At last the sunshine has returned, and though I don’t think you could call it hot, certainly there’s a pleasant warmth in the air and so I’ve been able to take my work out to the summer house today. I’ve been finishing off another project for the July issue of the magazine – another trophy head – a Hare in a Hat!
Inspired by the lovely brown hares I see running and gambolling across the fields when I take Ben and Daisy to their favourite kennels. And of course the furry pair were outside with me this afternoon, “helping” in their own special way. Here’s a view of the summer house with my hare on the wall ready to have her picture taken ….
And it’s easy to spot Ben, snoozing gently on the warm slate paving. But where, I wondered, as I took this photo, is Daisy? Not far away was the answer – all tucked up in my favourite clematis and far too sleepy on this warm and drowsy afternoon to open her eyes, even just a little bit …
Naughty girl - she knows she’s not supposed to be in the flower beds! Perhaps she thought if she didn’t open her eyes I wouldn’t be able to see her?
At last .. the sun is shining brightly in a clear blue sky and I have hung my washing on the line at the end of the garden for the first time this year. The air is warm and the breeze is gentle and, with lots of squabbling and squawking, the jackdaw family have returned to the nesting holes at the back of my house. Could spring possibly have arrived I wonder? But, whether the warmer weather is here to stay, or (most probably) not, we’re making the most of this lovely sunny weather while it lasts.
We enjoyed a lovely walk up the bridleway toward Stokenham this morning. Look – no mud!! And also look – isn’t Daisy grown up? It’s hard to remember what a tiny fuzzy little creature she used to be ….
Not so very long ago! I’ve been enjoying some spring stitching too with projects for the April magazine. I’m in the middle of sewing the binding onto my Woodland Alphabet Quilt – and hope to be able to show you the finished quilt very soon. But I took a little break from binding to complete ny Running Hare softie ….
I sometimes see brown hares in the fields above France Farm when I take Ben and Daisy to their favourite kennels, and I’ve been planning to make a hare softie for some time now. I’ve mounted him on the base of a carved bird (the actual bird was damaged so I removed the base and painted it white) and decorated it with ribbon and ric-rac braid.
Four wooden buttons secure his powerful legs (great for running and leaping) and a tiny dark brown button completes his nose. He’s found a home on the table next to my laptop with one of the last of my beautiful camellia flowers – the bright pink is nearly over now – but the smaller, deeper pink camellia is just coming into bloom, so I shall have flowers for my vases for a while yet.
It’s only advertising …. but I love it!!
This year’s Christmas Ad from John Lewis – simply magic.