Today is the sort of day that I have, “Oh Happy Day! Oh Happy Da-a-a-y!…..” sung by a gospel choir, (such as the one with Lauryn Hill in Sister Act 2), buzzing around my head on some sort of jubilant loop! In the words of my current Whimsy Wood main character, ‘Fearne Fairy’, “Spring is here, the flowers are out. The birds are tweeting all about!” Indeed she’s certainly right! For where I live, in the beautiful rolling countryside of Wiltshire, (a place, that to me, is the nearest thing to Tolkien’s ‘Shire’ that I will ever find), the sun is certainly shining, birds are tweeting and bees are buzzing busily about.
In ‘Whimsy Wood’ itself, the day seems to be rather similar, with the primroses and celandines still currently in bloom and ‘Bristle Bumblebee’ is incredibly busy, flitting between these fabulous flowers.
‘Mrs Scarlet the squirrel’ has been feeling rather ‘continental’ this week, with the weather being so balmy, as she’s taken to closing ‘The Woodland Store’ between 12 and 2pm for an afternoon siesta! Well, why not indeed?! The young woodland folk have been dashing off to ‘Snapdragon Stream’, once their lessons at ‘Sycamore School’ have finished for the day; while ‘Mr Bilberry the blackbird’ (Whimsy Wood’s postman), has been catching forty winks in a sunny spot by the bluebell patch, between his morning and afternoon postal deliveries!
Not only have I also been enjoying the wonderful weather this week, but my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series and I, have been invited to be part of Southwick Country Park’s 10th birthday celebrations at the end of this month. This picturesque park is in Trowbridge, Wiltshire and I popped over there a few days ago, to see their new ‘story-telling chair’ and ‘fairy forest’. I’m delighted to say that on Saturday the 28th of May, I shall be running some Whimsy Wood craft activities and reading ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’, to the children that attend Southwick Country Park’s 10th birthday party! For more information, please see their Facebook page:- https://www.facebook.com/Southwick-Country-Park-265574983553533/?ref=ts&fref=ts
Finally, I’m over-joyed to tell you that ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’, book 4 in my Whimsy Wood children’s series, has been awarded the Children’s Literary Classics’ seal of approval and it’s now been forwarded to their international book awards! Fingers crossed! If you’d like to read their review of ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’, then please click here:- http://clcreviews.blogspot.co.uk
Not only that but ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’, book 8 in my Whimsy Wood children’s series, has been entered into the ‘Purple Dragonfly Book Awards’! Fingers even more crossed! For more information about this prestigious award, please see this link :- http://www.fivestarpublications.com/bookcontest/pd_book_contest.html#enter
Well, instead of my usual farewell note, I shall leave you with this fabulous quote by Cicero. I hope you’re able to enjoy a little reading in your garden this weekend. 😊 📚 ✨
With whimsical wishes,
Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series