Thursday, October 6, 2011


Halloween is around the corner and the kids are getting very excited about who they are going to be this year????

But then they asked who our cat, Parsley was going to be?...

I suddenly had a flash back to a show I used to watch as a little girl, Bagpuss.

Bagpuss was a British children's television-show that first came out on the BBC in 1974.

Bagpuss is a large cloth cat with pink stripes who comes to life when little Emily closes down her shop for the night. Accompanied by the little mice inventors and workers 'we will scrub it, we will rub it', and the pompous Professor Yaffel, he has all kinds of adventures. 

The Shop front

Madeline the doll 

Emilys song.
Bagpuss, dear Bagpuss
Old Fat Furry Catpuss
Wake up and look at this thing that I bring
Wake up, be bright, be golden and light
Bagpuss, oh hear what I sing

Mr Parsely  ( mmm not really going to paint stripes on him!! really)

At the end of the programme Bagpuss would start yawning again, and as he fell asleep the narrator would speak as the colour faded to sepia and they all became toys again.

And so their work was done.
Bagpuss gave a big yawn and settled down to sleep
And, of course, when Bagpuss goes to sleep,
All his friends go to sleep too.
The mice were ornaments on the mouse organ.
Gabriel and Madeleine were just dolls.
Professor Yaffle was a carved, wooden bookend in the shape of a woodpecker.
Even Bagpuss himself, once he was asleep, was just an old, saggy cloth cat,
Baggy, and a bit loose at the seams,
But Emily loved him 

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