Morning and Evening; Summer’s end.

The main event was the Melplash show, and don’t miss reading about that here.  But it’s been the most amazing long weekend in Dorset – well, everywhere, I think – heat at night, heat in the mornings, heat in the evenings. It feels like the end of summer, but maybe we will be lucky and have a September of Indian Summer…. at least, so goes the talk in the pub tonight.

I’ve been taking Mavis for her walks early in the morning, and it’s been serene seeing the hazy light fall on the hills, the woods touched with autumn colour. 

For a few months now Mavis has been swimming like crazy.  Every morning after her walk we go down to the lake and she leaps in immediately.  Charlie’s dahlia border has gone mad.

The evenings have been soft and gentle.

And so the pattern repeats; morning:


Each more special than the last. 

This evening I noticed for the first time how quickly it is dark; dusk at eight, dark by nine.  How different to a month or two ago.  The evenings catch up on you.  There is a definite tinge of autumn to the trees now.

A waxing moon glowed in the sky.

A cusp moment; the tipping point between summer and autumn, with the former held delicately in the balance by long, hot, late summer days. Tomorrow I’m back to work, I guess alongside a lot of people; and the year slides helter-skelter to its end – but as I always feel, September is my favourite month, the start of the new school year. Time to get your new notebooks out.

Finally, a fun announcement:

Charlie McCormick & Frances Palmer


11th – 23rd September

at Pentreath & Hall Ltd, 17 Rugby Street

I’m so excited that Charlie and our great friend Frances are putting on a wonderful show of Frances’ beautiful pots, and Charlie’s dahlias and ephemera.

On Saturday 16th September, they are holding a course on flower growing and arranging at our design studio in Bloomsbury. The day ends with a tour over at our flat around the corner.  There are a few places remaining; more details and booking available here: we really hope to meet you then!

And if not, I really hope you can make it to the London shop to visit Charlie and Frances’s pop-up (as well as, let’s not forget, browsing all the fabulous new autumn stock in P&H next door).


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