Oh dear, that rain (promised last weekend) has finally arrived. Please don't stay too long, I'd like some more sunshine!
Today, before the rain, we took our little bark boats and sailed them down a tiny twisty stream, the water was icily cold, and only the bravest were able to remove their shoes and socks, and in some cases, pants and trousers too!
This boat was the best and fastest.
We climbed through this tunnel
And came out the other end.. pretty, eh?
Here are some of the other things I found at the weekend..
A sweet cushion - 1960s original Habitat fabric.
A new project for me (it's not as groovy as Francesca's but still), it needs cleaning up, painting and decorating and then, the best bit, filling with treasure.
Super-cute Snoopy apron (do excuse the terrible photograph, aprons can be quite uncooperative). I love that pink and yellow together.
And talking of aprons, I got this funny house-coat/apron. I'd like to turn it into a dress. Oh crikey, it's another project.
This sweet, sweet book. It's in quite bad condition so I had to get handy with the magic tape, but it's something of a holy grail in Picture Puffin terms (eh, Katie?)
Ezra Jack Keats has such a unique and wonderful illustrative style using gouache and collage, each page is a delight. Like Margaret Wise Brown and Dr Seuss, he never had children of his own. Which I think is pretty extraordinary given the prodigious talent all three had for really being able to communicate with children through their books.
Some more Young Puffins
I love the colours and birds on Ditta's Tree.
And lastly, Iris and I did some baking today, trying to capture the Proustian strawberry-ness of last week's muffins.
I adapted a blueberry crumble muffin recipe from Ottolenghi's delicious book, they turned out pretty well, but on first taste, they could do with even more strawberries. So, has anybody got a recipe for Strawberry Crumble Muffins that they'd care to share?
p.s. I have finished two swaps, they'll be on their way tomorrow - Laura and Artemis, stand by your letterboxes!