Welcome to Harvest Moon, a place where the creatures and landscapes of my imagination take form and meet the world. Nestled in beneath the wild craggy tors of Dartmoor inspiration comes on chilly winds from moonlit landscapes of other realms which share this rugged, ancient land of gorse and granite. Living here I sometimes feel on a bridge between worlds and ages as the land speaks from spluttering streams and wind-beaten tors, telling stories of folk and beast, but only in snatches before the endings are whipped away down the valley with the broad river and out to sea. So here I will share these stories and characters and they can dwell in your own imagination, continuing their stories with infinite outcomes. This is how they live, enjoy them!

Thursday, 31 March 2011

meeting Twiglet...

 Yesterday I had the great honor of meeting Twiglet. Twiglet is over-wintering at Prickly Ball Farm in South Devon along with many other hedgehogs and native animals who have had a spot of bother and been taken in to recover. The farm used to take in only hedgehogs, hence the name, but has just opened an array of new buildings to accomodate all manor of creatures and has become the Devon Wildlife hospital. The new hospital was opened by Hugh Warwick, hedgehog expert and author of the wonderful book 'A Prickly Affair' all about our humble spiny friend, who made the important point that wildlife hospitals do not function to interfere with nature, but to attempt to address the problems caused by human behaviour which does so much damage. Animals are admitted having had run-ins with every sort of man made object from a car to an elastic band, and the staff do what they can to save them and release them as soon as possible.
As well as the charming Twiglet we met a young badger, a tailless weasel, a sleeping dormouse all rolled into a ball, two sleeping tawny owls, some noisy robin chicks with mouths agape and many others. It is wonderful to get so close to our native wildlife, to see the colour and texture of their fur and feathers and wonder at the large sparkling eyes that look back at us with equal curiosity....its a shame when it occurs in a hospital ward, but great to know that they are on their way to recovery and will soon be back where they belong.

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