Monthly Archives: May 2013

Chelsea roundup

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our fantastic volunteers who helped us run the Chelsea cloakroom last week.  The pennies are still being counted and Joanna is being a bit coy about how much we raised, but she … Continue reading

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Why?

This was the question I posed last week to some of the exhibitors at Chelsea; weeks if not months of preparation, long journeys, finding sitters for the nursery, securing accommodation in London, long days of build up, nail-biting during judging and … Continue reading

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24 hours later

After freezing at Chelsea on Friday, I was taking no chances on Saturday, even though the sun was shining.  But I needn’t have worried and the cloakroom was there to soak up my extra layers. I was early enough to … Continue reading

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The band played on

‘Singing in the rain’ was the number being played as I walked across the bandstand area on my way to get a cup of tea to warm me up. A month away from the longest day and it was bitterly … Continue reading

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Putting faces to names

Although my shift working in the cloakroom didn’t start until 1.30 it really was worth getting up at 5 and getting the first fast train to London so that I could be into Chelsea before 7.  I had a quick … Continue reading

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The Colour Purple

(With apologies to Alice Walker) “I like the colour of the carpet” said Joanna as we arrived to set up the Chelsea cloakroom. Taking the shelves out of the stack to make up the Danish trolleys, Joanna checks with Helen … Continue reading

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Bark and berries

Two weeks ago, I had the chance to give a talk to Friends of Kew at Wakehurst Place, Kew’s sister garden in Sussex, in the beautiful setting of the 16th century Mansion. The talk was part of a monthly event … Continue reading

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