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  • All Change!
    The first hint of spring was in the air and the shooting season was over at last.  Major Snuffy had called all the Ruthven animals and the shooting season refugees together to make their final reports before the Pax Ruthviana, the annual shooting season peace treaty, formally ended for another year.    Mrs Prickles, theContinue reading “All Change!”
  • The Snow Baby
    There was a crisp coating of frost on the orchard and a layer of thick grey ice on the top pond.    Hamish, Angus and Elsie were standing on the small bridge throwing pebbles onto the ice and watching them skitter and slide away, bouncing off the frosted tops of the waterlily buds caught byContinue reading “The Snow Baby”
  • The Simprim Exchange
    The sky was leaden and sleety rain was battering against the library window but inside the little wood stove was burning brightly. Hamish and Iona were watching a spy film on TV with Papa and Granny, who had come to visit, and Lily was lolling at their feet. “What’s a dead letter drop Papa?” askedContinue reading “The Simprim Exchange”
  • The Dawn Patrol
    A red dawn was just beginning to creep across the sky and Snuffy, Pingu and Hoolit the owl were perched on top of the compost heap comparing the tally from that night’s hunting. “three young rats, five mice and a couple of voles for us” purred Pingu with a satisfied tone. Snuffy tried to lookContinue reading “The Dawn Patrol”
  • Pax Ruthviana
    It was a warm autumn day.   The sun was slanting through the trees in the orchard and the smell of ripe apples filled the air.  It was story time and Hamish and Iona were lounging in the garden armchairs whilst Mum read them “Jennings and Darbishire”, a stirring tale set in a boys boardingContinue reading “Pax Ruthviana”
  • 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”
  • Looking After Slim
    Hamish had gone to visit his friends Angus and Elsie to see their new lambs, Kit and Kat.   Lily had tagged along but was not allowed into the barn with the lambs so she wandered off to play in the paddock with Angus and Elsie’s dogs, George, Lenny and Slim.   George and LennyContinue reading “Looking After Slim”
  • Lily Learns to fetch
    “Will you just look at that dog” declared Snuffy witheringly,  “It hasn’t the remotest idea.”    Pingu 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”

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