It's been a few weeks since I last drew breath and blogged a few thoughts. Here I am, sitting at my kitchen table, the boys have gone to school and for once at this hour I am still in my PJ's! This is my first weekend off since a summer break back in August, I am luxuriating in the quiet calmness all around me - sheer bliss!

It has been a brilliant year thus far and there's still so much to come for this little freelance flower company. Don't get me wrong, come Monday, I will be eager to flex my scissors and start on upcoming projects. But for now, it's good to stop, relax and take stock. With lots of winter weddings coming up in the weeks and months ahead, as well as some wreath classes in December which will bring us into the festive season. Details for these will be coming out in the next week or so on the website. So, if you're up for a spot of fun with a friend or two and fancy making a door wreath, keep checking in.

I went for a long walk with Nutmeg yesterday, I may have said it before, but I love this season, wrapping up warm, wearing snug woollens and Wellington boots, puddle splashing (as was the case yesterday), or simply enjoying the first crunch underfoot of a morning frost. I'm already thinking about Halloween and Bonfire night and Nutmeg, with her nose to the ground, snuffling amongst the piles of leaves enjoying the smells of the mulch and moss. This time of year as the temperature drops, everywhere you look the colours, shape and form of nature really begin to change. Berries appear radiantly red and the smells from the flora and fauna can be quite intoxicating. Fungi in a myriad of colour pop up in the oddest of places and are gone as quick as they came.

This is a perfect time to bring a bit of the outside in...

As well as wanting to cook and eat seasonal foods - pumpkins, squashes and pheasant; I like to bring some of those beautiful red, gold, orange and yellow leaves inside; dropping them into large hurricane vases along with acorns, chestnuts and berries - they look beautiful offset with a glowing candle. I'll also be preserving crab apples during half term, but will be sure to save some of these little red garnet - like gems for my flower work. As ever, in some small way, I want my flowers to reflect the beauty of the season.

I'll be back with wreaths and some seasonal glamour in the next blog. In the meantime, have a great weekend. X