September 2017

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25th September

This month has seen the most profound and unexpected change in my business life since I founded Herstory back in 2006: I have made an abrupt switch from working from home as a speaker and writer to becoming a full-time assistant gardener.

Regular visitors to this site or my Facebook page may not be too surprised by this news; as you will know, I've always been a gardening enthusiast, and especially since my hip replacement, have enjoyed getting stuck into helping Hubcap at work and developing our forest garden at Beckside. Alas, however, my recent job change has come about for the saddest of reasons: on 13th September, Mick's employee and workmate of 25 years died suddenly of a pulmonary embolism at the age of only 50. So in order to keep our bread & butter business running and maintain services for Hubcap's clients, I have stepped into the breach and taken on a portfolio of work ranging from prosaic contracts like maintaining the plantings at a local industrial estate, (above left), to helping care for some of the glorious private gardens Mick has created for customers around Wakefield (below left).

The immediate upshot for Herstory is that I'm now only available to do presentations and guided walks on weekends, the odd weekday during the gardening 'off season' (January - March), and occasional evenings - and until things have settled down and we've established our new work schedule, I'm not taking on further bookings. I've also removed the website and all advertising for my funeral celebrancy service and henceforth will only carry out funerals for personal friends, although I will continue to sell SafeHands pre-paid funeral plans. But I do hope to continue writing and publishing in my spare time (if I have any!), and my full range of publications is still available to order.

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Above, L to R: Willy's on the promenade; Sea View Street, one of the oldest streets in Cleethorpes; and the RNLI lifeboat coming in from a Sunday morning training session