Autumn is Here STOP! and REWIND!

Well here we are heading towards the autumnal months and everythings a changing in the garden! Now I promised myself that I wouldn’t do a post like this because I cannot stand Autumn and Winter! Its simply not good for your health you know! and because here in Blighty, we do not have very good summers!….to have to go through these very short days…some as short as 8 hours of daylight! is simply just NOT fair!

Now! having just said all that! there is some lovely colours forming here and there, but I cannot help feeling very sad, because everything is dying off and there is a ‘nip’ in the air.  Previous years, I havn’t minded this season, because I suppose we didnt really have much of a garden to speak of….So I think a trip to Columbia Road, could be called for, to get some plants to make the garden look HAPPY instead of so dead and dreary.

Above is the fuschia that last year we nearly dug up! it looked sooooo DEAD! and we were inches from pulling it up! When Bridget (my mother-in-law) told me that it might be a Fuschia! and within days it started to bloom and get bigger and bigger and more beautiful by the day! To think its going to look all dead and horrible in a few weeks 🙁

still one good thing, I’ll be able to brighten up the garden with me wearing these CK boots, whilst I am out there with my shears cutting everything back ready for its hibernation!


I would say I will be wearing this rather lovely CK knit too, but alas NO! Cath doesn’t DO this knit in a winter warm cosy XL, so I will be making my own interpretation of it soon! (watch this space!)


 Oh and guess what! I have found out what our mystery tree is called, as it is now sprouting these acorns!

…it is called a ‘Holm Oak’ or better known apparently as a ‘Holly Oak’ which I think is quite sweet and a BIG co-incidence as well!  As our vintage caravan is called a ‘Holivan’!!!…and the Holivan sits just underneath the Holly tree!…Ahh Bless!

Yes! hello Max! We can see you!

Hubby has been creating some lovely artwork in our crafting caravan and because of all the medication he is on, it is perfect for him because he can work a bit and then have a rest and a sleep!…I tell you it is perfect for little cat naps in the day time! Hee hee!


I managed to get him this wonderful coffee cup spill stamp…(Phew don’t say that quickly)!….the other day and it makes your artwork look wonderful!

.He likes ‘journalling’ and fills Moleskine’s up with wonderful Ephemera that we have collected on our travels…it makes you look at packaging in a different light!..when you like this type of art! as where-ever you go you are collecting bits and bobs and it is so nice to look back over work that he has done and see the messages in what he has created…he is sooo talented. 

Well I don’t know what we are going to do about this Autumn Winter Milarkie! I suppose there is nothing we can do about it! so we are just going to have to grin and bare it!  I am going to think of some things that we will be able to brighten the garden up with! and I’ll report back to you soon with those ideas…along with my re-styled Happy rose appliqued knit! Speak soon gals

(PS sorry if I have mispelled anything! its getting late and I am supposed to be getting up early for a rondeavouz!!?? in Somerset!!!)



  1. cassie Hood
    14th October 2009 / 10:13 am

    Hi, I just have to say that I love your blog, so pretty. You sound like a bit of a character too! :Dcassie

  2. Florence and Mary
    7th October 2009 / 7:42 pm

    Look at your polka dotty wellies! I need to invest in a pair, esp if today's rain is anything to go by!I can't wait to see your version of the CK knit – I'll bet it'll be even better than hers! Victoria xx

  3. The Girl
    7th October 2009 / 5:04 pm

    I'm an autumn/winter person I'm afraid. I like the crispness that's in the air and the excuse it gives me to get all my hoodies out and put as many layers on as possible. Those dark mornings and evenings do suck though!Your hubby is supremely talented – and I love the coffee cup spill stamp.

  4. Mummy Boo Bear
    7th October 2009 / 1:27 pm

    Hey there Happy,Its strange how we all feel so differently about the changing seasons. I love autumn and the whole snugglyness of it! In fact I could lament all day about it! lol.But I know a lot of people struggle with the dark mornings and evenings.Lots of lovely pictures as always! I have an award for you on my blog. Hope you dont mind.MBBx

  5. Jen
    6th October 2009 / 9:48 pm

    Aw this is my fave time of year! I get too sweaty in the summer… Wish I had me a little Holivan to craft in. Sigh. Hope Fred's health is getting better by the way, he has a lot to put up with health-wise. Take care and keep showing us your bloggy gorgeousness xx

  6. Carol
    6th October 2009 / 9:16 pm

    Another post to brighten the day and make use smile. Hello to Max.I'm another one who doesn't like the short days, long nights. Best bit of the year, for me, is February to June, everything is fresh and bright. Not that I am wanting to wish my life away!Can't wait to see your take on the CK top, I liked it too, then I saw the price.

