Ben is a gentle, good-natured, friendly sort of dog who loves going out and about making new friends and catching up with old ones. We are used to people who are perhaps nervous of dogs crossing the road to avoid him, but we’re equally used to friendly folk descending upon him and with many oohs and aahhhs making a great fuss of him. But last week was a little different.
Once he was up on his paws again after his operations, I took him out with me for short walks around and about. He still had stitches in his eyes, and his face was partly shaved so he was definitely not looking his handsome best. But still .. I didn’t expect the totally audible comments of “Uurgh, how disgusting” and “Look at that dog it’s gross…” etc etc that he received from one or two people (not his local friends). And whilst he didn’t understand the words, he certainly picked up on the tone of voice, and his tail lost its cheerful curl and began to droop sadly. So I took him home again and he hasn’t been anywhere he might meet visitors for a while – though now his stitches are out and his eyes are nearly back to normal I think perhaps its time for him to venture a little further afield again. And in the meantime I stitched this ….
For no matter how odd Ben’s face looked after his operation, he was still the same loving, gentle dog inside, and as I’m sure we all know, the same is true for humans too. I hope you like it and the pattern will be in the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.
The weather has turned hot and sultry – there was thunder again last night which nearly drowned out the sound of Daisy’s snoring. She is not at all afraid of thunder, no – her worst fear is being left alone – quite alone that is, with neither her Big Bro nor I close at hand to cater to her every whim! She had to be brave yesterday however. I simply had to leave her home by herself for an hour while I took Ben to the vet to have his stitches out as it was far too hot for her to wait safely in the car during his appointment. Everything went well for Ben at the vet’s since as well as being highly skilled, our vet is very kind and patient, understanding that on such a hot afternoon a heavily-coated and slightly stressed large dog needed quite a few breaks during the lengthy procedure.
Today has been much more the sort of day the Newfies love as, after their early morning walk, we’ve spent most of our time in the summerhouse ….
Here’s a very relaxed and cheerful Ben! His eyes are still rather sore and swollen, but our vet assures me they will improve a lot over the next week or so. And notice the untidy muddle on the table behind him! This is what happens when somebody (me) with the attention span of a butterfly decides to spend a hot summer’s afternoon working outside.
On the table you mght spot no fewer than three projects for the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine. There’s the lid for my button jar, together with the DMC colour chart to help me write up the pattern. Then there’s my Poppies applique (more about that in a minute) and my current handstitching, as well as a half-drunk cup of tea, several magazines, the house phone, and more. But back to the poppies applique ……
It is of course the centenary of the beginning of the First World War next month and, as all my grandparents’ lives were affected by this conflict, I wanted to create a design to remember that generation. I wanted this design to be simple, but light and airy – reflecting my grandparents’ hope for the future rather than brooding on the horrors of war. To achieve this I chose bright colours and have combined sewing techniques that my grandmothers might have used as well as modern ideas. The poppies’ stems are all chain stitch, and the centres French knots whilst the petals are felt and freestyle machine applique. I think it has all come together well, and I’m planning make the finished panel into a cushion cover that will have pride of place on my living room sofa – well out of that naughty Miss Daisy’s reach.
And thinking of that furry whirlwind – I began this post with Daisy so it seems nice and tidy (unlike my summerhouse table!) to finish with her too……
“MUUUUMMMMMMM!!! I’m sooooooo bored with all this sewing! When can we GO TO THE BEACH???”
And what nicer way to celebrate than by scoffing cake!?! This project will be in the July issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – and will also be decorating Rosie’s cake table – in two weeks and two days time!