Saturday, 18 February 2017

Down in the Dumps...

Prunella was feeling rather glum. The Winter had been so depressingly long, exceptionally chilly, and very damp.
Prunella had a severe case of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) or a case of the winter blues. 
There had been far too many grey dismal days that she hid herself away in an old shoe box and wallowed in her own self pity feeling thoroughly miserable.

So unlike Prunella Pepperpot as she was normally such a cheerful little soul exuding a warm glow from within that would brighten even the dullest of days and warm the cockles of your heart.
Believe it or not, what bothered Prunella most was the fact that in Prunella's Patch there had been no significant snowfall. The odd snowflake yes of course, but nothing that settled to give her garden that special magical glistening carpet of crisp white snow she so longed for. 
 Why you may ask?
She had long dreamt of lying down flat on her back on top of soft powdery snow, arms outstretched creating her very own snow angel.
Her grass was covered in ice, far too hard to make any impression, much as she tried!

 On this particular day in February, Prunella was sat gazing out of her kitchen window wondering what today had in store, when out of the blue flew her friend Hermon Heron.
He landed rather clumsily in Ed the Red Kite's favourite conifer tree overlooking Prunella's garden.
He knew there were tasty pickings to be had in the neighbours' pond!
Ed was unmoved.



This was indeed a pleasant surprise, enough in fact to make Prunella smile widely, dust off the cobwebs and go outside to enjoy some invigorating fresh air.
She may not have the snow drifts she wished for but her garden was carpeted in beautiful drifts of pure white snowdrops.

If that wasn't enough to lift her spirits she was delighted to see her Christmas Rose in full bloom.

Suddenly a little light bulb went off in her head and she rushed indoors muttering to herself,
"If I can't make my very own snow angel I shall create my very own flour fairy!" 

 Feeling much happier she decided to bake a cake since the flour was already close to hand.
Staying on a garden theme what could be more fitting than a deliciously moist Carrot Cake...

Cake anyone?

Until the next time, 
stay safe, happy and healthy. 
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Prunella's First Blog for 2017...

Prunella would like to wish all of her dear readers a very Happy New Year.
May you and your family and friends be blessed with boundless energy and good health.

Here in the UK we have had some very cold starts to our mornings...

...but this morning brought a broad smile to Prunella's face and her little eyes lit up with joy.
She was greeted by a beautiful blue sky. 
Even the clouds were uplifting...

Enjoying her breakfast she was joined by Ed the redkite. He was perched high above in the neighbour's conifer tree devouring his very own breakfast...

On mornings like these Prunella likes to jump for joy and is now eagerly awaiting her first 2017 garden snowdrop. It wont be long!

Until the next time, 
stay safe, happy and healthy. 
Hugs to all.


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Thursday, 22 December 2016

A Mouse's Tale...

''Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...''
Well pondered Prunella, that was not strictly true. She was reading her favourite Christmas Poem out loud to her best buddy Griff. 

She knew that Christmas eve was one of Santa Mouse's busiest nights delivering gifts to all of God's wondrous woodland creatures big and small. 
Set deep in the foundations of Father Christmas's workshop in the North Pole lives Santa Mouse a tall jolly mouse with bright red ears and a happy squeaky voice. Under Father Christmas's large workshop, are the warren of tiny tunnels that Santa Mouse shares with his close mice family and friends.
All through the year they busily create and craft precious presents made from the left over wood thrown on a huge wood pile by Father Christmas's elves. The discarded wood is used to fuel the large roaring fire burning bright in Father Christmas's homely workshop above. It keeps all who live at the North Pole cosy and warm.
Last year Prunella had received a beautifully wrapped gift topped with a tartan bow from Santa Mouse. To her delight, unwrapping revealed a pretty pale pink birdhouse decorated with a delicate butterfly. It now has pride of place on her new fence at the bottom of her garden.

Prunella's friend Bertram is one of the ten bats who pull Santa Mouse's sleigh silently through the starlit and moonlit night sky high above. The other nine bats are Bertram's cousins, Borace, Beatrix, Benny, Bernadette, Baldric, Bertha, Berthold, Belinda and Barclay.
Just like Father Christmas, Santa Mouse has a naughty and nice list. On his nice list every creature had been exceptionally good this year. There was sadly one name on his naughty list and unfortunately the same name appears year after year without fail, Wendy the wicked Witch of Wessex. Even though she had been particularly evil, Santa Mouse could not forget her, so for Wendy he wrapped some cooled wooden embers from the roaring fire above. They were everlasting magical embers and would only burn bright for good. If Wendy tried using them in mischief to heat her cauldron for a nasty potion they would remain cold and black, her fire would remain unlit.

