Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Love this Doctor!

I was going to publish a post I’d been working on about finding the motivation to exercise… Then this arrived in my in-box today from my sister & made me laugh so much & made MUCH more sense! (I tried & failed to find the original source – so sorry if it was you!)

Love this Doctor!

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Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?

A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it... Don't waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.

 

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?

A: Oh no. Wine made from fruit. Fruit very good. Brandy distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Grain good too. Bottom up!

 

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?

A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one. If you have two body, your ratio two to one.

 

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?

A: Can't think of one, sorry. My philosophy: No pain...good!

 

Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?

A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food fried in vegetable oil. How getting more vegetable be bad?

 

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?

A: Oh no! When you exercise muscle, it get bigger. You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.

 

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?

A: You crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!

 

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?

A: If swimming good for figure, explain whale to me.

 

Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?

A: Hey! 'Round' is shape!

 

Well... I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

And remember:

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO, what a ride!!"

 

AND.....

For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.

5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Domestic Sluttery

There is no hiding from it. I am a total domestic disaster! I have a mountain of washing waiting to be sorted; every window sill in my house is piled high with stuff; you cannot get a car in the car port because its full of surf boards, buckets, spades, plant pots; there is a hole in the back door where the cat flap used to be – the new cat flap has been waiting to be attached for about 2 months! Now don’t get me started on my office…

Today I have got to the stage when I can’t think straight! I am in the middle of ordering more production; designing next seasons collection; sorting all the admin to do with fabric & trims ordering & also doing PR for this weeks’ Baby Show. My desk is piled high & I seem to be hopping from one job to another without completing anything! Aaaaaahhhh.

Now brace yourselves, I’m going to show you some photos of my desk & office…

   How I can find anything I don’t know!

What a tip!

Right I’m not doing anything else until this pit is sorted!

Huffing, puffing, chucking, hoovering, sweating… An hour later… 

Right! That is so much better! I can think clearly & go off to The Baby Show knowing I’m coming back next week to A TIDY DESK!! Whooppee!

Monday, 8 October 2012

Autumn – the best season?

Autumn is my favourite time of year. I love Autumn for so many reasons but here are a few:

1. That smell! I don’t know what it is but as soon as September arrives there’s a different smell in the air! That crispness. That kind of mouldy smell. That stillness. I love it!

2. The colours – I live down a lane which looks as though it goes nowhere, and the trees form a tunnel. The colours of the leaves by mid-October are beautiful reds, yellows & browns & I love driving down that lane. LEAVES_2LEAVES_1

3. Blackberry picking is one of my favourite things to do in Autumn, though this year I’ve only managed one fruitful afternoon (with an added punnet-full from one of my lovely neighbours!) I made a blackberry & windfall apple crumble; blackberry with a hint of apple jam; and finally, my first attempt at blackberry vodka. I got the recipe for the vodka via one of my favourite blogs Rosalilium.com - It looks really lovely, but I have to resist it for at least 6 weeks! BLACKBERRY_JAMVODKA

4. We get very busy at Buggysnuggle and all the hard work of the previous few months seems worthwhile as stock starts flying out of the warehouse.

5. Time. Despite the fact it is our busy time of year, I seem to have marginally more time on my hands. I think because I don’t row in the evenings and my boys surf less late because of the lack of light, we seem to be home earlier & therefore I have a bit more evening time to do all the things I’ve been putting off all summer!

6. Now, you can call me a “pleb” (to use the word of the moment!) but with Autumn comes X-Factor, Downton & Strictly (my personal favourite!) and I love an evening hunkered down with a full TV schedule, a bottle of wine & a bar of chocolate!

What are your favourite things about autumn?

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

A very non-typical week!

Most weeks tend to pass by in a blur - I find myself just about keeping my head above water, just about managing to keep on top of things. A few weeks ago, I had a great week, a fantastic mixture of work and play, which is definitely one of the best things about being your own boss!

Wednesday evening 12th September – St Mawes

I was lucky enough to take part in a unique event, The Cornish Rowing Challenge, organised by Cornish-born Beijing Olympic medallist Annie Vernon. She wanted to celebrate the end of her rowing career with some special racing - Olympic rowers versus the best Cornish Pilot Gig rowers! In a very exciting evening filmed live for The One Show, GB's gold medal winning rowers – Helen Glover, Heather Stanning, Katherine Grainger and Sophie Hosking, amongst others from the GB team, raced Cornwall’s finest gig rowers (Falmouth) in a battle to find out who reigns supreme!

