I am so glad that my little cottage has nice thick stone walls and a well maintained roof as it doesn’t seem to have stopped raining for the last few days. We had lovely weather for the fete on Saturday afternoon, but by the evening the clouds were rolling in and the rain had begun! I am reminded of the lyrics of the old Flanders and Swan song which seem very appropriate just at the moment ….
A Song of the Weather
January brings the snow,
Makes your feet and fingers glow.
February’s ice and sleet
Freeze the toes right off your feet.
Welcome March with wintry wind
Would thou wert not so unkind!
April brings the sweet spring showers,
On and on for hours and hours.
Farmers fear unkindly May
Frost by night and hail by day.
June just rains and never stops
Thirty days and spoils the crops.
In July the sun is hot.
Is it shining? No, it’s not.
August, cold and dank and wet,
Brings more rain than any yet.
Bleak September’s mist and mud
Is enough to chill the blood.
Then October adds a gale,
Wind and slush and rain and hail.
Dark November brings the fog
Should not do it to a dog.
Freezing wet December, then
Bloody January again!
…although we have been promised another heatwave by the end of the month. Fingers crossed – though I’m not relying on it actually happening – after all this IS England, and we had our sunny hot weather a couple of weeks ago! But in any case there are two family members who are really loving this weather as Ben in particular hates hot sunny days. We’ve been doing lots of exploring around and about our new home and have recently discovered Harridge Woods – which have a stream running through, with a WATERFALL!! (cue for great Newfie excitement!)
I had to laugh – the terrible twosome behaved in such typical ways! They dashed enthusiastically into the stream whereupon Ben came over all strong and masculine. He loved digging for the biggest deepest rocks and carrying them proudly up the bank and onto the bridge, whilst Daisy lounged contentedly at the bottom of the waterfall. Yes she really is LYING in the stream, relishing the feeling of the bubbles all around her – rather like being in her own outdoor spa bath!
Here’s Ben looking very pleased with himself, proudly posing next to one of the rocks he retrieved. Hopefully the rain will stop soon and we’ll be able to pay another visit to the woods. But staying indoors has meant lots of time for sewing. Sadly I haven’t reached a stage to be able to share any photos though hopefully that will change over the next few days. Meanwhile, don’t forget to visit the Bustle & Sew Christmas shop and take advantage of the last few hours of our sale …..
Just CLICK HERE to visit the Christmas store where there’s lots of goodies to choose from! I’ll be back later this week to introduce a very special contributor to the July Magazine – who has kindly offered Bustle & Sew readers a discount code for her shop.