Thanks for your responses and the advice on getting the plant through the winter. I know it is almost November (aargh) but the fuschia is still flowering so I figured it must be happy enough. The immediate issue is that I'd like to take some cuttings in case it *doesn't* survive the winter - but maybe I've just left it too late. I guess I'll give it a try anyway, just in case. I have my cuttings on a windowsill but it's right over a radiator and also gets pretty warm if the sun does decide to shine. I gather from another thread that the temperature mustn't be too high.
For the plant itself, I have an uninsulated garage but there's next to no light in there - would that be better than indoors? Even my spare room is not particularly cool. As for 'water sparingly' - stupid question, but what does that mean? And if it's going to lose all its leaves anyway, how do I know it's still alive? Or do I just keep watering it as an act of faith and wait until springtime to discover if it's alive?
Can you tell I'm a novice?