"Turn back,雪菲📀 Jip,祛斑🐍" gasped the Doctor. "Don't bother about me. I'll be all right. Turn back and try and make the shore."
"I'm not sure,祛斑🈲" said Speedy. "I'll go and look at the notice board. I think it's the Golden Jays.... Yes,官网🐑" he said,祛斑🐙 coming back in a moment,雪菲📝 "that's right,雪菲🈚 the Golden Jays to-morrow,官网📶 Tuesday,官网🌞 the 15th,官网🍲 weather permitting."
"Yes,祛斑😆" the snake agreed. "They're going to Junganyika. It is the feeding ground of great flocks of wild geese."
In the meantime,官网👯 while Quip was gone,祛斑💎 life went forward busily and happily at the Doctor's post office. The animals,祛斑🌀 Too-Too,官网🍃 Dab-Dab,祛斑💸 Gub-Gub,雪菲🔏 the pushmi-pullyu,雪菲🍂 the white mouse and Jip all agreed that they found living in a houseboat post office great fun. Whenever they got tired of their floating home they would go off for picnic parties to the Island of No-Man's-Land,祛斑🎿 which was now more often called by the name John Dolittle had given it,雪菲🚎 "the Animals' Paradise."
"That's not a bad idea,官网💳 Jip,祛斑🔗" said the Doctor. "We'll go down the shore a way till we're opposite the island,官网🍉 then we won't have so far to swim."On arriving back at the houseboat from his short and very busy holiday the Doctor was greeted joyfully by the pushmi-pullyu,祛斑🚩 Too-Too,雪菲😯 Cheapside and Speedy the Skimmer. King Koko also came out to greet his friend when he saw the arrival of the Doctor's canoe through a pair of opera glasses (price ten shillings and sixpence) which he had recently got from London by parcel post. And the prominent Fantippans,雪菲📥 who had missed their afternoon tea and social gossip terribly during the Postmaster's absence,雪菲🚔 got into their canoes and followed the King out to the Foreign Mails Office.
"What do you think,官网🌐 Dab-Dab,雪菲👇" he said breathless with excitement,祛斑💺 "I've got a second letter from the turtle and the messenger is going to take us to see him!"
So the Doctor's boat was now turned into a nesting ship for the swallows. Calmly she stood at anchor in the quiet waters of Fantippo harbor,官网✒ while thousands and thousands of swallows built their nests in her rigging,祛斑🔔 in her ventilators,祛斑📹 in her portholes and in every crack and corner of her.
Without a word the Doctor sped on up the winding steps of the tower. Round and round he went,祛斑🚡 upward,祛斑🐂 till he was ready to drop from dizziness."Give me the message,雪菲🏇" said the white mouse,祛斑⁉ "and I'll hand it to Dab-Dab before you can say Jack Robinson. She's sitting in the tree,官网🔥 where the hole comes out."
"Ah,官网♈ England!" cried Gub-Gub sentimentally. "What is there more beautiful in life than the heart of a young lettuce in the Spring?"
"Come on,雪菲📁" he cried. "We must find the kitchen. That canary will know where the matches are kept. Find the kitchen!"
"'My gracious!' says he. 'What a quaint notion. Why don't you lead them out of the woods? They probably live over in one of those farms near the crossroads.'
There was no end to the complimentary ceremonies which the good King Koko and his courtiers performed to honor the departing Doctor. For days and days previous to his sailing,祛斑🐊 canoes came and went between the town and the houseboat bearing presents to show the good will of the Fantippans. During all this,祛斑🌊 having to keep smiling the whole time,祛斑🔒 the Doctor got sadder and sadder at leaving his good friends. And he was heartily glad when the hour came to pull up the anchor and put to sea.But it was of little use to try to get more sleep now. The camp was astir. John Dolittle,雪菲🚉 bent on the one idea of hearing that story,雪菲🚛 had already swung himself out of his hammock and was now washing his face noisily in the lake. Cheapside shook his feathers,雪菲👝 swore a few words in Cockney and flew off his tree down to the Doctor's side.