02/06/2016 § 4 Comments
Well, for me it’s more about harbours and boats than buckets and spades! After spending wonderfully sunny days at River Cottage at the Spring Fair over the weekend, I spent each evening enjoying a relaxing stroll around Lyme Regis – out along the seafront to the Cobb where the sweeping bay melted into the Jurassic cliffs as the gentle light from the sun’s finale cast rosy shadows on the calm waters.
There’s something about boats that really gets to me – the curve of their beam, clinker planks, vividly coloured fenders, bright decks and jolly hulls. And then, if you’re lucky you get it twice – with the reflection in the water!
The magnificent green wooden gaffer sailed off late one evening, to catch the tide and miss the on-shore wind that was forecast for overnight. She’d have made quite a spectacle with her red sails but I missed her lifting her anchor and heading out to sea or coast-hopping around to the next harbour.
Seaside plants and pretty town houses …
Oh, it was a lovely weekend!
27/05/2016 § 3 Comments
the stage is set for the fair …
The kitchen garden is amazing – not a weed in sight!
Lyme Regis is also magical this evening …
and here’s a sneaky peak at some of the new quilts & cushions that will be on my stall over the weekend …
So, I hope you all have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend – I’ll be here …
Fingers crossed for some sunshine!
19/08/2015 § 5 Comments
There’s been quite a lot of quilting – the mixed weather has suited me just fine. I’m always happy to plan and cut out indoors if it’s drizzly, and then bask in whatever sunshine there’s been either with my sewing machine out on the patio or with my feet up in my outdoor rocking chair stitching around a binding. Lazy but productive days.
The children have been here, taking it in turns to stay inbetween house-moves (for them, not me), and holidays. It’s been a good summer. Whilst I’ve been away at shows, dogs and duck have been cared for by visitors, family and friends. Shows have been a new venture for me which I’ve enjoyed enormously – even though it’s a real challenge to organise absolutely everything – stock, livestock, orders and ME!
I’ve had trips out and about with J2 and his lovely Italian girlfriend, yesterday we jaunted to the west country and Gold Hill in Shaftesbury was bathed in golden late afternoon sunshine – simply lovely.
I’ve returned home on so many days, pleased to be back, tired and peacefully happy. My daughter C is a great motivator – “Just do it, Mum, you’ll be fine”. She’s right, of course! I’ve been fine and really enjoyed the challenges and buzz and meeting so many new people at summer shows. Both the boys organised an epic travel adventure to south-east Asia which took the whole of July. I was so pleased they went together, got on well and had a wonderful time. I was even more pleased to have them back. Where next????
There are projects happening here at home. The builder arrives on Monday and I’ll keep you posted, without too many of the gory details. I’m sure there’ll be so much happening every day which I’m quietly dreading, but the end result WILL be so worth it! I have plans … and an aiming for the end result – hiccups along the way will be dealt with!
Hope you’re enjoying the good old British summer if you’re here, and a heatwave if you’re elsewhere.
27/05/2015 § 6 Comments
At the weekend a mini convoy travelled west to Devon, for the River Cottage Spring Fair at RCHQ just outside Lyme Regis. My estate car was packed to the rafters with my stand and stock, my friend followed with the dogs and our supplies – plus a few cushions that I couldn’t fit in! I wasn’t sure what to expect but I had no need to worry – it was brilliant!
I used those brilliant table covers that look like granny square crochet that I bought a few weeks ago. I’d even hooked up some yarny cushions and stitched lots of freehand embroidered cushions featuring hens, retro caravans and of course … Flora Puddleduck! All those quilts that I’d worked so hard to complete last year, for the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market came along and I was really pleased with how it looked.
On Saturday, the weather was amazing – hot, hot sunshine in the afternoon and the Sunday morning sunrise was awesome.
Sunday was cooler and a bit misty on occasions, but everyone who’d bought a ticket came along and enjoyed the demos, stalls and delights. People had travelled right across the UK to attend – indeed some people had travelled right across the world to be there. It was amazing to meet such a great crowd at such a tremendous event. There’s another fair in August, so keep a look out for tickets.
