πŸ’ πŸ˜ƒ Spring Is Just Around The Corner! πŸ˜ƒ πŸ’

My goodness me! Everywhere I look, where I live in the wonderful county of Wiltshire, are signs and smells that Spring is just around the corner! It’s such an uplifting and exciting feeling! In and amongst the various things that I have been up to this past week, I happened to stumble across this piece of prose about the early signs of Spring, written by Howard Evans. I thought it was rather lovely, so here it is.

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Now, talking of ‘uplifting and exciting’ (as mentioned above), I think that would definitely describe last week for my Whimsy Wood Series and I. Last week happened to be Book Week, which reached its zenith last Thursday when it was World Book Day.

We had a stupendous week visiting Ayschoughfee Hall Primary School in Lincolnshire on the Monday, Easton Royal Academy in Wiltshire on Wednesday and OLOPS Catholic Primary School in Nottingham on Thursday. I delivered assemblies, woodland-related literacy activities and creative writing workshops to these schools’ pupils and we certainly had a blast!

My highlight would have to be the 2 creative writing workshops that I delivered on World Book Day, to the OLOPS Catholic Primary School children. I had never run a workshop for 60 KS2 children before and I was a little apprehensive about the number, but actually it went brilliantly! Once their school afternoon was finished, all 120 of their KS2 children had taken part in a Whimsy Wood creative writing workshop! Hurray!

In other Whimsy Wood news, a rather delightful plant is in bloom along ‘Snapdragon Stream’, that runs peacefully across the top right hand corner of Whimsy Wood. This intriguing plant in question is called the Butterbur (makes me think of Hogwarts!) and is beautiful when in flower :-

The Blooming Butterbur Goreing Alongside 'Snapdragon Stream'! πŸ˜ƒ
The Blooming Butterbur Growing Alongside ‘Snapdragon Stream’! πŸ˜ƒ

‘Florence Fox’ spotted it’s pretty pink flowers first and she reported this development to ‘Mrs Scarlet the squirrel’, who runs ‘The Woodland Store’. Mrs Scarlet was delighted to hear the news, as she likes to use its leaves to wrap up the store’s special acorn butter and its flowers make a charming cordial, which she sells in The Woodland Store.

On that note, I’m going to make myself a cuppa and crack on with the preparations for the 2 school visits my ‘Whimsy Wood’ team and I have this week.

Wishing you a wonderfully whimsical week!

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.

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Spectacular Spring!

What aΒ splendid time of year Spring is! Posie Pixie loves hearing all the Whimsy Wood birds tweet and twitter away, as they practise their Spring songs. She’s particular fond of Nettle Nightingale’s melodies and has been known to do one of her many pixie dances amongst the sunny, star-shaped celandines, while Nettle is singing her sweet songs!

'Nettle Nightingale' in 'Whimsy Wood'!
‘Nettle Nightingale’ in ‘Whimsy Wood’!
Stunning star-shaped celandines, that are definite signs of Spring!
Stunning star-shaped celandines, that are definite signs of Spring!

Raspberry Rabbit has of course had a busy time, since it was Easter not so long ago. The Easter Rabbit was rather weighed down with eggs this year in Whimsy Wood and so Raspberry Rabbit helped him make all his deliveries. In return for her kindness, he gave her an extra large Easter egg with very pretty wrapping around it. In her usual recycling fashion, she’s currently using this wonderful wrapping as a new table-cloth in her burrow! Clever rabbit 😊

The Easter Rabbit making his deliveries in Whimsy Wood! 😊
The Easter Rabbit making his deliveries in Whimsy Wood! 😊

On other fronts, the 7th book in my Whimsy Wood children’s series, titled ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’, is currently in the formatting stages which is all jolly exciting indeed! Abela Publishing (who publisher my children’s books) and I, attended the London Book Fair this week, which was fabulous! Lots of networking and seminar-attending πŸ˜‰

The London Book Fair 2015, 'Making Words Go Further'
The London Book Fair 2015, ‘Making Words Go Further’

We’re also preparing for a Whimsy Wood book signing event at The Madhatter’s Book Shop in Burford, on Saturday May the 2nd! This particular book shop is exceptionally unique….not only does it sell books, but hats as well! Posie Pixie in particular is hoping to find another jingling, tinkling bluebell hat, since her current one is getting rather worn! Please check out the link below for this exciting event!

On that note, I shall bid you farewell and a wonderfully whimsical weekend!

 

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.

http://www.authoramp.com/2015/04/book-signing-on-may-2nd-for-the-latest-in-the-whimsywood-series-by-childrens-author-sarah-hill/