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Thursday, 15 September 2011

Hoggie blog :o)

Last Saturday the West Midland Hedgehog Rescue held their open day to raise funding for their worthy cause.  I had collected together a few things and baked some hedgehog biscuits to help with the fundraising.  I totally forgot to take some photos of the biscuits :o(  But because I felt SO guilty I've made a batch today from my Oat Dreams recipe*...

I bagged them up in cellophane and added a tag.  They looked like this:

And the tags I made, with a description of the contents on the back.

Over 150 folk attended, and a fabulous £700 was raised.  Hopefully, that will go some way to helping the costs for the coming over-wintering under sized and sick hogs.

I did manage to get a couple of decent pictures - here they are.

This little soul is under treatment in the 'Hosprickle'

and this little sweetie had been hand reared, it was one of the lucky hedgehogs that were taken for release by some of the carers that day, five in all were released.

There was also some other creatures/reptiles there.  A python, a tarantula (ugh), a giant centipede (shudder) and a bearded dragon.  As I'm truly not 'fond' of tarantulas and giant centipedes I didn't even go and have a peep at them - I wanted to sleep that night!

I had never seen such a mountain of cakes!  I think most folk that attended brought some with them.  They went down very well with a very welcome cuppa. 
I was lucky enough to guess the weight of the tea bread - but again I was a naughty blogger and forgot the photos :o(  It tasted lovely though :o)

I've been having a busy but enjoyable week so far.  OH is on holiday, but after discussion we decided not to go away anywhere.  So we've been going out visiting places.  One of the places we've been to is Shrewsbury. We had a good bumble about there, but I forgot the camera :o(  We've been walking down the lanes looking out for hedgerow food.  Founds LOADS of sloes and I've got my first sloe gin already working away!  I've made delicious damson jam from my friends loaded tree, yellow bullace jam from our favourite lane and lemon curd - just because!  A neighbour had given me a huge red cabbage that's now destined for braising and freezing :o)

*Oat Dreams Recipe

4ozs very soft butter
2ozs caster sugar
4ozs SR flour
2ozs porridge oats

Oven 180 deg C

Beat the softened butter and caster sugar together until creamy white.  Add the flour and oats, stir in until amalgamated.  Roll into small balls and flatten slightly.  Place on a non-stick baking sheet leaving space to spread between.  Bake for approx 10 minutes until golden brown.  Cool an a rack, and store in an airtight container.  Makes approx 20 biscuits.
(I also add a teaspoon of vanilla extract as I always have plenty in the larder!)

Today - well no plans so far, but I'm sure we'll come up with something ;o)

Hope you are all having a great week too!

Best wishes



Vintage Jane said...

Your little biscuits look lovely - I am going to have a go at making them with little man as they sound nice and easy! Love how you packaged them. Have a good week. M x

Louise said...

They look fab! £700 is a great amount to reach - that's about what we pull in at my school fayres!

George the Lad said...

Well done all that money raised, so gald you put the recipe on your blog them biscuits are yummy.
OK I'm going to let the cat out the bag, listen up any one that see's and reads this comment

Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday Auntie Rose
Happy Birthday to you.

Hugs and kisses
Love George xxx
PS Mom and Dad send you birthday wishes to

Rose H (UK) said...

You little monkey George! I was going to keep that quiet.

Thank you very much though, I'll give you a hug when I see you :o)
Love Auntie Rose xxx

acorn hollow said...

Happy birthday! You cookies are so sweet. Glad they raised so much money

My Spotty Pony said...

Happy Birthday Rose! Hope it was a good one :) I love those biscuits, they almost look too good to eat..... but I am sure I would manage to eat a few!
Well done on the fundraising too!
Have a great weekend :o)

Favourite Vintage Finds said...

Love seeing your adorable hedgehog photos! I've never seen a hedgehog in real life - wish we had them here in Austalia! Fabulous to hear about the fundraising! xo

Brownieville Girl said...

I'm sure those cute biscuits were sold out in no time - they look adorable!

Love the hedgehog photos :-}}

ted and bunny said...

wow- love those hedgehog biscuits!

you did really well with your fundraising, you must be so pleased.

So sad about the decline of the little fellows, but I think it has so much to do with the increase in badgers- I know around here that hedgehogs are unfortunately rare because the badgers eat them.

Thanks for leaving the comment about the teds...are we softies or what!

lemonade kitty said...

Hi Rose, Mr blackbird "pecked" out a winner in Lucey's pumpkin giveaway nad the winner is.....Rose!! Please e mail me your name and address and Mr Blackbird will fly your pumpkin off to you, Lucey x

Rose H (UK) said...

Dear Bunny,
Thank you for your lovely comments.
Your lack of hedghogs has much less to do with the badgers (even though they will kill them if they find one) than to the chemicals and insecticides that are in common use both on farms and in gardens, killing off their natural prey of insects, beetles and invertabrates.
Though I'm sure this doesn't apply to you!
Love to Bruce
Rose H

Rose H (UK) said...

Hi Lucey!
Thank you :o) I'm bowled over by winning your lovely knitted pumpkin. I've sent you my details.
Rose H