Having read some of the many articles on the effects of the credit crunch on small businesses, I wonder how it will affect my small business and how other garden designers and landscapers around Glasgow, and indeed around the UK, will cope with the coming year.
I’m still with my wife’s family in Portsmouth, having spent Christmas here, and will be celebrating Hogmany tonight and welcoming in the New Year. Being in the south of England for a couple of weeks has certainly… Continue
Added by Nicky @ GardenImprovements.com on December 31, 2008 at 18:30 —
What does everyone think/expect will be the trend for 2009 in Gardening ?
More effort required? more hours? less overheads? / Less Landscaping than 2008 (is it possible)! - more green stuff? advice required please.God Bless
Added by Gardens4u.co.uk on December 19, 2008 at 13:12 —
Google has a way of quietly working away on their products and without a big fuss they release a mature, user friendly application that is a million miles from the half baked application they started with. Picasa is one of these applications, it's always had some good features but with the release of version 3.1.0 most of the omissions have been addressed.
I'm please to see that you can now add text, that makes it possible to add plant names, locations and watermarks easily to your… Continue
Added by Richard Loader on December 18, 2008 at 11:30 —
Yes I know that most people value a person from a first impression in 5 seconds.
But many times it is wrong.
strange how today a women came to me and to say hi, I helped her family with moving few weeks ago.
What is strange is that a year ago I rang to her sun and she answered the phone ,she asked who is it and shut the phone when I said my name.so I rang his mobile.
''sorry'' he said.
''why, did she said baldy foreigner'' I asked. ''oh no'' he said ''did you hear… Continue
Added by Ofer El-hashahar on December 16, 2008 at 20:00 —
What a year 2008 has been!.. we have seen the begining of the end for some of the UK's oldest a biggest names and near destruction of the banking system.
Who would have predicted any of this...... Well to be honest quite a few people actually.
But the one thing that remains through it all is the garden, its a retreat a place to calm, to think, to enjoy. No matter what happens people will always want to have a garden of some sort. The trouble is by reading the papers and… Continue
Added by Stuart Bulbeck on December 16, 2008 at 15:58 —
It's official - Mother Nature hates me.
Last week, the weather closed in over Halifax, we had freezing and snow and hail and horrible rain. Fereday duly migrated to warmer climes. He was fully back in the nest with kneepads consigned to the cellar and oven gloves donned in place of gardening gloves.... there were more clean socks, pants, tee-shirts and work clothes than you could reasonably shake a stick at..... (true, a couple of underwire bras look like they've moonlighted in a Uri… Continue
Added by Cat Fereday on December 10, 2008 at 22:21 —
Having been in Garden Centre retail for 20 years I find this so well observed, especially the last bit........maybe of limited appeal.… Continue
Added by Richard Loader on December 9, 2008 at 20:30 —
The end of the month means there's a new set of images on the Garden Photographers web site
- the results of Images of the Month for November.
The winner - one of mine!
The rain started falling as I made my way along the arboretum walk in the New Forest. I sheltered under the accommodating branches of a Brewers weeping spruce. As I waited I realised I had a photo opportunity right in front of… Continue
Added by Richard Loader on December 8, 2008 at 9:30 —
It is absolutely amazing, the greatest school for me.
First it is amazing that someone like me that spend most of his life in nature,sea,fields and gardens to work in this shops- as the pay is based on commission only- no minimum wage.me fully motivated to learn and to earn.as the commission is low (6%)I try to learn and improve every day, but far more intresting is to see how people take their decision to buy or not.
we sell few products ,one of them is a ufo a peace of plastic… Continue
Added by Ofer El-hashahar on December 7, 2008 at 21:58 —
The lovely neighbour kids are new additions to our Christmas shopping list. It's added a whole new dimension to my shopping experience, specifically the virtual toy aisle – and by virtual I mean on the web, and not 'virtual toys' which would imply a substandard not-quite there Barbie hologram.
Perhaps because Fereday and I are, respectively, PUNK and PANK (Professional Uncle / Aunt, No Kids), I find toy shopping particularly challenging. While I adore the zero-redeeming factor mutant… Continue
Added by Cat Fereday on December 4, 2008 at 23:16 —
I love Christmas. Fereday loves Christmas. We start decorating as soon as it's just about acceptable... which is still usually before the first ads appear on the television or in the papers....
Anyway, Fereday has learned a bit about decorating since we first got together.... so it's only occasionally that I find something that mystifies him... most recently mystification – indeed disbelief – set in when I mentioned that it was traditional in the States to string… Continue
Added by Cat Fereday on December 3, 2008 at 20:23 —
Recently 'Facebook' Fereday has been expressing his delight with his culinary efforts, namely his confit duck... and it truly was a triumph – absolutely delicious.... to borrow a Winner-ism, it was 'historic'.
However, there's more to the tale of this bird than just the eating....
One of my favourite Philosophy professors has a few well-used phrases.... "Walks like a duck, quacks like a duck,... must be a duck....." was one of them (another was to… Continue
Added by Cat Fereday on December 2, 2008 at 20:00 —
Fellow bloggers and users of communications services.... here is a link to new OFT guidance on what to do if you have a complaint with a communications provider.... can't say it's an awe-inspiring read, but may be useful.... http://www.ofcom.org.uk/advice/guides/complain.pdf
Added by Cat Fereday on December 2, 2008 at 20:00 —
As I was looking for some jobs for winter time I started one that will last to Christmas.
The Job itself isnt something that speak to me or to most of us but I learn a lot dayly.
Working in 'Selfridgers' Birmingham as a sales man ( me the Israely selling snow- must be great as a title in my cv).
Or isnt that funny to work as 'snowman'.
Well, not just snow all sort of toys.
The greatest thing for me is that is really developed my confident with demonstrating and… Continue
Added by Ofer El-hashahar on December 1, 2008 at 0:15 —