The GB Crew in Rhos (Helen Glover 4th from left)

Some of the GB girls (Heather Stanning in middle, Kath Grainger on right)

The first race was 2 GB crews of 4, racing in sliding seat boats against the gigs – The GB girls won easily. But then 2 GB crews raced in gigs against Falmouth & other gig crews and it was a different story – Falmouth won easily & the GB girls brought up the rear of the pack! In the final race everyone mixed up and each crew had a team GB rower to race with! I was lucky enough to race with Lou Reeve (5th at the London Olympics) and also Lucy Siegle from The One Show who had only tried rowing for the first time the day before! We came in a very respectable 6th place!

My crew (L-R: Lucy Siegle, me, Lou Reeve, our cox Malcom, a Truro rower, Karen from the mighty Falmouth & Annie)

It was an evening I will never forget!

Thursday 13th September

6am - Up very early to catch the train to London to meet Mayumi, our Japanese distributor. Very nice lunch and then back on the 6pm train – a 600 mile / 16 hour round trip!

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With Mayumi in London

Friday 14th September

4.30am - A weekend away with my lovely husband to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary (how did that happen?) The flight times seemed perfectly reasonable until I worked backwards and realised how early we’d have to leave! Still 4 nights away to recover with no kids to wake us up! We stayed at a wonderful place called Le Corps De Garde in St. Martin de Re on the Ile de Re. It’s a beautiful, very flat island where all there is to do is cycle around, stopping occasionally to eat and drink! Bliss!

Le salon at Le Corps de Garde

The harbour at St Martin

Wednesday 19th September

The final leg of my crazy week was a flying visit to Paris for Premier Vision, the fabric show where we go to source our fab new designs. This year Jo couldn’t come because we decided baby Monty could do without the hassle, so I went on my own. I didn’t do too badly though – I ate at a fantastic little restaurant called La Regalade in Rue St Honore – check out this souffle grand marnier which I had for dessert! I did feel a bit of a billy-no-mates, but at least I had twitter to keep me company!

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Le souffle!

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Parc des Expositions, Paris

I finally got back at 11pm on the Thursday completely exhausted & very happy to see my kids! Fortunately, now it’s back to the normal routine – my 20 metre commute to the garden shed, school runs and attempting to cook dinner & keep on top of the washing mountain! Phew!

Thursday, 5 July 2012

The “Yummy Mummy” era is over!

I read with relief in an article by Laura Weir & Ben Spriggs in last weeks Sunday Times Style magazine, that the “Yummy Mummy” is finished! ‘Thank the Lord’ I thought, but I would like to propose that we ditch something else while we’re at it – “Mumpreneur”. I’ve needed to get this off my chest for a while so this seems like the perfect moment.

Over the last 2 or 3 years “Mumpreneur” has become a major buzz word in the press and social media. I’m not sure where it came from, but I read on Twitter a while back, when there was a discussion about it, that one particular journalist found it “a useful term for describing a flourishing group of women who have started businesses after having babies”. I appreciate that with social media being so huge and the use of hash tags & search terms so necessary, the more niche the descriptive term, the better, however, I personally find “Mumpreneur” patronising, if not completely sexist!

What will we have next? “Spinpreneur” for single women in business; “Granpreneur” for grannies in business, or perhaps “Tweenpreneur” for inventive teenagers! I don’t think so! It’s not as though “Mumpreneurs” are a new phenomenon. Jo & I started our business 14 years ago, around the same time as the following fabulous women who run successful businesses and happen to be mums:

Selina Russell of Cheeky Rascals (Founded 1997)

Julia Minchin of Hippychick (Founded 1999)

Rachel Payne & Liz Gearing of Koolsun (founded 2001)

Emma Redding of Buggyfit (funded 2002)

Lara Boyle of Beauty & The Bib (founded 2004)

