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Here you will find out how the Policeman Pete book series came to life. Discover the most recent stories of Policeman Pete and his friends and enjoy a photographic journey of Saddleworth through the lens of photographer Adam Hegab.
This short story was based upon the winter of 1963 which saw the country in the grip of severe snowfalls and record breaking cold temperatures. January and February saw many of the Saddleworth villages cut off for days on end. Many of the homes had no electricity as the overhead cables had collapsed under the weight of freezing snow. More than ever the camaraderie and neighbourly support was felt…
This short story happened to one of our ducklings who we call Cheeky. He had been pushed out of the nest so we had hand reared him in the farm house next to the Aga. My two children Sarah and Adam took great care of him and did put on the orange flippers with much fun to encourage the chick to follow orange feet. He was lately successfully re-introduced to his family.
This short story happened a few years ago to one of the farm labourers as he was working on repairing a dry stone wall. The frog actually jumped down the front of his shirt to the great amusement of his co-workers.
The winter of 1993 saw record temperatures dropping rapidly causing the pond next to the farm yard to freeze over very quickly. The two geese were actually rescued by straddling a long ladder from the bank to the island and my husband from the safety of the ladder broke up the ice freeing the two geese.
A few years ago to mark our twenty-fifth Wedding Anniversary my husband had an ornamental pond made in the garden and placed within it twenty-five goldfish. Then over the coming weeks I noticed that the grey heron had started to appear around the little garden pond. As I paid closer attention I saw him pinching one of the goldfish.
This little story, which is actually my favourite, happened to a lamb that had a difficult delivery. As I had already wrote Book One about sheep I decided to substitute the lamb with a calf. The local sheep farmer was delighted with my husband’s handy work of putting a Plaster of Paris splint on the lamb’s broken leg. The lamb made a perfect recovery.
This story occurred down at the stables when my daughter and her friends had laid out their sandwiches in foil wrapping on the bales of hay. A short time later there was a sudden commotion as a magpie swooped down taking the foil wrapping, sandwich as well.
Friends of the family have a Hermann Tortoise, he is a great adventurer and does often disappear. He can usually be found in the garden hedgerow or the flower beds. He is a great character.
The inspiration for this book came one cool evening in September. I had asked my son Adam to go down to the wood pile and bring a couple of logs to put on the wood burner. Many minutes later, Adam came back huffing and puffing saying that he had just been really spooked by a small hedgehog that had made its way under the logs!! As Adam began to fill the wood basket, the logs in the wood pile began…
This is lovely story about my dear hens, that all had their own little characters. Freckles was always disappearing, as she seemed to be forever broody and made a perfect mum.
This is a very special book that happened by chance as I met up with Sue, Nicola Hughes's mum, at a charity fund raising event in Diggle. For those who do not know, Nicola Hughes was one of the brave young policewomen who was tragically killed whilst on duty with Fiona Bone on 18 September 2012. Sue shared with me her favourite story that had happened to Nicola whilst on a night shift. This book…
My father, who is now 80 years of age has always made various contraptions over the years. This story is about a squirrel feeding table that he had put together that was actually crow and magpie-proof. Yes, the squirrel was so clever that dad used to say he deserved an Oscar. And so, the name stuck.
Book 13 remembers how in the past the Christmas trees were all delivered to the various Saddleworth villages. I remember my own children found this to be a most exciting time as in their minds, this tradition depicted the start of the festive season.
Inspired by a close friend, who over the years has donated many hours of balloon flying time to local charities, Policeman Pete and The Hot Air Balloon is about friendship, which sees Policeman Pete, Sarah, and Adam being taken on a hot air balloon flight for Policeman Pete's birthday.
This story is about one of our mares, called Annie, who had an early delivery of a beautiful foal, while still out in the field.
This story actually happened, but involved Sarah's (my daughter) pet lamb, called Bubbles. Sarah was 4 years old at the time, and completely misunderstood that, when the local farmer said that the lambs were going to market, he did NOT mean hers. She took off and hid with the lamb.