched the fridge and found just the thing - some carrot muffins they'd made the day before. Ideally they would be freshly baked but with such short notice it would have to do.
Over tea (which Alberto was extremely impressed with), Alberto regaled the critters with stories of his travels - from meeting a Saudi prince on a remote Greek island to getting lost in Transylvania and stumbling upon a witch who claimed to be Count Dracula reborn.
All too soon it was time for Alberto to leave, they all promise they'd keep in touch and said Alberto was welcome back any time!
Alberto the traveling giraffe is a custom order but there's a distinct possibility more giraffes will be joining the gang in the near future...