Wandering and Wondering
Wandering and wondering around the centre of the town where I live, is a weekly project. I find this a rich experience with many fascinating conversations. It’s a kind of hobby. On one occasion, met up with a delightful couple from Hungary and was greatly impressed by the husband’s grasp of the English language. He had studied in our town some 10 years ago and now was returning for a few days to travel down memory lane with his wife.
At a coffee shop, I met with a very interesting photographer and we were able to dialogue over several diverse subjects. It may well be that I am able to lead him to a marketing opportunity. Seeking to encourage entrepreneurs is one of my hobbies. Will endeavor to follow through on this contact.
One of the subjects we talked about was that of enhancing empty shop windows. I shared with him a trial project which the council explored a couple of years ago using 4 or 5 empty store windows to promote a photographic competition with good prizes for the top three photos. Guess we might need to follow-up on that experiment….
So the discoveries continue….. very encouraging….
Saturday 20th August 2016
This past week has been an interesting one. Spent around 7 hours on Tuesday with a colleague visiting Care Homes to present the Nurses Group, which has recently been established in the town and region. Really fascinating to see the variety of designs and activities in such centres. Certainly much innovation and development taking place in that field. The group currently has 60+ international nurses registered with it. www.nursesgroup.co.uk
Saturday 27th August 2016
Yesterday I had an excellent networking trip in Sherborne. Visited a new eating pace I had discovered called The BakeOut. Very tasty pasty and good Wi-Fi. The Manager/Owner is former pupil of a friend of mine. Will certainly call in again…. recommend you try it too…. The next call was to visit good friends who manage the Estate Agents and Valuers called Rolfe East A very pleasant catch up. They are doing well. The Castle Gardens restaurant was the next call. Met the new manager and staff, as well as the Garden Centre manager. It is fascinating place for sure. Well worth a visit…. full of all kinds of garden plants and accessories etc. The Walled Garden restaurant I such a pleasant place to be refreshed. There is seating to suit all requirements inside and in the courtyard. Finally, spent an hour or so in The Eastbury Hotel. This is a very special location with an excellent garden and variety of meeting locations with all kinds of nooks and crannies.
Saturday 21st October 2016
The Cabbage Patch
A project to generate funding for creative projects internationally.
Have noted allotment complexes all over the country as I have been travelling, especially on trains. This inspired the idea plus our family allotment back in the 40/50’s which I enjoyed being part of. My father was a farmer’s son, so a good greenfingers mentor.The title The Cabbage Patch is just an initial draft idea…. Guess I should “bounce the idea” off my farmer friends too. Have three or four such Farm Diversification farming friends in the UK.
The concept is to discover one person in each of the 69 cities in the UK interested in running an allotment to generate funding for creative projects internationally. I sense it has potential. Will continue to explore.
If you have any more thoughts, let me know. I’ve identified the cities in which I have contacts and thus could, fairly easily, I believe, find one person to start it in each of those cities.