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...

9 comments:

Sylvia (England) said...

Glad to see you back Catherine. Hope some interesting jobs come in soon. Good luck with the talks.

Best wishes Sylvia

VP said...

What a coincidence - I was wondering where you'd gone only yesterday. Good to see you!

Northern Shade said...

I laughed out loud, picturing them all patiently waiting for your road safety advice, wondering about the roundabout connection you were going to make between Banks and driving. You could rename your presentation:
"Cook Didn't Make It Home, Will You?"

Catherine said...

How nice to hear from you all. I hope I get some jobs soon too Sylvia. It's all scarily quiet at the moment. Still, glad I made you laugh Northern.

VP...telephathic or what!?

Lucy said...

I think you should nick the name of my blog!

Lucy
LOOSE AND LEAFY

Catherine said...

Now there's a thought! We do actually have the Loose Women's Institute and the Loose Bowls Club and I used to run with the Loose Women's Runners. And then of course there's my hairdresser Loose Ends...

Lucy said...

Then it sounds rather over-worked and you need something different . . . Tight Planting . . .

Lucy

Catherine Kenny said...

Tight Planting...hmmm. I could get as many dodgy phone calls with that one as Loose Woman Garden Design! Tim Richardson had some good suggestions. 'Diggett & Hoe', Shear Heaven (Topiary) Ltd, and my personal favourite 'Irritable Trowel Syndrome'.

Lucy said...

Don't forget to put pictures of Versailles on the flyers.

Lucy