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I’m loving my new cycling turbo, a Wahoo Kickr, and have been using it in the caravan. This week I’m at Ardingly for the Eden Crafts Christmas show. I have never been one for morning exercise but have been reading about the advantages of raising your heart rate at the start of the day.


I began writing this morning and realised the last entry was three weeks ago. I can’t believe how quickly time passes. I started this blog at the beginning of 2019, aiming to write each day. This schedule gradually settled into a more manageable three times per week.

Making Comparisons

I’m in Harrogate for the UK Grand Sale taking place on the showground. Writing this post in the caravan, watching the most beautiful pink dawn creep across the sky.

Looking Forward

I’m back in Nantwich for a few days going over our production plans for Christmas as you can imagine it’s our busiest time of year. The show sales are typically twice as high, and I’m hoping online will be double or even treble our average week through the rest of the year.

Shades of Grey

I’m still in Malvern, and the clouds have come down, hiding the top of the hills. Looking at the map yesterday I noticed that the showground campsite is at 50m above sea level, the highest point on the ridge is at 425m, while the carpark sits at 300m.

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!

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