It's all been about gardening this week, because I spent three days at the stunning Arley Hall in Cheshire with Richard Jackson and the QVC gardening team for our annual Customer Garden Party. What a great event!
Arley Hall is a stately home near Northwich which is still the family home of Viscount and Viscountess Ashbrook – in fact it has been in their family for over 500 years.
It has the most beautiful gardens with a double herbaceous border dating back to 1847 – thought to be the earliest established in the UK.
Despite on-and-off rain for the entire three days (don't you just love British summertime?!) our hundreds of guests enjoyed tours of the grounds followed by a fascinating talk by head gardener Gordon Baillie (previously gardener for pop star Sting!) and then our very own version of Gardeners' Question Time with Richard and some of our regular guest presenters.
There was also a scrumptious brunch during the morning sessions, and afternoon tea for the later sessions – as you can imagine, we didn't leave it all for the guests, we managed to nibble quite a lot ourselves!
It was fabulous to meet so many customers, and hearing of their QVC addiction! One lovely lady, Michelle, confessed to having 63 pairs of Birkenstocks, while I lost count of the number of Kipling handbags that were coming through the doors. All in all it was a fabulous three days, and very inspirational on the gardening front too!
Next week will be less about gardening and more about about cycling – my husband and I both have a couple of days off midweek so we are heading down to Cornwall to cycle the Camel Trail, which runs from Paidstow to Wenfordbridge and back again – a total of 36 miles.
I haven't been on my bike for a year, so I'm off now to dust off the cobwebs and give it a test run!
Have a fabulous week.
Love Jackie xx
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