Our great British summer continues to be grey and wet. We’ve just had the wettest June ever in the UK! Living at the seaside as we do it’s a bit depressing, to say the least. However in true British tradition we soldier on regardless.

Last week we took ourselves off to Colchester Zoo for a much needed day out. The weather forecast had said it wouldn’t rain in our area. They lied! I was in the queue to hand feed the elephants when the heavens opened!! It didn’t just rain a bit, it was torrential. As I did not want to miss my turn feeding the elephant I stayed put. That was not a wise decision. I was wearing a very light and non waterproof jacket and got soaked right through. I was so wet rivers were running down my arms. As soon as I’d had my turn I ran for the nearest indoor enclosure. I then had to try to dry off using tissues. Hmmm, luckily it was¬† a heated area so I did eventually start to dry off a bit.

Anyway¬† Colchester Zoo was really good and I managed to get some decent photographs. Here are a few of my favourites. First of all I love the red Pandas. I think they are beautiful and have sweet faces. Any kind of cats are another huge favourite. We got very close to a tiger, who was lying inches away on the other side of a glass screen. He was magnificent! Then they have cheetahs too. I can’t remember the name of this bird but I liked his interesting face. He had enormous wings when he opened them out as well. Finally I love lizards so here is one of my lizard shots. They are so prehistoric, I think they are great. Apart from getting very wet we had a lovely day as the rain didn’t last long and I would recommend Colchester Zoo to anyone.

As well as having a day out I have updated the website for July. Our free machine embroidery designs are an optimistic smiley sun and the hippo from our animal alphabet. There are 6 new designs on the site. They are a robin, a colourful little yacht, skittles, this Beetle car design for automobile fans,a classic ladybird to add to our insect section and finally this design which reminded me of playing with toy kaleidoscopes when I was a child. I was fascinated by them!

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I can’t believe it’s April already! But outside the sun is shining and it’s definitely getting warmer, which is brilliant. The coast is a great place to live when the weather improves, for the last couple of weeks Walton has been coming out of hibernation with all the cafe owners getting their shops ready for another season.

I have had a few days ‘sick’ with an infected tooth, very painful. I mostly slept due to the medication. But today I am back ready to get on with my designs. I am stitching out a tiger as I type to check it sews okay.

WE have a weeping cherry tree on our front lawn which is now in full bloom, it looks lovely. My next design may have to be blossom!