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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 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 uplifting lately? Do share, because boy do we need it!

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