It’s the first week of September, back to school and work for many, the mouthwatering aromas of summer BBQ’s to be replaced by the comforting smell of autumn bonfires.

The bees have all but disappeared from our lavender hedge and the evening’s are becoming decidedly nippy! Summer will soon fade. Even if we have a final spurt of warm weather (and trust me, I’ve everything crossed!), Indian Summers are always fleeting, and we all know, deep down, that beautiful autumn colours will soon be making an appearance.

But before we head off into cooler months and warmer woolies, let’s just stop for a moment to reflect on the sensational, sizzling summer we’ve all experienced! What a corker!

Yes I know there were days we prayed for rain, a few degrees less and an ice-cream van to be permanently stationed in our back gardens, but it was amazing, and we’ll talk about it for years to come!

This is the summer when I lost my camera-mad other half to his passion of landscape photography, but when I look at the results I can’t begrudge him the time. Sunrise and sunset are his favourite times of the day, so he was off at every opportunity – luckily, there are worse vices to have, I know!

This is also the summer when I finally accepted that I really haven’t got many adventurous bones in my body, and that’s ok! I’m not going to beat myself up for not attending a music festival or communing with nature under canvas! It’s simply not me!

Now before you write me off as a completely boring old fart, I’m not done just yet! If you said ‘glamping’ then I might just be tempted, I’d even stretch to a fully equipped shepherd’s hut! If I could attend Glastonbury in full VIP exclusivity then I’m your girl…so the spirit is still willing, it just needs to be cosseted in 5* comfort!
You could even cajole me into going on a picnic, once the tartan rugs, wicker baskets, silverware, ice bucket, armchairs etc had been packed.

I’m a creature comfort sort of girl as you’ve probably realised by now! But even I was tempted to discard my cardi over the summer months and bake my bingo wings, so I did live a little!

So here we are in September, my birthday month, the start of a new season and some great TV dramas! It’s the time of new school uniforms and shoes, the time of pretty stationary and new pencil cases, the time to make new friends and to focus on learning and development.

I may not have had the most thrill seeking summer, but that’s ok, it was hot, humid and happy. But now I’m ready for my ‘back to school’ time, a shelf of books to read, a Mental Health First Aider course to attend and new work challenges to rise to.

Let’s make a September to remember!

Sue Alty – The Creative Coordinator

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We think Sue must be a ‘Master of the Dark Arts’, as she has hidden depths! Running our office with meticulous planning and capability, Sue is an avid list writer with a keen eye for detail. But don’t be fooled by that organised demeanour, for Sue is as creative as she is efficient! A skilled communicator with a humorous edge, Sue is as passionate about people and their learning and development as she is about becoming the future Mrs Tom Hardy or Mrs Benedict Cumberbatch (either will do!).  An interesting career path has taken her from the glamour of working in luxury London hotels to the chilled Distribution Centres of supermarket retail, and whether managing small groups or large teams, people are at the heart of everything Sue does.