Hopalong Hollow....

Hopalong Hollow, where the Blueberries grow sweet, and the moss feels soft beneath your feet.

Friday, July 6, 2018

What's in the workbasket?

 I have a wide sampling of Hopalong Hollow folk I am working on this week. Mice, bear, fox, rabbit and lots of birds, in varying degrees of progress..

Heads waiting in line for limbs.....bodies......tails.

A swan who's feet are WAY to small waits for foot surgery so that he can stand properly.

 But I've been sidetracked and 
I'm trying a shore bird, as I have never made one...

Aside from having longer legs,

and a longer thinner beak,

They aren't much different than making any other bird....
 Except for an OWL.....
 I think I shall make a little barn owl next, the swan will have to wait for his feet enlargement.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Loving America

With all the discord and loathing we see these days from the America bashers, I ask you to  take a moment and consider all the good things about your country, this country,
on her 242nd Birthday.
 I may just overload you with some Patriotism today in the form of music.
These little kids have learned to honor America and to be proud of their heritage.
 When I was a student, we were actually taught to love our country.... instead of disparaging  it; as seen in so many colleges today.

For the more discerning music tastes here is the US army Band and Chorus, performing the same song.

God Bless America 
by KATE Smith

God Bless the USA!


  America the Beautiful
 Did you sing any of these songs when you were in school? We sang all of them!

  Wherever you live in this world, I hope you live in a country that you love too

Monday, June 11, 2018

Book Signing and Open Garden here in Hopalong Hollow on June 22-23

Pippity Trimble will have her first Book Signing of the year, here in Hopalong Hollow. You are invited to come, walk the country gardens, meet  our menagerie and view or purchase any  merchandise in my VERY TINY shop.
The cost of the new book is $15.

I am sure the ducks will be sociable...and maybe the peacocks will strut a bit..

Pippity's manor house will be on display, although only one of her rooms have been renovated so far. She is working on the others, very slowly and deliberately.

 I've filled my tiny shop with goods and curiosities..

The address is:

We are easy to find on your GPS.   Just pull into the drive, it's a big one; Ring the iron bell loudly and come thru the picket gate. If you need additional directions to Our place, just email me here: jeri@jerilanders.com

 If you know what day you are coming or have not yet contacted me about your visit, please do verify so that I have an idea of how many will coming to the book signing.

 We haven't done much advertising aside from word of mouth so it will be a small gathering,  and that is just fine; gives me more time to talk with you and show you around the crazy and wild gardens.
  Hope to see you here in Hopalong Hollow!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

New Books are here!

So exciting to see pallets of new books, a week early!
" PIPPITY TRIMBLE and the Cunning Green Stranger"

5000 books in 50 cartons of 102 books.... there were 26 overruns

  They look really nice on my table...

 But they look even better after they've been signed and carefully packed...
 AND sent out to all of you that pre-ordered your book!
 You should have your books very quickly.

Each book is signed with a message and tiny line drawing....
  I certainly appreciate your patronage my friends!
 Anyone can order a book off my website here:

 Come to my book signing/ open garden, here at the Hollow on June 22-23rd!

Monday, May 7, 2018

The trouble with ducks....

         Oh the trouble with ducks! We brought home 4 female ducks today, to make up for the over-population of Drakes ( male ducks) . As much as I love duckies, the males have a dark side... if you're a lone female duck during mating season, WATCH OUT! A group of 6 males and one lone female, (which is what we were down to), spells certain suffering for the poor little gal. THAT is why I purchased  4 more females, to even things out a bit.

 This should have been a happy experience, as I love introducing new "family members" to the Hollow. But alas, after bringing them home from a long ride in a large cardboard box, the gals were anxious and confused. As soon as I opened the box top to put them in a temporary pen, THEY FLEW out of the box and OVER the temp fence. Well, that was bad enough, but hey, they caught sight of the drakes and began to tag after them. Good, thinks I, all is well.  NOT SO!
I turned my back on them for 15 minutes to tend to a chore,
and when I went looking for the new gals, they were nowhere to be found!
 I searched our enclosed property high and low, all the drakes were accounted for, but no girls.
 Fiona Goosefeathers, my wonderful nanny goose, was honking her head off in the direction of the woods behind a small pond; but, how could they be there? That fence is intact, duck proof and 5 ft tall. Domestic ducks aren't supposed to fly... but apparently, my new girls had picked up the habit, because they WERE in the WOODS, BEYOND THE FENCE... I could hear quacking.  How in the heck am I going to capture little ducks lost in the woods??!!! This is an impossible task. Unlike puppies and small children, new ducks DO NOT come when called, they run in the opposite direction. First, I have to find them, and 2 of them are tan colored, blending into the leaves and bark on the woodland floor. I lifted the wire fence and squeezed beneath it on my belly. I am wearing my nice leather red maryjane shoes, with slippery bottoms, Bermuda shorts and a short sleeved shirt. I don't have time to change my clothes, I don't have time to grab my gloves and  pruners to cut away all the brambles and wild roses,because TIME is of the essence when little ducks are in the woods, they could be ANYWHERE by now. After 10 minutes of climbing up ravines and scrambling through thorny brambles, I plead with God to help me find those little ducks. I turn my glance toward a jumble of fallen branches and there they are, huddled together in a bunch, quiet as a stone! That, of course was not the end of it, we still had to capture them and it took James and I at least 45 minutes to finally maneuver them to and thru a fence leading to the meadow. Scratched and Bloodied, poison ivied, filthy, and sweaty...that was me after this ordeal. James fared a little better.
 AND STILL, one duck was missing.
 I had to quit, I went upstairs to wash off the poison ivy and I prayed again.." Lord, I know it is a small and insignificant thing... in the scheme of life, but you said that not even a sparrow falls from the sky that the Heavenly Father does not take notice... so, if it is your will, please bring that last little duck back home". I kid you not, within an hour, our dogs were barking at some commotion beyond the northern meadow fence. I knew something was up, ran over to check and heard the loud quacking of duck number 4!  She was trapped between the walls of a fallen and bent wire fence, just waiting to be rescued! I could hardly believe it... but it happened. We have some neighbor dogs, who are NOT NICE to small creatures and she was in the meadow adjoining THEIR property... they would have certainly killed her.
 With great thankfulness, I calmly retrieved her from her "prison" and HELD her firmly, carried her back to her sisters and released her into the PROPER meadow.
Today, all is quiet in the HOLLOW, we have recuperated from our trying experience and the dear little troublemakers are happily  waddling among the grasses with the drakes... and their new nanny, Fionna Goosefeathers... as if nothing had happened. But I know better.

Monday, April 30, 2018


  OFF on an adventure, Lars, Louis and Sir Hugh... can you guess who is who?

 I took their picture in a hurry, so it isn't that good...but they were moving so fast I could scarcely focus the camera.

 I will attempt to get a group photo when they return from their expedition.... I knew they were anxious to be off and away!

 Got a chance to use my zoom lens as they swept past me on the shore..
and I heard them singing a familiar tune.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Just waiting..

 I've been waiting on my books and working in my gardens. This is ALWAYS what the months of April and May look like for us. So,I really have nothing to post about except the garden work. I realize some of you do not garden, and may be thinking "Not another garden video!"
 Sorry, but that is the only thing going on in Hopalong Hollow at the moment.....
( I am probably mis-pronouncing "La belle Epoch" tulips)

Not just one, but two videos....