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Hedgehog Rescue saving Itchee & Scratchee now available on Kindle

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The cover for the new book Saving Itchee & Scratchee

Left Out in the Cold


Two baby hoglets, left out in the cold,

Poor little dwts, they’re not very old.

Their Mam and Dad

have gone to sleep for the winter,

So Scratchee must look after

His little sister,

Itchee’s her name, and she is so small,

Only about two inches tall.

Scratchee must find a place to

keep her warm,

Somewhere they won’t come

To any harm,

Where there’s plenty of water,

And some food for them too,

They need help very soon,

But help from who?

The World We Live in…poem by Dharma

The World We Live In

My heart aches for a world filled with peace, so much sadness and destruction,
I cannot take any more.
I get up in the morning and put a smile on my face,
I watch things on the news and I feel disgrace.
How can I smile when the grimness of life for others hurts me so much?
How can I eat my food and not feel guilty for the starving millions?
How can I waste water having a bath or a shower when others have no
clean water even to drink?
Dying of malnourishment and dying because of contaminated water,
All over the world this is happening to real human beings and what do I do?
Carry on as normal and put a smile on my face.
The children are crying, their parents are dying,
The Parents are crying, their children are dying,
But the world carries on as normal,
And I get up every morning and put a smile on my face.
Wars are raging everywhere, haunted faces staring “Why doesn't anyone care?”
Fear and terror is their living nightmare “Why doesn't anyone care?”
We care, but we choose to look away, “we're not affected” people say,
So we get up every morning, put a smile on our faces and get on with our day.

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There are soo many things in and around us everyday that go unnoticed, things that we used to love when we were a child but have now grown up and just don’t see anymore. We have become blind, oblivious to them.
Today, I took a trip to “Dialogue in the Dark”. For a complete hour, I was blind and guided by a charming blind man. To say that it was an experience I can hardly describe in words is an understatement. What he said right at the end touched me the most.
“In the dark, we guide you. Similarly in the light, please guide us.”
So today’s post is dedicated to the little living beings around us whom we love, but have just forgotten or have turned a blind eye because we just become too preoccupied or busy.

“Hey Mr Universe, My Heart is so sad, Has everyone in this world gone mad!
So much destruction all over the nation, Whole countries suffering Death and Starvation.
What has happened to cause all this pain?That people kill for power and gain.

A human life was once a precious gift, But the world’s leaders are causing a rift,
Amongst their own people, amongst their own kin, When will they realise to kill is a sin.
Despair and hunger go hand in hand, What happened to tilling, and feeding by hand,
Not drilling for oil, Or killing for spoil.

Where can it lead? There are people to feed,
but no! They want power, Don’t they know poor people cower,
Down to extremists, religion, dictators, Where’s all this damage going to take us?

Nature will fight back, she knows she is owed, Floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, Volcanoes
ready to explode.
Each country has suffered, but people look away, Some try to help, but sometimes there’s no
We all once were brothers, not separate, not others.
Something terrible’s happened for life to be lessened.

Taken for granted, rich people play, Whilst poor people shrink into nothing each day.
What does the future hold for us all? If we ignore all the signals, we’ll all surely fall,
The balance is threatened, so called progression, We worry each day and talk of recession.
Whilst elsewhere it seems there is deliberate ferocity, Killing and maiming just two such
Dignified people these nations once were, Now only murder and genocide occur,

What must they think of their fellow man, Letting their children die while they can,
Do something to help them, there must be a way, Help us, please help us do something today.
Before Mr. Universe looks down on us all, And tells us and shows us, we’re all going to fall,

The rich and the famous, the mighty, the poor, Will anyone be here after the mighty core,
Has exploded, imploded, and waged its own war, Upon mankind as a whole, the great Gaia
takes its toll,
Ferocious anger will be released, no humans able to stop this mighty beast,
Save our people, before it’s too late, Help us to save them and all will abate!”

The first 5 entries were made at our facebook group. Join our group to submit your works too!
The last entry is by Judy Laylo. You can find her blog here:Thriving Thoughts
The poem was written by Baarbaara. Check out her blog here: Baarbara Sheep
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Baarbaara is hosting a POETRY COMPETITION  (closing date is 30th June) entitled “The Black Hole” which is to raise funds for their campaign against opencast mining . Details here

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A Fathers Day Tribute

Fathers Day


What can We say to the best Dad in the World,

We love you, you know that,

What is Love?

Loving is caring and sharing and not judging.

Loving is being there for one another,

In times of need, in times of sorrow, in happy times,

Love is the best,

Love takes over the rest,

Love makes everything alright,

Love helps you sleep well at night,

(So does a glass of Wine or Brandy Lol)

Love is a safe feeling that makes you feel warm,

Love is an anecdote that makes you feel calm.

Love is unconditional and true.

Love is You.


Anyone wishing to use this for Fathers Day is welcome.



Introducing another of our Prestigious Judges Dave Lewis – writer, poet, photographer

Dave Lewis is a writer based in Pontypridd, south Wales. He also lectures IT & Photography, designs web sites and writes a blog. He has always lived in Wales except for a short spell in Kenya in 1993-94.

He writes content for and still maintains many web sites, was web producer for the BBC Wales Scrum V fanzine, has run four hugely successful rugby sites with and used to write a newspaper column for the Pontypridd Observer. He has been published in a number of literary magazines and web sites.

He has had a varied existence to date, and also worked as a builders labourer, plastic engineer, financial advisor, zoologist, doorman, software engineer, actor (one Bollywood film!), schoolteacher, librarian and cyber cafe manager – almost enough for a book one might say!

He hasn’t given up dreaming of being a billionaire philanthropist, not even when his first offspring came along, but may have to settle for an easier life writing poems in the woods.

As well as being a writer Dave is also a keen photographer. He likes to combine poetry and photography and also uses Adobe Photoshop to design his own book covers.

He has been exhibiting and selling his work locally since 1995, has his own Flickr account and recently set up the Gartholwg Camera Club group. His main areas of interest are travel, wildlife and urban decay.

He has also sold his work to local businesses in the south Wales area.

You can purchase and use his images by contacting him direct or by searching Picture Nation where he has a growing collection of stock photography.


In 2005 Dave cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats, for Ty Hafan. He is a keen walker and helped lead a school expedition to Ecuador. He has published six books to date, including a crime thriller love story set in various locations around south Wales.

In 2007 he set up and organised the first ever Welsh Poetry Competition, an international poetry competition aimed at encouraging the wealth of creative writing talent that we know exists in Wales but currently languishes in the doldrums.

His books can be bought direct from this web site, from most good book stores and are also available online with Amazon Kindle and other platforms. His latest release is a haiku collection. At the moment he is working on a sequel to his first novel, set mainly in Africa.

After all, life is short and time is elastic 🙂

via Dave Lewis – writer, poet, photographer.