Oh we do like to be beside the seaside ….

I had always thought when I moved up to Somerset that I would be moving far inland, away from the sea.  But this isn’t entirely true as Oakhill is only a little more than 20 miles from the coast – less than 45 minutes drive away.  Granted, it’s not quite the same as waking up in the morning to the smell of the tide and the call of seagulls, or standing at my bedroom window watching the beam of Start Bay Lighthouse sweep across the sky on dark winter nights … here is quite a different seaside, the kiss me quick, stick of rock and donkeys on the beach kind.  At Weston super Mare there is a pier – a very traditional kind of pier ….

a very GRAND pier in fact, with amusements, candy floss and more besides.  As you can see above, yesterday was a bit chilly – everyone is wrapped up and dodging the showers – but there was the chance for a very small person to run free on the vast expanse of sand ….

And there were the sleekest, glossiest, best-looked-after donkeys to pet ….

Though Freddie didn’t feel quite brave enough to try riding one – just yet!  Perhaps next summer?! I’m planning a bit of a coastal theme for the July Bustle & Sew Magazine with mermaids, whales and more as yet undecided.  But before then, the June issue is published on Thursday with more of a botanical theme …

Between the covers you’ll discover roses, berries and cherries (what could be more evocative of an English summer?), two very talented designer/makers …

…. two more of our (very) little guides to sewing basics, and we even have some tips for organising your work space (though if you’re like me it won’t stay organised for very long haha!). And all that’s in addition to the six new Bustle & Sew designs included in every issue!  I’ll post the full preview later this week, but meanwhile if you’d like to learn more about subscribing (and receive your first two issues for just $1 – that’s around 73p), then please do CLICK HERE to pop over to our magazine page.

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