Friday, 17 May 2013

Soggibottom Dartmoor Hare Giveaway.

Last years usual December 7th Soggibottom Cottage giveaway wasn't cancelled, only postponed. Better late than never.
Two Dartmoor Hares in the photo are the last I am going to make from this pattern.

I thought you would like the chance to have the very last one all to yourself in a giveaway.

The only thing I ask is that you are a follower of Soggibottom's blog, if you aren't already you need only click and become one. 
Please let everyone know about the giveaway, either by posting about it or putting it on your blog side bar somewhere. Let me know you have done that, cos I check. :-)
Last of all, please make a comment on this post. When all that is done, then your entered in the giveaway, make sure I know where to contact you on June 1st 2013 when the giveaway will end. 
I forgot to mention, there are no restrictions about travel, Dartmoor hares can travel anywhere.  

It's been hard work putting the cottage back together after it was flooded last October. But we've made it, and life inside the cottage has gone back to normal.

Life outside is still quite different. We still have months of disruption to come while a new water channel is being built, the intention is to take extra water from the stream when there is a danger of flooding.  This is only the start of the new water channel.

Our little Medieval bridge, is unfortunately suffering from the amount of heavy traffic that's been traveling over it every day for quite a few weeks now... 

WE DO HAVE WEEKENDS OFF.... time to recover before it all starts again early on Monday mornings.

One good thing about the concrete lorries that are being used, they are slightly smaller than the large lorry loads of earth and spoil that are being taken away. Last Monday there were 21 spoil lorries that traveled over the little bridge. Times two, coming and going = 42 times to travel over the little bridge.

 No wonder the road surface is starting to break up under the strain. Unfortuanatly it's not just the road surface that has damage now.

This is a photo taken under the bridge. This little bridge isn't just a Medieval little marvel, it's our only way to and from the cottage to the outside world.

For the time being a steel plate has been placed over the damaged part of the bridge.

At our insistence the bridge will be monitored every Friday from now on.
Monitored by G.P.S   (Global Positioning Satellite)  would you believe it ?
Marvels of the modern world. I wonder what the original bridge builders would have thought.
They would have probably told the water channel builders to use another entry point because they could have.
Not one we can use but they could have done so and it would have been so much easier.
The original weight restriction of 7 and a half tons kept in place not suddenly changed to 40 tons over night...  This bridge was built for horse and carts, not heavy loads.

Crazy council's who in their haste to complete one job within a dead line make more work for themselves.
The bridge will eventually have some TLC. It's waiting for English Heritage to come and give their expert advice on how to repair it.  When all the lorries have finished.. obviously...

Where have we been over the last few weeks ?
On bridge watch.

It's not all doom and gloom this side of the bridge. We have a birthday to celebrate on Monday and the start of a giveaway which we always enjoy. 

Where did the last two years go Freya Rose Blossom ?
Freya Rose Blossom is over at the catflap cavalier 
Beautiful Birthday Girl. Happy BIRFDAY FREYA  X X X


Anonymous said...

Awww, how cute! You're so talented, my dear. XOXO

Dolores said...

Freya certainly is beautiful. Happy Birthday Freya. I know my little 2-year old grandson would like a Dartmoor hare - but then again, so would his new little brother.

Caroline B said...

That poor bridge! I do hope it survives all the comings and goings over the next weeks.
I don't want to win the hare because we have one of our own who is sitting next to me here now - whoever wins will love theirs too!

Anonymous said...

Love the Bunnies Love Dayla xxx

Soggibottom said...

:-) WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE DAYLA :-) :-) :-) xxxxxxx

~Laurie~ said...

ME thinks that a Dartmoor Hare would love to live in Texas. It gets a little hot in the summer, but the rest of the year it's lovely! Come stay with us Miss Hare!!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Soooo sweet!

WoolenSails said...

I bet Freya wants to go to the beach for her birthday, lol. Water is no fun and we had our own this week, a pipe is leaking and it is one they have to dig to get so water is turned off and we are using a hose with our neighbors water.


Tweedles -- that's me said...

You told the story about the little Bridge so well- and we feel sorry for it! Oh please peoples,,,,
be careful with the little Bridge..!
The little stuffie hair is adorables- another treasure from your hands?
I think beautiful little Freya wants a pony for her Birthday- does she get one?

Sue Doran said...

I would love to win this lovely hare. I have put the button on my Blog sidebar and will do a posting about it too next time I'm updating. My sympathy about the disruption of having building works. As well as having a new ensuite extension rebuilt and installed, our next door neighbours are having quite a lot of work done too requiring access along some of our property. I too am treasuring the quietude and dust free weekends! Glad you're looking after the bridge, hope it comes through it all OK.

WendyCarole said...

Happy birthday Freya. xxx

The hare is lovely.

BumbleBeeLane said...

Terrible when history is destroyed.We had the construction crews out front for 8 months last year it was a horrible disruption and mess so I know what your going through.Sweet Bunnies! Of course I follow you and it's posted to my sidebar.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Unknown said...

We hope little bridge will be patched up and be OK again. We will join in for your giveaway. Have a super Saturday.
Best wishes Molly

Unknown said...

