I’m stuck. I’m stuck in a hay barrel. How I got here? I don’t know, but I am. I’m extremely uncomfortable and bored, probably the worst combination of things you could feel.
“A little help anyone?” I tried calling out,
There was no reply.
“Uh, please somebody?” I called. Again, there was no reply,
“Oh well, looks like I’ll be here for a while..” I sighed. I laid in the hay barrel bored out of my mind. All I could do was just wait for someone to rescue me from this mess, but I didn’t think that was going to happen any time soon.
School Hymn –
Father we praise thee, all thy faithful children
Active and watchful, stand we ask before thee,
Singing we offer, prayer and meditation
Thus, we adore thee.
Monarch of all things, fit us for thy mansions
Banish our weakness, health and wholeness sending
Thine is the glory, gleaming and resounding
Through all creation.
My Hymn About My Dogs –
Ruby and Prince, little Shetland Sheep Dogs
Active and playful, chasing birds all da-ay,
Playing all the time, barking while they pla-ay
Loves getting pa-ats.
Chewing on everything, although never destroys it.
And doesn’t understand the, meaning of playing fetch.
But they’re adorable, so I cannot blame them
That’s just what they’re like.
There once was an old baker.
who loved to admire nature
Then he got dragged away
During that one surprising day
So he wrote his journey on paper!
After supper, I was called by two soldiers and taken to Lieutenant Roberts tent. I had been charged with theft and desertion and had no clue why. He told me I had disobeyed the Governor’s orders by stealing the dog and that I had left my post. Then he told get a good nights sleep and first thing in the morning, I was told I was going to get flogged. At night, my good friend Goodwin and I went into the triangle, where I was going to get flogged the next morning. My heart ached as we walked into the triangle.
Then, just before Goodwin was going to start talking to me about some random things Waruwi approached me. She was holding kangaroo skin, and I could tell that there was something inside of it. Then Goodwin stopped me and asked if I wasn’t already in enough trouble already. I didn’t really care about what he said, so I looked inside of the kangaroo skin and I could just see the faint silhouette of a small dog. Goodwin looked inside too and saw the dog, his frown had turned into a smile. Waruwi then handed the puppy to us and left.
We took it to Lieutenant Roberts, where I was about to get flogged. I was surrounded with soldiers around him. He looked at me and asked me if I had any last words, and I hesitated for a bit but I said that I did. He asked me to explain, so I showed him the puppy and told him how much easier it would be to train the puppy than a full grown dog. He thought about it for a moment but then told me about how lucky I was to have this puppy. He told me that I was responsible for taking care of the dog and smiled at me.
In the middle of the arctic, where icebergs once stood and animals thrived, there was me, a small polar bear stranded in the ocean. The ice below me was slowly melting. I was stranded on a thin piece of ice with no land around me, and I didn’t know how to swim. I stood there and waited, I felt like the world would end now. I heard the ice crack below me, and then it broke. I tried to swim to land, but I couldn’t. It was too far and I had already lost all my strength, all I could do was wait.
I sat on the beach with Larka. I was trying to teach her to fetch, but she didn’t do anything. Lieutenant Roberts had then interrupted me and asked why the dog wasn’t tied up. I told him that I was trying to teach her how to fetch but he didn’t seem to care. He told me if the dog doesn’t get to the Governor safely he’d nail my hide to a tree. I knew I would be in trouble if that happened. Waruwi’s dingo still wasn’t co-operating so I just gave up and threw the stick away.
I got up and went back to camp and tied Waruwi’s dingo back where it was supposed to be. Then, I went to talk to Goodwin. I thought he could help, but I was mistaken. He just gave me a bunch of reasons why we shouldn’t listen to the governor and instead listen to Lieutenant Roberts. While he was talking, I managed to take a dice from him, a coin and thread, I hoped I could return Waruwi these things. I then thanked him and went back into my tent. There I sat down and looked at what I stole. It wasn’t enough.
I walked over and went to talk to the cook and sat down. He asked me that I couldn’t be hungry already, and I told him that my feet were sour and needed some drippings for my boots. He told me that he wouldn’t waste some drippings on my boots, and while he was talking I stole a bag and to make sure he didn’t see it in my hands I threw it into my tent. But, I had accidentally thrown it too far and it landed just outside my tent. After that, he told me to give Lieutenant Roberts his rations.
