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Do - Compare Yourself To Mole

One of my favourite books ever is Wind in the Willows. When I was young, I had about five copies plus the audiobook and rather glorious animated version on VHS (yes, my youth was indeed that long ago).

There's a poignant passage in there where Mole returns to his little underground home after living with Rat for a while. He's had a lovely time being busy with his new life but, when he scents his house, he misses it and feels the need to return, to reconnect with himself.

That is my clunky way of trying to explain my absence from this blog for these past months. Life has simply got in the way but I've missed these pages and have returned.

So, expect some catch-up features as I bring you back up to speed with some of the highlights from this super busy period and attempt to chronicle some of the memories I don't want to be lost to the mists of time.

Home! That was what they meant, those caressing appeals, those soft touches wafted through the air, those invisible little hands pulling and tugging, all one way! Why, it must be quite close by him at that moment, his old home that he had hurriedly forsaken and never sought again, that day when he first found the river! And now it was sending out its scouts and its messengers to capture him and bring him in.
— Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame


Love - My New Office

As some of you might know, I run a little wedding PR & business consultancy called Candid Apple. I've been in the wedding industry for over 11 years now and I really do enjoy it. After starting out as a wedding planner (multi-award winning too don't you know!), writing two books and running hundreds of weddings, I moved over and started working with businesses instead - helping everyone promote themselves and their businesses, advising people, project managing and generally being a sounding board for anyone who needs a little bit of cheerleading.

I work from home which I love - the flexibility, the lack of commute, the absence of the corporate world, office politics and those meetings-for-the-sake-of-meetings where everyone tries to look important and useful. 

That said, working from home is not without it's challenges and when you've got three kids who always seem to be on school holidays, finding some space that's just mine is really tricky. However, as my business is growing beautifully right now (it must be spring!), it's become essential that I've got somewhere where I can feel comfortable and happy to work and to have a space that's just mine.

Happily, in our garden, we have an outbuilding that used to be an architects drawing office. It's been used more recently as a potting shed/general garden dumping ground so the current project that's absorbing My Mr is to fix this up to become my workspace. In the meantime, I've cleared the conservatory, painted some furniture and prettied up the space to become my interim office and I'm absolutely loving it.

It's bought home to me just how important it is to have a dedicated work area - it means that when I leave in the evening and close the door, I'm switching off so much better and my evenings are now way more relaxing than they have been. I'm not being interrupted by the kids who've learned that when the door is shut, there's no entry. It's making my work, and my work life balance so much better. Who'd have thought that a few tins of paint and a little bit or re-organisation could make such a difference?

These shelves got a lick of chalky emulsion and suddenly were the perfect home for books, stationery and a few pretty bits...

These shelves got a lick of chalky emulsion and suddenly were the perfect home for books, stationery and a few pretty bits...

Another little bookshelf that got the paint treatment and then my dog soon made herself at home!

Another little bookshelf that got the paint treatment and then my dog soon made herself at home!

A few of my favourite things - pictures of my son when he was younger, one of my awards from my days as a wedding planner, a scented candle, a couple of copies of my books and also  'Style Me Vintage: Weddings'  by the lovely Annabel of  Love My Dress

A few of my favourite things - pictures of my son when he was younger, one of my awards from my days as a wedding planner, a scented candle, a couple of copies of my books and also 'Style Me Vintage: Weddings' by the lovely Annabel of Love My Dress

My view - again, the desk got a lick of paint, the chair is a cheap buy from Ikea and, if you look down the garden, that building on the right will soon be my 'proper' office.

My view - again, the desk got a lick of paint, the chair is a cheap buy from Ikea and, if you look down the garden, that building on the right will soon be my 'proper' office.

Some scented English stocks are making my desk an altogether prettier place to be. You might recognise the painted tins from  my Easter post !

Some scented English stocks are making my desk an altogether prettier place to be. You might recognise the painted tins from my Easter post!