Save Our Hedgehogs

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012


Hello folks, hope all are well and warm.
As promised now I'm up to 100 followers I have a little give away to celebrate :o)
So here it is...

As this is Jubilee year I thought this handsome (Lakeland) Jubilee apron  was appropriate- I LOVE all those stately crowns :o)
with this really useful blue pocket.

A beautifully worked white vintage crotched table centre 22.5" x 13"
with lovely raised centres to the flowers.

I just HAD to put in a cute little cuddly Hedgehog!

And a tiny friend too :o)

I'll also add a little 'something from my own collection....
There is only one prize.
To qualify for the draw you must be a follower, and leave a comment on this post - if you are a 'no reply' blogger you MUST leave an email address for me to contact you if you are picked..
I will leave the draw open for comments until noon on Monday 24th September, then I'll make the draw and notify the winner.   I will also post the winners name on the same day - GOOD LUCK!

I found a few more bits 'n bobs.  
This gorgeous Autumnal table runner for £2.50

These two plates/chargers have been in the charity shop for some weeks priced at £2.50 each, I hesitated to buy them as storage space is getting VERY limited at home!  But when they were put in the 40p box there was no contest and home they came!

I really like the shape.
I then found this pretty china Edwardian 'Hairpin' lidded dish, with it's pretty lustre glaze and 'pie crust' edge on the lid, in absolutely perfect condition for £2.50.

It reads 'Lucky White Heather from Harrogate'
The side view with the beautiful enamelled lettering.
(The lid is enamelled too)

It measures 1.75" wide x 4" long x 1.5" deep, and has found a home on my dressing table :o)

Then I spotted another Wedgwood beauty, a spill vase 6.5" tall x 2.5" wide.  It was filthy!  But after a scrub and a soak in a mild solution of washing up liquid came up as good as new - £4

Lastly, as you know I'm a bit of a cat fan ;o) so when I spotted a set of six placemats for £2 did you really think I could resist?
Three of each design.

Here's the news/updates since my last post..
The pond has settled down well and the fish are happy.  The dear frogs have made a welcome return too.

A bit of sad news on the hedgehog front though.  Now Autumn is approaching we must keep an open eye out for 'late juvenilles' babies born in the last few months that stand no chance of making enough weight to over Winter.  I've had one visiting for a few weeks now, and have been keeping a good eye on it.  I knew that the time was coming to catch him and get him to the rescue centre to be over-Wintered safely.  The other (cold and windy) morning I was in the garden when one of the dog walkers who pass our house regularly told me that there was a little hog in the middle of someone's lawn further up the road.  I went up with her to investigate, it was the little one that had been visiting my garden.  It was asleep in a ball, in the open in daylight.  I picked it up and it seemed very cold to the touch, so I bought him home and put him in the 'rescue' box on a hot water bottle covered in paper and made him a nest with shredded paper before ringing Joan at the rescue centre.

(You can see from  the size of my thumb (top left) that he is only around 4.5" long.)

I 'phoned Joan and arranged to meet her at our local vet's (without whose help Joan wouldn't be able to run the rescue centre)  as she had to take to badly infected hogs there. The little mite never moved off the warmth, and I very much suspect he was hypothermic by the time I'd got him.  Craig (the vet) had to give him a whiff of anaesthetic to get him to uncurl.  Craig checked him over (yes, it was a male) and said it appeared to be okay with no obvious injuries, so Joan took him back home with her.  Sadly he never really came around and died in the night, even though Joan had him safely on a heat-pad.  I'm still wondering if it had eaten a slug that had eaten slug-pellets?   Not a good day for the hedgehogs, as the other two had to be put to sleep too.
Craig was so upset, and said sorry to the poor hogs as he gently administered the injections.
I still have healthy adults though, and continue to feed and watch them each night.  (And happily Joan has a lot more success stories than sad endings. )

Now news on the photo's I didn't manage to take :o(

The one when I spotted a field mouse taking a long drink from the pond - and the next day when it was back again... Soon though - soon!.
The two tiny baby field mice that I disturbed in the dry-stone wall :o(  Put safely back in their nest though.

Last Saturday in Nottingham city centre.  It was my birthday and I went shopping with dear daughter - and didn't take one photo of the most beautiful buildings - doh!  Though I did have a lovely day :o) with lunch in The Pit & The Pendulum The BEST Goth pub!  (Kim, if you haven't been it's a must ;o))  and with two lunches for £8 a bargain.

This week Hubs and I are planning a day on a beach somewhere, anywhere in fact!  I just NEED a breath of fresh sea air.

Don't forget to leave a comment for the draw.  'See' you all on Monday 24th.

Best wishes


Liz said...

Aw, poor wee hedgehog. Love all your finds, especially the pink plate. Please put me in for the draw.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Vintage Jane said...

What a sad tale. Did you get my message about our visitor? We haven't seen it again since but suspect it is living behind our neighbour's shed.
Belated Happy Birthday and so glad you had a lovely day.
I'd love to enter your giveaway.
M x

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Rose,

Happy Belated Birthday!! I didn't realize you were a September birthday, because so am I. In fact, today's my birthday. :) I hope your day was prettier than mine; it's raining cats and dogs here.

I'm so sorry about the hedgehog babies. They're so tiny and sweet. I'm glad you have more success stories than losses.

Well Rose, you know I'm a follower. :o) I'd love to win your giveaway; the apron and crocheted table center are wonderful, and the little hoggies are darling! I, too, love all those stately crowns. You also found some nice new goodies for your home. That Wedgwood Jasper Ware vase is a beauty.

I tried to correct my no reply blogger, but just in case, my e-mail is:

Have a wonderful time at the seaside, Rose!



sarahlouisa said...

Wow some very nice finds! Love the plate. I'd like to be entered into the draw, please!


greenthumb said...

How sad for the little hog, at least you gave him a chance. Happy birthday for the other day. I love the look of that apron, put me in please.

Sharing Shadymont said...

You sure did find some great items. I love the hairpin box!

ann said...

Sad little hedgehog, but you did your best. I do admire your efforts to save the little creatures. I'd love to be entered in your drawing. You know I am Brit geek.

Leanne said...

poor little thing, so so sorry Rose.

belated happy birthday for last saturday, from another september baby! (mines this saturday!

Dont put me in for the draw, As much as i love my country very much, I am not overly fond of all the red white and blue so its better it goes to someone who would really appreciate it! Hope you understand :-)

Leanne x

ted and bunny said...

dear Rose,

please don't enter me in the draw, but good luck to everyone else!

Sad to read about the little hogs.

We don't have them here anymore as badgers have taken over the territory and they like nothing more than a tasty hedgehog snack, but wayback we had a family living by the rockery- parents and 3 little "scrubbing brushes" who used to potter down at dusk, come in to the utility room and eat the cat food.
This over-population of badgers does have a lot to answer for!

Wishing you a good week ahead, and a very happy belated birthday

Jenny Short said...

My daughters used to love the hedgehog of Beatrix Potter. Now I have one that guards my hedges in Holland. Welcome to my blog. xo Jenny