Well seasoned story stands test of time for Lewis mum

Anna Oighrig (Annetta) Nicaoidh with her published book.

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A Lewis lady has had her much loved children’s story published 32 years after telling the tale to nursery pupils in Inverlochy.

Written by Anna Oighrig (Annetta) Nicaoidh, Little Miss Daisy, and her four seasons, was first written on loose leaf paper, the majority of which were scattered over the writer’s home and to all extents and purposes lost.

‘The original idea was drummed up in a very short space of time,’ said Annetta. ‘I was attending a parent-led pre-school in the Braxy Hall, Inverlochy, when we were given the task of presenting specified topics to the children. One of the other parents was asked to do the seasons of the year and didn’t really fancy it so I rushed home and quickly scribbled down what was to be the beginning of Little Miss Daisy.’

Thanks to Annetta’s husband John the ‘lost’ pieces of paper were gathered together and the story has now been transformed into a delightful illustrated book.

‘I was getting increasingly frustrated on finding that some children had no understanding of the seasons and the story was mentioned now and again, so John asked me why I didn’t just send it off to a publisher.

‘I didn’t really think it was good enough to be published so didn’t bother but then John took it on himself to do it for me.’

Little Miss Daisy follows the title character through the seasons.

Underneath the oak tree Little Miss Daisy is waking from her winter rest, opening her petals and basking in the sunshine.

At the end of the year, when the ground is white with snow, Little Miss Daisy will be tucked up once again in her bed waiting for the spring.

‘I’m thrilled with the finished product, now he just has to stop me giving it away to everyone,’ added Annetta.

Born on the Isle of Lewis, Annetta completed her nurses training and moved to Glasgow to take a post in Glasgow Royal Infirmary. She met and married John and the couple had two sons, one who now lives in Canada and one in Glasgow.

Little Miss Daisy is available to buy at Stockwell Publishers, Waterstones, Amazon and eBay.