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 ....
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 :)