Lucy Jewson of Frugi (founded 2004)

trampoleneScan10015We have all been beavering away for years, starting our companies before Facebook, Twitter and all the other social media formats became the forces that they are. I can’t vouch for the others but I’d just prefer to be called a business woman, or on a good day, an entrepreneur! Let “Mumpreneur” disappear with the “Yummy” and lets all be judged for our businesses however or whenever they started!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

“Aroundtoit”

Like many women I have a massive list of things on my “aroundtoit” list and, like everyone else, they’ve been there a while! Number 1 on my “aroundtoit” list for about 4 years has been to sort my cupboards out – all of them! Kitchen cupboard, airing cupboard, the dresser – everywhere I have cupboards full of crap and if I cleaned them out I could put everything away – oh how great that would be, if all our stuff was “away” = bliss!

riverford-organic-farmsBut, I confess, I am one of those people who have a lot of good intentions on my “aroundtoit” list but rarely achieve them – be it cooking more inventive meals; organising a monthly supermarket delivery of all the basics; reading to my kids every night; doing something for charity; reading more intelligent books; recycling more and remembering to put it out; growing my own veg and so on. Pah! Growing my own veg – I can’t even keep a pot of basil alive for more than 2 weeks!

Attempting to get the family to eat lots of organic vegetables was one such intention which I did actually get “aroundto”. Well sort of! For the last 6 years I’ve had a veg box delivered by Riverford Organic – a fantastic company based in Devon who I would thoroughly recommend. Each week a lovely box full of delicious organic veg has been delivered to my door step. However, my kids are quite anti-veg, something which drives me insane and though I try to cook lots of veg and eat as many as possible, I never seem to work my way through the entire veg box. The problem is especially bad in the summer when the whole family are busy every night surfing or rowing or football training… What with one thing or another dinner tends to be of a spagetti bolognaise/chilli type meal and I’m afraid fish and chips tends to feature at least once a week (usually when they’ve surfed until late and it’s 8.30pm and I haven’t even thought about dinner!)

ROCK_OYSTERIMG_1509So anyway, last night I cleaned out my fridge. We’d had a fantastic weekend at the Rock Oyster Festival and as a result had not eaten at home for a few days.  I found myself chucking a lot of what had been lovely fresh food in the bin. What a terrible waste! I’m in the middle of reading Half the Sky (you HAVE to read it) so this appalling waste really hit home and I decided to get “aroundtoit” and cancel the delivery and stop wasting money and food! Today it was with a heavy heart that I cancelled my regular veg order and am instead going to get “aroundtoit” and buy on a daily basis from Padstow Farm Shop, which is a fantastic local shop that I should support more!

SOS_logoWith the money I’ll no longer be wasting by spending on food that gets binned I’ve started sponsoring a child via SOS Children’ s Villages and set up a monthly donation to Shelterbox. This is what the message from Half The Sky tries to get across – it doesn’t matter what you do, it doesn’t matter how small, every little helps and also, finally, I’ve crossed something off my “aroundtoit” list! 

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Cybher 2012

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I visited Cybher 2012 last Saturday - the first all-female blogger get together held in the UK. I booked out of curiosity as much as anything, but I did hope to come away with inspiration and knowledge and I fulfilled this ambition! I have been “blogging” since July 2010, because we were launching a new website and told we MUST blog! And Facebook! And Tweet! So I joined the 21st century and threw myself into “social media” and the Buggysnuggle Blog.

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I must admit to feeling a bit of a fake at Cybher, surrounded by so many proper bloggers – my blogs are infrequent and very random! I attended with my sister who is definitely a “proper” blogger, writing often and very entertainingly on food (www.fulltobursting.org ) There were bloggers of every type: parenting, food, fashion, erotica, life, art, thriftiness, green issues – you name it, they were there. I follow quite a few blogs and tweeters and did find myself trying to identify my favourites from their photos. I discovered people look different in “real life”!

Every delegate received a FANTASTIC leather satchel goodie bag from The Leather Satchel Co – free! Yes free! Has to be the best goodie bag ever! Only problem was deciding on the colour. I went for pink, sis went for green, and I then had green satchel envy all day! Loads of other freebies and info, from Palmers (I’ve been using the fake tan and its great – actually smells nice!), Freya lingerie, Dodo pads and many more.

