Christmas stocking | Peter Matthews

Susie squirrel’s stocked her larder

Finding food is getting harder

Little ones and Dad to cater

Hoping stocks don’t dwindle later

Every year it’s left to her

When it’s cold Dad’s loathe to stir

But in their drey they’re warm and cosy

Little kits think life is rosey

Actually, this isn’t true

‘cause this ain’t what the squirrels do!


(Squirrels have a litter of 2-4 babies, called kits or kittens, normally in February or March.  Older female squirrels may produce a second litter in August. The babies will leave the nest at three months of age.)

Peter Matthews, a country boy at heart, lives with his wife in the suburbs of Nottingham, England.  His greatest achievement is that he has aged fairly gracefully but has avoided growing up.  Peter has written poetry from the age of sixteen and blogs regularly at

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