If you had been in our woods today you would have seen two lively and mischievous Newfies out on their morning walk …
Yes, the very handsome Mr Benjamin and his naughty little sister Miss Daisy were having a lovely outing in the crisp, cold sunshine. Ben in particular has been rejuvenated by the chilly days… all summer long he lazed and snoozed, feeling so lethargic in the summer heat …
But now that winter has arrived he is full of life, galloping around and crashing through the undergrowth, whilst the ever-energetic Daisy is positively fizzing with excitement these days! I thought you might enjoy this little video of them staging a mock-fight (ignore the growlings, this really is just play) around the trees and through the fallen leaves. Don’t forget that Ben weighs around 160 lbs, and Daisy about 110 lbs, so they’re quite large dogs and the woodland floor seemed almost to tremble as they charged around playing their silly doggy games!
Then home, and I’d like to introduce you to another two woodland creatures – these are much quieter and better behaved! Meet Holly and Berry – baby reindeer – my reworking of a vintage design to be included in the December issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – published in just a week’s time (eek!) Hope you like them!
Yesterday was a very special day – it was Miss Daisy’s first birthday, and Rosie, her number one fan, decided that we should mark the occasion with a canine birthday pawty! They spent the morning baking …
….a whole pile of crunchy peanut butter treats, as well as a doggy birthday cake …
Before long it was time for the birthday girl to put on her pawty hat ….
As her special guest was about to arrive – the extremely handsome Lionel ..
Whilst the youngsters played and the humans chatted (Daisy was sure Lionel was laughing at her hat!), Ben just wanted to sample the cake …
Not long to wait Ben! Light the candle and join in the singing .. Happy Birthday Miss Daisy, Happy Birthday to you.
But all too soon the pawty came to an end and it was time for Lionel to go home. Everyone, especially Daisy, had a wonderful time.
Happy first birthday, Daisy. We hope you had a pawfect day!!
This morning I woke to hear the sound of rain lashing against the window panes, such a grey dreary start to the day. But for once the weather forecasters were right and by lunchtime the rain had cleared and the sky was a beautiful clear, washed-clean sort of blue. So I called to my furry friends and we headed up into the woods behind the village ..
We had fun squishing through the fallen leaves, and Daisy was happy to pose for her picture …
Then home again – the newfies for their afternoon nap and me to my workroom to finish my Woodland Friends cushion covers. I couldn’t decide on the right button for my badger’s eye, and became frustrated chasing the smaller buttons through the jar with my fingers – they kept slipping away and out of sight. So in the end I gave up and tipped out the contents of the jar onto the floor for a proper rummage through its contents. So many buttons – it’s a good thing that Miss Daisy isn’t allowed in the workroom – I’m sure she’d also enjoy a good rummage through them ….
The pattern for my Woodland Friends cushion covers will be in the November Bustle & Sew Magazine, published on 31 October ….
There’s a badger (spot the button eye … such a small button – but I’m confident it was the perfect choice!), and a stag head. I added some patchwork squares to the bottom and side so the cushions mirrored one another. Then I backed the front panels with old blanket and quilted the patchwork, stitching around the edges of the applique animals so they’d stand out nicely.
When working on these cushion covers I did wonder about appliqueing the animals onto vintage linen, but in the end I decided to go for a bolder effect with this medium weight linen. Sadly I can’t remember the fabric’s name or designer as it’s been in my stash for quite some time, but I do like its clean, modern look. I managed to take a couple of pictures of the finished cushions before my photo session was disrupted….
…by my two furry friends, well rested after their afternoon nap, now wide awake and looking for trouble! Mind you, if Daisy carries on batting Ben’s ear like this I think she might find herself in quite a lot of trouble rather sooner than she might like!
The rain clouds have all blown away and today was a wonderfully warm, mellow autumnal day. The newfies love this time of year – all their summer lethargy disappears – and they eagerly anticipate their daily outings. Today we visited Snapes Point, always a favourite ….
We don’t actually live very far from Snapes Point as the crow flies, but because the estuary meanders between the hills, disappearing into innumerable little creeks and inlets, it takes us about half an hour to reach the car park. Then Ben’s first through the gate ….
The field where we went blackberrying last month has all been ploughed now, and there are far fewer boats in the creek than we saw just a few weeks ago…..
A very autumnal feeling – lots of little mushrooms scattered across the fields …..
I’m not very good at identifying fungi, so when we got home I consulted my books ….
Rather old – positively vintage in fact – but I’m sure that fungi won’t have changed that much! I didn’t find my little mushrooms though since, as usual, I became distracted by the illustrations, so much work – such detail and lovely colours. I much prefer botanical illustrations to photographs …
Wonderful! But I am good at identifying different hips, haws and berries in the hedgerows and was delighted to discover an abundance of beautiful scarlet rose hips. I gathered nearly 2 lbs, and intend to try making my Auntie Joyce’s rose hip jelly tomorrow ….
But tonight we all have tired legs, feet and paws – so it’s an evening in front of the TV for us. Should we choose Strictly Come Dancing (my preference) or another rerun of The Wonder of Dogs (as preferred by Daisy?!)?
Sorry Daisy – I’m in charge of the remote – so it’s Strictly tonight I’m afraid!!