Picked from my garden - a jug bursting with the last blowsy scented roses, tendrils of clematis, lady’s mantle and lavender creates the perfect holiday mood – warm, cheerful and relaxed …
Most of my friends who have young children love August as it means lazy mornings without the manic school run and they drop into holiday mode with trips to the seaside, theme parks and maybe even a holiday abroad.
Long summer days with walks in the lovely countryside, beautiful blue skies overhead, picnics, barbeques and large glasses of Pimms whilst watching sunset, salads, strawberries and sunflowers all mean August to me.
That’s the plus side. On the down side everyone and I mean EVERYONE’s birthday falls in August (ahem) along with mine. Lots of family including my Mum and nearly Mother-in-Law, lots of my best friends, even my builder Sean! I am almost glad that my grandmas and great aunts have passed away as their birthdays were in August too. I kid you not, I have 15 birthdays cards to buy in August and it costs an absolute fortune - nearly as bad as Christmas.
As I promised here is the first of my monthly mood boards. Ta Dah - I give you August ...
I love the Clarke & Clarke bright blue jaunty fabric with beach huts and sailing boats. A few years ago I did a chaise in this fabric for a lovely 89 year old Irish lady called Margot – I just hope that if I make it to that age I too will be choosing this sort of fabric instead of a boring beige.
Remembering many birthday trips to the seaside, the bright pinks represent ice creams, candy floss and sticks of rock - enough to make your teeth rot. The blue stripes are for deck chairs, the pink ginghams are pretty picnic tablecloths. How cute is my tiny tea set? It's actually Wedgewood. The blue fabric with the daisies and birds reminds me of blue skies and sunshine. Oh yes, the funny triangular bits at the top are supposed to be fluttering bunting. Yes I know, but this is my first ever mood board!
Take a look below at the gallery of Hayley’s stunning photos – they really capture the essence of August.
Till next month!