Another tractor for Tom

It was strawberry time.  The sun was high in the sky and the birds were singing up a storm. Iona and Hamish sauntered down to the fruit cage to “test” a few.  When they got to the strawberry patch Mum was already there filling a big bowl.    “Are those for Lunch?” asked Iona optimistically.Continue reading “Another tractor for Tom”

The Summer Residents

The afternoon sun had dried up the morning rain and it was steamy hot.   Down at the pond Big Magda was holding court as usual. All around the banks of the pond the soil seemed to be quivering restlessly. A thousand tiny froglets were scuttling and hopping to and fro, under the watchful eyesContinue reading “The Summer Residents”

The Duck Patrol

Queen Lizzie leaned back on her lily pad and surveyed her new home.   Yes, it was all rather excellent, plenty of room for the jelly babies to grow, no pesky newts.  (That was only a matter of time she thought though, Nippy’s,  tiddlers got everywhere…..) A good selection of  water lilies too (it wouldContinue reading “The Duck Patrol”

Lily Learns to fetch

“Will you just look at that dog” declared Snuffy witheringly,  “It hasn’t the remotest idea.”    Ben opened one eye and yawned.    Snuffy was sitting on the back of the bedroom chair watching Hamish and Lily playing down in the orchard.   Sighing, in the certain knowledge that if he did not get offContinue reading “Lily Learns to fetch”

The Quarantine Olympics

“This is rubbish” Iona declared, looking gloomily around the breakfast table.   Even the sight of a large basket of hot cross buns did not raise a smile.    “I know it’s disappointing” said Dad “but your friends can’t come over for the Easter egg hunt like we planned because you and Hamish are inContinue reading “The Quarantine Olympics”

New Beginnings

It was spring. Life and colour had returned to the bottom pond at Ruthven.  All around the margins daffodils were nodding and birds were chattering avidly in the nearby trees.  The stepping stones over the stream were warm in the early sun. Leaning back on the biggest stepping stone Big Magda was holding court.  AroundContinue reading “New Beginnings”

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