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Ahh Autumn. You circle our trees with your come hither hiver eyes (it sounds better in French than cold, stark English “winter”).

You wrap your coldening, goldening grip around our leaves and drop them carelessly to the ground (actually you have created a beautiful circle of leaves around the walnut tree but again, it’s not as dramatic).

No care for the family that have picnicked merrily under it’s shading branches all summer (twice- it was freezing and frankly a bit muddy).

No heed has been paid to the swing of dreams that allows one to fly under a canopy of delights, giving free rein to the imagination to soar as high as the feet in the sky. Mud shall rein supreme for the next few months on this trapeze of derring do and bottoms will remain off the seat (ok..just mine…the children don’t seem to care about the mud).

You are gently and beautifully stealing our summer colours (I have no idea- we seemed to be inside for most of the summer) and given us an Autumn to enjoy. Leaves to rustle and tussle, conkers to crack and clatter and squirrels to shout at - they started it!! They won’t stop shouting!! I try to sing to them a la Snow White but they bare their teeth and shout. These squirrels would not even get a call up to a Snow White remake casting, these beasts (they even tried to eat the rotten onions that I still haven’t taken down to the composter) are the baddies. Think “When The Chipmunks Went Wrong” and that is their castability.

Happy flora and evil fauna Friday x

PS for more October glories, head to my website to read @flowersandlifestylebymargot truly stunning new blog on October floral woodland tablescaping. Absolutely beautiful! Xxx

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The pears may be gone but the roses battle on valiantly with nary a nod or a wink to the month. Ahh yes…the October roses…nestled in amongst the September rosehips…

I am not even going to question this craziness but it does at least distract from the pure and simple no getting away from it fact that the lawn needs a ruddy good mow.

Given that the mushrooms, ants and slugs have spent more time on this lawn than I have this summer, I feel a little put out at having to mow for them.

Although I suppose it may discourage the blimming squirrels from digging massive holes in the lawn to bury MY poor stolen walnuts. It really is a case of adding insult to injury - particularly as they then don’t actually bury them in the holes so I can’t retrieve them but do manage to stumble down the holes as I waft by.

Happy woeful wafting Wednesday X

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Yup- more apples.

But this time it’s a glorious garden applescape. So many apples and yet none of us are yet sick of the sight of apple crumble. I dared to suggest mixing it up and living dangerously with a damson crumble yesterday but was met with folded arms and I would venture tentatively- murderous glances.

I backed away, clutching my little yellow basket for support and fled to the garden, I allowed the gentle thud of the fuglies as they part ways with their branches to calm my almost murdered soul, apologised to the apples that had dropped and wouldn’t make the crumble (the smashed up, insect and good grief what made those tooth marks knawed ground kill) and skipped back to the house to give these lucky few a good crumbling.

Who would be an apple? What a life.

Happy murderous Monday x

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Another day, another applescape…

But this time I am remaining in the applescape. I am officially not moving from this rocking chair of comfort until the second cup of tea takes it toll.

The light up fairy princess floral headbands arrived, my new bestest friend Jo arrived - not even a phone call of “l think I am in the right place…”. Oh no! Not bronze party package Jo!! She rocked up, she rocked out - she is actually a trained dancer, she was amazing . I showed her a little bit of my old ribbancing with some Lamda term 3 Flamenco tossed in for Spanish eloquence and I think she was pretty impressed.

She packed up amazingly quickly… and before we knew it the triple double digits disco was over. Three very happy, partied out almost ten year olds and three relieved time to hit the gin in a very serious fashion mums.

That is why I am sat here and not moving!!!

Happy sit down Sunday xxx

Ps: New blog on my website about our fabulous magazine shoot @timber_framed_house_suffolk with more tips on Autumn styling and creating wonderful images. Link in bio

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A fleeting moment of sunshine and blue sky??? Run my little Baukjen elongated legs, run like the wind!!! Take the shot! Take the shot!! The clouds are coming!! Cover me!!! Army roll!!! Boom! Shot taken. Autumn Cottage captured.

