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Columbia Road Flower Market & Around

This morning I made the trip into London to do some research for the novel that I am writing (or at least trying to write – it’s a bit of a labour of love as time is often scarce (I work full time and I’m often out of the house for 12 hours on a weekday). It was a beautifully bright and crisp Autumnal day (Autumn is by far and away my favourite season) so I headed to the eponymously named Columbia Road Flower Market. I absolutely love its buzz – the flowers fill the air with their beautiful fragrance and your eyes are dazzled by the outstanding rainbow of colours. The pink pineapples (which I had never seen before but which are fab!) were some of my favourites and it goes without saying the plush hydrangea too which were as big as footballs. There was even the first glimpse of Christmas with miniature Christmas trees, fir cones, scented oranges and cinnamon sticks. I also used the opportunity to also have a go at improving my photography skills …

HELLO AUTUMN & HYGGE

Whilst most are quick to lament the passing of summer, I have alway preferred the cool, crisp, bright mornings of Autumn to hazy summer days. Add in cosy afternoons wrapped up in thick woollen knits, bracing walks in the fresh air and the smells of log fires and bonfires and I am in heaven Recently I have been reading about the Danish phenomenon of Hygge (which I like to pronounce higgy but is actually pronounced hoo-gah). Essentially it equates to living in a state of contented cosiness and, reading about it, I think that Hygge and Autumn go hand in hand. Both inadvertently lend themselves  towards plush furnishings, I like to think a good bit of tartan and velour, and indulgence (whether that be through pastries and hot chocolate or pampering). It also means looking after yourself; relaxation, woollen throws and open fires (and in their absence a Jo Loves Log Fires candle (on a tangent Jo’s (as in Jo Malone – the company Jo Malone was bought by Estée Lauder a number of years ago …

A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEKEND & AN UNEXPECTED LIST TWIST

With work being very busy for the last few weeks, not to mention the arrival of a new puppy, I have been unable to post as much on my blog (which in fact has only drummed into me how much I enjoy writing it). I’ve also felt a little at sixes and sevens because of so many early starts, late nights and an ever increasing to-do list. I have been unable to see the wood for the trees or, should I say, the bigger picture for the jam-packed days. Two nights ago, during the first time that I found for myself for a good while and whilst feeling a tad discombobulated, I opened a birthday present. I should say that the present was in fact a book and I did not wait nearly a fortnight from my birthday to open it! My restraint lasted mere moments (of course it does when something arrives in the post!), never mind weeks. It’s probably more accurate to describe the book as a journal. I have been keeping a journal for 15 years …