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August 2007

Wiggly Wednesdays

By Heather 12 years ago

Obviously I love Mark Eccleston's photography - thats why he takes so many of our photographs (along with John Harding of course), and its why we have selected a set for our catalogue. Now he's posting the story behind each photograph every on his blog every Wednesday. Enjoy!

This weeks show is ready for you.\

By Heather 12 years ago

This weeks Podcast is uploaded for you to download and its loaded with all sorts.
Here's what our editor and producer Michael says about it:

"Heather, a Middle Aged Kiosk in waiting, is reduced to begging for chocolate. The Farm Fax makes an appearance. Farmer Phil starts a discussion of Facebook. Richard distributes his home grown vegetables and tries to keep the caterpillars from his cabbages. Alison drops in with Honeysuckle as Plant of the Week. And Monty delivers another PigCast."

If that hasn't convinced you its worth a listen our latest reviews has been put up in iTunes by Poojamadooja and I just HAD to share it with you:

"5 stars Must listen Podcast
Fantastic - if there is one podcast you have to listen to its this. Totally addictive. The podcast is very informative but also hilariously funny. Heather, Farmer Phil and Ricardo. The banter from the wiggly sofa is great. My favourite things are Ricardo's interviews. This guy love to talk. He spends most of the interviews talking about himself or over the interviewee. The Rachel de Thame interview is a classic example. The guy is a legend though - very very funny. This show makes my Monday. Download for laugh out loud fun. Where else can you get pigcasts, chocolate ratings, worms, plant of the week and the great Ricardo?? Bonkers.

P.S- they also cover some serious topics for which gardeners and conservationists is good news too! Don't miss this show!! Ricardo for Prime Minister!!!!!"

Join us at at the Flower Festival

By Heather 12 years ago

If you are in the mood for flowers....

The Festival of Flowers is to be held in Hereford Cathedral between the 6th and 8th of September. Over 120 arrangements and designs will fill the cathedral. Along with the floral displays, there will be a number of associated events including a series of garden lectures, plant sales, food and craft fairs, an extensive musical programme and the opportunity to enjoy the garden of the Bishop’s Palace. We love flowers and so during the festival, a series of garden lectures - which are being supported by Wiggly Wigglers - will be given by three gardeners with an international reputation. Following each lecture the speaker will be available to talk with guests. The programme is as follows: Roy StrongThursday 6th September
Writer, historian and gardener Sir Roy Strong will be giving a presentation entitled The Laskett Re-Invented about the ongoing development of his extensive gardens at The Laskett, near Ross-on-Wye.
at 11.30 am and 2.30 pm Roddy LlewellynFriday 7th September
Broadcaster and writer Roddy Llewellyn has been fascinated by plants and gardening from the age of three. He will present Inspirational Ideas for the Garden to infuse us with his passion for gardening.
at 11.30 am and 2.30 pm David HowardSaturday 8th September
David Howard is head gardener at Highgrove House. He will be presenting three lectures in which he will look at how the Highgrove garden has developed, how it is managed and how these principals are then carried through to the management of the whole estate.
10.30 am Developing Highgrove
1 pm The Highgrove Philosophy
3.30 pm The Bigger Picture Tickets are priced £7.50 each and can be obtained by calling 01432 374261. Full information about the event - including the Gala Preview Evening on 5th September, group visit rates, etc - can be obtained from the Festival Office, 5 College Cloisters, Hereford HR1 2NG or by visiting the website for the festival.

The W List

By Heather 12 years ago

Something called the W List was recently started by Valeria Maltoni to catalog the greatest women who blog. This list was picked up by Krishna De, one of our very own Podcast Sisters, who added some of her own favorite women bloggers, so I’ve decided to take up the call for the list to go viral and post it here, along with some recommendations of my own. So here are my contributions to the list. I’ve added them in alphabetical order to the list below.

