Malvern Hills

I’m in Malvern for the Autumn Flower Show, and yesterday evening, I walked in the hills overlooking the showground. It’s a beautiful ridge walk and took about two hours.

Making Mistakes

Last week I had a chat with a friend who runs a large and successful business. They exhibit at shows, have a busy retail shop and a thriving online business. She is a successful entrepreneur and someone I respect and admire.

The Dark Side

On the Today program this morning I caught the tail end of an interview with Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft as he discussed his new book Tools and Weapons. The book examines how we balance the enormous promise with the existential risk that digitalisation of everything brings.

Today, not tomorrow

I arrived at Blenheim Palace yesterday, ready for the horse trials which start on Thursday. Alone, deep in thought, I walked the cross-country course as dusk fell on the beautiful palace grounds and realised how grateful I am for the opportunity to spend my working life in such places.

Toxic People

Last week I spent three days trading the Handmade Fair at Hampton Court. It’s our fourth year at this busy show, and this year I met the lovely Kirsty Allsopp who presents things which made my day!

The Magic Yes

Yesterday I commiserated with a friend on the phone as she recounted a recent job interview for her dream job that hadn’t gone well. She was disappointed, and I felt her pain.

Working On One Leg

I have just returned from Burghley Horse Trials after four incredible days. On Thursday we had our highest sales day ever at a show, and then amazingly beat that figure again on Friday.

Hitting Snooze

We use GrooveHQ to manage all our business email. It’s an excellent service from a fantastic company and helps us stay on top of all the messages we receive from customers, suppliers and so on.

Your Masterpiece

I’m at Chatsworth ready for their Country Show which starts on Friday. The house is stunning, and I can see why starting in 1708 it took 21 years to build with a further 20 years of additions a century later.