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November 2011

Personal Life

Happy Feet 2

November 26, 2011

It’s not often I go to Premiers but Happy Feet 2 I wouldn’t have missed for the world. Elijah Wood and Robin Williams were there to give Leicester Square, London some glitter. I took along Claudia Bovey, Tilly Lindsay (my Goddaughter) and her Mum Sally Mean. As good as Happy Feet 1 we left the cinema with a glow brighter than the rickshaw drivers face after he peddled us all the way to Covent Garden. If you are visiting London over…

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Blue Peter party

November 26, 2011

Every so often we have an excuse for a Blue Peter get together – the last was the programme’s 50th Birthday. This time it was the retirement of one of its most adored Directors Alex Leger. Alex was the director we feared and loved in the same sentence; he would push you to your limits of endurance and in my case made me face my fear of water by taking me to Crystal Palace to shoot a film about high board…

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Secret Santa

November 26, 2011

We are having a family get together this Christmas at ‘Turner Towers’ and because there are so many of us and present buying would end up ridiculously expensive we have decided to do a Secret Santa. As we all live in different areas Chris Bovey my Nephew and I did the draw last night keeping everything scrupulously fair.…

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Perfect Home

Empty – but not for long!

November 26, 2011

My bottles have arrived from LakeLand and my Sloe’s are in the post from Nigel Davies in North Cornwall who I found on eBay. You pay him for the amount you need, he goes out and picks them, parcels them up and they arrive on your doorstep!  The best recipes and forum for Sloe drink making seem to be on the river Cottage website ww.rivercottage.net. V exited!…

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And the winner Is…

November 26, 2011

For the last 3 years I have presented ‘Sales Assistant of the Year Awards’ at the Dorchester in London and I can truthfully say it is a joy to be part of. Run by Convenience Store Magazine and sponsored by CocaCola Enterprises, Mars, P&G, and JTI They search the country for shop assistants that have turned their work from a job to a vocation. The 5 finalists who I met between them have made their respective stores the centre of community life, their…

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Perfect potting

November 26, 2011

Never happier than when wandering around a well-stocked garden centre (OK a Shoe Shop!)  as we are at the end of planting season (please keep the frosts away) there are some good offers on I managed 20% off everything I bought. This weekend I’ll be planting; Rhubarb – I love this so will be making crumbles and jam next year. Elephant Garlic – Was inspired by seeing some in a supermarket. Skimmia Japonica and Thereza – Amazing little performer hardy and colourful. Pyracantha…

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The fresh air of Autumn

November 26, 2011

We truly must be having one of the most beautiful Autumns on record. In the UK we are so lucky to not have to go very far to find beautiful parks and woodland.  They are all there waiting to be loved appreciated and walked in. Our council do ranger walks through the woods and looking round on the internet we are by no means unique. Why not surf around and get some of this fresh Autumn air in your lungs?!…

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Spanish riding school

November 26, 2011

I went to see the Spanish Riding School of Vienna perform at Wembley Arena. The horses are magnificent and the training exemplary. How horse and rider can get to such a standard is astounding. Riding my Andalusian (Caramelo) this morning I had to break the news to him he’s a long way to go……

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The lovely Lee Pearson

November 26, 2011

Wendy and I met up with champion horseman Lee Pearson – fellow “Stokie” and the winner of an astounding NINE Paralympic Gold Medals for Dressage. Lee was giving a demo at Wembley Arena and we were lucky enough to meet him and his horses backstage. London 2012 here we come!…

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