Wel­come to Septem­ber

Be­cause we love to share ev­ery­thing with you, now share with us – we have to move, feel our pain! Grrr...

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Editor's Letter -

we’ve been or­gan­is­ing a move to another floor for months now. And you can imag­ine the amount of ‘stuff’ we have; the dec­o­rat­ing peo­ple house paint chips, tins, brushes, fab­rics, wall­pa­pers. The craft edi­tor has more yarns, fab­rics, pa­pers, scis­sors and cot­tons than you’ve ever seen. The gar­den depart­ment has as many flora dic­tio­nar­ies, and land­scap­ing and plant books as the Na­tional Li­brary. Screw­drivers, sand­pa­per, ham­mers and drills spill out all over the floor of the DIY space. Bak­ing pa­pers, cook­books, pans and even ingredients crowd the food edi­tor. And none of these be­gin to de­scribe the num­ber of bits, pieces and more that sit layer upon layer on each edi­tor’s desk. It’s a thriv­ing jun­gle of what we use to bring the mag­a­zine to you each month with all its ideas, in­spi­ra­tion and in­for­ma­tion.

Then there’s my of­fice, and I love it! In it sits over 30 years of awards, files, cards, pic­tures, per­sonal ef­fects, fur­ni­ture, rugs, gifts, flow­ers and just so many ‘things’ that re­flect and high­light a most won­der­ful time with beau­ti­ful BHG. It’s been a joy to sit amongst all that para­pher­na­lia ev­ery day. Even pic­tures of my mother, fa­ther and sis­ter smile down at me, along with our fab­u­lous dog, all who have now been gone for some time. And by golly, I’m ‘feel­ing’ the move!

Then comes the di­rec­tive: get rid of as much as you can, you all need to se­ri­ously di­vest. Ouch! Two types of peo­ple emerge: those who can throw out any­thing with­out even a twitch. And those who can­not let go of even one rib­bon with­out grief. (I, of course, am the lat­ter – damn!) So the angst of mov­ing is with us right now. We’ll be over it by next month but for a minute, just stress along with us. Then let the good times roll all over again with just a few less things. Hmm...

Not patch­worked be­fore? Now’s the time with our gor­geous quilt. Noth­ing bet­ter than stitchin’ and bitchin’ with qual­ity friends and be­fore you know it you’ll be ad­dicted.

Gotta love that!

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