Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Fantastic Photos!

Khadine from Once Upon a Bump in Moira, Craigavon in Ireland (Tel: 028 9261 1412) has sent us these fantastic photos:

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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Snow Joke at Buggysnuggle HQ!

Oh dear! During what should be one of our busiest weeks of the year we are in a situation where virtually nothing can be delivered to or leave from the office! We had about a foot of snow fall on Saturday and this has now frozen solid. I am working from my office down in Cornwall, where it is very cold and frosty with a light snow covering. However Jo, 292 miles away, is attempting to get to Buggysnuggle HQ in her 4 x 4 with snow tyres! However, the courier company cannot get to us to collect the orders! We will be taking individual orders to the post office on foot and then it will be over to the Royal Mail to try and deliver them! So, if you have recently ordered and your delivery has not arrived, please accept our apologies and bear with us!

We are closing a day early (today at noon) as the pipes are frozen so we have no heating or water! We will re-open on Wednesday 5th January.

Wishing all our customers a very Happy Christmas and New Year!

Monday, 13 December 2010

Last order dates for Christmas!

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Wow, where does the time go? I’m sure I wasn’t the only person having heated discussions whilst choosing a Christmas tree last weekend? My middle son Dan always wants the biggest tree possible, I kind of go for the nicest proportions… My long suffering husband just goes with the flow (sensible!) I love the whole decorating palava and we take hours! Dan is never satisfied until every single thing has been hung somewhere in the house! We had extra help this year in the form of Lizzie (21 months) & 6 kittens (7 weeks)… hmmm! I don’t think you could call what we do “tasteful” – the more tinsel, the better! Jo always has a beautiful, stylish tree, but try as I might (& I gave up trying years ago!) my tree never looks stylish!! Each to their own!

So here we are into the last 2 weeks before the big day – my tip is… DON’T GET STRESSED!! It’ll be the day after Boxing Day 2 weeks today, and we’ll all be wondering what all the fuss was about!

But in case you like a bit of pressure and were planning to buy a Buggysnuggle gift for a lucky friend, our last order dates are as follows:

Royal Mail Standard delivery (not absolutely guaranteed for delivery pre-Christmas) - 12 noon Tues 21st December 2010.
Courier delivery (48hr delivery) - 12 noon Wed 22nd December 2010.
The office will be closed from Wednesday 22nd December and will re-open Wednesday 5th January 2011.

Don't forget our Winter 10% discount on all orders over £35.00 placed between 26th November and 31st December. Just quote BRRR when you log-in.

A few ideas: What about a Chocolate/Lime Fur Buggysnuggle (£49.50 with the discount) – this fab photo was sent to us from Polly at Cuddledry, a luxury fur blanket (£22.50) or a fun hat (£9.00)

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Wednesday, 8 December 2010

SnowBugs nanny service

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For anyone who is planning a trip to Meribel or Courchevel this winter and needs someone to look after the little ones whilst you ski, I can recommend my friend Nadine and her company SnowBugs! Nadine has written the following article for our blog:

The first snowflakes are falling! The air is filled with children’s laughter, screams of joy and pure excitement.

Far away in the Ski resort of Courchevel, France, is a Buggysnuggle friend, waiting for the fun to start:

Soon this peaceful winter wonderland with its magical white forests and frozen lakes will change. On the 4th of December those lovely men and women in their black and red uniforms will press the start button to the world of fun we have missed for 7 months; the ski lifts will open!

Within a few days this secret world of fairy tales and glittery snowflakes will turn into the most fun, exiting and exhilarating world for skiers and snowboarders. Much like in England now, there will be children’s laughter echoing from the side of our beloved mountains. Parents returning from a hard day of skiing, with panda-like sunburns and wobbly legs are showing off big smiles and rosy cheeks.

But what do the children do with the parents having fun all day?

This is where SnowBugs appear, to colour in your picture. Every morning SnowBugs nannies brave the cold and make their way to chalets all over Courchevel and Meribel. Bags full of toys are placed on the side for indoor playtime in the afternoon. First we need to make sure those big eyes are looking at us, when mum and dad leave. We are wearing colourful uniforms with a cute little SnowBug to get the children’s attention. I have seen the odd crocodile tear, but as soon as mum & dad are out of sight something magical happens: The tears stop and those little feet come tapping over to the nanny. That little person, full of expectations and curiosity is ready to be our friend...! We are very excited and looking forward to another great season introducing children to the fun world of snow and making the parents holiday as care free as possible!

Of course we need to make sure everyone is dressed for the occasion, so make sure your child is equipped with the right winter boots, snow suits, hats and gloves, warm and waterproof is the theme here! You should also bring sunglasses or mini goggles to protect their precious eyes from these strong UV-rays reflecting of the snow. Should you bring your own pushchair, make sure it is nice and warm. If you feel you may need to top up the snuggle factor of your pushchair, you can use one of our fun and clever Buggysnuggles during your stay in the mountains.

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This article is written by Nadine Saar at SnowBugs private nanny service in Courchevel, La Tania and Meribel.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Spain Trip!

Well the Spain trip was an experience! I learnt that...

1. It actually takes 6 & a half hours to drive from Barcelona to Alicante – Google maps said 5 hours, I said “I always beat google maps”… I was wrong!

2. Spanish roads have no cats-eyes so, late at night, on mountainous roads, in pouring rain, overtaking artic lorries is REAAALLY scary!

3. Easyjet should be re-named “not-so-Easyjet” (this after a 2 hour coach transfer from Alicante to Valencia & finally arriving back at Bristol 6 hours late!)  

However, I also visited some of our fabric factories for the first time and was AMAZED! It was really incredible to see the processes that are involved in making our fabulous fur fabrics. From the fibres to the yarns, then the knitting & finishing – it was a fantastic process to see and I am proud to be working with one of the few remaining mills left in Europe. On the negative side I was also shown all the empty industrial buildings which used to be part of the Spanish textile industry. Sadly, they have vanished in their hundreds, unable to compete with the cheaper versions from China and the Far East. We have received samples from there but they are never as good as our fabric – they get close, but end up “squeaky” instead of lush! I have to admit that we have looked into doing production out there, because costs in Europe are increasing all the time and our competitors produce there, but I still feel strongly that we should support European mills and factories because once they are gone they won’t return.

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