Eight months ago, Lucy received this ‘Holly Hedgehog’ toy as a Christmas present from my thoughtful friend Claudette.
This was a tiny, female version of Lucy’s much grubbier favorite toy, ‘Harley Hedgehog’ (she knows them all by name, and Harley is her de facto number one toy, a gift from her trainer Lezle that she has loved since her first birthday). Perhaps out of rivalry, Holly lasted about 20 minutes before vanishing without trace in my garden.
Now, much later, Lucy has presented me with this well-seasoned gift, caked in mud, and there is a huge hole under my jasmine bush where I suspect Holly has been hibernating all winter, spring and summer. Funny little girl.