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It was a pretty full on day, with just an hour for lunch. I found it quite hard to choose which of the 4 choices per session to attend, and in most wanted to be in at least 2 places at once. Sis and I split up, so at least we could gain as much as possible between us!

Firstly, I discovered how to run competitions legally in “Competitions and the Law” with Spark & Fuse. Realised some that we’ve done in the past may not have been strictly legal! Now I know! It was also very interesting to hear from “Professional Comper” Lucky Di who has won over £200,000 worth of prizes!

“Imagery & Idea Generation” with Jo Gifford (by Skype!) was bursting with ideas – so many apps to try out and stuff to download – I think I may start with Polyvore when I get 5 minutes! I did leave full of ideas and inspiration and Jo sounded fabulous – shame I didn’t get to meet her.

After lunch was a very powerful session “Blogging for Good” with Christine Mosler, Jennifer Begg, Sian To and Liz Scarff. All 4 women spoke very powerfully about their reactions to the book Half The Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn. Jennifer described her efforts to raise money to build a school in Cambodia in memory of her mum. What came across very strongly is that the small things (buying cakes!) really can help and grow to become something special. Janies School now educates over 400 students - a massive achievement. Check out these trailers: http://www.girleffect.org/video and http://www.halftheskymovement.org/ - you cannot fail to be moved after watching them. I am waiting for my copy of Half The Sky to arrive. All 4 women are involved with WorldVision and a campaign which is aiming to raise awareness of the West Africa food crisis, which is being largely ignored by the media, but aims to change this by using social media to spread the word and show we can all do something to help, however small.

My final session was a very funny hour in the company of Gigi Eligoloff and Paula Battle, otherwise known as In The Powder Room. They talked about the launch of a new way of internet shopping called WeShop – watch the intro here: http://www.inthepowderroom.com/WeShop - I’m hoping we’ll get a blogger to recommend Buggysnuggles so we can join in! As for the rest of the session…What happens in the room, stays in the room! We await the launch of Vagingo!

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This is really just a snapshot of the day - there were also interesting panel discussions at the beginning and end of the day; Zoe Margolis told of her awful experiences as a blogger (be warned); the ethics of blogging was discussed (general consensus “be real”); and a final appeal from Justin Byworth of WorldVision to follow Sian To and Liz Scarff who are travelling to Niger at the end of this month to see for themselves the devastating consequences of the food crisis in West Africa. Read about their experiences and share as much as you can using #shareniger.

Twitter: @WorldVision @Geekisnewchic @LizScarff

Facebook: WorldVisionUK

Finally a huge thank you to Sian To who did an amazing job organising the whole event and I look forward to returning next year. In the meantime, I’ll be reading Half The Sky and following Sian & Liz in Niger.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Springtime in Blighty

MAY-DAYI have a hectic couple of weeks coming up, and events are not Buggysnuggle related, so I’m going to be skiving quite a bit!

I’m lucky to live in Cornwall, just outside Padstow, and the excitement is building for May Day, the most important day of the year! Despite being an “incomer” I absolutely love May Day and I’m pretty sure I haven’t missed one since 1988, when I first dragged my husband to Cornwall to show him why we needed to live here!

May Day is a huge tradition in Padstow and Padstonians are rightly very proud of their heritage. The origins of Padstow May Day or Obby Oss Day are a little hazy, but it is generally thought to be a celebration of the arrival of Spring, or possibly an ancient fertility festival!

MAY-OBBYOSS-1By May Day morning the town is decorated with a stunning May Pole, and flags, flowers and greenery are everywhere. Locals dress in white with blue or red coloured ribbons to show their families’ allegiance to either the ‘Red’/Original Oss or the ‘Blue’/Peace Oss. From dawn until dusk the Oss and their followers dance and sing their way around the town to Padstow’s May Song and the hypnotic beat of the drums. Every year without fail, when I arrive in Padstow on May Day and hear those drums I get a lump in my throat and you just cannot fail to feel the passion of the Padstonians!

Both Oss dance separately all around the town through the narrow streets, up to Prideaux Place, and around the quay, congregating early evening around the May Pole which is really magical. My favourite time is seeing them go away for the year. The Padstonians are all absolutely exhausted, many having been up night singing the previous night and having danced all day. The singing, as everyone squashes together, echoes around the streets, and it really is emotional as the day ends for another year.

