We had a lovely Easter. The weather was reasonably kind to us – cold, but dry, so our Egg Hunt was able to go ahead as planned. Ben and Daisy went up into the garden with Rosie and Dan to help hide all the chocolate goodies, but I am sorry to have to tell you that, after only a few minutes they were returned to the kitchen in disgrace.
Ben had spotted that the eggs were being placed in nooks and crannies just out of his reach. Clearly he felt this was totally unsatisfactory but, due to his rather lazy nature, he didn’t try to jump up and reach them. Oh no …. he simply bumped his big furry body into the bushes and trees holding eggs and gave them a good shake – which definitely achieved the desired results as far as he was concerned. Luckily his bad behaviour was spotted before he and Daisy had chance to consume his ill-gotten gains and that was when they were both returned to the kitchen in disgrace!
So there were lots of goodies left for Emily and Oliver (my friend Lisa’s twins) to discover. I think they were pleased with their treasures! Then after lunch everybody wanted to relax – except for the youngest member of the family ….
Who was quite determined to stay awake! Eventually even she was persuaded to lie quietly for a cuddle …
Though she didn’t stay quiet for very long!
Here at Bustle & Sew Easter isn’t quite over yet – my 40% off Easter Eggstravaganza finishes at midnight tonight (BST) so there’s still time to pick up a cracking (groan!) good bargain – you don’t even need a code, your discount is automatically deducted at checkout.
And finally … bunnies are not just for Easter …. here’s a sneak peak at my Curlywurly Cottontails pattern for next month’s magazine…
I’ll tell you a bit more about the Curlywurly Cottontails next time!
”OK Mum. That’s enough sewing. I want to PLAY! Stop playing with those hens – yes those ones – and play with me instead or I will CHEW them!”
(Two French Hens – Easter softies for the March Bustle & Sew Magazine)
”I will snuffle on your camera lens too! Come outside and play – NOW!”
So I went …….
In my last post I mentioned that I had dropped Ben at his favourite kennels for the day so he wouldn’t be home alone. Just in case you might have thought this was a bad thing and felt sorry for the poor creature, I thought I’d show you France Farm where he goes to stay…
This is the drive down to France Farm, which is situated about 10 minutes away from home. We have to stop and open a large five-barred gate right at the top of a hill. The view over Start Bay is stunning and I think you can just make out the village of Slapton in the distance. Although the scene is peaceful now, this wasn’t the case in the last World War when many US Servicemen were killed whilst training at Slapton Sands for the D-Day invasions. There are two memorials down at the sea front – one erected by the US Government, and the second an old Sherman tank retrieved from the waters of the bay and restored. But on Saturday it was so quiet and all we could hear were the skylarks singing madly far over our heads. Then we drove down to the farm itself …
… I have marked the actual kennel building – a restored stone barn – with individual compartments, raised beds, underfloor heating, and classical music playing so the residents don’t feel lonely. There are extensive play areas and the dogs are taken for long walks around the surrounding fields and woodlands every day. Ben had a lovely time, but was clearly determined to make his displeasure at being left out of our National Trust expedition known…..
Sunday was Rosie’s Easter Egg Hunt. I went out into the garden very early to hide the chocolate eggs and bunnies. I went up the garden tucking them into nooks and crannies – came to the wall by the old fig tree, turned around and saw …… a trail of foil along the grass behind me. Yes … it was Ben, having worked out his revenge for being abandoned. He had, oh so quietly, followed me up the garden, staging his own egg hunt, carefully retrieving, unwrapping and eating all the eggs I had hidden that were within his reach. It’s a wonder he wasn’t ill. Definitely Ben the Bad!!
Here is Ben and (with some help from Photoshop) his Easter bunny friends announcing the Bustle & Sew cracking good Easter sale! Yes … if you want to start stitching over the holidays, then you’ll find 20% off in the Bustle & Sew store. (offer excludes kits and magazine subscriptions).
Just enter the offer code “EASTERBUNNY” at checkout to receive your discount and, as my patterns are now available as instant downloads, you’ll receive your purchase without any waiting around. Unlike Ben who has taken to hopefully waiting around in front of the fridge. This will NOT do him any good as he won’t be receiving his doggie-choc eggs until Sunday!
Sale ends Tuesday 10 April.