Katie Morag and Uncle Matthew's Hut Katie Morag


Katie Morag and Uncle Matthew's Hut

Live-action children's show set in Scotland. Uncle Matthew's hut gets blown away in a storm, so Granma Mainland comes up with a plan to help out.


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# Katie Morag

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# Run away across the ocean

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# Katie Morag

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# Over the sea to Struay

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# Katie Morag

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# Run away across the ocean

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# Katie Morag

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# Over the sea to Struay. #

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'My name is Katie Morag McColl and I live on the island of Struay.

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'I suppose it's quite wee but it's ginormous to me

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'and everyone looks out for me

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'when I'm out and about having my adventures.'

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# Katie Morag. #

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'Neilly Beag says living with Grandma Mainland is a real education.'

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Chartreuse, myrtle or jade?

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Hmm... I like the green one.

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They're all green.

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The jade is elegant but the chartreuse is more vibrant.

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I'll go with the myrtle.

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'He reckons he learns something new and interesting every single day.

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'He says he hasn't yet learned anything he's been able to put to use

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-'but they haven't been married long so there's plenty of time.'

-Right.

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Let's choose a hat.

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'I couldn't figure out why Grandma Mainland was making

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'such a fuss about what to wear.

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'We were only visiting Uncle Matthew,

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-'so it's not like anyone was going to see us.'

-What about this?

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Elegant with a touch of wit.

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Can we go now?

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But you haven't chosen your outfit.

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-Ta-da!

-Ha-ha! The perfect look in under three seconds.

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-What is your secret?

-A good pair of wellies.

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-All set?

-All set. Just a minute.

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Thermal emergency blanket.

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-Emergency blanket?

-Hillwalking can be dangerous, you know.

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Oh, absolutely.

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Except Matthew's hut isn't really a hill walk, more just a walk.

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Come on.

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The night before there had been a terrible storm,

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so everything looked shiny and bright on our walk.

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Grandma Mainland said she couldn't get to sleep during the storm

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but I loved listening to it. It made me feel warm and cosy in my bed.

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She said that was because I was an island girl.

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I've never understood why he lives out here,

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hiding away in the middle of nowhere.

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I suppose he just likes it.

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Grandma Mainland said there's nothing she liked more than the rumble

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of double-decker buses to get her to sleep because she's a city girl.

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I'm lost.

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That's the loch, that's the shieling, so we must be round about here.

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You're an island girl, right enough.

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Look, there's Uncle Matthew! Race you!

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Caught anything? HE SNEEZES

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A cold, maybe. Hey, mother.

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Oh, my dear.

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What are you doing camping out?

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Oh, I've got last night's storm to thank for that.

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Why? What happened?

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Let me pack this stuff away and I'll show you.

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-I didn't know you could fish.

-Your grandpa was an angler.

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-It was either learn to fish or never see him at all.

-Whoa!

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Not bad for a city girl, eh?

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Oh, Matthew.

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And that's why I'm living in a tent.

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Half the roof blew off and brought all the timbers in.

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-All your lovely paintings.

-Not so lovely now that...

-What's wrong?

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-What happened?

-A lump of plaster knocked it right out.

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The good news is I found it.

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Reckon I'll get something from the tooth fairy?

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Tooth fairy my foot, it's a dentist you need.

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Absolutely, the next time I'm on the mainland.

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-When are you ever on the mainland?

-I'll get round to it, eventually.

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-What are you going to do about the hut?

-Fix it up, I suppose.

-Fix it?

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This place is not fit for firewood.

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Och, away, there's years left in the old...

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WOOD TUMBLES DOWN

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-Oh.

-GRANNY MAINLAND SIGHS

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-Please...

-I'm going to phone my dentist in Glasgow as soon

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as we get back and you'll be on the next ferry over.

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-I think you're over...

-Stay in the flat for as long as you like.

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-Some central heating, that's what you need.

-But...

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And after that, you're moving in with me and Neilly Beag.

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Move in with my mother? But I'm 39 years old.

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-You could be 89 for all I care, you're still my son.

-But I...

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I wouldn't argue. Not if she's in that mood.

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Matthew should be getting into Oban about now.

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I can't believe you got him on the ferry.

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-His mouth must have really been hurting him.

-Och, poor wee soul.

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-FROM ANOTHER ROOM: Grandma!

-Yes, sweetheart?

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-Can you read me a story, please?

-I'll be up in a minute.

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Thanks for the lovely supper.

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-She's awful cheery in the circumstances.

-Are you kidding?

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She's loving this.

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Getting Matthew out of that hut and into a house with double glazing.

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-It's a dream come true.

-But we don't have double glazing.

-Not yet.

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Mum's only doing what she thinks is best

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because she's never really understood Matthew.

