Every year, when the catkins appear, I am reminded of Enid Blyton’s wonderful stories that I read over and over as a child. I have kept those books. Parting with them would be like losing special treasure.
I last mentioned the catkins from Enid Blyton’s The Fairy Kitten story which can be found here. This time it’s The Little Mewing Man from The Adventures of Pip. I love the drawing of this rather peculiar looking man who sits at the foot of the pussy willow tree and plays a tune on his flute. As the furry buds of the pussy willow swell and grow into the little kittens they all run over to him and he puts them into a sack. Pip isn’t happy about this but their fate is not disclosed. I kind of hope The Little Mewing Man takes them to live with the fairies 😉 x