A magical visit to the Ruckley Estate and (more!) crazy dancing!


Craig with fountainHello!!

Hope you are well and had a great sunny weekend?

Mine was wonderful, I was working at QVC in the evenings, which meant the daytimes were truly sun soaked, especially as I am blessed to have a south facing garden :-)

In fact the whole of last week was wonderful: a great hour hosting Bose with a perfect excuse to dance, and then of course the massive Yankee Candle TSV and congratulations again to Christine who won my competition – be sure to follow me @craigrowe_tv to be first to get news of more competitions like this – too good to miss!


Craig and Catherine


Then last week ended on a real high with Catherine Huntley and I being invited to the Ruckley Estate. It was truly a magical day! Julie and her family were so welcoming and made us feel like part of the family. Not only did we get to see the Ruckley shop which has to be the Aladdin Cave of florists! We also got to see the arrangements being created, meet the team, had a delicious home cooked lunch and were shown around the gardens by Julie's mother and founder of Peony, the wonderful Margatet Rutherford. Catherine and I both said how blessed we felt to have been given such a magical day.



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Ruckley Estate Catherine at Ruckley Estate






Craig at Peony Inside Peony








It was also fascinating to see the Peony team preparing for the upcoming Today's Special Value – it was quite literally all hands on deck, they are working round the clock to be ready for your orders! The Today's Special Value is absolutely beautiful – 3 stems of gorgeous faux David Austin roses in their own vases – you can see pics of them in my home here and Catherine and I had fun mixing the Peony faux roses with the real thing, can you spot the difference?

Peony TSV Peony TSV in garden







Spot the difference. Tea with Julie










It's going to be a wonderful day of Peony so please join Julie and I at midnight for the launch on Friday 23rd May!

Much love, hope you've enjoyed my blog and please leave a comment below.



  1. janet groves May 20, 2014 at 11:18 am -  Reply

    What a wonderful job you have Craig not only do you show great items but get to visit these lovely locations as well.
    Love the Peony shows not purchased yet, need to be quicker to the phone.
    Best Wishes

  2. Miss C Richardson May 21, 2014 at 8:56 am -  Reply

    Dear Craig,
    I know you will be presenting a Bronzo Italia show soon. I did send an email to the programme planners but wanted to send it to you so you could assist too.
    Thank you for the choice of sizes in earrings and necklaces. With necklaces, the presenters do put on comparison lengths together. Please can one person wear a different size in each ear with a camera shot from the front so that the buyer can get a truer idea of proportion. As earrings are often curved, the length measurement does not show how far down the face the earring hangs. Is this possible to do?
    Many thanks

  3. Diane gilbank May 24, 2014 at 8:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Craig, I have just read Catherine’s blog and account of the wonderful day you spent together with Julie and her family. It looks an Aladdins cave with all the stunning flowers. What glorious colours!!
    Great to see your fun pictures too. I missed out on the tsv sadly, couldn’t believe it had sold out so fast! So will have to wait till they come back.
    Glad you and catherine enjoyed the experience, and got time to chat during the journey. I love watching you present shows Craig, as you are always genuinely happy and that shines through the tv and rubs off believe me! Your passion for the products comes across too.
    Look forward to your next shows, lots of love diane xx

  4. Craig Rowe May 27, 2014 at 9:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Janet,
    Thanks for your lovely comments, I do really love my job, plus its really great to have messages from such lovely people like yourself. Hope you get your Peonies soon! You’ll have to have your phone at the ready! lol.
    Stay in touch and lovely to hear from you.
    Craig xx

  5. Craig Rowe May 27, 2014 at 9:45 am -  Reply

    Hi Diane,
    Many thanks for your lovely message. Yes it was such a wonderful day and I feel so lucky to have these opportunities. Thanks for all of your lovely comments, I really appreciate it.
    Hope you had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and apologies in the delay in replying to you. Been a very busy few weeks!
    Take care.
    Craig xx

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