Nature in the Home: Autumn Week 5

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One of my favourite books is Roald Dahl’s Danny Champion of the World. I loved it when I was younger and will treasure the memories of reading it to Louis each night when we first moved to the countryside.

It’s a wonderful book made all the more magical by the fact that our cottage sits right on the edge of a wood just like the one Danny’s dad poaches and, like Danny’s wood, ours is FULL of pheasants. Louis and I have discussed just how much sleeping powder we’d need to pop into a raisin, we know what time of night we’d need to go and we have concocted all sorts of getaway plans if we were caught. Of course, we’ll never enact our plans - poaching simple isn’t our game (!), but it’s fun to imagine Danny and his Dad creeping through our little wood.

At the weekend, the boys went into the woods with their friend and came back full of wide-eyed stories about finding a pheasant’s feather and coming across a supposed poacher’s trail. They came back with their mini-poachers’ loot and handily gave me a subject for this week’s Nature in the Home.