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in     by Joyce Bullock 31-05-2015
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My radio debut, The Archers and many more May-time musings  

When I launched my new website last year, I swore I’d blog regularly.  My web developer told me how important it was.  I took him seriously and made a vow to blog diligently. But then life, or — more importantly — work, got in the way.

Business is very busy.  At this time of year that’s exactly how it should be.  I have some really interesting projects that range from a contemporary social space with outdoor kitchen for a barn conversion, a planting plan for a delightful, herbaceous-filled ‘long border’, hard landscaping for a local garden in a village Open Garden event — to a project with bespoke paving.  Along with everything else in between!

Stafford County Show 2015

This week I’ve been exhibiting at Stafford County Show.  It’s a 2-day agricultural event that offers simply everything: cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, rural crafts with working horses pulling logs, nice young men weaving willow (that’ll be Eddie Glew, Blithfield Willowcrafts), men whittling spoons, The Sheep Show(!!), ducks being herded, equestrian events, motorbike stunt shows, craft stalls, WI tent, floral marquee, water buffalo ice cream, llamas, Joules clothing, pizza ovens (hmm, inspiration for the new project with outdoor kitchen…?),Young Farmers floats and many more things — including me. 

I like to be at the County Show. Not only is it bursting with fabulous local suppliers, but it’s also great for catching up with old clients and chatting to potential new ones. Plus its good fun and sometimes it doesn’t rain!  This year I was thrilled to be interviewed for BBC Radio 4.  Not quite the Archers, but actually Farming Today.  My Radio 4 debut went out on Thursday 28th May, before 6 in the morning.  I’m not sure how many people will have heard it, but I set the alarm and tuned in.  Of course, I find it a little embarrassing to hear my own voice and, as a friend pointed out, “I barely drew breath”. And since then I’ve thought of all the things I could have said…!

Anyway, if youd like to listen its available here for the next 4 weeks or so.  

I was also interviewed and photographed by Derbyshire Life magazine’s roving reporter at the County Show. Hopefully that will appear in next month’s issue.

Despite all the projects I have underway, I’ve also managed to sneak in some fun things… Ahem, I mean some ‘Continuous Professional Development’!  This ‘CPD’ involved a workshop about growing sweet peas for cutting — I subject I’m very much drawn to.  The workshop was run by Green and Gorgeous in Oxfordshire, who encouraged us to pick blooms to bring home. Joy! 

I also fitted in some research into the indigenous flora and fauna of Faial during a recent trip to the Azores. And I’ve spotted some interesting new garden products, notably a very lovely garden parasol at the Country Living Spring Fair in London. I’ve also made various visits to gardens included in the yellow book, NGS Open Gardens. 

…..all great fun AND important CPD, I’ll have you know!

Titania Bespoke Tent Green and Gorgeous Sweet Pea Growing Workshop Botanical Gardens, Faial, Azores

 

While the construction teams are booked up for some months ahead, my diary is freer for planting plans and implementing planting schemes — so please let me know if you have any enquiries!

In the meantime I’ll be doing a little plotting and planning….. How DO I actually get onto The Archers?

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