I appreciate that I sound very extremely military but the day of the triple double digits disco is upon us. There is no room for error. We will take no prisoners. This will run with frightening precision.

My new best friend Jo the children’s DJ of the bronze package, entertainer and trained dancer will arrive at 1430. The Party will commen….hang on! Jo phoned me to check any last minute questions (I love her even more), I gave her the postcode…but forgot to tell her there is little to no signal in the village hall unless you go to the very back of the car park and stand on the flowerbed. Arghhhh!!! …ok, it’s fine, I will send her all our numbers and maybe she will get through on one of our phones if she gets lost…except in attempting to save her number in a frankly major general swoop of army organisation…I deleted it. Good. Excellent.

It’s fine, Jo is amazing, she has worked in holiday parks, nothing will stop her entertaining the troo…many many terrifying ten year olds. I have every faith in my comrade and new best friend Jo.

Please don’t let me down new best friend - the light up fairy flower crowns haven’t arrived yet. There may be a full scale mutiny. Ok I have crossed my armed forced metaphors here but this is only to underscore the code a million potential crisis. Please arrive Jo. Please.

Happy sleeping lions children Saturday? Xxx

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Harvest festival is upon us, time to dig through the pantry and find tinned and jarred goods that aren’t best before 2018 and may actually be useful.

Each year welcomes the return of “Big, Red, Combine Harvester” sung with hearty voices from the children and a catch in the throat from the parents who are in their ninth year of BRC Harvester - with actions- and remember their first born shyly performing this song for the very first time (…that might just be me…the head mentioned recently “oh yes Mrs Lovatt- she cries at everything “ - I can’t help it, I find children’s assemblies and celebrations extremely emotional).

Although I suspect I may be able to hold off the tears at my daughters Triple Double Digits Disco on Saturday. Three birthday girls and two hours of disco fever in the village hall with a “cheery will get the children dancing” DJ and I may well be sobbing but in a pained let me hit the gin way rather than an “ohhh my baby” which has been my refrain for several weeks now.

I shall sort through the pantry to keep my mind off the passing of time and resort to my annual soup, custard and pickled pears combo. What a treat! I may well even drag along some of these fugly apples!

Happy waaaaaaaaah Wednesday x

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As Autumn draws in, the cottage slowly begins to reveal itself again.

Our intrepid cottage dweller picks a walnut and begins to contemplatively hit it with a hammer. The squirrels romp happily through the branches of the faithful old tree whilst the swing blows merrily from side to side in the October gusts.

Yes! I see you squirrels of destruction and thievery, I see you with your “oh look at me using my tail to brilliantly balance on this tiny branch whilst I pick one of the very last walnuts from this decimated tree”. I also see the walnuts that you have discarded on the ground, not good enough for you eh? Not quite ready huh?? No!!!! They are not quite ready which is why I have not picked them you ravaging varminds of tree ruination.

Now we shall be forced to eat date loaf, coffee cake and dorf salad (cheeky winky face). You have ruined my culinary plans of greatness, I will have to spend eighty two thousand pounds at the supermarket to replace these treasures of the tree.

Yet as our fearless cook attempts to pick out the shards of walnut and realises that she has perforated the inner shell AGAIN, she begins to think that perhaps, just perhaps the squirrels might have done her a favour and saved her both time and green stained hands. She aims a final Paddington glare at the squirrels and retreats to the warmth of her phone, opens her Ocado app and smiles as she realises that walnuts are only eight one thousand pounds a bag. What a veritable bargain! Her children will be able to stomach apple in a salad and she won’t suffer the indignity of Googling yet again how to harvest walnuts and failing yet again to manage it.

Thank you Squirrel Buttkin (a small child’s joke yet it makes our bested harvester chuckle).

Happy twisty tailed Tuesday x

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Oh yes, this is definitely today, absolutely definitely 159% today. No way am I resorting to a THREE DAY old photo because I don’t want to go outside, nuh uh. Nope. Not this gal.