Muddy Boots
Poultry Discussion by Louise Manning
Jemima Kiss by Jemima Kiss
Eie Flud by Heather
Downshifting - by Anne Howe

The W List – Women Who Blog

45 Things by Anita Bruzzese advergirl Leigh Householder Back in Skinny Jeans by Stephanie Quilao Biz Growth News by Krishna De BlogWrite for CEOs Debbie Weil Brand Sizzle Anne Simons Branding & Marketing Chris Brown Brazen Careerist by Penelope Trunk CK’s Blog CK (Christina Kerley) Career Goddess by Susan Guarneri Communication Overtones Kami Huyse Conscious Business by Anne Libby Conversation Agent Valeria Maltoni Corporate PR Elizabeth Albrycht Customers Rock! Becky Carroll Deborah Schultz by Deborah Schultz Diva Marketing Blog Toby BloombergDownshifting - by Anne HoweEie Flud by Heather Elise.com by Elise Bauer Email Marketing Best Practices Tamara Gielen Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim eSoup by Sharon Sarmiento EvilHRLady by Evil HR Lady Flooring The Consumer CB Whittemore Forrester’s Marketing Blog Shar, Charlene, Chloe, Christine Elana, Laura and Lisa Get Fresh Minds by Katie Konrath Get Shouty by Katie Chatfield Hey Marci by Marci Alboher Inspired Business Growth by Wendy PiersallJemima Kiss by Jemima KissJ.T. O’Donnell Career Insights by J.T. O’Donnell Kinetic Ideas Wendy Maynard Learned on Women by Andrea Learned
Little Red Suit by Tiffany Monhollon Liz Strauss at Successful Blog by Liz Strauss Lorelle on WordPress by Lorelle VanFossen Manage to Change by Ann Michael Management Craft by Lisa Haneberg Marketing Roadmaps Susan Getgood Moda di Magno by Lori Magno Modite by Rebecca ThormanMuddy Boots Narrative Assets by Karen HegmanPoultry Discussion by Louise Manning Presto Vivace Blog Alice Marshall Productivity Goal by Carolyn Manning Spare Change Nedra Kline Weinreich Tech Kitten by Trisha Miller That’s What She Said by Julie Elgar The Blog Angel aka Claire Raikes The Brand Dame by Lyn Chamberlin The Copywriting Maven Roberta Rosenberg The Engaging Brand by Anna Farmery The Origin of Brands Laura Ries The Podcast Sisters by Krishna De, Anna Farmery and Heather Gorringe
Water Cooler Wisdom by Alexandra Levit Wealth Strategy Secrets by Money Gym author and Founder Nicola Cairncross. What’s Next Blog B L Ochman Wiggly Wigglers authored by fellow Podcast Sister Heather Gorringe Ypulse by Anastasia Goodstein

Farmer Phil says....

By Heather 12 years ago

Foot and Mouth Disease - The circumstantial evidence would indicate that the research labs at Pirbright are to blame and not for the first time. They were implicated in the outbreak of 50 years ago. This highlights a problem within Agriculture which is damaging on several levels. Pirbright has been highlighted as under-funded and 'shabby' with staff redundancies and low morale. Not the conditions likely to ensure tight biosecurity. The under-funding of R and D in Agriculture is a serious problem. Whilst vast sums are squandered on verification of subsidy claims and dubious environmental schemes, research has been starved of funds. Research does not just work to improve profitability for farmers, but it can improve food safety, it can improve animal welfare and it can improve the environmental effects of feeding humans. Driven by what the consumer requires, this is money well spent and therefore an under-funded lab causing more millions to be wasted, animals needlessly culled, is a national outrage.

Foot and Mouth

By Heather 12 years ago

We are just crossing our fingers in Blakemere - and indeed probably everyone in the farming community is too, hoping that the Foot and Mouth outbreak is contained. Cross your fingers too, I think the floods and the spin off they have caused to farms in terms of damage and yields is quite enough to bear for one year...
I'll get Farmer Phil to guest blog here his thoughts.