175After all the fun of May Day, it’s off to the Isles of Scilly for the World Pilot Gig Championships the following weekend! Pilot Gigs are traditional wooden boats originally used to ferry pilots out to larger ships, and they’ve also been used as lifeboats. Modern gig racing started in the 50’s and has been gaining in popularity hugely since the late 1980’s. The WPGC have been held in the Scillies since 1990 and gets bigger every year. This year over 120 gigs will line up for the start of each of the big races. It is a spectacular sight - a start line over a mile long! The noise of the paddles when the gun goes is immense, after that you hear nothing except the blood rushing through your ears! I’m rowing for the Padstow Ladies Crews and I’m so excited I can hardly contain myself!

SCILLIESWe will race over 4 rounds to get to our final position some time on Sunday afternoon. When the racing finishes, the party starts as over 2000 rowers and friends plus the wonderful Scilly Islanders celebrate the weekend! It really is a special event and I can’t wait for it to start!

Monday, 5 March 2012

Best of Buggysnuggling British

2012 is definitely going to be a historic year to remember with both the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics happening here in Great Britain! To celebrate these events we are delighted to launch a limited edition collection – The Best of Buggysnuggling British!BEST_OF_BUGGYSNUGGLING_BRITISH_a

There are so many events taking place not only in London, but across the entire country and families are going to be out and about even more than usual, perhaps following the progress of the Olympic torch; having picnics in the park watching local “Olympic” events; or dancing the night away at the local street party! But let’s face it, British summers are rarely sweltering so Buggysnuggle footmuffs are going to come in very handy, keeping little ones snuggled up in their pushchairs, enabling all the family to have some fun whatever time of day or night and showing they’re proud to be British!

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Buggysnuggles are perfect for the average British summer: They are warm and wind proof; the top can be zipped off enabling the bottom half to be used as a liner if the weather is warmer, or the top half to be used as an impromptu blanket! The celebratory collection comes in 5 styles all retailing at £49.95: Navy and red fleece with union jack bunting along the flap; charcoal and silver grey fleece with union jack ribbon toggles; black and red fleece with a London Bus embroidery or a vintage style union jack designed fur in either shades or blue or plum. All 5 designs provide a subtle way of waving the British flag!

We will also have a picnic rug (145cm x 145cm) with a Union Jack fleece on one side and a waterproof backing (these are due end March) retailing at £29.95.

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So, come on, lets celebrate this once in a lifetime year of fantastic and spectacular events happening right here on our door step!

Monday, 13 February 2012

Working mums and childcare

It’s half term again. The holidays seem to come round in a flash, and for once, I’m relatively organised in terms of child care this week. My daughter (2) has finally settled in to her new nursery; my youngest son, Sam, is skate boarding today, has a ‘Maths Challenge’ day tomorrow (making maths cool – how great is that?), he & I are going to London for a couple of days and then he has a footie day on Friday! My other 2 lovely lads (14 & 16) tend to either lay around playing Call of Duty, see their girlfriends, or surf, with very little in between!

Some holidays I seem to end up totally stressed, torn between doing something fun with my kids or answering all the emails that are filling up my in box. I mostly seem to end up doing neither very well and then just feel very guilty & useless! I don’t know how I’d get through most normal weeks, let alone holidays, without the help of my mum and dad or “Grandma & Papa” as they are known by my kids. I am incredibly fortunate that they live just 10 minutes away and they look after Lizzie when she’s not at nursery and I need to work. My wonderful mum also does my ironing and cleans for me once a week, and my dad is otherwise known as “John the Jobber” for, as marvellous as my ELSH (Extremely Long Suffering Hubby) is, a handyman he is not! So my dad is tasked with teaching my very handy middle son everything he knows! I rely on them both so much and they are amazing!

074However, while I pay them for the ironing and cleaning I always feel a bit weird discussing paying for the child care. However, I suppose I really should pay them? I pay for Lizzie’s nursery, but not mum & dad – why? One answer is if I paid for 5 full days of childcare it would cost approx £640 per month, a huge amount of money. I guess grand parents = free child care. I’m sure I’m not the only parent taking advantage of willing grand parents, however it’s yet another tonne of guilt!

