I’ve been really missing my From Our Hearts girls more than usual this week – we’re really overdue a get together and with Debs now based in Australia for part of the year, we’re all just that little bit further apart than we have been in the past. We all email and chat on a pretty much daily basis so they never feel too far away, but nothing compares to when we all manage to get together face to face and have a little break away from everything else.
Missing them this week gave me the momentum needed to get my arse in gear and FINALLY edit the pictures I took in early autumn (in the middle of that beautiful Indian Summer) when we all got together at Joanna‘s beautiful cottage in the Sussex countryside. As always, my cheeks hurt from laughing pretty much solidly for 3 days and it was a wonderful chance to breathe, re-energise, chat shop, have fun and relax after a crazy peak wedding season.
We spent our time lolling around Joanna’s cottage in our PJs, drinking tea (LOVE Jo’s paint chart tea-colour selector), eating eggs fresh from her chickens, having candelit barbeques and perhaps getting a bit worse for wear on occasion (some very cringeworthy pics and video footage of me and Joanna drunkenly raiding her photobooth box have thankfully never surfaced, for this I am very grateful). We spent an amazing day lazily scouring Arundel for bric a brac (or ‘old shit’ as Emma‘s Pete likes to call it), including a lengthy visit to the most amazing vintage camera shop I’ve ever seen (we all came away with lots of goodies….), as well as a couple of little photographic trips to the beach and some amazing cornfields.
It is actually a miracle that Joanna and I made it through this little holiday in one piece…. stargazing, wrapped in blankets, lying in the middle of a country road at midnight (Joanna: “Don’t worry, cars NEVER come down here…”) turned out not to be a great idea when a car did indeed come down there at great speed, driver no doubt disturbed by the sight of two blanketed weirdos in his headlights, frantically picking up candles in teacups and other nonsense from the middle of the road …
Love these girls so much…. Debs, Joanna and Emma you fill me with joy every time I see you.