I finally managed to flower power essence my way to sit down at the computer and write up the blog on this weeks magazine shoots. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to write it, it was just that there were so many amazing photos it was making it very difficult to choose. So I have split the shoots!! Collective intake of breath!!!

Today you can drool over incredible flower arrangements from @flowersbyalexandragrace in her 500 year old home of utter beauty and next week you can go deeper into history and enjoy @timber_framed_house_suffolk 600 year old doozie.

Hopefully you will find some interesting styling snippets as well as being privy to a truly beautiful home that doesn’t get an airing on Instagram. Delve into this stunning home and don’t blame me when you are filled with a longing for fresh whimsical floral displays in every room and a shower with a view.

Head to my website with the all new sign up for new blog alerts box that only took me most of the day to work out how to add (sometimes one piece of procrastination can lead to an achievement elsewhere). Link in bio.

Happy shhh! I am now resting Sunday xxxx

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Why am I smiling about ascending a rotten old vintage ladder to collect rotting old fugly apples?

1) I don’t have to climb the ladder- they are thudding to earth at a rate of…well Autumn windfall apples…I can simply stand here & look brave whilst they fall into my basket. Easiest job in the world!!

2) I have been sent The Lou organic jeans of dreams from @baukjen that I never ever want to take off because they are so ridiculously comfortable AND they actually do as described on the website “promises to elongate your silhouette” - THEY DO!!!!! I am in love, have longer legs and am super comfortable.

I pulled them on (and the truly beautifully soft Medea organic blouse) & ran through to my husband “Look!! Look!!! They are actually flattering - they said so on the website & they actually in real life are!!!”…

My husband looked up wearily from his book (he has been down this road many times & knows he must be truthful but kind) …”WOW!!!” he exclaimed…”They actually ARE flattering - you look slim & your legs look long!!!”… the last words were drowned in his screams as I roundhouse kicked him with my elongated legs.

3) I am now excellent at roundhouse kicks.

4) I am now a Baukjen International Affiliate…ok…not International…it just sounds really good. But I am an OFFICIAL affiliate which makes me really happy & essentially an International model & fashionista lady.

5)They focus on environmental, ethical and sustainable style (& roundhouse kicking leg elongation) & I have a wonderful code to share with the world (oh - I am totally international!!!).

Click on the link in my stories to go to the most wonderful @baukjen and use “REBECCA15” for a glorious 15% off their truly beautiful and thoughtful clothes.

Happy feisty Friday x

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The perfect wonky capture, entirely encapsulating how I feel in one argh! I have just been stung on the ankle as I hide, knee deep in the Dahlia bed.

My head is wonky (is it Autumn? Am I happy? Do I still want it to be Sunmer? Am I ready for Autumn? Can I wear my silver Penelope Chilvers boots yet…ok..maybe not so much that thought but it is in my mind).

The Autumn magazine shoot is in the can…apologies…showing my age…in the amazing digital camera box) and it is time to lie dow….ok plan for the double digits disco that my daughter has planned out in her head for the last two years. What happened to parties like the library party where they just stamped books in and out and were unbelievably happy for two hours? Or the party where I was the evil goblin witch who kidnapped the fairy princess ballerina and all the tiny fairy ballerinas had to solve the clues to free the fairy princess ballerina yet somehow these sherlockian tiny fairy ballerinas knew that I was Me with green paint on my face???

How are we facing a DISCO? With lights? And loud music? How has this happened??

That is why this cottage is wonky - because I AM!!! You will find me in my rocking chair by La Aga eating Damson jam from the jar today.

Happy wonky Wednesday xxx

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It’s a super fast cup of tea whilst I repin my Very Important Assistant Stylist badge back on.

Yesterday was a world of fun, filled with floral delights (I promise that I didn’t steal these!!!). We came, we styled & we cushioned.

Today is the turn of the poor unsuspe…really lucky… @timber_framed_house_suffolk - yes! Another timber framed gorgeosity in Suffolk (I don’t like to stray too far from home- just reaching the end of my lane is an adventure other than the school run).

