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You haven’t seen a blog post for ages and then two of them come along at once.

I felt a change in the air this morning and noticed that some of the leaves in the garden had started to turn.  Most of my flowers are waning, but the ones left are predominantly pinks and purples….

This is my first year growing ‘Cosmos’ from seed and I’m really happy with the results…they just keep making new blooms.

This fuchsia was in the garden when we moved here, and struggled initially.  But with lots of care, feeding and pruning, it gives quite a show now.

I love a lily, and although they don’t really fit in with the rest of the garden, I planted some bulbs this year in tubs and was rewarded with this beauty.

Another one of my favourites.  I usually plant the tall blue variety of cornflower in the back garden with Camomile Daisies and Red Field Poppies for company, but this year I tried some multi-coloured dwarf ones.

The bumble bees love these Globe Thistles, they’ve been buzzing around them ever since the blooms popped open.

As I said earlier, the leaves are turning, but there are still delights to look forward to like…..

We have a number of self-seeded Elderberry bushes in the garden, which will turn into Elderberry Port and Jam……

….and brambles for Bramble Jelly.  If I can find enough, I’ll make some wine too.  That should help to keep us warm through the Winter.


It may be tipping it down outside, with a sky that wouldn’t look out of place in ‘War of the Worlds’, but I’m all sunny inside.  This time tomorrow, I will be at Perth Railway station waiting to meet Gabriella Buckingham.  Me and Gabs made each others acquaintance on Twitter.  We are two of a group of 5 daft ladies, all as mad as a bag of frogs, but super lovely with it.  The rest of the group are, Helen Rhodes, Mel Anderson and Tia Lush.  For quite some time now, we have been trying our best to have ‘a tweet-up’ so we could finally meet each other in real life, as opposed to over the tinternet.  There have been a couple of nearly arranged trips, but it’s been really difficult to coordinate a suitable time and place as we are scattered all over the country and are all self-employed.

I am the most scattered of the 5 living in Scotland, but Gabs is making an epic 7 hour journey with 4 train changes to come up to see me…….What a trouper!!  Amongst the tomfoolery, there will be crocheting, quoffing, and cultural trips (weather dependent).  Although, there are plenty of waterproofs to be had, so there isn’t much we won’t be able to do.

So far, some of the ladies have met up, sort of meeting halfway, and 3 of the 5 are off to Milan next week to see Take That.  I’m not sure if Milan or ‘the boys’ know what they are letting themselves in for.  Lock up all your shoes, booze and cake, that’s all I can say.  I’m sure there will be many Italian tweets to be read during the trip.

Many Makers out there work from home or in a studio where they have little contact with the rest of the creative world.  Twitter is a brilliant way of linking up with each other, to chat about designs, suppliers, possible leads on opportunities or moral support when things aren’t going to plan.  There are some very talented bloggers out there too, writing with amazing beauty, honesty and humour, all adding to the wealth of support and advice.  We are all part of one big creative melting pot, in different time zones, areas of expertise, and stages of life, but all linked by the need to feel part of a larger community.  I for one am so glad I joined, and can’t wait to meet Gabs tomorrow…..I’m sure it’ll be magic!