Life In Devon

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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Remembering ….

by Helen on August 4, 2014

Today is of course the 100th anniversary of Britain’s entry into the First World War.   When I was a child, this conflict was still very much part of living memory and both my grandfathers fought in the trenches.  I never knew my father’s father – though I know he was wounded and always walked with a limp as part of his foot had been shot off.

I adored my mother’s father  - my Granddad.  He was captured in 1916 and held as a prisoner of war, though my grandmother didn’t know he was alive until the war ended and he came home again, as he was simply posted as “missing.”  I can only begin to imagine the joy she must have felt on his return.  He gave her a tiny silver heart that he’d kept all through that time which she wore on a bracelet for many years – and this year I stitched it into the inside of Rosie’s wedding dress to bring her and Dan good luck.

So in honour of my grandparents whose lives were affected by this terrible conflict, and all the others of their generation,  I’m posting this well-known poem by John McCrae today and will be switching off my lights at 11 pm tonight.

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Bunnies and Penguins

by Helen on August 1, 2014

Following on from my earlier post, I am delighted to report that Tilly is a lovely little baby dog – who absolutely adores the present Daisy chose so carefully for her …..

She’s coming to visit this weekend.  I do hope that she likes the Newfies and isn’t afraid of their great size.  I’ll be sure to let you know how it all goes.  One thing that did go smoothly and successfully – at the very first attempt(!) – this month was uploading the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.

I sent it out to all my lovely subscribers yesterday, so if that’s you and you haven’t received your copy then please do contact me soonest so I can sort out whatever has gone wonky this end.  And… as everything worked first time when uploading I had a bit of spare time yesterday.  Did I use that time to (a) tackle the rather large and precariously balanced stack of ironing that’s awaiting my attention (b) head outside to wage war on the bindweed that’s threatening to smother my rather lovely pink rambling rose or (c) play around with Pinterest and put together a rabbit themed board in honour of Emily and Arthur from this month’s issue?  I think perhaps you can guess the answer …..

Welcome to my Run Rabbit Run! Board.

I particularly like the rabbit crochet cushion and think it would look lovely on my sofa this winter.   I’m not very good at crochet, though Rosie is – I wonder if I could persuade her …….

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