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 - 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!


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!


Le souffle!


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!