“Bump my buffers!”

Toby's Tree Treat, republished in 2011 as Toby's Treat and as Christmas Tree Treat in Australia, is a magazine story.


It is snowing as Toby sets off to take workmen to the quarry with Henrietta. At a junction, they meet Emily who is hauling a Christmas tree on a flatbed. She is taking it to Wellsworth where it would be positioned in the Town Square. Next Toby and Henrietta meet up with Arthur who is taking a post van to Wellsworth. Toby is upset; everyone seems to be more useful than he at Christmas time.

Soon Toby arrives at the quarry with the workmen. Toby helps to move some stone, then he and Henrietta take the night staff home. When Henrietta is empty once more, Toby sets off for Wellsworth. When they arrive at the junction where they had met Arthur, Toby spots a parcel beside the tracks. Toby's driver collects it and they continue on their way. Further up the line, they spy another parcel; Arthur's post van's door must have slid open. Toby carries on his way, stopping to pick up parcels along the way.

Shortly, Toby and Henrietta roll into Wellsworth. Emily and Arthur are still there. Arthur is worried, he was just going to go looking for his missing parcels. Arthur is very pleased when Toby returns the parcels he had found. Toby is very happy; he had been very useful this year.



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