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!
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!