We fitted in a bit of jaunting on Monday, a welcome day to recover from the fair and visit the Donkey Sanctuary (sadly I’d left my camera behind, so this is a DS photo). What an amazing place to visit – I’ve never seen so many donkeys and they’re all such characters. I’d love to rehome a couple in the future – if and when I finally end up in a cottage with a paddock attached!
We had a lovely day touring around the beautiful countryside, little villages and Lyme Regis was quite magical in the evening light …
Were you there at RC? What did you think of it?
It’s done me good to be away and do a 2-day event – my first and hopefully not my last! After last October, I did wonder whether I’d want to pick up my patchwork again, let alone get out there and organise everything for an event. It was a challenge and I loved every minute!
What did you get up to at the weekend? I’ve arrived home to find the first roses in bloom, the foxgloves have grown about a foot and the runner beans have 2 leaves each! This morning I made another little alpine/succulent garden that I’ll show you next time – prepare for a wander around the garden, with me and Flora!
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26/05/2012 § 3 Comments
Dolly has been waiting for quite some time to make her grand entrance. There’s no getting away from the fact that she was an ‘impulse’ buy! We stopped to think about it for 24 hours but the damage had already been done, we’d been mesmerised by the dream, the freedom, our lost youth, life on the open road …
Yes, some while ago we bought a campervan, although I think Dolly would rather be called a motorhome!
Here she is …
We decided to take things easy for our first trip – just one night away, with the collies. On the most perfect evening on Friday, we drew into a lovely campsite called Wood Farm. I think they put all the middle-aged dog-owners in campers & caravans in the same place – suffice to say, Dolly and her incumbents were not alone, nor out of place! We tried to look as though we knew what we were doing!
I was amazed by the ‘kit’ on display in neighbouring berths – plastic wine glasses with serviettes & tablecloths, sophisticated clothes driers, revolving satellites and designer dogs! We rather showed ourselves up when it came to unveiling (should that be unfurling?) the awning – ours drooped rather sadly and then almost took off in the breeze. Other peoples’ canopies seemed unbothered and stood like thoroughbreds, proud and taut!
We unpacked our patio chairs (from ikea) and I set up a makeshift table, with a spare shelf on top of a couple of tiny camping seats – I hadn’t brought a tablecloth, but there were napkins! We dined on homemade sausages from a butcher in Bridport, with salad and rolls. For pudding – you know you HAVE to have pudding when you’re camping – I’d bought some slabs of Dorset Apple Cake and a tin of Devon custard! Camping is very hungry work!
Our collies were tethered to the bike rack – designer mutts were staked to twisty things and could be moved quite easily! BUT – we were the only ones with a genuine Welsh blanket for our collies – oh YES! OK, so it’s old and has a few holes, but it is the real thing – lucky, lucky collies!
The night passed into day, dogs were walked at dawn (to avoid meeting any other people or dogs), we breakfasted at 6 am on ham rolls and hot tea. Then – utter bliss, we went back to bed for a lovely nap in the cool morning air.
Lyme Regis beckoned once we’d hit the road this morning and we arrived at exactly the moment the Jazz Festival Parade hit the streets. We could hear them, but the sight evaded us as we sat in Dolly in a long queue! Large vehicles & Lyme don’t really go together so we stopped at a hilltop car park where Himself decided that he’d wait with the girls, whilst I embarked on the long walk into town. Then …
I spied a life-saver! This wonderful Italian taxi gave us the best lift into town (collies and all) and then picked us up (shopping in the boot)! Did I say shopping – you’ll have to wait to see what treat came home with us. I just bought the ONE THING in Lyme, to forever remind me of our first trip away in Dolly (next time, I promise).
We sampled the delights of the best coffee shop – Town Mill Bakery and I managed to fit in a lightning browse in a few lovely shops.
Now then, did I say I’d given in?
After our dawn walk, I relented – as a very special treat for being good, Belle joined me to snuggle up with Ripple & Rose!
Talk about the lap of luxury! I think Belle likes going away in Dolly (and so do I)!