So, I went to go give Lieutenant Roberts his rations, and when I got there I asked him where to put them. He told me just to put it in his bag, and I did. He told me to give me his bag, so I did. I held his hat for him when he put it on and gave it back to him after. Then, we went to the beach and they marched to The Point. Lieutenant Roberts told me to start drumming, and I did. Then, they marched off.
It was another day in the camp. It was a sunny day and I had nothing to do. I walked around the camp in circles, extremely bored. Soon, my boss asked me something. He asked me whether the animal following me was a dog, I said it was. He the told me we were going to take the dog. I asked him if the dog already belongs to someone, like a native. He told me it was nonsense and that the dog doesn’t belong to them, but just follows them around. I told him it was stupid, but he didn’t care. It seemed some of us didn’t care if something belonged to someone, but just took it for themselves. Then, he heard a growl, I hadn’t heard it though. He soon told me to follow him, I didn’t want to but all I could do was follow his orders.
I soon found the big tree, where I knew Warawi was, I had to warn her that they were taking Larfa away. So, I called her, she then came down and I tried to warn her. I tried to tell her to hide, but she started laughing and thought it was a game and tried to play along. I kept telling her it wasn’t a game and they were taking Larfa, but she couldn’t understand me. Then, He then saw me and the dog next to me. I had to take the dog back, but I didn’t want to.
I walked got back to camp, feeling sick inside. I went back inside my tent, where I was told that I would be responsible for the dog, which I knew was actually a dingo. I told Larfa that she better not try to run, as their guns were loaded. I got out of the tent and started walking around, feeling bored. Then I saw Warawi hiding in the bushes. I saw her throw a rock at the camp, and it had hit me. Then, another rock had hit someone else and everyone was told. All the soldiers got their guns and one of them saw her. Warawi tried to hide, but she had already been spotted. There was nothing that I could do.
We have been looking at complex sentences in class. A complex sentence is a sentence that has a dependent clause as well as a main clause. A main clause on its own is called a simple sentence.
We were given the following simple sentences based on the image below and I have turned them into complex sentences (with the dependent clause in italics.)
|The men sat at the table.||Quickly, because they wanted the best seat, the men sat at the table.|
|The men wore red coats.||The men, who wanted to look good, wore red coats.|
|The men were feeling tired.||After setting up the table , the men were feeling tired.|
|The table was piled high with food.||The table, which had been set up by the red coated men, was piled high with food.|
|The weather was very hot today.||After many days of heavy rain , the weather was very hot today.|
My name is Elizabeth Haywood, I am 13 years old and very poor. I work as an apprentice shoe-maker and because I couldn’t get paid enough from working. At the end of the day, I only got around 10 pence. Because of that, I absolutely hated working there and got paid so little. So after work, I saw a lady selling clothes. I stole a bonnet and a shawl from them, hoping I could sell it to earn some money. But then, I got caught and then had to journey to Australia for 7 years, which was a horrible experience.
The living conditions on the ship were horrid as we sailed through the tropics. I was crowded on the ship with around 700 other convicts, 17 of them were children, like me. On the ship, there were cockroaches, fleas, bedbugs and so many more pests, which made me very uncomfortable. I didn’t get to eat much on the ship either and we was only allowed on deck for a couple hours a day. All the adults were also very rude, they would push me around and always ignored me. I would’ve rather been working as an apprentice shoe-maker than being here, I really wished I hadn’t stolen the bonnet and shawl.
Starving and horribly sick, I begged one of the adults for one piece of bread. He immediately responded, “Get away from me! Why would I ever give a piece of bread to someone like you?” He then pushed me away. I tried many other people, but their responses were all the same. Many hours later, we were then finally allowed on deck. I stood on the edge of the ship and felt the cool breeze flow through my hair. Before long, we had to go back, which made me feel sick again. Many months later, we had finally arrived in Australia.
It was a normal day, nothing unusual had happened which was surprising. It was just a normal snowy day. So I took my dogs for a walk in the neighbourhood, as they loved having walks while it was snowing. Soon it started getting cold and I decided to head back, until I realised one of my dogs was missing. I panicked and searched everywhere, but soon it started snowing heavily and I gave up. As I was heading back I heard strange noises behind me but thought nothing of it, but when I looked behind me I saw my missing dog and felt relieved.
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