I was on my way home from town last Saturday,
when I suddenly saw this rather unusual sight:
Actually, I first met the creature face-on, but it took me a second or two to take in what I was looking at, turn round, and get the camera out of its bag… And by then, I only saw the back of it…
Another second or two to make the decision that even though it was going in the opposite direction from where I had intended to go, I just had to follow and see where it was going!
Perhaps to McD for a burger?!
No… It turned left around the corner.
I almost lost sight of it for a while,
but then I spotted it again…
…headed for the new playground in the Town Park.
Well, I guess that makes as much sense as anything!
I wonder what the children were thinking?
(I wasn’t close enough to hear any conversation.)
For me, seeing a troll brought back memories.
When I was four years old, my mum enrolled me in an outdoors playgroup called “Troll School”…
She left me there, in the wild woods with a bunch of people I’d never met before, and then out came a TROLL… Eeek!
Well, luckily it turned out to be a rather nice one, bringing us ginger biscuits if memory serves me right (and it probably does, because why would I make that up?)
But I still remember being scared when the troll first appeared!
Maybe that’s why (54 years later) I found myself still lacking courage to just walk up to this troll and ask WHAT exactly it was doing in Town this Saturday in October.
However, I did not have to return home still wondering.
I found the answer to the mystery on the playground noticeboard: The Occasion was a Book Release.
The book title: “Jens and the Tree where the Echo lives”.
Jens is a boy’s name so it seems the troll was a little boy troll (even though I could have sworn it to be a girl… but who knows with trolls!)
It seems the author and the illustrator of the book were both visiting our town for a couple of hours this Saturday, selling and signing books in a building near the town park.
Apparently the troll got tired of just waiting around, and decided to go out for a stroll around town instead… :D