For Bertram's friend Willamina the Wise Witch from Ballymena Santa Mouse had crafted a wooden spoon with a small heart hand cut into it's centre to stir her magical potions for good. He also included a matching wooden chopping board to use when chopping her herbs.

Prunella's gift will remain a surprise.

 As Prunella settles down in her comfortable trug bed her stocking hung in the chimney opening she wonders what delights will come her way on Christmas day.

Prunella Pepperpot wishes you all a wonderful Christmas and may your life be filled with joy and happiness, may each new day bring you moments to cherish.

Until the next time in 2017, stay safe, happy and healthy.
Hugs to all.

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Have a Heart this Halloween

Halloween is the season for little ghosts, ghouls and goblins to take to the streets in our neighbourhoods.
Prunella wonders what creepy potions have been cooked up in this 500 year old cauldron in the warming room at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire...

Now for Prunella's 2016 Halloween Tale...

Have a Heart this Halloween...

It was a chilly October's day in Potters Down, bright but a little breezy. 
 Prunella Pepperpot was gathering the colourful Autumn leaves littering her lawn when she noticed Willamina's broom abandoned in amongst the branches of her lilac bush...

Every October Willamina the Wise Witch from Ballymena would roam in Prunella's patch collecting ingredients for her magical potions to ward off evil spirits and undo unfortunate spells cast by her evil nemesis Wendy the Wicked Witch of Wessex. 
Prunella knew that wherever Willamina wandered Bertram Bat would be close at hand.
Prunella rushed inside to gather some juicy grapes a favourite of Bertrams' being that he was a fruit bat.
It wasn't long before Prunella spotted Bertram sat on a pumpkin left for Prunella as a magical Halloween gift from Willamina. 

The two friends hugged. Bertram delighted by the juicy grapes tucked in heartily.

He had so much to tell little Prunella. How Willamina worked her fingers to the bone wielding her wand intricately woven together from oak and apple branches  and kept supple by rosemary oil, chanting spells and concocting potions made from roots, herbs and spices.
Bertram squeaked, 
"Dear Prunella Pepperpot, 
to protect your frog friends from Wendy the Wicked witch this year, Willamina the Wise has hand crafted a safe house which is tucked away amidst your shrubbery.

Sadly frogs legs are a key ingredient in wicked Wendy's venomous potion this year. So much so that gardens have seen a sharp decline in their frog numbers."
Prunella gasped, she was saddened by this gruesome news. Her precious frog friends were dear to her heart and she couldn't bear to think of them being used in Wendy's vile potions of doom.

Bertram went on to tell Prunella of Wendy's wickedly wacky deeds the previous Halloween. 
How Wendy had turned Sally Squirrel and Farmer Brown's Mrs Brown Bunny to wood. It took all of Willamina's wit to undo these dastardly deeds.

Bertram requested that Prunella carves her magical pumpkin with love this year. The soft flickering light would help comfort and protect all of Prunella's garden critters through the dark gruesome nights to come.
Prunella watched as Bertram fluttered off.
She carried her small, astonishingly light magical pumpkin indoors.
Now how to carve some love into this wondrous pumpkin pondered Prunella...

 Until the next time, 
stay safe this Halloween.
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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Orange October...

 It was a beautiful sunny day in October
On days like these Prunella loves nothing more than to be out and about enjoying the sights and sounds of nature...

She spotted this cute little chappy scratching around in search of a small morsel for his rumbling tum... 

 In the bushes was Robin Redbreast singing such a beautiful song. 
Prunella thought he was looking particularly handsome today with not a feather out of place...

Just at that moment in time a shower of acorns fell upon poor Prunella. When she had regained her composure she looked up and there was Sally Squirrel sitting high on a branch in the old oak tree devouring a small acorn...

Prunella has a passion for flowers and fortunately at this time of year there are still plenty of beautiful flowers to be admired
 Some gorgeous cyclamen growing in the shade of  a horse chestnut tree...

Flowers and foliage in rich autumnal shades..

The vibrant orange coloured flowers remind Prunella that it is almost time to find herself a Halloween Pumpkin...

 Perhaps if she speaks nicely to the local Head Gardener and his faithful companion they will save a very special pumpkin just for her...

Prunella wishes everyone a fabulous October...

 Until the next time, 
stay safe, happy and healthy. 
Hugs to all.


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