The first day of Autumn !

Good morning … it’s been a wee while, hasn’t it !

What a glorious start to the Autumn isn’t it ! Well I know we’ve not yet reached the equinox, but the 1st is (weather wise), the first official day of Autumn.

I have been noticing signs of the changing season for quite some time though … the rowan berries were out much earlier than usual … berries in general have appeared a bit earlier than last year, and even the acorn’s ( so Rob noticed ) have been fattening up much earlier …. sign of a bad winter to follow, apparently ….

I do have to admit to the growing sense of relief too, that the summer break is almost over now …. my lot go back to school on the 7th !! Ahh … the glorious 7th !!! It’s been a LONG summer !!!!
It was lovely to get a week in North Wales at the start of the holidays, but we’ve not really done much at all for the rest of the summer break … boredom is well and truly here now !

I am really looking forward to getting my days to myself again soon, so that I can really crack on and get some new beads made … it’s been hard work over the summer !

One thing I did manage to get done this summer though …. my very first solo bead fair ! It was a mad rush to make enough stock, but I managed a table at The 5th Annual Bead Fair at Stourbridge. The run up to it was stressful …. I was nervous about how well it would go for days before, but I had a fantastic day !
It was such a relief to FINALLY get my first bead fair under my belt :) I met so many old friends … new ones too, and drank LOTS of coffee !
I had a good day (sales wise), too … although I made more sales from the stuff I never thought would sell, and didn’t sell a lot of the new stock, so I am now giving myself some time off from beading and just getting my stock gradually listed for sale on Etsy instead. The house is a wreck anyway, so it deserves some attention now that Stourbridge is behind me :)

I’m also looking forward to a night of camping on Saturday … even if it rains, I don’t care !!! We have been given a 5 man tent and we’ve still not managed to use it, so we are going to road test it before taking the kids anywhere in it :)
I can’t wait to get back up into the Peak District !

So …. summer is almost over … Autumn is on it’s way and I can’t wait for the leaves to start turning … it’ll soon be Halloween too !!!

So I figured I’d end today’s rambling with a couple of Autumnal photographs … hope you like ….

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Hope you have a lovely day :) I’m off to catch up with a bit more housework, then maybe make some jewellery for a local gallery … bye for now :)

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