The TARAGGAN Tale – Bargoed

Doris and her six hoglets

***  Doris and her six baby hoglets  ***

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A concrete jungle atop a mountain,

You made it beautiful, you made it bountiful.


Red and yellow and pink and blue,

A rainbow of colours and an Eco-loo.

A green-fingered glory with quite a story,

About those who have tended it and those who inhabit it.


A haven for the hedgehogs, who help keep slugs away.

After dark those spiky balls will all come out to play.

There’s Brychan and Gwladys and Doris and her brood,

Tummy’s grumbling they’ll wake up and search the grounds for food.


In the daytime welcome feathered friends, like Cheeky and his mates,

Who fly around and feast on fat-balls, nuts and juicy gnats.

And don’t forget Mice Manor, where voles are welcome too,

And the great Buggingham Palace, with creepy crawlies running through.


Buzzing bees and pollinators visit for the wildflowers,

And the sensory garden full of herbs with healing powers.


The bottle greenhouse is impressive, it’s the biggest of its kind,

Aluminium tool-sheds are packed with tools for you to find,

To till and sow and work the land

And grow great things by your own hand.


New potatoes, old potatoes,

Red and orange Tiger tomatoes,

Russian Kale and cabbage green,

Big orange pumpkins for Halloween.

Artichoke heads blowing in the breeze,

Fragrant flowers on tasty sweet peas,

Carrots that help you see in the dark,

Radishes that give your taste-buds a spark,

Onions for frying, so good you’ll be crying,

Beetroot for boiling and juicing and pickling,

A wonderful variety of lettuce hearts,

Succulent strawberries for jamming and tarts,

Fruit bushes laden, ripe for the picking,

Gooseberries, raspberries, blackcurrants for tasting.


Aesthetically pleasing and teaming with life,

Once wasteland, now fertile and blooming with growth.

A station for sitting, a scarecrow for scaring,

A spade man, planted, at the entrance, for guarding.   


As you stroll along the log lined ash path,

A feeling of peace comes to pass.

Touch the standing stones before you go,

And salute this project that continues to grow.


The TARAGGAN Tenants And Residents Association

Green Gym And Nursery, you are an inspiration.


Return of the Hedgehogs Itchee & Scratchee

Return of the Hedgehogs cover amazonNow Available on
Return of the Hedgehogs Itchee & Scratchee

Itchee and Scratchee have returned home after their winter in hospital, follow their adventures with Baarbaara and Poppy.  This is the second book in the hedgehog trilogy.  The first book “Hedgehog Rescue Saving Itchee & Scratchee” is also available on Amazon.  The final book will be available summer 2013.

 Return of the Hedgehogs

Itchee & Scratchee

“Do you remember Itchee & Scratchee?

Well, they’ve been in Hospital,

Where they were warm, safe and Happy,

And now the winter is over,

And the grass is in clover,

They’re coming home,

Where they’ll be free to roam,

Their captivity is at an end,

They can see their family and friends,

And their lives can now begin again.”


The Return of Itchee & Scratchee


What is the working title of your next book?

The Return of Itchee & Scratchee

Where did the idea for the book come from?

This is the second book in a trilogy about two baby hedgehogs we rescued from our garden last year.

What genre does your book fall under?

Children, Young Adults, Parents who like to read to their children and anyone who loves Hedgehogs.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a move rendition?

Baarbaara, Poppy and Itchee and Scratchee would play themselves, however cameo appearances from Shaun The Sheep and Bagpuss would be appreciated.

What is the one sentence synopsis for your book?

After spending the winter in hospital, Itchee and Scratchee are returned to their rescuers, now their adventures begin.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Self-Published, available on and as well as CreateSpace.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Approximately three months due to other commitments, should be finished by the end of January 2013.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

No specific book, but any wildlife rescue stories, or fun tales about animals.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The Hedgehogs that come to eat in our garden, from March to October.  They are so cute and their numbers are declining rapidly, due to heavy traffic, and people mistaking them for rodents.  They are becoming a protected species, so we need to help them.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Interesting facts such as they “DO NOT” have fleas, they can swim and they have very sharp teeth.

Other Books by the Author are available on or on the links below…..

Hedgehog Rescue saving Itchee & Scratchee now available on Kindle

Click here to purchase Saving Itchee & Scratchee Kindle version

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?

Hedgehogs are back..

Hibernation is over the hedgehogs have been turning up every evening for food, there are two so far, last year we had 2 adults and 3 babies, then another 3 babies after the bigger ones had hibernated, we brought them i as they were tiny, unfortunately one died in the night and the other two went to hedgehog hospital for the winter months, one was very poorly, but the volunteers at the hedgehog hospital in Pontlanfraith gave her antibiotics and injections to get rid of intestinal worms.

Hedgehogs need to be a  minimum of 750gms to survive the winter, the tiny one that died was approx 80gms, then 160gms and 220gms which is incredibly small and the people at the hospital were very surprised that they’d survived at all.


 This is the bigger of the two who survived nicknamed Scratchee.

Also Hedgehogs DO NOT have fleas, it is a total MYTH, they have mites which are host specific and can be treated easily by the vet or with powder used for birds.