This afternoon was far too nice to spend indoors, so Ben and I decided to walk down to Batson Creek. We haven’t been that way for a while and so we decided to have a picnic. That is to say, I decided and Ben enthusiastically agreed. I was going to make sandwiches … but the bread bin yielded only a couple of crusts, so on the way I stopped in Kingsbridge to purchase ….
a pasty .. from Portlemouth Pasties. Still warm from the oven. So delicious I had to take a picture of its final moments. Seconds after this was taken it had been bitten into, and before very long only a few crumbs remained.
Look at all those mother sheep watching us with the greatest of suspicion. I zoomed right in to take this photo as I didn’t want the view of a huge black bear dog to bother those babies.
I would have liked to have posted a few more photos of our walk – it was so glorious – but unfortunately the camera batteries expired just after I took this shot. This might have been because I’d spent part of the morning taking photos both of my Nasturtiums pattern (at the top of this post) which I’ve now turned into a tea cosy to take to the Fair next week, and also of my new pattern .. the Circus Parade.
I think this would make a great gift for a nursery or young child – I’ve put some Cath Kidston fabric patchwork pieces at the bottom, but it would be easy to stitch some personalised text to fill this space. The elephant is felt applique and clearly the cat is making an enormous noise with his trumpet!!
The bunting is individual fabric triangles simply machined across their tops. I’ve tried to put lots of interest into this design, to invoke the fun and razamatazz of the circus parade – imagining what a young child would enjoy most. I’ve mounted the design on a 12″ square artist’s canvas block – so easy to do with a staple gun and I think the shape of this picture works better this way rather than in a hoop. This pattern will be included in the April issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine which will be published on the last Thursday of the month. It’s also available in my Etsy Shop.
And finally … spot the edible prop in this photo!! It’s a Mr Kipling French Fancy. That is to say … it was a French Fancy until about an hour ago. Now, like the pasty for lunch, it no longer exists. Not the healthiest eating day – but then we did have a very long walk!!