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Brambly Hedge was possibly my best friend as a young child
on 15 January 2017
Brambly Hedge was possibly my best friend as a young child.
I would spend hours upon hours reading the books, and then i would re-enact them alone, finding whatever props i could in the small Paris rooftop flat i grew up in, just so i could make-believe the cosy, mellow, sweetly sensual, magical, and welcoming world of Brambly Hedge.
I dreamed of candied violets, spring flowers, sparkling ice halls, and lush summer cakes, whilst below me, the loud busy city rushed past.
My father helped me draw and write up my own Brambly Hedge story, which i then sent to Jill Barklem...and months later she wrote back, telling me how she had read my story to her children !!
In Winter Story, what captivated me the most were the evocations of cosy wintry evenings by a crackling fire, and the spectacular ice ballroom. No wonder i dream of seeing the Ice Hotel in Jukkäsjärvi, in Swedish Lapland!