Thursday, August 28, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Third prize for my carrots, was pretty pleased with that!
Second prize for my peas, was very pleased with that as we hadn't had any peas last week as I was saving them all for a good picking on Friday so that I had the best of the crop to pick from. It was worth the wait as there were 7 or 8 entries, so I was pleased as punch with that result.
First prize for my photography, a picture of a castle. The picture was of Fortar Castle which is up in Glen Isla. I've won first prize for photography before at the Alyth Show so the pressure's on for next year!
And then the most amazing results of all were.......
First prize for my raspberry jam........
....and first prize for my orange marmalade! I was glued to the spot for about 5 minutes staring at the prize cards as I just could not believe it. I think I went back over about three times before I really took it in! To say that I was chuffed is a bit of an understatment, I was grinning like a Cheshire cat all afternoon!
I didn't get anything for my flowers, which ended up all from my own garden as I didn't get to Johns. Anyway, since writing the last post I have since found out that using flowers that aren't grown by yourself isn't the done thing as it's not actually about the arranging it's more about the content, so next year I'll just have to have my own sweet peas on better form!
I also got a third in the crafts section, a very cheeky entry that I put in for the "bag for life" section, really mine was more of a hand bag rather than a shopper, but it's the taking part that counts!
So, all in all it was a pretty amazing day, we took part in the World Bale Rolling Competition and Tug O'War so lots of fun was had. Roll on next year!! xx
Thursday, August 21, 2008
This weekend is the annual Strathardle Gathering over in Kirkmichael, we've gone for the last couple of years since moving up here and have always had a fantastic day. This year I am entering some of the competitions in the Indutrial Tent. Now, for those in the know this is very competitive, it's the ladies opportunity to fluff up their feathers and show who's Queen of the Kitchen, Garden and Crafts!!!
I am on the Ladies Committee for the Alyth Show, our local agricutural show, and was lucky enough to be able to accompany a judge this year, so picked up quite a few tips here and there.
So, for the next couple of evenings I shall be busy getting my list of entries together, a little bit of baking, some jam making, some flower arranging, picking my veggies and making some bits and pieces for the craft section. I'm not entering loads in each section as I simply don't have the time. It always amazes me how some folk have entries in nearly every section, I take my hat off to them. But then if you're serious about this (which clearly I'm not!) you have to enter loads in order to be in with a chance to win any of the cups as it's all based on points!
I'm really looking forward to entering my veggies, funnily enough, that's the section that I'm entering the most in! I know of a few people who are entering in this section so there's going to be lots of competition this year. One of our neighbours entered for the first time last year and won the cup so the pressure is really on for him this year, good luck Geordie!
In the flower aranging section I'm (hopefully) entering a jug of sweetpeas and a vase of garden flowers. Now, our garden isn't looking the greatest at the moment as I'm still battling with our very wet borders and the rain this year really hasn't helped. So, thanks to John (my gardening guru) I'm hopefully going to be able to get some flowers from his garden tomorrow. We do have some fabulous Dahlia and other bits and pieces so I'm thinking a nice warm coloured arrangement will look really good. One of our other neighbours is the champion of this section so Saturday is going to be an interesting day!
I'll post some pictures once it's all over and let you know how I get on, wish me luck!
Monday, August 18, 2008
I have at last got something organised that has been in the pipeline for a while now. On Friday I had a meeting with my friend Nicola Poole-Reeves as she is going to be taking one of our courses over the Autumn/Winter months. Nicola is the type of person that I would love to employ full time. She always knows what to be getting on with, is great with the customers and is just generally lovely to work alongside. With 20 years experience of running her own floristry business under her belt, she certainly knows a thing or two about flowers. Her business was based in Devon, so this allowed her to support many local flower growers by selling their flowers in her shop. She traded that life in two years ago and moved up to Glenshee with her husband, her two passions now being pottery and growing her own flowers and veg, along with doing up their cottage (many of us seem to be in that boat up here!).
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
or if you choose to pay with plastic we can still oblige :)
It also means we can take orders over the phone now so it's another step in the right direction.
Organisation isn't my number one skill but I do get there eventually.
Off to sew in the studio and work on some more Christmas samples, you'll maybe get a sneaky peak later in the week.
Monday, August 04, 2008
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Bonding with Chrissie (although not sure if Chrissie feels quite the same!)
Contemplating chewing the welly.....
Chewing one of her many toys