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Project September

I do believe that it might be well documented that I love September. I love it with a passion I usually reserve for violet cremes. It is after all the loveliest of opportunities to shift gear, fall into a frenzy of blissful and oh so very rewarding homemaking escapades and if we are feeling that way inclined, quite the perfect time to rub away the sand between our toes, make a rather fabulous mission out of finding the perfect pair of Autumn leaf-kicking boots, and take up walking without feeling half-dead under the burning glare of a climate-changing sun.[...]

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Housekeeper’s Diary

In the garden the purple speckled strands of whatever it is growing out of the blue watering can have tangled themselves in gorgeous knots through the fretwork of the old iron chair on which the watering can rests. They are as one now. A muddly marriage I dare not part. In the house the fridge is full of lettuce. A reminder to myself that Ste cannot be trusted to shop sensibly, should he be asked to bring home the ingredients for an impromptu barbecue in honour of the first girl Finley has ever taken a chance of bringing home, certain as he always has been tha[...]

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Broc-Xit: The results

Over eight hundred of you voted in my Broc-xit poll.I received over one hundred emails offering kind and inspirational opinion and advice and I truly felt the love. You see when you run an online business for as long as I have, you come to understand that it doesn't wholly belong to you, it also belongs to the community that have long supported it, and it is for this reason that it struck me as important to ask your opinion when I was flailing. I owe you so very much. The results were almost split between closing the Salon and keeping it open in one form or an[...]

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Fallow Season

You have astonished me with your kindness. Your patience. Your loyalty. And above all the gentle advice so many of you have dropped into my inbox. Advice I have been mulling over, turning this way and that and threading into the tapestry of my tomorrows. How lucky I am to have so much wisdom at my disposal. One of the images on my cream vision board says "Surround yourself with strong women": a reminder I don't really need because for so long you have all been with me, rooting for me and travelling through my ups and downs with your fingers firmly crossed on m[...]

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Broc-xit: The Future of BrocanteHome

A few days ago I received a comment here at BrocanteHome that advised me to close the business and take a year off in order to regroup because I cannot teach authenticity if I am not capable of personal authenticity. And after breathing a little sigh of fright, my first thought was that if it was even remotely possible I really would because I am so very disappointed that life is so very difficult I get myself into the most terrible spins, that above all else, affect you. Truth be told, that following my partner being off ill for so long last year, we are tot[...]

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