This has been a very exciting week for my two furry friends! Next month brings a milestone birthday for Ben as he will be ten – yes TEN – whole years old, a good achievement for a giant breed dog. Although he’s a fair bit slower than he used to be and tires more easily, he’s still a very cheerful and active sort of dog who loves his walks, his little sister and most of all his food bowl!
Both Newfies have settled in well to their new lives here in Somerset, have made lots of friends and discovered lots of lovely walks close by, but it’s fair to say I think that we all miss the Devon beaches. And so what better birthday treat for Master Benjamin than to take him and Miss Daisy back down to the South Hams to see old friends and visit our favourite beaches. We were very lucky with the weather – though there was a chilly breeze the skies were blue ….
And the water was most inviting – definitely warm enough for a swim….
If you’re a Newfie of course! “Come on in Mum, it’s lovely!” they seemed to be calling ….
But I pretended I couldn’t hear them, and eventually they came back out to see what the attraction of sitting on the shingle might be (could’ve been my fish and chips perhaps haha!).
Here’s the (nearly) birthday boy himself …..
Looking just as handsome as ever – in his opinion at least! And his baby sister …..
Who was particularly pleased to be back in the sea again. She still hasn’t quite got the hang of swimming in our local lakes and ponds, finding it very hard to remember that you have to stop paddling before you crash into the bank on the opposite side(!).
But it hasn’t been all play – I’ve been working very hard on the April edition of the Bustle & Sew Magazine ….
Which is absolutely stuffed with lovely spring projects. There are quite a lot of bunnies (I’m sure you’d expect nothing less from me!) Rosie has contributed some absolutely moreish chocolate recipes, and we look at layer cakes and jelly rolls in our article on demystifying precuts. We feature two very talented stitchers in our Meet the Maker features this month, and there’s lots more to enjoy between the covers as well. I’m still just finishing it off – working on the index and final pattern – so I’ll be back with a full preview in a few days. And, exclusively for subscribers, there’s the chance to purchase one or two samples, some baby bunnies and your own limited edition Mrs Molly Rabbit kit too. If you’re not a subscriber and would like to learn more then please CLICK HERE to visit our magazine page.