We spent some time last week putting up our gazebo – officially the start of the summer season here at Coombe Leigh. I love our gazebo, it’s like an extra room – sheltered by the canvas roof and curtains from cool breezes and rain – and we can always light the chimnea for a barbeque – or to spend a cosy evening in the garden. This year we’ve chosen a patriotic red, white and blue theme, with Rupert Bear cushions (not properly visible in this picture!).
And while we worked, we had an audience! This little robin seemed very tame, and extremely interested in our activities. Unfortunately for him though we weren’t gardening. This meant no fat juicy worms were uncovered so eventually he became bored and flew away.
The lovely warm weather has also meant washing hanging in the garden rather than draped over the dryer in front of the Aga. I always think washing smells so fresh when it’s been dried outside, though it has to be carefully checked for the presence of miniature wildlife, such as spiders and ladybirds, which can drop into the folds!
All this outdoor activity has inspired my latest Rosie & Bear pattern which is now nearing completion. In this design naughty Bear has met his match at last in the shape of ….. MUM!! Yes, Mum has insisted that he is washed despite the loud wails of protest from Rosie who can’t bear to be without her friend for even an hour or two. And here he is on the line … but not for long I think! Spot how the apple trees (now in fruit, not blossom) and the robin have found their way into the design. Should be completed very soon.
Finally, I so totally haven’t changed the price of the magazine subscription yet. One or two people have spotted this and subscribed – which is fine – but I thought it’s only fair to let everyone know. But I will be raising the price at the weekend, so if you’d like to take advantage of the current $2.50 per month rate forever, then don’t delay – you can subscribe using the form in the sidebar of this page.
PS My website will be moving at the weekend. This means the free patterns will disappear, for the time being at least, so if there’s anything you want, then please download it very soon