PS We just put it on our side bar and in todays post.

Mary Ann Tate said...

Happy Birthday Freya!!!! Wow two years...time does go past quickly when you are having fun digging and such:)

I hope that water channel works...if not sue them!! That poor old bridge deserves more respect. I would have thought that the Heritage people would be there now bossing that council around:(

Please put me in for your giveaway as I do follow you and I would so like to have my very own Dartmoor hare. I will put it on my sidebar. I'm going to steal you picture for it.

Molly the Airedale said...

Happy Birthday, Freya! Your Dartmoor hare is just adorable!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Jo's World said...

So much to say today! First and most important, Happy Birthday, Freya! Cake and Ice Cream, yum!

We would love your Dartmoor Hare, and promise to take good care of him 4-ever! He will like Minnesota too!

We hope the Bridge survives the traffic and that no one gets hurt on it. The photo of the underside is very dangerous! Keep a close eye on the officials doing the work.

We will put up your giveaway on our blog and make an announcement about it.


Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Sue said...

Hard to believe that Miss Freya is already two years old. Wish we could slow down time a bit.

Add us to your giveaway list. I'll post about it in the next few days.

I owe you a nice long letter. I'll try to get it started tonight.

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Happy birthday Freya! Keeping fingers and toes crossed that the bridge makes it. xxxx

Joanna said...

Happy Birthday little Freya. I have a feeling you will be at the beach on your birthday, and there will be stones for you to dig up. Does life get any better than that? Bunny's picture is posted on my blog.

WendyCarole said...

Happy birthday Freya

Just linked to your give away on my blog.

Murphy said...

Thanks for stopping by and seeing me and Stanley. We see that you are recovering from a flood! OMD, that must be terrible! Of course me and Stanley love to play in the mud but mom says peeps hate it. So we are sorry you had a mess! Glad to have a new friend though!

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

Allie said...

Adorable, and I made a post, yay! I'm so so bummed about your bridge...hoping it stays together. Give Freya birthday cuddles from me!

ptrmom said...

Made a post: (
Made a comment: Comment ;)
Followed: okay, I admit it, I have read for a while but I usually don't follow folks, but the bunnies are just too cute and I have ten grandbabies that would love one (the one with the closest birthday would win... lol)

Anonymous said...


Michele T said...

The hare is adorable - precious and sweet! I would love to have him in my home and he would be well taken care of and would keep my own Teddy Bear company. I won't say how old he is due to his (mine) right to privacy (eek!).

Judys Lace Creations said...

I am new to your blog thanks to Dolores's mention of you.Love that oh so cute hare.I'll be following your sweet blog from now on.

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

Awww..what a sweet giveaway. Your little bunny would make a wonderful addition to my collection! I'm a new follower and love your blog! Enjoyed reading about the bridge.

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

Oops...forgot to mention that I will put a link on my sidebar! Thank you again.

Gill said...

I reckon the Dartmoor hare would like to hop north to Gloucester!

Verna G said...

Love to win a Dartmoor Hare. I presume this is in the south of England. I remember visiting there a few years ago and how lovely it was. \Hope I'm lucky!

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Cute bunnies! I have shared on face book and twitter. Do you have an email for following. Since I got this new computer, I can't click & just follow on the side bar as my web browser says you don't exist. However, I can follow via email. You are checked on my facebook page.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Al said...

Good luck with that major drainage project. I love your photos of the coastline below - since I live so far from the ocean those are always a nice sight to see (although I'll have some coastal photos of my own to post very soon).

Danice G said...

Oh how cute. I am trying to follow via GFC, but it won't let me. I will keep trying. I also posted to my sidebar. Please enter me for this giveaway. Thank you :)

Danice G said...

OK, I am already a follower. My bad, sorry :)

~ Kirra ~ said...

Who ever receives this delightful Hare, will know that it comes with much love from Freya Rose Blossom and will be a valued treasure for many years to come.

Freya you have endured much with the turmoil of the workings around your home, and yet you show the Cavalier determination to excel with the joy of each new day and helping by digging for treasure - one day may that piece of gold - materialise.

Have a lovely weekend, Luv from Kirra -x-

Anonymous said...

I hope I'm not too late...this looks so prim and so me!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We came back to take another look at the little Dartmoore hare - because it is sooo

Monkeys and Angels said...

I just found your blog! What wonderful things you make! Please enter me! We would love to welcome a Dartmoor hare here!


Hi Freya,
I am a new follower of your blog, and I would love to be entered to win the Beautiful Dartmoor Hare. Loved reading your blog, and I will post this on my sidebar. Thank you so much,

Cactusneedle said...

What an adorable bunny! And what a beautiful dog! If I knew how to add your button to my blog I would but alas, I have not learned how to do that yet. :(

Carin@Ullhärvan said...

They are so sweet!
I've put your give away button in my side bar.

Deborah Darling said...

Hello there, greetings from a fellow toymaker in the uk, derbyshire. Maybe you can pop and see me at the museum sometime ;) lovely to meet you--I am now a keen follower xXx