  7. Zia Meadows
    6th October 2009 / 5:46 pm

    I love your caravan, I keep showing it to my hubbie- but he rolls his eyes and gives me his not another project look! I love the winter- it give me an excuse to be sleepy half the morning under a big sofa blanket and cook loads of thick buttery soups. Aseason full of salad and bikinis is not for me!

  8. prettyshabby
    6th October 2009 / 4:59 pm

    I too hankered after that rather lovely jumper in Caths catalogue Happs, but alas the 'savaloy in a baby's sock'look wouldnt go down too well in these parts. hmmm. Love Fred's art work,that tea stain stamp looks brilliant. xps..dont worry once Chrimbo is out the way it'll be spring again…yay!

  9. SueLovesCherries
    6th October 2009 / 3:48 am

    I love working outside in the Fall because the weather is so crisp and invigorating here in "New" England. I lived in Belgium about 20 years ago and, like you, hated the short winter days – but loved the long summer ones!Be of good cheer – at least you have your crafts and blogs and family and Max, too, to get you through the winter!

  10. Andrea
    5th October 2009 / 8:18 pm

    I love the boots and the camper! Just too quaint and fun!

  11. Julie
    5th October 2009 / 6:34 pm

    I want your boots! They are so cute!!!

  12. Lorelei
    5th October 2009 / 5:26 pm

    I'm with you for winter! I just hate the short days, the snow and all…yet…I love fall and its beautiful colors. It should just be spring, summer (but not too hot) and flowers, fruits etc…and then fall, Halloween and Christmas. Wouldn't that be perfect? Anyways I love your blog…that's really what I meant to tell you! 😛

  13. KC'sCourt!
    5th October 2009 / 12:23 pm

    Love that jumper. I love Autumn, the colours, but not the dying back, but, then there is spring to look frward to!

    5th October 2009 / 10:06 am

    I love autumn, but I know what you mean, there is something sad about the plants dying back. Love your holivan under your holly tree! Suzie. x

  15. Esther
    5th October 2009 / 9:56 am

    You might just have to move to Australia, where I hear our winters are the same temperature as your summers.I LOVE winter and Autumn because it's always so hot here. Our springs last for about a week and then its straight into 30+ temperatures. And it hasn't rained here for about 3 months. I'm dying for some rain.

  16. Floss
    5th October 2009 / 8:46 am

    Oh, I'm looking forward to your own interpretation of that CK jumper – all of us doing dottie angel's 'no highstreet shopping' challenge could use some ideas!It looks like you're going to be able to make the best of autumn, with your bright touches – have a great season!

  17. VintageVicki
    5th October 2009 / 6:52 am

    I actually enjoy autumn – love the wearing of new cardis & socks *blushes*.Love the CK – can't wait to see your version. There's no way I'd pay the CK price for one – thats MrVV's clothes budget for the rest of his life!!! 😉

  18. Josie-Mary
    5th October 2009 / 6:02 am

    I don't mind autumn, I like to start wearing cardigans again & to feel that 'nip' in the air.I want one of thoses jumpers but I'll never fit in it, can't believe her sizes…what about tubby girls?? 🙂

  19. ♥Mimi♥
    5th October 2009 / 3:50 am

    I'm with you – let's just vote out fall and winter and rewind to spring and summer! I will see snow from November until April up in my neck of the woods.

  20. Ashley Schott
    5th October 2009 / 2:42 am

    Oh I just love that sweater!! How pretty and comfortable looking! I can't wait to see your version. I just love coming here and looking at your pictures and reading your posts:) It makes me happy!

  21. Terry
    5th October 2009 / 2:13 am

    I read about your blog in Blogging for Bliss and I love your blog! Your pictures are amazing and I will be stalking (following) you! I love the button for The Happy Blogger Award and will use it this week. Thank you sharing a part of yourself!

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