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      Nov 22, 2018

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Armistice Day 2018
Armistice Day 2018

Remembrance Sunday. 

The 11.11.18. marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
The eldest of the Orticals marked their respect with a two minutes silence.
Cornelius sat quietly in his chair, whilst Sir Vival & Herr Rendous stood proudly saluting for the men & women who lost their lives through this awful war.

Why did the Orticals wear poppies?
Because poppies were the first flower to grow on the battlefields after the First World War ended.
Poppies are also sold because they help raise money for the servicemen & women who are still alive and whose lives have been changed because of a war.

Why did the Orticals have two minutes silence?
The silence was a time to remember those who lost their lives fighting for their country.

Why is silence so important?
These days it is very rare to have total silence. You will normally still hear a TV, radio or other noise going off. Silence allows you to disconnect from the world, reduces stress & anxiety and brings peace. Silence helps you open your mind, open your hidden feelings and think of memories.
So even though you may not know anyone from a war, silence is a good time just for yourself to sit & reflect.

Maybe you could try & sit for two minutes in silence every day?
Switch off from the busy world. Turn off your TV or computer game. Sit or lie down, breathe deeply & relax. Silence helps heal the body and mind. Try it and see how much better you feel after doing it.

Ebony Update
Ebony Update

Sue Thing has finally arrived safely on 10th May. She was tired after such a long journey, but has reported that she settled in well last night. Sue is excited to be living with Ebony & is looking forward to helping her to sleep.
We will give another update in a few weeks time.

Sue Thing & Ebony
Sue Thing & Ebony

The Orticals have recently had a call out for a little girl named Ebony, so they responded and watched over her for a while.
Ebony is a beautiful little girl who was having a few problems with worries and nightmares. Cornelius and a few of the others recently visited her home to supervise and take notes. They watched whilst she was asleep and could see the something was bothering her. Cornelius knew what to do, and so has appointed Sue Thing to go and take care of her.
Sue Thing is currently on her way now and should reach her within the next week.
We will keep you informed of how Sue Thing has got on and how Ebony has progressed with the powers of the Orticals.
Cornelius is sure that after a week of Sue Thing helping, then Ebony will be again having the sweet dreams that little girls are meant to have.

Chickenpox Alert!
Chickenpox Alert!

Oh no, Chickenpox is obviously going around at the moment, because Tim Idd must have caught it off one of the children.

He is currently in bed feeling a little poorly. His poor little face and body are covered in little red itchy spots, but he is being good and not scratching them too much.

Anty Dote has dabbed on some Calamine Lotion, which is helping him with the itching, and Jen Tull has been giving him some lovely homemade fruit juices to drink.

I am sure you will all wish him a speedy recovery, and he will be back to normal again very soon and will be back visiting all the children that need him.

Get well soon Tim xx


April – Autism Awareness Month
April – Autism Awareness Month

As many of you will already know, April is Autism Awareness month, which for the Orticals will mean an extra busy month. 

We want to show you that it’s not just about Autism Awareness, but it should be about acceptance.
The Orticals want to put a stop to the stigma, bullying and stereotyping that is often associated with autism. Let us inspire you to interact & befriend autistic people.

People with autism have brains the same as you and I, but sometimes they work slightly differently. They can be a bit like computers. Imagine a Windows PC and an Apple Mac, they are both capable of doing fantastic things, but they work in two completely different operating systems. Well, this can be the same for an autistic person. Computers sometimes have days when a programme is not running well. Maybe it’s developed a glitch, running slow, overheating, the graphics card is playing up or maybe you need to switch it off and on again to reset it? This is also how it can feel to an autistic person. If you think that they are ignoring you, then they are not, it’s probably just that their processor is running really fast and they’re having trouble putting all the information together. They are computing in a different way and sometimes they need a little help and time to reset. A loud sound can cause a glitch and make them freak them out. Their ears can work differently and it’s like the volume control is stuck. Maybe they need help to get away from the noise? An autistic person won’t overheat on you, but they could have a meltdown, which can be far worse. Offer a helping hand, but also understand that sometimes they may need time to calm and think things through for themselves.

These days we have all learnt to live with computers and yes, sometimes they can be frustrating, but we accept their glitches because they enlighten our lives and we probably couldn’t live without them. So next time you meet someone with autism, don’t dispel them, they are not sick, naughty or different, they just operate on a different processor. Spend time with them, let them enlighten your life and you too might learn a thing or two.


Andy’s Story
Andy’s Story

A while ago the Orticals heard a something that made them very sad.

A boy called Andy had been told at school that his handwriting was so scruffy that he would probably never get a job.

This made Andy feel like his life was not worth living. He knew that when he grew up he wanted a good job and planned to be a game designer, however now that he had been told this then there was no point of carrying on. If an adult had said this to him, then Andy believed that it must be true.

This made the Orticals feel very unhappy. Over the years the Orticals had known many people who had terrible handwriting when they were young, but they now had fantastic jobs. Each one of these people had worked hard. Some of them had practised their handwriting to make it neater, whilst others just used a computer so their handwriting didn’t matter.

The Orticals decided to pay Andy a visit to try & help out, so they sent out one of the strongest Orticals called Will Power. Will carries special Ortism feathers that give you confidence when you need it.  Will hid at the side of Andy’s bed and waited for him to fall asleep. Hour after hour past as Andy lay and cried before eventually falling to sleep. What would he do with his life when he grew up? There would not be any point of growing up if he could not be a game designer!