After a weekend of attempted IGTV filming which resulted in the world’s tiniest video, planning for these photo shoots & working on a couple of interior projects, I was extremely very grateful to @saskiasessences for sending me the most beautiful flower essence - “Focus, Energise, Create” - yes!!! Yes!! This is what I need! It says that the natural blend is an energising combination that will unblock creativity & help with procrastination- yes! This is the essence for me!!!! And erm..well.. by George I think it actually works!!! I have been using it for over a week & I have been more productive in a week than I have been since…erm…I actually don’t know, my procrastination skills are so finally honed it is difficult to remember.

Naturally I did manage a good few “I’ll just scrub the Island after all the sticky pear pickling” and “Ooh I simply must pick that rose for this photo” but I also achieved everything I was supposed to achieve and when @naomi_jones_homes uttered “So can I leave you to get on with styling in here?” I didn’t simply freeze in the middle of the room, cover my eyes & pretend that no one could see me.

Thank you @saskiasessences I totally adore the idea of harnessing the energy of plants to give us positive support.

I am essenced up & the tea is almost finished- time to hit the road (well - the lane) and do some serious magazineing.

Happy strong tea Tuesday x

Prproduct x

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I know, I know, it’s just some massive Dahlias and a candle in front of a tiny window.

I am currently wearing my very important assistant stylist badge (it’s not actually until Monday but I am practicing) and organising loveliness for more magazine shoots next week.

I am very important and very busy….also very tired and may have fallen asleep on the sofa (5k does rather take it out of one…even if I am back on very slow form without the hounds to chase me).

Pretend I spent ages cutting the perfect Dahlias and looking for the exact right vessels and then arranging their heights for a really disproportionately long time - these are all partly true- and don’t shout at me for some flowers in a window shot - I am practicing my craft..ok?

Head over to my website to read about @flowersandlifestylebymargot practicing her craft with her fabulous new blog on creating a drying hydrangea wreath (practical and beautiful)- yippee!! Guess what I will be doing this weekend?? Along with pickling more pears, crumbling fuglies and boiling Damson jam (or maybe just snoozing on the sofa in preparation for next week).

Happy floral Friday x

Ps: The next drop of the gorgeous @constantcandleco stunning starter sets (pink one in this photo) are pnow on their website. Hurry- they sell out like hot…erm…candles…xx

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I am afraid that the fuglies featured in this photo were hurt, they were chopped up, simmered with blackberries and doused in crumble then drowned in custard. They may be ugly but by gum these apples are delicious.

So delicious in fact, that when my son was forced to eat the fruit “Can I just eat the crumble and the custard and leave the fruit?”….he tried the fruit, he LIKED the fruit!!! I was overjoyed, ecstatic!!! I can finally get my son to eat fruit and it is FREE!! Today is a good day! I am a culinary genius!!!

Then I remembered that my daughter and I had rather liberally and possibly heavy handily added a truck load of sugar and cinnamon….ah…yes…. I have simply fed my son jam with buttered flour and sugar and custard. Well done me.

It was delicious though!!!

Happy thoroughly sacchariferous Thursday x

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I am extremely very sorry.

Ostensibly it is just a photo of a cardboard box of flowers and a chair with a bucket on it. But I just had to squeeze in one final hurrah of wedding flower joy when I collected my pretties from the barn of romance and joy.

I had put all my floral wares onto the table to bring inside and simply couldn’t resist a tiny photo. I do understand that this is an illegal yestergram shot as well as tantamount to showing you my holiday snaps. I am so sorry. I just needed one last flourish of romance drenched floral fancy before I distribute them around the house for a little bit more prolonged floral joy…oh…yes…hmm…sorry about that…gird your loins and expect more flojazzle over the next few days.

Sorry…a bit.

Blame Chelsea Flower Show.

Not my fault. X

Happy Tadah! A cardboard box of flowers Tuesday x

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