The heat continued through July and the three days we spent in the precincts of Loseley Park near Guildford were marked by that. So much so that the cool waters of the pond and fountain in the gardens of the house looked distinctly attractive.
Much the same story as at Parham House – nice fair in a lovely setting, but people content to look and admire rather than buy. We were perhaps a little compromised by being in a central aisle separate from most of the other nurseries and did not have as much passing trade as we might have done, but no-one seemed to be selling much, and the normal horticulturalist’s pessimism was as deep as we have known it amongst our colleagues. Oh well. Here is another glimpse of the gardens to cheer us all up.
To round off the month we had another three day weekend, Friday and Saturday in Fareham West Street market and Sunday at the Botley Park hotel summer charity fete. Fareham was fun and much more successful from a sales perspective than the previous weekends, though the shine was rather taken off it by our getting a parking ticket on the van in spite of displaying a permit. An informal appeal was bizarrely rejected, so a by now rather grumpy Rob came over all ‘disgusted of Tunbridge Wells’ and, by dint of copying in various high ranking borough officials on his carefully worded response, got the fine cancelled.
The hotel fete is best described as a quiet day, which it was rather expected to be, but Rob, who was flying solo, was brought up to date on the ins and outs of the regional ice cream turf wars, sandwiched as he was between two food traders if Italian extraction who, shall we say, shared some history.
Rob & Joanna – August 2013