While I was living in London, England, I saw the big grey squirrels for the first time. Apparently they’ve sort of taken over over there.
One of the first times I met them, there was a whole gang of them. It was in a church yard and they were quite aggressively demanding my sandwich of me. So aggressively, actually, that I had to leave.
After that, the little red squirrels of my home town became one of the little familiar things I missed, when I was feeling nostalgic.
I’ve been living back in my home town - Copenhagen, Denmark, for years and years now, but spotting one of the little red squirrels still makes me smile.
The other day I was sitting on a bus on a busy street, watching the hustle and bustle of city life when I looked up over the wall of a church yard and saw one of the little red, bushy tailed fellows holding an acorn and sitting in the branches of a pine tree. I instantly had the idea for this hat - and a big smile on my face.