A most enjoyable morning

by Helen on August 21, 2014

Yesterday I was very busy all day working hard on the September Magazine.  It’s coming along very nicely and I’m particularly pleased with the cover – featuring my new 21st century Bustle & Sew bunny ….

But while I was very happily occupied, somebody else was feeling a little bored and fed up with the lack of attention….

“Come and play, or what about a lovely walk, come on … puhleeese Muuuummm …..”  

So today I took them both on one of their favourite expeditions – down to the River Avon at Loddiswell.  The river runs clear and cold down from Dartmoor and there’s a beautiful path through woodland alongside, perfect for a gentle relaxing stroll.  But have I ever experienced a gentle relaxing stroll along this path? No.  I have not.  This is because I am towed along by two over-excited, impatient-to-get-in-the water Newfoundlands rather faster than I would choose to travel!  I can’t let them run loose too early as the river banks are very steep and although they’d get into the water absolutely fine, I am not at all sure they’d be able to get out again very easily.  But eventually we reach the wide curve in the river where there’s a lovely shallow shingle beach.   Leads come off and there’s a mad dash for the water …..

River Avon at Loddiswell, Devon

If you’d like to see the image above in a larger format, then please just click on it to view in Flickr.  I wanted to show you how beautiful the river is so took a whizzy panoramic shot on my phone.  I don’t know if you can make out the Newfies – Ben is on the left digging for river stones, while Daisy is paddling around looking for sticks.

As you can see, he’s quite back to his usual self again… collecting some really very large stones – almost too heavy for me to easily pick up.  I took a shot of his collection (he likes to arrange them neatly on the shoreline) next to my feet so you could see their size …

All those large rocks are the stones Ben has retrieved from the river bed!  Hope he doesn’t break another tooth.  Then home for a little sewing. …

This time for Rosie.  She’s asked for a new dress and chosen the Camber Dress from Merchant & Mills.  I’m really enjoying this pattern – there is a most interesting yoke construction and set in sleeves, so lots to think about while the Newfies slumber after their walk.

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Baa. xxx August 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Wow! He’s a real rock hound.

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Brenda J. Moore August 21, 2014 at 10:59 pm

You have to love a dog that looks for rocks. LOL That just cracks me up! What an idyllic spot to stroll through.
Cheers from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

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Helen August 24, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Thanks Brenda – he is a bit of a goofy canine! xx

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Linda B August 22, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Ben’s stones are HUGE! He looks so happy and proud to be mineral collecting once again, and since I too am a rock lover, really makes me smile. I think we’re kindred spirits! The Sept magazine cover looks very intriguing….as does the muffin recipe. Can’t wait for my issue!
XX Linda

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Helen August 24, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Hi Linda, thanks for your kind comments – I can TOTALLY recommend the muffin recipe (well I did have to trial it first of course!) xx

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Lynn Claridge August 22, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Bless ‘em! Such fun they are having in a very beautiful spot. Having those two newfies about must be similar to having young children :)
xx

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Helen August 24, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Hi Lynn, a bit I guess! xx

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Kathy August 22, 2014 at 10:23 pm

I can’t tell you how much I enjoy all yours posts about Ben & Daisy. I too am a hugh animal lover.
Thanks for the smiles.
Kathy
kfreddss@yahoo.com

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Laura Lee August 23, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Good to see Ben looking so happy! Love, love, love that fabric and pincushion house. My gosh you have talent Helen!

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Julie August 24, 2014 at 7:50 am

Glad Ben is back to his old self
Julie xxxxxxx

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Helen August 24, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Thanks Julie x

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