Eventually Andy finally fell asleep exhausted. Will Power got up and slowly stroked Andy’s face gently with a feather. He started to whisper into Andy’s ear “In the morning when you awake, a decision you will make. A feather on the floor will allow you to explore. Believe in your head and achieve in your heart. If you ever begin to feel weak, just look around and by your feet. I will leave feathers about for you to find, pick them up and try to be kind. Let your imagination run wild and free and you can be anything you want to be. Every year as time gets longer, you will become better and stronger. So reach inside & feel your soul and you will achieve your final goal”

When Andy woke up the following morning, there was a feather lying on the bedroom floor. It was not the usual white ones from his pillow, but a pretty blue one. Andy picked it up and put it in his pocket. Strangely he felt must better today and slightly confident about the day in front of him.

He made a decision to himself that to be a game designer then he needed to work hard in his computer classes. This was important to him, not how neat his handwriting was. Yes, that is what he was going to do.

Will Power stayed around for a few more days to keep an eye on Andy, and every now again pops back to leave a few feathers about for Andy to find. Andy doesn’t know where they come from, but he knows that if he puts them in his pocket then his day will be OK.

The Orticals have been leaving these confidence feathers around for people for many years. Did you know that we used to leave feathers for Bill Gates when he was young?  Bill knew that they wanted to do something in life, but was struggling to make friends and fit in. If you every see Bill Gates, ask him how many feathers he has every found in his life, and he will probably tell you that he found hundreds … all left by us.

Ann Zierty’s New Book
Ann Zierty’s New Book

Hello everybody,

Ann Zierty has made a short video of herself promoting her new book.

For all of those that didn’t know already, Ann Zierty has just had her first book published.
Its all about getting rid of your worries before you go to sleep.

This beautiful 26 page full photographic book comes with a free magic Ortism feather to help children to drift off into a peaceful nights sleep.

The book is available though our new shop page above.

We hope you all like it.

How is Tim Feeling?
How is Tim Feeling?

Hello everybody,

I thought we would play a little game today.

Below you will find some of Tim Idd’s great facial expressions.

See if you can guess how he is feeling?


Tim hopes that you liked all of his faces, and that you guessed right each time.

See you all later x


What do you collect?
What do you collect?

What Do You Collect?

The Orticals are always fascinated at some of the objects that people like to collect.

As you already know, we love to collect feathers.

Some of us just collect any feather that we can find, whilst others of us spend hours finding the most unusual or prettiest feathers.



Jenny Rosity spends hours sorting all her feathers into the different colours and sizes. She gets very upset if a draft of wind blows them out of order, before she has put them into her collection boxes. Jenny goes into the finest of detail picking out all the different shades. Her favourite feathers are orange coloured ones, and second are the yellow ones.

Dom Minating likes to collect the most feathers. It doesn’t matter what colour they are as long as he has collected more than everyone else. Some days he is really late back home because he has wandered off looking for more feathers. He has been told off a few times for nearly getting lost, so now he has to make sure that at least one other Ortical knows where he is and what time he has to come home by.

Now Pashon Nut only collects the very rare silver feathers. Now I bet you didn’t know that some birds have silver feathers, did you?  Well, they do!  They are only usually found on four types of birds, which are pelicans, ducks, vultures and cranes. Pashon Nut doesn’t have a big collection of feathers, but the ones that she has glimmer beautifully in a jar that she stores them in.

Collecting feathers make us happy.

What do you collect that makes you happy?

Why don’t you tell us about it, and we might even run a feature on you and your collection.

Happy collecting.

Do you feel different from other people?
Do you feel different from other people?

Do you feel different from other people?

Well, let me tell you a secret – You are special!

You have been guided to this secret website, so now we are going to share something with you.

Every single Ortical is unique….. just like YOU.

They love the fact that each and every one of them is different – they are all special.

The Orticals know that they all have one talent that makes them individual and feels good.



Tim Idd is really quite shy, but with his quietly spoken voice he tells the most beautiful stories that you have ever heard.

Dex Territy has a beautiful big nose. He can smell where the sweetest flowers are growing, and then he picks them to give away as a gift.  He loves to watch people’s faces when they receive the flowers. It makes him feel happy.

Libby Rated is very tall for a girl, and she is a fabulous artist that paints the most exquisite pictures you have ever seen. Being tall also means that she can hide her favourite paints on the top shelf where the others cannot reach them.

Dee Manding has large ears, and she loves them. With these ears she can hear worries from far away. This means that when the worries get close she is ready for them and can be prepared with one of her magic feathers to bat them straight away before they get chance to hide anywhere.

Terry Fied is a little over weight, but Terry knows how to use his weight and helps to calm children down when they are really upset.

You see, even though these are just a few of the Orticals, they all love being individual. They know that deep inside everyone has a secret talent.

Now you might not know what your special talent is yet – but trust us, you do have a special talent. There will be something that you can do that other people will wish that they could be as good as you.

You might be good at running, swimming or any sport – one day if you practise hard then you might even be in the Olympics.

It could be reading, maths or science. You could end up being an inventor that builds a machine that everyone will want and need. You might invent flying shoes, or time travel. The world will always need inventors.

Maybe you are an artist, or good at card tricks, or a good carer and listener. Can you write good stories? Special people all have a hidden talent!

Have a think about yourself.

Don’t worry if you don’t know what your talent is yet – sometimes it can just appear by magic. One day that you find your talent you will think “wow” I am good at that.

So remember after today – YOU ARE SPECIAL!

Find your hidden talent, and enjoy it.