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These past few weeks have been rather challenging. The builders have been with us for a month now.  Walls have been knocked through and mounds of earth removed, but our new conservatory is up, letting a lot more light into our kitchen.  I have also been preparing for the Expat-Expo in Lucerne, and designing my new collection.

I feel rather sad that I missed out on some autumn sketching outside.  I have had to rely on some old sketches and autumn paintings as reference material. It is late autumn now and there was such a beautiful light on the trees this morning when I drove my son to school.

As if reading my thoughts, Richard my photographer friend sent me some images of beautiful autumn shots taken at Westonbirt Arboretum. Here are some tasters, celebrating autumn in all its glory; very inspirational.