Bleats and Blogs

In Praise Of Pets

Yes we have all done it. Scrolled down twitter or facebook, logged into youtube and watched videos of other people’s pets doing wacky, hilarious stuff. I confess I have even visited the doggy FOR SHAME website where dog owners upload the most obnoxious and antisocial...

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Awesome Woman Power

Later this month, Southdown Duvets is doing something very unusual. We are sponsoring a world record shearing attempt. Under normal circumstances, I would not support a competitive event involving the shearing of sheep where speed is at the core of the process. I have...

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Queens of Quilting

Last weekend Southdown Duvets explored another world and we came out all the better for it. While as old as the hills, we personally were unfamiliar with this particular creative space and found it astonishing. You see, we were invited to an open weekend where we...

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Lessons From Nature

During the recent heatwave I needed to go to a large DIY store to collect some kit I had ordered online. Given the fact that at noon, the temperature was 35 degrees, the extensive car park was understandably empty, as the majority of the good citizens of Yeovil...

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Oh, To Be A Tortoise

Moving house makes me wish I were a tortoise, with the joy and convenience of everything I might need neatly packed on my back and instantly accessible. Having shifted myself and all my worldly goods on a number of occasions now, I think I have it nailed – well sort...

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As Old As The Hills – Skimpflation!

As I write this, my 100th blog, I hope my readers will permit me to have a Malcolm Tucker meltdown and a centenary rant. This week the Guardian ran an article about an apparently new economic phenomenon: “Skimpflation, the curse of 2022”, June 28. In it, Zoe Wood...

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Canine Careers and Companionship

We vastly under-estimate the role of dogs in our lives. Yes, all those dog owners reading this will agree that they are wonderful companions, but how often do we stop and analyse what exactly it is about them, that renders them the perfect partners? Completely...

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Stronger and Surviving United

I have always been a fan of co-operation and collaboration. Everyone brings something unique to the table and the harnessing of all that individuality heralds the start of something magical. However, in many cases, it is more than magic – it is about survival....

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Back To The Guardian Angels

Some weeks back I waxed lyrical about my Guardian Angel and in the presence of my readers, I made her a promise. I pledged that as I got older, I would mindfully not do anything daft enough to force my Guardian Angel to work overtime. In other words, I would go out of...

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A Standing Ovation

As a retailer, I have experienced running an exhibition stand at an agricultural show. They are a massive amount of work and very tricky to get right. First you have to assess which show best suits your product and budget and believe me, these stands can get...

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