Month: June 2012

Seven things I won’t be doing this weekend

How are you spending your weekend?  I’ve got some plans, but they don’t include any of the following:

1 Watching football (soccer or football, I won’t be watching either)

2 Viewing the cricket

3 Spending time being interested in the golf

4 Summoning up even the tiniest enthusiasm for the olympics

5 Thinking about Wimbledon and the tennis

6 Jogging

7 Going to the gym

What will I be doing?  Well, whatever it is, I’ll be having fun and doing something I want to do.  In other words – none of the above ;)

Weekly Photo Challenge – Fleeting Moment

Sometimes, that fleeting moment is just a little longer than one would like :)  There’s another not so fleeting moment at Just Snaps, and details of the challenge, and lots more entries can be found here

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Goodness, Thursday already!

Where has the week gone? Somehow we have arrived at the end of Thursday!  It’s been a busy week, with some exciting things happening, but all the photographs are on the other computer so I can only whet your appetite.  Tomorrow is busy too, but the weekend is quieter so I will share pictures with you then.

In the meantime, however, I would like to ask what you think.  I have to admit that I am finding Facebook extremely tedious, and I’m seriously thinking of giving it the ‘boot’.  Shall I?

Can I live without it? Answers below, please.

Who cares about logistics?

Logistically speaking, this week is a nightmare!  Lots of things are happening, all at the same time, and they are all in different parts of the local area.  Who cares?  They will happen, and it will all fall into place.

Our lovely weekend ended with much to look forward to.  Here’s a photo of our little stand

and you can see my quilt in the top right.  The event took place in a marquee, and we weren’t drowned or blown away.  In view of the weather we have had recently that was quite remarkable.  I joked about the quilt police over here, and I was delighted to discover that not only were none present, I actually had compliments about my first attempt!

The ground was a little uneven, so that’s why it doesn’t seem to be hanging correctly.

Now on to this week.  Tomorrow my dear mother will be 94.  That’s amazing considering everything that has happened in her life.  On the same day our eldest grand-daughter has her first private view!  It’s exam time, and that’s why I had these made.  With permission I’ll write more about it later this week.  In the meantime, I’ve orders to fulfil and a fair bit of driving to do – here, there and – well, wherever the car takes me.  Who cares about logistics?

A Rose by any other Name

If you’ve been following my diary (and I’m willing to believe that you haven’t) you will know that we have been at an Exhibition called ‘Quilts and Roses’.  It is a lovely combination, and we thoroughly enjoyed the first day (today).  The quilts are beautifully made, lots of lovely colours, delightful visitors, and friends galore.  I’ll post some pictures tomorrow, but today I thought I’d tell you about the roses.

The rose show was late opening as judging took place this morning.  It is a National Show, and I was surprised at how far some of the entrants had travelled.

Lots of colour, and delightful perfume to fill the air.  Roses really are the epitome of an English summer.  The above is one of the First Prize winners, and there will be another here tomorrow.  However, it was this exhibit that caused a little ripple of amusement.

It was a basket of closely packed fragrant blooms in shades of pink and purple.  Two elderly ladies stood and looked at them for some time, then one remarked.  ‘ Aren’t they lovely.  They are so beautiful you would think they are silk’!

The show continues tomorrow if you want to take a look and make your own observations.

Today’s posts

nuvofelt:

I’ve also posted this on my working blog.

Originally posted on myfanwyhart.com:

It’s summer, it’s June, and that means ‘ROSES’ here in the UK.  They are such a welcome sight, beautiful colours and sometimes a wonderful perfume too.  This weekend we will be attending a Rose Show, but one with a difference.  Squire’s Garden Centre at Badshot Lea near Farnham is the venue for a stunning display of roses, complemented by and exhibition of quilts.

The Rose Show is organised by the Royal National Rose Society with help from the Surrey, Sussex and Kent region of the Quilters’ Guild  quilts curated by Jules and Jan, this show promises to be a feast of colour and inspiration.  (see comment below)  I’ll be there on the Winifred Cottage stand, so come and say ‘hi’.  We’ll have some interesting bits and pieces for you to see too.  If I’m brave enough (and have enough space) I’ll be bringing my ‘FIRST QUILT’.  Nothing special…

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How do you make a point?

The work is anonymous, but someone obviously felt strongly enough about the closure of Urchfont Manor to make this (albeit temporary) installation.

The tag on the toe says it all!

Of course, it won’t be there next time, so this is the only way you will see it.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Close

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Customer Service. How good is yours?

Today’s post is a reblog from a former blog.  I had forgotten all about the post until I read this earlier.  It was written over three years ago.

I’m not sure how it happened, but I suddenly realised today that it is well over 37 years since I last bought anything with the Heinz label, and it will be at least another 37 years before I think about buying anything again. This thought suddenly brought home to me again how important a response to a complaint can be, and how important customers are to a business.

Now you may think that my response is petty, but I will tell you the tale. My daughter was still tiny and only eating a little solid food. At that time it was mostly pureed fruit and vegetables – apples, pears, carrots etc. Very rarely I would buy a readymade jar of Cow and Gate, but mostly it was freshly prepared. One day we visited a friend, and her also tiny daughter, and stayed longer than expected, so I had to ‘make do’ with a can of Heinz apple puree that was in her cupboard. We opened it and were shocked to find a not so small and perfectly formed spider nestling in the puree. A second can produced the required lunch, but we still had the evidence from the first. After lunch it was decided that we would write a letter to Heinz telling them about it, this we did, not sending the spider but preserving it carefully. The letter was sent on our way home.

It was a month before Heinz replied. They were sorry, but unable to do anything as we had not sent the said creature. The whole tone of the letter, quite frankly, said ‘we don’t believe you’. Together we wrote another letter, this time including the spider – it was still perfectly formed. Another month went by and we received another letter. It was a preprinted form containing all sorts of facts about how careful Heinz were to ensure that their products were safe etc, and finally at the bottom was a typed PS telling us that there was no need to worry, the object we had returned was only plant matter. For our trouble they enclosed a voucher for 5p, which, by the way, was less than the cost of a tin of their babyfood.

That was the day we both decided that we would never again purchase Heinz. I had a phone call from Sue today, and out of the blue this memory surfaced. We both laughed – and both admitted that we still don’t buy anthing with a Heinz label. Sometimes you have to read the really small print to discover that Heinz are involved – but if it is there I will find it. My first son in law was a very fussy eater, everything was smothered in Ketchup, but as mine wasn’t Heinz he wouldn’t eat it. He would only eat Heinz soup – and beans (in fact, this was just about the total of his diet when he first came into our lives) I’m glad to say that he wasn’t quite so fussy by the time he disappeared into another life.

So, I ask you – How important is YOUR customer service? Do customers count or do you just want their money. OK, Heinz may still be a big company, but they may have been bigger with our money too…..