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 ….
With 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…
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 …
Here’s Daisy pretending to be a speedboat, whilst Ben prefers a more sedate approach …
The 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!)
Then home, for a bit of baking in preparation for Rosie & Dan’s arrival. I made one of their favourites ….
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?!!!
Summer is now at its height and our roads are packed with caravans, coaches and – on Sundays mostly – touring cyclists. There’s a real feeling now of carpe diem – everyone is definitely seizing the day – as summer rushes towards autumn – knowing that just a few short weeks of the holiday season now remain. The first blackberries are appearing in the hedgerows and apples are beginning to ripen fast in the warm sunshine, whilst the buddleia in my garden is a magnet for butterflies who adore its sweet fragrance and nectar, drinking their fill then basking on the blooms ….
Here’s a Red Admiral and Jersey Tiger – we have Peacocks and Fritillaries too, as well as the ubiquitous Cabbage White in spite of my neighbour Julie waging warfare on its caterpillars earlier in the year! And there’s a feeling of change in my sewing too – I’m not yet ready to put away my summer fabrics and reclaim my velvets, tweeds and woollens, but I have introduced a more vibrant, stronger palette into my designs, as well as a folk art and woodland feel for September. So, as well as the Toadstool Pin Cushions I showed you last week …
There will be baby owls in the September issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – all lined up and ready to keep chilly draughts from your door. From left to right there’s Winken, Blinken, Nod, Laisy and Daisy(!) ….
And a Russian Doll applique cushion cover that I’m currently working on ….
Thank you as well to all the magazine subscribers who have returned their readers’ survey – there’s still time to do so if you haven’t already. I’d really like to know what everyone thinks of the magazine as I’m always trying to make it a better experience and want it to be much more than just a collection of patterns – though they are of course the major part of the magazine and will remain so. One great suggestion has been to move all the templates to the back so that you don’t need to print them all if you’re not planning to make any particular project – and I’m planning to put that suggestion into practice in the very next issue.
Wedding preparations are also a major activity here at Coombe Leigh (more about those another time!) so I’ll leave you with a lovely painting from Jacqui – of how Rosie and her bridesmaids might look next year…..
Jacqui’s now taking commissions for original artwork (can be personalised too if you wish), so if you’d like learn more, then just pop over to her Facebook page and leave her a message.
I went to Bristol to spend time with Rosie this weekend – and guess what we did!! Yes – our search for THE DRESS has begun. We had so much fun, and I only cried a very little bit (cos that’s what mums do!)
Rosie and her boyfriend Dan came to visit me at the weekend. On Sunday Dan had planned a special trip for just the two of them to their very favourite beach in all the world .. Lannacombe…..
He asked me to pack a special picnic … and my Great British picnic blanket had its first outing …..
whilst the newfies and I waited excitedly, impatiently and expectantly at home …..
Because we knew that Dan planned to ask a very special question. We were certain we knew what Rosie’s answer would be – and we were right!
Yes, they became engaged on the beach at Lannacombe – so romantic! And now we are beginning to plan a seaside wedding……
I’m so happy for them both!
Rosie and her fiance Dan will be back again soon to start checking out local venues. Daisy (who simply had to push herself into some of the engagement photos) would love to be a flower-girl, but as we are all of the opinion that she could not be trusted to behave herself on the day, I think this is a definite NO! But I’m sure she’ll enjoy seeing lots of Rosie during the planning and preparation period as will I …… ooooh … I’m so excited!!