Horse Sanctuary Mr Bloom: Here and There


Horse Sanctuary

Mr Bloom helps young people with their green spaces. Emma invites Mr Bloom to visit a horse and pony rescue centre where local children can 'adopt' ponies.


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# Hello, my name is Mr Bloom

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# And I'd like to come to see you soon

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# I'm out on the road, you see

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# Here and there, so that we

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# Can get together and have some fun

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# I'll help you out if there's work to be done

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# So, where is it you like to go?

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# Call me up and let me know

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# What is it you like to do?

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# I'll pop along and do it, too

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# Cities, towns, the countryside

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# I can travel far and wide

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# I'm all about and everywhere

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# I'm here and there

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# Here and there

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# I'm here and there. #

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BIRDSONG

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Hello, tiddlers! How are you tiddling?

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Ha! Ha! Mr Bloom here. I like going about.

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I like going here and there, doing lots of fun things

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and finding out about new places.

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I've been wondering, what do you like to do where you live?

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Hmm? Perhaps you might like to ride your bike in the park

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or go for walks in the woods with your family?

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BELL DINGS

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Ooh, brilliant. Someone's got in touch.

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Shall we see who it is? Yeah.

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SHEEP BLEAT

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I'm Emma and I love going for walks with my mum and dad.

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You have to close gates in the countryside,

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so the animals can't get out.

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SHEEP BLEAT

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When we get to the top of that hill

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we'll be ready for something to eat, won't we?

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I think I'll have a cheese sandwich

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and a bottle of water, to help me climb Pendle Hill.

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Oh, good boy, Rollo.

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That's my favourite bit about walking, seeing the animals,

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especially the ponies.

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PONY NEIGHS

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I'm lucky, too, because I get to come here to have riding lessons.

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Please come for a visit.

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Sounds good to me.

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I'm on my way.

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# Whereabouts will I end up next?

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# Let's put my route finder to the test

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# It could be a beach a village or a city

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# Museum or a school a garden so pretty

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# A church or a station a river or a town

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# I just can't wait until you show me around

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# Tiddlers, I'm on my way

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# So, where am I today? #

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This looks like the right place. I wonder where I'll find Emma?

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PONY NEIGHS

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Now, I recognise that sound.

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Maybe she's this way.

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Erm, excuse me, mate. Have you seen Emma?

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Hello, Mr Bloom. This is Rollo and that's Georgia.

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It's nice to meet you, Emma. Nice to meet Rollo and Georgia, too.

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What are you up to?

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I'm doing my horse's saddle, so he can go out for a ride.

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Fantastic!

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It looks like Rollo's got lots of things to wear

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before you can ride him.

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There's a saddle for you to sit on,

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a bridle around his head and some reins for you to hold on to.

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-Are you ready to go riding?

-Yes.

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OK. Well, lead on.

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Let's go.

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Horses are quite nosy.

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They love to watch what's going on.

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Right. Have fun, Emma.

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One, two, three, up.

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I think I'll go and watch from up there.

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It's not just Rollo who gets all the special equipment.

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No. Look what Emma's got.

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She's got horse-riding boots. They fit in the stirrups.

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She's also wearing a pair of jodhpurs.

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That's a fancy name for horse-riding trousers.

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Then, she's wearing a horse-riding vest and a horse-riding hat.

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What they do is they keep you safe.

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If you fall off, you don't hurt yourself.

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For holding on to the reins, she's got gloves. Yeah.

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Trot on.

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Eh, lovely jumping, Emma!

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I've got to say, I'm very impressed.

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Well done, Rollo. Well done, Emma.

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-Was that good fun?

-Mm-hm.

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I'll tell you what.

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It must be a lot of hard work looking after a horse like Rollo.

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It is.

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And I've got another pony.

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-I see. What's this pony called?

-Fifi.

-Fifi?!

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Do you think we've got time to visit Fifi?

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-Mm-hm.

-We have?

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All right, then.

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As you said to Rollo, trot on.

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Emma has brought me to a special home for horses, ponies and donkeys.

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It's a place where animals come if their owners

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couldn't take care of them.

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This is where Emma and other tiddlers come to visit Fifi.

