Last Wednesday something unexpected happened during my walk in the amsterdamwoods.

On my way back to my bike I noticed something small scurrying between the fallen leaves.
It was a young hedgehog!

It was almost noon, not the time for a young hedgehog to be up and about since they
are nocturnal animals ✨

At first glance it looked okay. It was pulling at a particular large fallen leaf 🍁
Then I noticed several huge blowflies on the little one and knew this wasn't a good sign.
Also it wasn't scared of me at all, I was even able to touch it.
Only when I picked it up to take it to a shelter it put up its prickly spines for a bit. I rolled it in a
totebag I had with me and asked for a box at pancake restaurant meerzicht which was closeby.
This very nice gentleman provided me with a box with hay 😊

The hedgehog made itself comfortable and I stepped on my bike with the box under my arm.
It was almost an hour by bike to the shelter.
At the shelter they found it was covered in fleas, ticks, blowfly eggs and freshly hatched
maggots!! The maggots were on the little ones eye making attempts to eat it.

As this was the case I was just in time saving the poor little hedgehog. If I hadn't found it and
taken it to the shelter the maggots would have eaten it alive!!

Next day I checked with the shelter if it had survived the night and luckely it had.

I decided that this event deserved two pages in my forestdiary 💗
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To be honest, spiders are not my favourite critters but look at the pattern on this lady!!
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At first glance nothing and then they are everywhere, fairy caps, or trooping crumble
caps, or in Dutch 'zwerminktzwammen'.
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Last September I started a new project, a Forest Diary. It's not going to have daily entries,
it's going to be a drawn note of what I've seen during my walks.

Since nature is so important to me (and the world!) and such a great inspiration I want
to make a fun diary in which I draw the things I saw in the woods on that particular day.
he first entry is about red gnome hats, toadstools, green rooftops and a little toad I found
on the bicycle path.

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At this moment I have no idea what direction my life is going. Still not sure about what is
going to happen with my job and because of that not knowing if and when I will need to start
giving my own classes.

A few things I do know, I need to paint, draw and print what I want or need to make.
Last couple of years I started to do the ‘business-thing’.
Writing my blog every week, keeping my website up to date, sending out monthly
newsletters, having a webshop, start on Etsy and Society6, posting on Facebook, posting on
Instagram etc. etc.

But in the end it didn’t do much for me. It just costs me very important making time…
So I might become a bit more silent online, I just want to make, I don’t want to take into
account size, colour, what people might like or dislike. Just make.

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