Reflecting on the Summer 2014

Posted on October 09, 2014 by Nicole Phillips

It has been ages since I've blogged and with the definite dip in temperature this week, I have realised our whirlwind of a summer is finally now over. So here’s a little overview of what I've been up to.

My summer started with The Spirit of Summer in Olympia which was a beautiful show full of tempting buys. I tried out a fabulous new colour for my stand, Juniper Ash from Little Green, my favourite paint company, which made my products pop out and gave a nod to my love all things nautical.

I then had the Hampton Court Flower Show to look forward to before the children's school holidays began. We had a glorious week of hot sun and I was very grateful for my mother’s helping hands at the stand. Our B&B’s landlady might not have been so happy about the amount of plants that kept filling up our bathtub each day!

The children’s summer holidays began and although they seemed to stretch endlessly before us, just as suddenly it seemed they were over. Lots of gorgeous sunny days spent at the seaside, picnics in the garden and even a camping trip to Devon and then suddenly it was back to work with the arrival of August and the Chili Fiesta at West Dean. We had a blustery day or two but the Chili spirit went on with lots of dancing and tasting of spicy foods. My Chili Jam tea towel went down a treat.

September came and went with the return to school and the Indian Summer keeping the weather stunning and spirits high. Then it was time for Grow, Cook, Eat at West Dean and we had a mixed batch of weather, ending on a sunny note on Sunday, when it really felt like the last day of summer.

It is time to book the chimney sweep as my thoughts turn to winter and snuggling up on the sofa. The blackberries are picked and in the freezer and my supply of cooking apples are endless, so I think the time has come for long Sunday lunches and Blackberry and Apple crumbles. Just because the nights are drawing in doesn’t mean I won’t be getting out and about, so keep your eyes peeled for more news about where you can find us.


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