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Hello.

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There's a lot of horses here, aren't there?

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Yes, Mr Bloom. We might find Fifi and my friends down here.

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Oh. I think, here they are.

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Hello, tiddlers!

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-Hello, Mr Bloom. My name is Jonah.

-Hello, Mr Bloom. My name is Harriet.

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It's nice to see you, Harriet and Jonah.

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What brings you here today, Jonah?

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We are here to learn how to look after ponies.

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Really? Is there one pony that you look after in particular?

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-Fifi.

-Fifi. She's there.

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Is this Fifi? And you look after Fifi, as well?

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My goodness me!

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Is there anyone else here you might like to introduce me to?

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-Red.

-Red. Right.

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Shall we go and meet Red? Come on, then. Let's go.

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Red is a Shetland pony who lives at the stables, too.

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Hello, there!

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Hey, now, tiddlers. Very small, isn't he?

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I think he might be smaller than Fifi.

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But look over there! Look at that big horse!

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That horse is bigger than Fifi and Red put together!

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I wonder, tiddlers. Do you know how you measure horses and ponies?

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Do you know, Harriet?

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Hands.

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That's right. Very good. You measure them in hands.

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Look at this! This is a special horse and pony ruler.

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Yeah.

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You put it up against a horse

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and if you're taller than this line here,

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that means you're a horse.

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But if you're smaller than that line, it means you're a...

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ALL: A pony.

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You're a pony. That's right. Shall we find out how tall Red is?

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-ALL: Yeah.

-OK. Bring this round here.

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Will I point that to his withers? What would you say?

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I'd say Red is about eight hands high. Let's count again.

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One, two, three,

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four, five, six,

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seven, eight.

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So what does that mean? A horse or a pony?

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ALL: A pony.

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He's a pony, that's right. But that big fella's definitely a horse.

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Look, he's well over 14 hands high.

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But you have to be careful around horses

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and even little ponies, like Red.

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What sort of things do you have to do?

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Erm, don't go round the back or the front,

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because it might hurt you.

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CLOCK CHIMES

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Oh, hey...hey, but look here...

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The route finder wants to show us some more things

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about horses and ponies.

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There are horses and ponies all over the world.

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In the wild, they like to live in families, just like us,

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but big families, though.

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These horses help guard the Queen's palace.

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And before tractors were invented,

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Shire horses helped the farmer plough his fields.

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And these horses can even dance!

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But really, ponies are happiest when they're just horsing around.

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So while those tiddlers take Red back to his stable, I thought

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I'd come and meet some other chaps, find out what they're up to.

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-Hello, you lot!

-ALL: Hello, Mr Bloom.

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-So, what is going on here?

-We're cleaning out Fifi's stable.

-Right.

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You're mucking out the stables, but, what other things do you do here?

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On this block, you could adopt a horse or pony

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-and you can come up and groom him and things like that.

-Right.

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So, you muck them out, you groom them.

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-Adopting a pony is about taking care of them, is that right?

-Yeah.

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I see. Hey, that's a top job, you lot. Is it ready for Fifi now?

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Yeah, I can go and get her from the field.

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The older children who have adopted horses and ponies here

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also learn how to bring them in from the field safely.

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They go with a grown-up, like Laura,

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and take care to close the gate, so that the other animals don't escape.

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Put the collar on.

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HORSE BRAYS

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Here we go, Reuben.

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There you go, Fifi. Come on.

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Well, everybody, I can certainly see why you enjoy being here.

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I've had a fantastic time learning about horses and ponies.

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A big thank you to you, Emma, for inviting me.

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But you know, it's high time I hit the road, so join me soon

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when I'll be.

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ALL: Here and there.

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-You're right. Bye-bye.

-ALL: Bye.

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# Where is it you like to go? Call me up and let me know

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# What is it you like to do? I'll pop along and do it, too

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# Cities, towns, the countryside I can travel far and wide

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# I'm all about and everywhere I'm here and there. #

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Green-fingered gardener Mr Bloom helps young people around the country with their gardens and green spaces.

Emma invites Mr Bloom to visit a horse and pony rescue centre where local children can 'adopt' ponies and find out how to look after them.


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