Ollie opened his eyes and yawned. He raised his trunk above his head and breathed in the familiar smells of the large garage that was his home.
“David should be here soon” thought Ollie.
Just then David walked in. “Sorry I’m late Ollie” said David. “The road was blocked; I’ve just got time to give you a wash before we start work.
David climbed into the cab and drove Ollie outside into the sunshine. The cold water that came out of the brush made Ollie gasp for breath, but soon he was warm and dry and his bright yellow paint sparkled in the sun.
The manager came out of his office “You have a lot of work to do today you had better start right away”. “Right” said Ollie.
David drove down the narrow road. Ollie cleaned all the leaves out of the gutter and drains so when it rained the water could run away.
David and Ollie turned a sharp corner and drove over a little bridge that crossed the stream. There they saw the village policeman waving at them. “Good morning” Ollie the policeman called, Sue, the milk float, has slid off the road into a ditch and can’t get out, Can you help”? “I’ll be glad to” said Ollie.
The Policeman climbed aboard and the trundled down narrow lane. Soon the heard “Help Help, somebody please help me” and there in a deep ditch was Sue. “Don’t worry Sue we will soon pull you out” said Ollie.
With David’s help they drove nearer and nearer to the edge of the ditch, but his wheels started to slip and slide. “Stop, Stop” Ollie called to David “Be careful or we will fall in the ditch as well”. Slowly Ollie swung his trunk over Sue and managed to catch hold of the front of the milk float. “Hang on tight Sue” called Ollie and he slowly moved back onto the road.
“Oh dear, I’m all covered in mud” wailed Sue, “I can’t deliver the milk looking like this”.
“We will soon have you bright and sparkling” called Ollie. He un-rolled the hose pipe that he carried and washed Sue all over. “Oh thank you” said Sue “I will just be in time to deliver the milk to the school children for playtime”.
Back at the garage the manager said” You’re very muddy Ollie”. Ollie just winked at David “Yes we have been very busy” he said and rolled into his lovely warm garage.
Jack Byard was born in Yorkshire where he lived and worked all his life. A Rolls Royce mechanic by trade, and a jewellery craftsman in his later years. Jack has a deep affection for his rural heritage and so wrote his first book, Know Your Sheep, with a view to sharing with others the countryside that he loves. Years later there is no sign of a quiet retirement for Jack just yet. The 'Know Your' series from Od Pond publishing includes 16 books by Jack.
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