Against the Odds ~ Photo Challenge 

This photo was taken on a beach in Northern France back in September. We’d spent ages laying out leftover baguette and crisps for the gulls who swooped overhead, until finally I snapped this ~ just on my phone. We’d begun tossing pieces of bread up in the air to tempt/taunt the birds into coming nearer. I find the expression  on the face of the gull in the background equally delightful. 

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Sunday Sevens // 38 2015

I can scarcely believe a week has passed since I published Week 37’s post. The residential trip to France has come and gone, meaning this week can be thought of a continental special. 

1.   After a smooth journey on Monday, Tuesday morning was spent at the boulangerie making croissants and pain au chocolat. We tried to explore the older part of Boulogne over lunchtime but got rained off. I’d like to return as there were some very pretty and historic buildings. 

  2.  The centre – Le Pre Catalan -is extremely well equipped and in a fabulous location. There are activities for children to enjoy whatever the weather, and back at the centre on Tuesday lunchtime we were afforded our first glimpse of le soleil.

 3.  That evening we put up our hoods and headed to the front to visit a cafe for crepes. It was a truly stormy night and we had to wait for the rain to stop blowing sideways before hurrying home. 

 4.  Wednesday is always the best day of the week. Children wear school uniform and we spend the day learning about WW1. After visiting Arras and Wellington Quarry, we head to Vimy Ridge. It’s the fourth time I’ve visited and the weather has been stunning every time. An extremely powerful and moving day. 

 5.  Thursday morning we visited the holiday town of Le Touquet. It’s an authentic French market with a great range of fresh produce. 

 6.  On Thursday night we finally managed our first trip to the beautiful beach, just 10 minutes walk from the centre. The sunset here never fails to take my breath away. 

 7.  The food provided by PGL is great – lots of choice and very fresh. The downside of this is that I ate way more than normal, but it’s impossible (for me) to resist so much cheese, bread, pastries…

 The journey home was long and drawn out, but it was great to talk to the children about which aspects of the visit they had most enjoyed. We try to plan a trip with something for everyone, and all of the visits this year enabled children to become immersed in the language and culture of France. It’s an amazing week for all the children and staff involved, and I’m grateful to have been a part of it. 

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So pleased with my purchases from the @johnlewisretail sale today! 4m of Robert Kaufman denim + What was left of some @atelierbrunette cotton + some @makoweruk metallic spot. Plus some pretty she’ll buttons that were less than half price 🙌🏼 All came to a total of £36.50. Now to figure out whether I can use any of them for my #2018makenine plans 🤔 •
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#buttons #makersgonnamake #imakethings #dressmaking #sales #shopping #bargains The light isn’t great but here’s my second @sewoveritlondon #soivintageshirtdress hot off the machine. This one is made using some chambray coloured cotton from @fabworksmillshop leftover from an @theavidseamstress #daydress I made quite a while ago. The buttons feel like quite a statement and I’m hoping they don’t detract from the dress. I sewed this up as a size 12 and it fits SO much better than the 14. •
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#sewmystyle #sewoveritlondon #sewoverit #vintageshirtdress #chambray #sleeveless #dressmaking #imakethings #makersgonnamake #sewersgonnasew #holidaysewing #buttons The only fabric I purchased (so far) in the sales just arrived from @misformake ~ the mason jars is a brushed cotton and the floral (+ snails! 🐌) is a cotton lawn. I only have a couple of metres of each so I’m not sure what I’ll make yet 🤔
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#goodpostday #happymail #fabric #sales #salebuys #endofrolls #endofbolt #makersgonnamake #imakethings #sewersgonnasew Finished! My first @sewoveritlondon #vintageshirtdress made with @dashwoodstudio #flurry fabric with 8 vintage red buttons. I cut out the paper pattern and made a size 14, but I think it’s come up a little large and now I’m regretting not tracing it off - which I nearly always do. I’m hoping I’ll be able to nip it in with a belt, as other than that I’m pretty happy with it. I would like to make a sleeveless version in a 12 to compare but I’m not sure how best to size down a pattern I’ve already cut 🤷🏻‍♀️
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#soivintageshirtdress #dashwoodstudio #shirtdress #collar #handmade #Imakethings #memade #dressmaking #January Searching through my vintage buttons for 8 that are a suitable match for my almost finished @sewoveritlondon #vintageshirtdress 🧐
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#buttons #vintage #retro #choices #preloved #recycle #reuse Last year I realised I could sometimes combine 2 of my favourite things: running and dog walking. Oliver is less compliant, unsurprisingly, but Wilf just loves to run. 
In 2017 we completed 3 #canicross races together, as well as several parkruns. He gets very excited at the beginning, particularly when there is lots of clapping or lots of other dogs. Wilf keeps me company on lots of training runs, both on his harness if we are running on the road and off the lead if we’re on the trails. He’s happy to go on very early or very late runs. He even looks disappointed if I head out in my trainers without him. 
I’ve already booked our first couple of canicross races for 2018, and this year I plan to log how many miles Wilfie runs too. He’s a good dog. •
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