Life In Devon

Sunday Baking

by Helen on August 30, 2014

I love this time of year as the summer begins to slip gently away, the days grow shorter and it will soon be time to light the log burner in the evenings.  In the garden there are apples ….

And the postman left a most interesting and eagerly-anticipated parcel for me in the log store ….

Some yarn and new needles for an autumn knitting project!  Rosie thinks I’ll look very funny in my hood – but I think it will be perfect to keep my ears warm when I’m out walking with the Newfies this winter …

And it’s cool enough now to get up close to the Aga and enjoy baking again.  Rosie and I both love to bake and so we’ve decided to include a new baking feature in the Bustle & Sew Magazine starting with this month’s issue.  I was so pleased when Rachel of Sunday Baking let us include her delicious recipe for Cinnamon and Nutella Muffins this month.

We had to try them first of course and I can guarantee they are ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!  Rachel’s blog is called Sunday Baking and I would definitely recommend a visit as she has some amazing recipes that I can hardly wait to try.  Rachel told me that ….

“The aim of Sunday Baking is to prove to everyone that anyone can bake. Nothing on my blog is too complicated and I try to break it down as simply as I can so anyone can follow the recipe. I want to share my passion with everyone!”

I think my next recipe to try from Sunday Baking will be this one ….

Apple & Cinammon Cake with a Crumb Topping 

Perfect for all those apples in my garden.  And wonderful served warm with a little cream when my friends come for tea.   Thanks so much Rachel, I’ll definitely be back for another look through your lovely Sunday Baking blog.

 

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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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Summer seems to have fled!

by Helen on August 19, 2014

Today I finally disassembled the wedding rose arch – summer seems to have fled – the evenings are drawing in and it’s sooo chilly in the mornings.  But it’s still only August and I’m not ready for autumn yet!  Most of the fields have now been cut and we’re enjoying the freedom of roaming across the stubble before they’re ploughed again later in the year.  It’s fun to walk along the hedgerows ….

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A fresh new perspective on “our” woods as now we can walk around the perimeter on the other side of the hedge.  And sometimes it’s fun to run and play among the enormous bales of straw – the newfies that is – and you can see how happy Ben is now his eyes are healed and his tooth is no longer there to hurt him ….

 There are autumnal flowers from my garden in my lovely mother-of-the-bride Emma Bridgewater jug ….

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Poppies around the edges of the newly cut fields ….

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And on my latest Pinterest board too (yes, I’ve been playing again!)

http://www.pinterest.com/bustleandsew/poppies/

But surely summer can’t be over yet – after all it’s still warm enough for swimming!

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Ask the Bunny

by Helen on August 8, 2014

August is, I always think, the month when the seasons begin to change again.  On the one hand the summer holidays are still in full swing, the sun is warm and the drowsy buzzing of the honey bees that smother my lavender plants makes a delightful soundtrack to an afternoon spent stitching in the summer house.  But there are late summer sunflowers in my lovely mother-of-the-bride jug and the roses in my garden are long past their best.  The fields are golden and farmers are bringing in the harvest late into the night ….

And the Newfies (who have watched far too many nature programmes) are pretending to be lions of the Serengeti stalking through the long grass up at Woodleigh woods …

Though these are apple trees, not acacia, there are green Devon fields in the background, and blackberries ripening in the hedgerows …

Autumn is only just around the corner.  But September is also a time of new beginnings, and we are definitely going to enjoy our new family member through the autumn months.  Tilly visited us last week and was very surprised to see the size of her new “cousins” the newfies …..

Doesn’t she have ENORMOUS ears!  Hope she grows into them!  Daisy absolutely LOVED her, and has appointed herself Tilly’s new “mum”.  They made friends straight away, and it was so comical to watch Daisy following her around making sure Tilly didn’t come to any harm.

And there are new beginnings at Bustle & Sew too.  I think I’ve already mentioned that Rosie is joining me to help make the website even nicer and the Magazine even bigger and better.  We have been playing around with all sorts of ideas and thought it would be nice to have a questions and answers session called “Ask the Bunny” from time to time.  We’ll include some on the blog here, as well as longer answers in the magazine……

But before we can prepare our answers – we need some questions!! So if there’s anything you’d like to ask – whether it’s about sewing techniques, patterns, materials 0r perhaps life here in Devon, living with newfies, setting up your website, running your own crafty business or anything else then please do contact me with your question.  I can’t guarantee I’ll have an answer, but perhaps another reader will know …..

Just leave a comment below or email me to “Ask the Bunny” and next week I’ll be back with a question and answer post for you to enjoy.

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