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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Have yourself a cracking Christmas!

3! YES, THERE’S ONLY 3 SLEEPS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!! Needless to say, I am already beyond excited!! I love Christmas and so does ‘Posie Pixie’, the main character in my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series. Her copper kettle house is festooned with sprigs of holly and mistletoe and Posie’s made her final visit to ‘The Woodland Store’ this morning, for some last minute flour. She’d run out of ‘Miller Mouse’s flour’ last night, after she’d made her third batch of snowberry pies for the festive season!! Posie is a little puzzled as to where these scrumptious snowberry pies keep going…..although if she inspected her best friend ‘Wibble Woodlouse’s’ growing waistline, she might fathom exactly where these perfect pies are hiding!!

“The Woodland Store’ itself was filled with Christmas merriment and cheer, when Posie popped in for her flour earlier today. Mr and Mrs Dusty the dormice and their 6 little ones, were singing Christmas carols outside the store and ‘Mrs Scarlet the squirrel’ (who runs the store) was sporting a brand new Christmas pudding-patterned pinny, that kind ‘Mrs Spottisdowne the sparrow’ (‘Whimsy Wood’s’ seamstress) had made. Acorn cups of hot holly juice were being given to the woodland folk as they entered the store and many a keen shopper was tempted with the mistletoe muffins, made by clever Mrs Scarlet herself!

When ‘Posie Pixie’ got back to her copper kettle house from her visit to ‘The Woodland Store’, she stopped and stared at her rather spectacular Christmas tree! ‘Florence Fox’ appeared, sniffing and snuffling along the frosty woodland floor and joined Posie in admiring this cracker of a Christmas tree, that they had decorated together only days before. I hope your Christmas tree is looking just as splendid as Posie’s πŸ˜‰

Posie Pixie and Florence Fox admiring Posie's spectacular Christmas tree!
Posie Pixie and Florence Fox admiring Posie’s spectacular Christmas tree!

Over the festive spell, if you’re settling down for a cosy hot chocolate on the sofa with your wee ones and want to escape from the Christmas mayhem for a few minutes, then have a listen to this enchanting extract from book 5, ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’! You’ll be transported into the wondrous world of ‘Whimsy Wood’ and I’m sure the woodland folk will be only too pleased to meet you πŸ™‚

http://youtu.be/Ijd34bFDVGM

Wishing you all a wonderfully whimsical Christmas and good health, peace and happiness for 2015,

Sarah Hill