Daisy wandered across
the kitchen garden. She hadn't stopped working since she got up just before
dawn. Work, work, work. That's all she did. Today she had done double
work. There was to be a huge birthday party tonight at Calthorpe Grange.
She rubbed her aching
elbows and looked up wistfully at the pink evening sky. There seemed to
be a pink glow over everything. Even the evening star looked extra bright
and extra pink.
How she wished she could be up on that beautiful pink star.
Little did she know
that the star was really a spaceship, and that it was pink because everything
from the Planet of Pinkerello was pink. Little did she know that long-limbed,
flamingo-like, prawn-eating Pinkerellians had been studying her for days.
They were focused on her at that very moment.
exclaimed, in Pinko of course.
"This is just the
invention we've been looking for. This could be our winner!"
These were the Pinkerellian
Intergalactic Travelling Salesmen who roamed the universe, on the lookout
for new inventions to trade between one planet and another.
Ever since they
arrived in the Earth's atmosphere, they had been observing Daisy at work.
They saw her cleaning, dusting, scrubbing - doing a whole multitude of
"One machine which
does it all. Amazing!"
They looked at their
own invention, a pathetic little version of a vacuum cleaner they had
picked up in Galaxy Bylomdega, which only sucked up dust and was always
snorted one, and they chucked it down the disposal and re-cycling shaft
"Daisy! What's keeping
you, girl? Get back here double quick."
Cook had sent Daisy
out to collect some herbs for her special lamb hotpot. Their out-board
cameras saw her grab a handful of rosemary, lemon mint and bay leaves.
Then hoisting up her skirts, she ran back to the house as fast as she
made rapid notes.
of device: Daisy
to oral commands, has visual faculties and variable motor speed
They looked at each
other with triumph. This device had star quality. If they could get their
hands on it, they could submit it for the Pinkerellian Rose Cup for the
best invention in the universe. Winners gained automatic entry into the
Highest Order of the Arch Inventors of Pinkerellia.
"What device shall
we sell to these beings?" asked Proddle. "What
haven't they got which would be useful? Even the Mark 2 Vacuum Cleaner
is not a patch on the Daisy."
"What about paper
"What about the
"What about a horseless
"I've got it!" cried
Pazaz. "A Wakerupper. It's one thing the Daisy was not so good at. The
Wakerupper in exchange for the Daisy."
Captain Pinash. "Prepare to land."
their heads under their armpits and stood on one leg as the spaceship
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the schools involved
Jamila Gavin 1998
amended 7th October 1999