When I first began Bustle & Sew I had absolutely no idea how many different skills I would have to learn over the years. Although I could already sew and embroider of course, my skills have developed tremendously and I’ve learned so much from other keen stitchers who so generously share their knowledge online. But sadly running a (very) small business isn’t just about sewing …. I’ve become reasonably proficient in photoshop, which I really enjoy and have discovered the easiest and most fun ever desktop publishing package – a vital tool as the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine has developed and hopefully improved over the last 35 issues. I don’t think I’ll ever really get to grips with the book keeping side of things and I positively hate admin, so I’m not nearly as well organised as I should be. Time management is another issue – with two furry friends who’d rather be on the beach than sitting watching me work!
Now the latest skill I’m trying is video production. I’ve come a bit late to this as my erratic rural internet connection has made both uploading and viewing videos somewhat problematic. However …. Mr Fox: Wish Upon a Star was such fun to make, I decided to persevere and am now proud to present my first-ever Christmas promotional video ….
Featuring lots of Bustle & Sew patterns from my Christmas store. Now I’ve been bitten by the video bug expect more …. Daisy’s first Christmas might be a good subject, though they were both very naughty about their Christmas hats …
A rare moment of co-operation as each tried to pull the other’s hat off! Stronger elastic for Christmas Day I think!
We had a lovely walk earlier this week, down to Batson Creek – a tidal inlet at the top of the estuary just across the water from Salcombe. It was a still and frosty morning and the water was completely flat (although not still, I watched the edge very carefully and could see the tide rising little by little)
So very peaceful now all the visitors have left, no more sound of outboard motors, children squealing and playing and general noise and activity. The summer months are full of life and activity, whilst in contrast, in the winter everywhere is quiet and deserted. This is especially true of Salcombe where a very large proportion of houses in the town are second homes or holiday lets that stand empty through the colder months. But the emptiness is great for the newfies who enjoy being free of my summertime anxiety about their upsetting nervous children and small dogs – sometimes just because they’re big and black!
Batson can be very muddy, there’s a steep path through National Trust woodland down to the creek, with a stream that has to be forded (or in Daisy’s case splash through once, turn around, dive through it a second time and finally run up and down it before leaping out and shaking wet fur – just as I am about to cross!). Dogs are supposed to be under control Miss Daisy!
But this time we didn’t see a single person on our walk so Daisy’s naughtiness didn’t matter. When we reached the creek the tide was coming in ….
So there just had to be swimming! (Them not me)
And afterwards back up the hill again to the car park. Love these seedheads – one day I WILL get around to stitching some!
Phew! I feel as though my feet haven’t touched the ground for the last few days, there’s been so much going on here in Devon! Rosie’s wedding preparations are gathering pace, and on Friday Jacqui and I set off to test the map she’s drawing to help guests navigate from the church to the reception. It’s only about 7 miles – but through our twisty Devon Lanes, so not as straightforward as you might think. The reception venue is a lovely old barn set in the countryside at South Milton, overlooking the sea below ….
With simply wonderful views and we’re hoping the weather will be kind to us on the day! After we’d checked the accuracy of her map, Jacqui and I decided to take the dogs down to the beach below – South Milton Sands which is owned and managed by the National Trust. It’s a beautiful spot…
Of course the newfies took to the waves, but without their friend. Young Lionel is not a swimmer and remained further up the beach rootling around in some (very) smelly seaweed …
Here’s Daisy pretending to be a speedboat, whilst Ben prefers a more sedate approach …
The water was so clear. Afterwards we all adjourned to the little cafe at the top of the beach for a nice warming cuppa (it was chillier than it looks in the photos!)
Then home, for a bit of baking in preparation for Rosie & Dan’s arrival. I made one of their favourites ….
Millionaire’s shortbread. I wonder how many calories there are in this tray?!?! It’s probably best not to think about it!
Then, after a busy Saturday spent showing Dan’s parents around the area (they live in the north of England and don’t know Devon at all), on Sunday we all headed off to a huge wedding fair in Exeter. Rosie and Dan wanted to book a photobooth for the reception – a whole new concept for us oldies – so we simply had to try it out …….