For us a barbi usually means camping. Not this time, the setting was Maison Talbooth an uber-posh place in the lovely corner of the Suffolk/Essex border known as Constable Country.
They have the lushest dense lawn, like carpet but nicer. Me and my shadow are showing off Butterick Retro 5603, which I made around April and have worn lots. I would recommend this for a beginner, and because it can be made with 3 yards of 44" wide fabric it's not an expensive affair.
The fabric is an exuberant summery number, a cheap cotton lawn from Goldhawk Road. It was about £15 for 3 metres.
|And a petticoat of course.|
Constable Country is another name for the Dedham Vale AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty). East Anglia has three AONBs and this is the smallest and only one that isn't coastal. Gary's mum lives here and we visit quite a lot. It's only seven miles from our door in Colchester, and but it's another world.
The food was as splendid as the setting. In typical English style the evening turned chilly, so the men had their coats on and the girls huddled by the giant heaters and only threw off our covers for pictures.
I starved all day then ate paella, steak and a ton of salads, including something I thought was humous but on second helpings realised was horseradish! By the end I could hardly bend to sit down. Ah well, that's greed for you.
This year has been quite busy making wise so I am not short of new outfits to parade around in. Hurray for summer I say. Hope it's as lovely wherever you are.