Way back in the bright, light, depth of Summer, I had an idea.
The garden was set to fete mode (again), and I was showcasing my stalls and rules to my guests.
"It's like a photography shoot, full of props and backdrops," my dear friend complimented. We then began talking about my passion for setting scenes.
Of course I had to capture the day's fete scenes on my camera, so I bossed Tommy about regrading positions. Thus the conversation progressed to photography, and my love of it.
In between dishing out popcorn and playing lucky dip, the conversation turned to things to photograph with the aim of earning money from.
My friend suggested there was money to be made in children's photography. I agree that parents will often pay a substantial fee for a special, lasting, memory of their loved ones. But I couldn't see myself getting too excited about patiently waiting for other children to smile at the camera, and patiently listening to other parent's criticising my approach and product.
It was then I realised I am not necessarily driven by money, it has to come from the heart. There has to be passion. I have to be passionate about something.
It was after hook a duck and ice-creams that I confessed to my dream of a vintage shop, buying and selling items, and setting up pictures to photograph.
Step forward etsy. I showed my friend my latest etsy find, a children's vintage deckchair, and then I proceeded to gush about the fabulous stuff I was buying via etsy.
"I'd love to open my own vintage shop one day," said I.
And then I came to the executive decision that I have to stop saying and thinking, one day.
What about today?
Three weeks later, or thereabouts, I opened Scarlet Moss Vintage.
So you see, dear readers, I have a perfectly good excuse as to why I have kept away for so long. I had to throw all my spare time, energy and enthusiasm into launching the shop.
I have bidded on ebay, browsed around vintage markets, picked up bargains in charity shops, and learnt a heap of stuff along the way. I have bought a logo, printed business cards, advertised on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Not to mention the many, many photographs. And I get to write about treasures that I love. It's everything I love all rolled into one.
Scarlet Moss Vintage is now two months old. She has made nineteen sales, boasts seven glowing reviews, has 273 followers on Instagram, 117 on Twitter and about 70 on Facebook.
Granted, it's still very early days and there is still a long way to go. But it's been the most glorious beginning.
For she is delightfully chaotic, a beautiful mess, loving her is a splendid adventure.