I want to be alone….

Well, that is to say, not entirely alone as  Ben would NEVER allow that to happen!  But I would like some peace and quiet.  This is because we are getting a new, modern innovation here in Chillington – PAVEMENT!!  Yes, that is right .. pavement is coming to Chillington. 

Clearly this is a good thing as traffic through the village can be quite heavy, especially in the summer time when the roads are clogged with caravans, tourist coaches and general holiday traffic, with cyclists weaving in and out of the other vehicles.  This means that it can sometimes be very scary walking Ben down through the village to the woods.  But for the last couple of days this has been the view from my window …. 


… as pavement construction takes place on the other side of the road.  The workmen seem to enjoy using their pneumatic drill, taking turns and drilling for what feels like hours on end.  Ben has taken to lying with his head under his blanket and the front door is  rattling and dancing with the vibrations.  We simply had to escape from the noise for a while – and luckily I knew just the place to go …

Newfie on the edge

Peace at last!  Yes, we headed down to our favourite beach at Lannacombe where we found ourselves quite alone.  Bliss!  And fortunately by the time we returned home the workmen had moved on from drilling to cementing – much less noisy.  So I popped out into the garden to take a couple of photos of my new softie pattern for the October issue of the Bustle & Sew ezine (out next week!) 

Swan Softies

Two swans inspired by those that live on the Ley down at Beesands.  At this time of year they often fly from the Ley to the sea – you can hear the characteristic whistling noise from their wings as they pass overhead.  They move surprisingly quickly and I haven’t managed to catch a photo of one in flight yet.  By the time I’ve found my phone/camera, switched on, pointed and clicked they’ve gone past – but I have plenty of photos of empty sky to show for my efforts! 

Swan Softies

Hand-stitched from vintage woollen fabrics, these were much easier to capture on film!


Poor you! I cringe at the thought of re-paving. Hopefully your window view will soon return to normal, as will your lovely Chillington.
Very nice photo of solitary Ben at the beach. Lannacombe looks lovely, and such an interesting sky! …thanks for sharing!
Looking forward to October’s e-zine next week…and the graceful, cuddly swans!
X Linda


Oh, not fun, all that noise when you’re used to living in a quiet village. We have pavement on one side of the main road that goes through the village, rather narrow in places and a bit scary if you’re walking with a dog, especially a young, bouncy, not-very-well-lead-trained dog. No pavements on the side roads though, but then again, not too much fabric. I hope it doesn’t last for too long and you soon get some peace and quiet again.


I, too, enjoy my peace and quiet. Yesterday it was disturbed by a helicopter! We get the occasional jet or airplane preparing to land, but they aren’t too intrusive. That helicopter though! around and around the neighborhood, back and forth, forth and back. I finally went out to see if it was military or police or what. Even checked the news for clues. Still don’t know, but today is back to normal. Thank goodness! Love the swans 🙂


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