Someone’s missing …..

by Helen on July 7, 2014

Today we went down to South Milton Sands.  I had some forgotten bits and pieces (including two unopened bottles of champagne – woo hoo!) to pick up from The Barn after the wedding reception, and thought it would be nice to fit in a trip to the beach as well.  The beach was stunning as always, and not at all busy as we were there quite early.  I say we … but someone was missing …..

There was no playing at speedboats – “that’s no fun by yourself” thought Daisy …

And no charging in and out of the waves.  Just a wistful gazing out to sea, hoping her big brother would somehow miraculously appear.  We both missed the big furry one – and he’s not home yet :(

This is because Ben is spending the day at the vet for a couple of minor operations.  His eyes have been very red and itchy and he’s suffered a series of infections – apparently as he’s got older his eyes have become baggier (I can so relate to this!) and his bottom eyelashes are turning inwards irritating his eye.  Luckily this is a minor procedure and the problem can easily be corrected.  But poor Ben is also having a big back tooth extracted – it has cracked and decay has set in.  He has been very quiet for the past few weeks, and although he hasn’t shown any sensitivity in that area I think it is causing him some discomfort.  So he’s going to be very sore when he returns home and Miss Daisy will need to be gentle and considerate until he’s feeling better.

So to take my mind off poor Ben, I decided to assemble the first project for the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – and began by painting a hoop (something I promised myself I wouldn’t do again for quite some time after we painted nearly a hundred for the wedding!).  Then after binding the bottom part and inserting my embroidery it fitted beautifully snuggly as a lid for one of the Ikea jars left over from the wedding sweet table ….

Useful as well as beautiful (to paraphrase William Morris!).  And it’s sitting on some of the blocks for my new quilt.  I might need to go and piece some more now to occupy myself whilst waiting for the vet to call and tell me it’s time to pick up Ben, who will need a lot of tlc over the next few days.  The pattern for my button jar top, as well as instructions for assembling it into a well-fitting jar lid, will be in the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.




Happy Fursday!

by Helen on June 12, 2014

We are very pleased to report that although Mum’s super-busy right now, she still finds time to take us to the beach!


Thought for the day

by Helen on April 27, 2014

Thank you so much to everyone who left birthday wishes for Master Benjamin earlier this week.  I had a lot of fun looking at all my pictures of Ben through the years which reminded me what a gentle, loving and faithful dog he is.  He adores his little sister Daisy, though she teases him unmercifully, and so I added a quote I found online to this photo of one of their early trips to the beach together ….

Hope you approve!


Early morning at Beesands

by Helen on February 20, 2014

This morning I awoke very early to hear (yet again) the sound of the rain beating against my bedroom window.  My heart sank and I snuggled down beneath the covers for just a little longer (as I thought)!   Waking again some time later I was delighted to discover that a weak and watery sun was trying to push its way from behind the clouds – and by 8.30 was shining brightly in a blue sky.  So I loaded my furry friends into the back of my car and we headed off down to Beesands, just a few minutes from home.  Today the sea looked so calm and gentle …

It seems impossible that just a couple of weeks ago it was so destructive and violent.  I think I mentioned before that the road at Beesands had been washed away – and on this trip it was possible to see the full extent of the damage ….

Quite horrifying!  Beesands is a very popular destination for many of our summer visitors and if the road isn’t repaired there will be a definite impact on local businesses.  I don’t think it will be a very high priority though with so many more urgent repairs to carry out – and I’m not sure what will happen.  None of this bothered the Newfies of course, who were just happy to be back on the beach ….

Yes .. that’s Daisy launching an attack leap at poor long-suffering Ben.  He puts up with her very well!  I was delighted with a special beachcombing find this morning – this would have been a perfect Valentine image and was a definite “keeper.”

Then home again.  Daisy loves my new kitchen door and I rather like it too!  I’ve yearned for a stable door for some time and as my old door was completely rotten and had to be replaced I now have a beautiful shiny version.  And even nicer – it’s the perfect height for Miss Daisy to rest her furry paws upon while gazing at the world outside  ….


(Excuse the untidiness behind her – I’m moving and sorting everything out prior to a bit of redecorating)  Then, leaving Daisy and Ben snoring gently I headed upstairs for a little more sewing.  


 Another project for the March Bustle & Sew Magazine – all will be revealed very soon indeed!