The government is currently considering giving vouchers to women who start their own business, so they can reclaim tax at the end of the year. There is also talk that these vouchers may be extended to grandparents which would be extremely helpful. I think they need to take it further than that. For many women it is impossibly expensive to go back to work, which is why so many female entrepreneurs start a business based at home, fitting work around when the baby is sleeping. Child care provision of 15 hours a week comes in when children reach 3 years, but what about those first 3 years which is often the time when we start our businesses? The business is unlikely to make money for at least the first year, and may well cost a fair amount to launch, so this is when help is needed most.

I found the report last week that David Cameron was considering tax breaks for working women who employ domestic staff, incredibly irritating. You wonder what planet these MP’s live on! They need to help us with the costs of child care – that is what stops so many women going out to work, not whether or not they can afford a cleaner!

Link to Working Mums Magazine: Government considering vouchers for working mums

Link to Telegraph article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9073334/Tax-breaks-for-hiring-a-cleaner-could-save-middle-class-thousands.html

Friday, 3 February 2012

One of those weeks...

It's Friday night and I cannot believe another week has flown by. I have barely ticked a thing off my lists (I am a HUGE list maker) and the days have been a jumble of juggling things through a haze caused by lack of sleep.
Lizzie has been poorly all week, too poorly for nursery Wednesday,Thursday and today, so the sitting room has been turned into a sick bay office! I don't actually think I would have spent much time in my "official" office (the shed) as it has had frost on the inside of the windows for the last 2 days! I also think I may have developed chilblains from spending the days virtually sitting on my radiator (the joys of being a work at home parent, eh?!) 

At least it has been sunny and crystal clear and I've escaped down to the beach a couple of late afternoons to drop my older lads off for a quick surf. Yes, they are nuts! They assure me that the water is fine (10-11 degrees) and the pain only starts when they get out of the water...

Today, with Lizzie on the mend and insisting on sitting on my lap whilst I was making vain attempts at phone calls and emails, I gave up & took her for a mini "photo shoot". We're about to launch a small limited edition collection to celebrate the Olympics and Queen's Jubilee and we needed to get some shots done, so it seemed a good time to kill 2 birds with one stone, so to speak!  

We walked up the narrow lane, checking out the early Cornish lambs, to the old phone box (very British) where I wanted to take the photos. Lizzie co-operated for a while until she spotted some horses curiously watching us over their gate. So we fed them hay for a while, after which she refused point blank to get back in the buggy, and I gave up on the idea of getting any shots or doing any work and surrendered to being a mum and enjoying the weekend! 

Monday, 16 January 2012

Warehouse move

After 13 years of running our business and doing all the picking and packing ourselves, we have made the momentous decision to get someone else to do it! Fortunately we have some lovely friends who run a similar operation to us, and they are going to run our despatch operation from now on.

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Last Saturday was moving day, with a 17.5 tonne truck at the ready (courtesy of another friend and driven by the awesome Baz) and minus 5 degrees outside at 9am, we started the huge job of emptying 2 warehouses. At least it was dry & sunny as we would have had a nightmare in the rain. Having optimistically thought we would be able to shift all the stock in 1 load, it soon became clear that there was no chance!

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Load number one was driven to the new warehouse and rapidly unloaded, leaving a massive pile of boxes to get in to some sort of order! Andre (our new warehouse boss) had a look of utter panic on his face, which was exactly how I felt, though I was trying to hide it! Anyway, we got a system going and within a couple of hours the complete bedlam was looking reasonably organised. Until the second load arrived!

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Jo’s baby is due in 5 weeks time, so we had to try & stop her lugging boxes around. We had a brilliant team of helpers – massive thanks to Dan (my son), Ruby (Jo’s daughter), Baz, Tom, George, Jon & Kate for helping us out – we would not have been able to do it without them!

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The stock just about squeezed in & by 3.30pm we were reasonably straight & the panic was over! I’m sure it’ll take a few days to get everything running smoothly, but we’re looking forward to working with Justina, Andre & Jason and Jo will be able to have her baby without worrying about packing orders!

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Sorted!

Monday, 9 January 2012

Winter walks

Lizzie snuggled up in her gorgeous Wolf Buggysnuggle during a walk out along the beautiful Padstow estuary at the weekend!