Gales Refugee Mrs Tiggywinkle and doings


Lovely Husband has been working in London where the hotels are stingy with the tea and coffee in the rooms.


So I have made him a 1940s themed tea/coffee wallet. Cover is a woven navy check.


Inside are dark red, navy blue and dark green Moda Essential Dots and Makower’s Union Jack fabric


Winter sunrise over our street.


Close up of the church tower at sun rise before the gales began.

We have what is being reported as a “weather bomb“.

Late last night the winds were 37mph and we’d had hail earlier. Squeak brought this little lady in, just before bed.

We’ve called her Mrs Tiggywinkle, well we have Hunca Munca in the garden so it seemed appropriate.


We set up accommodation on a reptile heat mat with newspaper bedding, meal worms and water. Hedgehogs/ draenog are having a rough time at the moment, please read this article for why and how you can help.


I am so glad we did as when I weighed her in the morning she was only 320g. Hedgehogs need to be 600g-650g in order to survive hibernation.


We gave her some pouched cat food in the morning which she ate noisily with gusto.


I think she was showing her appreciation. We have a rescue place sorted which will see her through the Winter.

My grandmother always said to help an animal when they ask, so we have.

Do remember your outside critters such as birds in these lean times for them. Just some seed and meal worms can feed a huge variety of wildlife.


So what should I eat when the wind is blowing and it’s icy cold outside?

It sounds like a Pot Noodle Day to me!

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  • You are such a kind hearted being! (Seems you are feeding the rescued better than yourself.) Your Mrs. T seems quite at home. Some people keep them as pets.
    Merry Christmas, Melanie

  • Deb says:

    Mrs Tiggy knew where to go in her hour of need, thats for sure. They are so cute. Great idea to give Brian the tea/coffee pouch.

  • Lynn says:

    My mother used to iron so much, she would say she felt like Mrs. Tiggywinkle!
    Good Squeak bringing her in to get warm (that’s what Squeak was doing with her right?) What a darling little creature. I think it’s admirable of you helping her, and wonderful that there is a rescue place. That was an interesting article. The pouch seems perfect, it’s very handsome.

  • Yvonne says:

    The hedgehog is very lucky to have you help it. Poor little mite being so underweight. She does need lots of TLC. What a great coffee/tea holder for DH.

  • Ulla says:

    Happy little hedgehog, found by the rescuer hound and brought to your capable hands.
    The tea/coffee wallet is so useful and it looks good.

  • Anne-Lise says:

    A cute little visitor! So happy you could help.
    The tea pouch is a great idea!

  • Dear Melanie,
    great rescue, you are so awesome. Lovely finish for your husband as well.

  • Michele says:

    Love the tea wallet and the pictures you took! What a sweet hedgehog! You are so nice to be looking out for them.

  • Tracy says:

    Hi, Melanie! So happy to catch up with you here too post-travels! LOVE the tea wallet–espcially the Union Jack fabric! ;o) Why is it that hotels are so stingy with the tea/coffee packets?! Hope your hubby’s new job goes well. :o) I just love the sunrises and sunsets of winter–they are some of the most special of the year, I think–especially for all the extra pink in the sky…*sigh*… We’re been having weird weather here too. We swing from windy, rainy, mild, then to cold and frosty. Oh, but Miss Tiggywinkle is sooo sweet! So glad you were able to find a rescue shelter for her to go to, and that she will make it–happy that! Thank you for the gentle reminder to keep our fellow creatures in mind these season, so we all tend to one another. :O) Happy Days as you make ready for the holidays!! ((HUGS))