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Well, if he does move in with your mother it'll only

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-be for a week or two.

-That'll be what she's telling him.

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-What do you mean?

-My mother is a very well-meaning woman.

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Very well-meaning and very determined.

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The next day while I was at school, Grandma Mainland

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and Neilly Beag started to get Matthew's room ready.

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I brought this duvet set over from Glasgow.

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It's genuine Egyptian cotton.

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-Very nice.

-Oh, and the wallpaper.

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Did you phone that shop in Bearsden?

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Och, we could maybe just put a lick of pain paint on it.

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I've still got that tin from when I painted Mr McMaster's cowshed.

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I assume you're joking.

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-What?

-Oh, I didn't say a word.

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But you were thinking it.

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My mind may be a total blank for all you know.

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It often is.

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-This place is a death trap.

-It's certainly a wee bit past its best.

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I suppose we should keep some of his bits and pieces.

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I can't think what, though. Why doesn't he have a television?

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He loved watching telly when he was a boy.

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Here, maybe we should get satellite installed.

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Mrs Baxter gets over 300 channels.

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You're doing it again.

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-Doing what?

-Thinking something.

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It's not my fault, sometimes it just happens.

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Well, if you want to say something, I wish you would out and say it.

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All right, then. I will.

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Now, you know, I have the very highest opinion of you.

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In fact, I think you're far and away the finest women

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I've ever had the privilege to meet.

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But I think you're wrong.

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-100% wrong.

-What about?

-Everything.

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The fancy duvet and the wallpaper and the 300 television channels.

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If Matthew wanted these things he'd have had them long ago.

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But that's just my point. He doesn't have anything out here.

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And that's exactly what he wants.

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No noise, no stuff, no complications.

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Just peace and quiet

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and a place to hide from the world when he needs to.

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He's living out here because he wants to.

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Because it's right for him.

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Dragging him back to the village is like putting a penguin in a sauna.

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Now, you might like a sauna

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and even I might like a sauna, but penguins hate saunas.

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They hate them.

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-I'll tell you what I hate.

-Go ahead.

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-I hate that you're always right.

-No, nonsense.

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But where else can he stay? Yon hut's beyond fixing.

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-I wouldn't be surprised if he stays in the tent.

-Oh, surely not.

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Well, where's he pitched it, anyway?

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-You know, up by the loch, just past Mr McMaster's shieling.

-Oh, aye.

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-Good fishing round there.

-Where does the word shieling come from?

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Well, it's where the crofting women and children stayed during

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the summer months when the animals were up in the high pastures.

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But the word itself comes from a very old word meaning a shelter

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-or a place to hide away.

-A place to hide away?

-Mm-hmm.

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-I think I've just had one of my most brilliant ideas.

-Is that right?

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But I'm going to need your help.

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In fact, I'm going to need everyone's help.

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I wish you'd say where you were taking me.

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-I told you, it's a surprise. Here we are.

-And where is that exactly?

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-Matthew's new home.

-The shieling?

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Mr McMaster says we're welcome to use it.

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It needs a bit of patching up

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but the walls are as solid as the day it was built.

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And who's going to do all this patching up?

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-We'd need a small army.

-Funny you should say that...

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WHISTLE BLOWS

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Oh, my goodness.

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-So, what do you think?

-Great but there's something missing.

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-What's that?

-I've got it!

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Where are you going? Katie Morag!

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Come on, you lot,

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we've got an hour to get cleaned up before Matthew arrives.

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-There he is. Matthew.

-I wish Katie Morag was here.

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-Well, if she's not, there must be a pretty good reason.

-Hello, mother.

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-Hello.

-Hi, Uncle Matthew. What did you get from the tooth fairy?

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Not a thing. Must have forgotten about me, eh?

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'He was smiling but I could tell he was a little bit sad.

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'He must've been so worried about his house.'

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-So, what's this big surprise, then?

-You'll just have to wait and see.

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-What were you up to all afternoon?

-You'll just have to wait and see too.

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Right, come on, you.

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Right, come on, then.

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THEY CHEER

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The tooth fairy may have forgotten you

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but some good fairies have been very busy.

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THEY CHEER AND WHISTLE

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I think he's got a wee bit of sand in his eye.

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I reckon he has, at that.

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Matthew moved into the shieling the very next day

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and he absolutely loved it. He still didn't like

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going to the mainland and he still hid away from time to time,

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but Grandma Mainland didn't moan about it any more.

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All she ever really wanted was for Matthew to be happy.

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And now she knew he was, that made her happy too.

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Uncle Matthew's hut gets blown away in a storm, so Granma Mainland comes up with a plan to help out, and then Katie Morag comes up with an even better one!


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