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watching the beauty of the glowing white gulls flying against the blue sky and then settling on the brown soil. It’s an inspiring sight and from an artist’s point of view one with endless possibilities.

Signs have sprouted, peering out from gaps in the hedges, “tractors turning” mainly, but also the familiar, “asparagus this way”. Driving along a bumpy track for fresh produce is always an adventure.

Another welcoming sign is telling us that the “Boot Fair” season is upon us. Thankfully, Boot Fairs and Markets seem to be coming back into fashion, bringing back community gatherings throughout the summer. We tend to do the rounds and drive to a very small Boot Fair gathering at Thorpeness where we say hello

to a beautiful Bassett Hound called Dufus. Then, on to Aldeburgh to catch up with some familiar faces from last year, who always seem to have something interesting to sell on their stall. Then, if we feel like facing the crowds, we continue our journey to the huge Boot Fair at Friday Street.

On our journey home the hedgerows are no longer twiggy trails but covered with fresh green leaves giving privacy again to the houses beyond throughout the summer. As always, the sunny weather turns our thoughts to picnics. If you grow your own vegetables then everyday can be a picnic and there’s nothing quite like stepping into the garden and picking a few tomatoes straight from the vine to provoke that picnicky feeling. The fresh smell of tomatoes

in the greenhouse is well worth waiting for.

Our garden is small, so in order to make good use of the space we have set up the vegetable patch right outside the back door. To help save water and be more efficient we have replaced the grass with gravel. It’s vital that every drop of water from the water butts is used on the crops and not on dying grass. Don’t get me wrong, I love grass, I’ve even put a little line on one of my new designs, “oh how I love to walk on the grass” from memories of being young and walking on the cold soft grass in the summer. These days we have to prioritize in such a small space.

Last year we planted an Apple Tree, this year we have added a Victoria Plum. We bought this during the

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