Friday, 30 January 2009

Return of the Native

Hello, I'm back! Did you miss me? No, of course you didn't. You've all been too busy suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. I know that's not exactly apposite but never mind. It's a wonderful day, the sun's shining, and all's good with the world...sort of.

So what have I been up to? Well, for one thing, I've started giving illustrated talks. Yes, really...I've got a projector and everything. On the whole they're going down quite well but I did one recently for an over sixties club which went a bit wobbly for a while.

My subject was the fascinating, sexy, irresistible Sir Joseph Banks (well I do lead a quiet life on the whole). I'd been going on for about thirty minutes about his voyage on the Endeavour with James Cook when a hand was raised. "Yes dear but what about today's traffic?" Apparently half the audience had been told the talk was from someone from the Driving Agency about their Arrive Alive Road Safety Programme and they were waiting patiently for me to get to the point. Still, happy ending. They've asked me back!

What's in a name?

I've just read an article by a chap called Tim Richardson in The Garden Design Journal about the importance of using the right sort of name for your garden design business.

While I was still at college I decided to get some business cards printed, but what to call myself? Now I live in a village called Loose and (very briefly) considered Loose Woman Garden Design. I can't help but think that if I had gone with that one I might have been getting a few more telephone calls than I am at the moment...