The end of summer?

I’ve always thought of this weekend, the August Bank Holiday here in England, as being the last weekend of summer.  The schools return next week and it will be lovely to hear the children chattering and giggling again as they walk past my cottage windows on their way to our village school.  Even though we hope for an Indian Summer (as we do every year!) it cannot be denied that the nights are drawing in now, and the warmest days of the year are now behind us.

But there’s still lots to enjoy out and about.. last weekend we all headed off to the Mid Somerset Show at Shepton Mallet.  This is a traditional agricultural show, with lots of livestock (the pig showing was hilarious – pigs don’t seem to have any idea about walking calmly around a show ring!), a fun fair, steam engines and much more besides.  The weather was kind, and though I didn’t take many photos, here are the sheep and alpacas we saw – my favourite animals of all….

And then on one of our Grandma Daycare days Freddie and I spent some time at the Bishops Palace Gardens in Wells.  I never tire of visiting these gardens – they’re so beautifully tended by a team of volunteer gardeners, and there’s always something new to see….

The dahlias were a blaze of colour and across the town allotments there were sunflowers, rhubarb, and forests of runner beans as far as the eye could see!

And, to celebrate the turning of the year, as we step across the threshold into autumn, we thought it would be nice to re-introduce our Summer Special Subscription for just a few more days until the end of this month.  This is a great value way to receive 12 copies of the magazine (that’s 72 patterns and much more besides).  The offer will finish on Friday, so if you’d like to find out more then please just CLICK HERE to visit our store.


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