‘Tilly and Tessa were twins. They looked exactly alike…’ Have you ever heard this kids story?
It used to be one of my favourites when I was about three or four. Mum still groans every time I mention the book – she thinks I made her read it thousands of times. I’m sure I wouldn’t have. Or maybe I did. I certainly knew if she skipped a page, even though I couldn’t read.
Anyway, these two puppies are from the same litter and can you guess their names? Yup. Tilly and Tessa. We named them when we were visiting my family in South Australia (they’re mum and dad’s pups). Being a pair, we had to have a bit of fun with their names. My sister came up with ‘Crowbar and Shovel’ and I think they should have been ‘Salt and Bush’ as there is heaps of planted saltbush on Glenroy.
The boss and I tried to steal one of them (since they both look the same, we don’t know which is Tilly or Tessa), but Dad wouldn’t be in that and the kids decided it might be messy in the car driving back across the Nullarbor.
But Tilly and Tessa they are, and secretly, I’m pretty pleased with that. Tessa is also my main character in Silver Gums.
Can you remember your favourite childhood story? What was it?