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Hello hello!  How are you all?  Feeling a bit shaken by recent events?  Me too, my friend, me too.  In times like these I stop reading the news, hug my children all that more tightly, and hope I can bring them up to be kind and compassionate, and who never judge people by their race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, or otherwise.  I had expected Trump to win so the news of his election was no surprise, but I still couldn’t help but be disheartened.  I have no idea what’s next, but I do know we are in for some interesting times.

Apart from reading the news in despair, there have been some good times.  My kids and I headed out west for a week in the October holidays, and caught the best of the weather on the Isle of Cumbrae.  There we were, soaking up some vitamin D on Millport Beach in the middle of October with our jackets off, our feet in the water, ice-cream cones in hand, and a picnic on the sand.  Strange strange weather, but fun times.

millport

millport beach

Praise be for squash season.  Fun to decorate with, even better to eat:

mini pumpkin

Brightening up some corners of the house:

botanical fern print

This print that’s brightening up my bathroom came from one of my favourite Etsy shops – Bygone Press*.

Adding to my British gin collection.  The kind folks at 31Dover.com sent me this Twisted Nose watercress gin to try out, which is distilled in beautiful Winchester.  This small batch gin is more peppery than standard gins, but gosh is it good.  I’ve been drinking it with lime, ice and tonic, but apparently it pairs well with pink grapefruit, so I shall be giving that a go sometime soon!

twisted nose watercress gin

Finally, I have taken lots and lots of autumnal walks with my littlest.  Autumn is hands down my favourite time of year, and the other week I took a walk up to Dean Galleries in Edinburgh.  The place could not have been any more autumnal if it had tried.  We also pretty much had the place to ourselves, which made it extra special.  I could have gazed upon these trees for hours:

autumn in edinburgh

What have you been up to?  How have you been coping with the news? Read anything good or uplifiting lately? Do share, because boy do we need it!

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isle-of-cumbrae

Gosh, it’s been a little while since I last wrote one of these.  Here’s a whistle-stop tour:

isle-of-cumbrae

millport

Holidays.  On account of ongoing costly home renovations we took a holiday at home in the summer.  Or rather, we took a holiday at my parent’s home whilst they holidayed elsewhere.  My parents live on the west coast of Scotland, so it’s a handy base.  We got really lucky with the weather (seriously lucky) and took a few sun drenched day trips around and about the area.

On one such day trip we hopped on the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Largs and made the 8 minute journey to the tiny Isle of Cumbrae, in the Firth of Clyde.  From the ferry slipway we made our way to the town of Millport (the only town on Cumbrae) and had a blast exploring beaches and bays, picnicking, building sandcastles, paddling, and exploring.  It’s such a genteel, slow paced and beautiful little island and we’re already planning our next trip back.  Hopefully by bike as it’s a cyclist’s paradise!

kitchen-details

Speaking of those costly home renovations, we finally have a finished kitchen.  It only took us a year from getting the units installed to actually finishing the thing (including plastering, tiling and painting).  All I’ll say is after a year and a half of moving in, it’s just nice having functioning blinds in our kitchen.  It’s kind of funny to look back at our old mould ridden kitchen. but it certainly wasn’t funny living with it at the time!

birthday-flowers

I had a birthday.  To my eldest this was far too exciting for words.  Drawings were produced.  Cards were made.  And the day before my birthday we visited the park.  Unbeknown to me, she picked a flower, got it home, and kept it in her bedroom for a few hours before declaring that she wanted to give me an early birthday present – this little flower.  Hands down my favourite gift.

woodland-rucksack

My eldest started school in August.  All the emotions.

And finally, I’ve got a few weeks of maternity leave left before I head back to work, so I’ve been busy fitting in all the things I’ve wanted to do.  From people I’ve wanted to see, to places I’ve wanted to go, and things I’ve wanted to do, I’ve been slowly fitting it all in during school hours with my littlest sidekick in tow.  I’ve been feeling a little melancholic that I have to go back to work because for the most part it’s been fun just hanging out with my kids for nine months.  Even when one has eaten bum cream whilst the other has had a tantrum, as was the case last week…

While I’m here, I just wanted to give a shout out to new Moral Fibres sponsor Berg Things, purveyors of beautiful and practical outdoor bags.  As well as being hand-sewn, each bag comes with a lifetime patch guarantee.  If you tear your bag, simply send it back to Berg Things and they’ll repair it, all for the cost of the shipping.  I love this business model.  I hope you will too.