South Milton

Someone’s missing …..

by Helen on July 7, 2014

Today we went down to South Milton Sands.  I had some forgotten bits and pieces (including two unopened bottles of champagne – woo hoo!) to pick up from The Barn after the wedding reception, and thought it would be nice to fit in a trip to the beach as well.  The beach was stunning as always, and not at all busy as we were there quite early.  I say we … but someone was missing …..

There was no playing at speedboats – “that’s no fun by yourself” thought Daisy …

And no charging in and out of the waves.  Just a wistful gazing out to sea, hoping her big brother would somehow miraculously appear.  We both missed the big furry one – and he’s not home yet :(

This is because Ben is spending the day at the vet for a couple of minor operations.  His eyes have been very red and itchy and he’s suffered a series of infections – apparently as he’s got older his eyes have become baggier (I can so relate to this!) and his bottom eyelashes are turning inwards irritating his eye.  Luckily this is a minor procedure and the problem can easily be corrected.  But poor Ben is also having a big back tooth extracted – it has cracked and decay has set in.  He has been very quiet for the past few weeks, and although he hasn’t shown any sensitivity in that area I think it is causing him some discomfort.  So he’s going to be very sore when he returns home and Miss Daisy will need to be gentle and considerate until he’s feeling better.

So to take my mind off poor Ben, I decided to assemble the first project for the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – and began by painting a hoop (something I promised myself I wouldn’t do again for quite some time after we painted nearly a hundred for the wedding!).  Then after binding the bottom part and inserting my embroidery it fitted beautifully snuggly as a lid for one of the Ikea jars left over from the wedding sweet table ….

Useful as well as beautiful (to paraphrase William Morris!).  And it’s sitting on some of the blocks for my new quilt.  I might need to go and piece some more now to occupy myself whilst waiting for the vet to call and tell me it’s time to pick up Ben, who will need a lot of tlc over the next few days.  The pattern for my button jar top, as well as instructions for assembling it into a well-fitting jar lid, will be in the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.




My feet haven’t touched the ground!

by Helen on October 14, 2013

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 ….

Image7With 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…

South Milton Sands

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 … 

South Milton Sands

Here’s Daisy pretending to be a speedboat, whilst Ben prefers a more sedate approach … 

South Milton SandsThe 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!)

South Milton Sands

Then home, for a bit of baking in preparation for Rosie & Dan’s arrival.  I made one of their favourites …. 

Millionaire's Shortbread

 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 …….

What do you think?!!!