It’s such a dreary day outside today. It’s cold and grey and muddy … a fine rain has been falling the whole day long and the hilltops are shrouded in mist. Even the newfies were happy to come indoors after their walk and they’re both now curled up nice and snug on their beds. It’s the kind of day when I have to remind myself that yes, the nights are shortening, there are snowdrops in the hedgerows and spring will soon be here – the kind of day for thinking pink! So I treated myself to a beautiful bunch of (mainly) pink flowers from the Farm Shop …
Perfect for my Emma Bridgewater vase. And I finished the last bunny for my “Making Money Making” series starting in the February issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine ….
Rosie is trying to snaffle the set of three bunnies for her Easter decorations. But she’s definitely not having my lovely bunny cushion made from the same template – he looks perfectly at home in my hallway ….
Lots of cheerful pinkness!! And I also decided upon a lovely pink background for the cover of the February issue …..
It may be grey outside, but spring is definitely on the way indoors! The February issue is published on Thursday 30th January – CLICK HERE to learn more.
While I was away in Dubai having a wonderful time, Ben and Daisy went off to stay in their favourite kennels, where as usual, they ran straight inside waving their tails with pleasure, hardly even stopping to say farewell. And it’s true that I hardly gave them a thought while I was away, knowing that they were safe and happy with their “Auntie Gillian.” I went up the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building), drove through the Arabian desert in a fleet of 4 x 4′s and even had a henna tattoo (strictly temporary!) I had a wonderful time ….
But the day after I returned when I went to collect my two furry friends, I was greeted by a very sober Gillian who told me Ben had been so very ill she ‘d had to call the emergency vet because she was worried she might lose him.
He wouldn’t move, not even the slightest wag of his tail, and hardly reacted to anything at all. So blood tests were taken, medication administered and much love given. She didn’t call me as there would have been absolutely nothing I could have done from so very far away. Luckily with all the care and attention he received he’s now pretty much made a full recovery. The feeling is that he must have picked up and eaten something very bad indeed – as Daisy was absolutely fine. Poor Ben – after his experience with the stones you’d think he would have learned not to eat stuff – but then although he’s much loved, and (in his opinion at least!) very strong and brave – he really isn’t the cleverest of dogs!
I’ve been keeping a very close eye on him for the last few days, whilst finishing off my final project for the January 2014 Magazine….
A crewel love heart – beautiful spring and summer blossoms encircled by a very famous quotation from one of Shakespeare’s sonnets “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” Summer seems a long way off for us, but it is after all summer in the southern hemisphere – and I did have a little taste of summer in Dubai! But I won’t be heading off on holiday again and leaving Ben behind for a while – I don’t know how Daisy and I would manage without him. I know that one day he won’t be here any more …. but not for a long time yet I hope. Just DON’T EAT ANYTHING when you’re out and about Master Benjamin!!
First of all, thank you so much to everyone who left such kind comments about poor Daisy’s horrible experience. She was a little stiff and sore the next day, but I am pleased to report that she is now fully recovered, while Ben has very much enjoyed all the extra treats, hugs and congratulations he has been receiving since he became a hero. So I decided that today it would be fine to leave them both behind for a little while and I set off for the Totnes Friday market. I arrived just a little after nine-thirty and the town and market were already buzzing with shoppers. Totnes market has all sorts of stalls …
All laid out in a most appealing way. I always like to visit Amanda at Shabby Chick ….
Who offers the most adorable collection of vintage china and linens. Then there’s the bakers ….
Two very cheerful chaps with the most delicious baked goods – a honey and spelt loaf, together with one of their brownies found their way into my shopping bag!
Fresh produce and flowers from the Walled Garden stall …
Two lovely ladies – who also offer English garden flowers for weddings …..
Rosie and I plan to visit their garden to find out more. And of course no visit to Totnes is complete without visiting ….
Where the delicious vanilla aroma is so rich and strong, I am sure that even breathing in the air must absorb calories into my bloodstream! And I won’t be able to wear one of these this summer if I eat too much of Roly’s fudge …
Yes, these Bathing Belles are another project for the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine. And I’m sure my furry bathing belle and beau will want to go swimming later – another hot day is forecast tomorrow and they’ll enjoy a cooling dip in the sea this evening!
We are lucky to have a network of traditional Green Lanes around our village. These are ancient packhorse and drovers’ tracks which have left behind a legacy of deeply hidden pathways running between banks and hedges – often up to 15 feet high on either side. We are also fortunate that those near us have not been allowed to become neglected and overgrown, but are maintained, with new hardcore deposited every few years to counteract the effects of erosion. Earlier today Ben and I set off to walk the lanes between Chillington and our nearest neighbouring village, Stokenham.
Although the flowering season is past its peak it’s surprising how much there is to see in the hedgerows if you take the time to stop and look. Bluebells, Primroses and Orchids are finished, but there are still some tall spires of Foxgloves remaining, the Vetch is in full flower and there are even tiny wild strawberries to be found if you bend and part the leaves with your fingers.
At Carehouse Cross we turned down the bridleway towards home. Here the lane is very deep indeed and the hedges rise on either side …
And although you are high above the village and you know the land runs down towards the sea, you cannot see anything until you come to a gap in the hedge where a gate once stood …
Would you like to see the view? Let’s go a little way into the field ….
Yes – there is the sea. I knew it was there! Then the lane closes in again, and it feels as though you might be underwater in the damp greenery beneath the trees…
And it’s downhill all the way home!
Finally, I’d like to say “Thank you” to everyone who left lovely comments or emailed me about my Dandelion Bunny cushion. I’ve decided that I will include the pattern in the August issue of the Bustle & Sew e-zine in honour of another bunny pattern creator. (Very excited here!) Yes, there will be an interview with the amazingly talented Debi Birkin in the August issue. Debi is the lady who created the knitting pattern that I knit my bunnies from – including Betsy in the picture above.
But that’s not all … as well as an interview with Debi, there will be a giveaway to enter only in the magazine to win my Betsy Bunny – complete with stripey stockings and little pink shoes. That’s in the August issue out at the end of this month. Plus loads more too – hope to have more photos to show you next time.