Wednesday, 29 September 2010

New blogs, and the blogosphere

A quick heads up on some lovely new bloggers...please take the time to check them out and say hello. A few a
words of encouragement on a blog can make all the difference.

Lingo employee and daughter of mixed media artist Jane Clarke, Miss Jennifer Clarke blogging about her life and Lingo.

Virtual PA, office angel (and much more besides) Christine Urban blogging about all things office and organisation.

Latest wonderful addition to Lingo "PR Gal, Event Manager & Producer, Fairyland Trust Manager, Lover of cake/wine"  Abbie Panks - blogging about her many varied roles including Lingo, Fairyland Trust and the Downham Market Town Council.

All good things come in threes they say.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Bunk & Pulp

I wish I had more time to write. I mean, really write, about the things that happen to inspire me.

It's Sunday (well, by the time I post this, as if to demonstrate the first line, it's now Tuesday) and I've just waved good bye to one of my favourite people; Alan (he really ought to be a 'Sir') Creasey. I mean, honestly, this 'bloke' (as he would call himself) is an incredible mine of information as well as engaging and incredibly erudite.

With more knowledge about building conservation, carpentry and joinery (and life in general) than you can shake a stick at; Alan is like a walking reference for all things wood and stone, and is now, after retiring from Fishers of Fakenham, a Clerk of Works. (more on that later). But Alan is so more than all that though, he's is a self confessed 'hoover-er' of facts, and is thankfully he is without the 'retention issues' that we both jovially recognise that I suffer from. The diverse and lively nature of our conversations, as well as the broad range of subject matter and level of insightful education that comes from just a casual Sunday banter over a routine form filling task is simply staggering.

You know when you feel like your knowledge is expanded every time you talk to a certain person? Well, I do in conversation with 'Creasey'. (It's ok for me to use this nickname, honestly, he uses it on himself!) So, although I could write for hours about our conversation, a quick nod to the words 'bunk' and 'pulp'. Alan explained that my philosophy towards history was one shared (and summarised) by both himself and Henry Ford -  who said 'History is Bunk'. Brilliant. Then, Alan goes on to explain how many Americans use the word Pulp. Other than being "A soft moist shapeless mass of matter"  it's also used for describing things which are, let's just say *rubbish* I'll let you figure out the word I'm avoiding. ;) Or, you can always ask Alan, when he gets his blog up and running. I'm sure it will be anything BUT pulp. ;)

Creasey Likes it

Finally!! :)) the suite is back in!!

It's a milestone...! The loo, sink and radiator is back in !!! :)) Just the flooring and a door to go, to make an fully functioning room!!!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

The Clark Duo

Jane Clark's Quilters Cottage blog, featuring Lingo

Much like my last blog post, this is about two very special ladies; mother and daughter team Jane and Jenn Harper.

Jenn is our new administrator at Lingo, helping here with the day-to-day running of the studio and the handling of design projects and clients. Training is going well, Jenn has a natural aptitude towards website content and an eye for detail, critical in web development.

Jane Harper, Jenn's lovely mum,  is one of the clients that Jenn will look after, putting an interesting spin on things! Jane's new website to promote her as a mixed media artist is well under way, we're currently testing a feed of blog posts with PayPal integration and the site is undergoing further design development before an expected launch next month.

Jenn Clark's Lingo blog, featuring Jane & Lingoliz
Yesterday I was the subject of both Jenn and Jane's blogs, so it's only right and proper that I blog them back!


The relationship between Jenn and Jane is very similar to that I have with my mum, Jill, who also runs her own website, in fact there's similarities in more than just the way the website work is going too! Scary similarities... more as it happens!

Monday, 13 September 2010

Fae to be famous?!

This talented little lady above is the daughter of a very special new customer and supplier of mine...not to mention confidant and inspirational friend.

Seen here livening up the Downham Market Chamber of Trade meeting attendee and agenda pages, Fae Harper sat quietly and illustrated the paper with beautifully detailed insects and characters. There were also impressions of the people at the meeting....including a sketch of our latest Lingo team member, Abbie. 

Well, there's just a small chance that Fae's drawings might be used on a website we're developing with a new customer (certainly they have helped to inspire already) and hopefully from that, there'll be a nice way for me to say a big thank you to these two new girls in my world, Fae and Jane Harper. You two are truly lovely!

Oh, and thank you for my was yummy, I have a clean bowl here for you! When I have a kitchen I can cook in I intend to make a cake or two to thank you too! Jane I'm looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. :) 

Reynolds & VW :)

Monday, 6 September 2010

OK, so, I was a bit cruel...

...not giving Abbie any notice that I was going to take her picture! I'm sorry Panks, it's just I wanted to remember how happy you looked after your first cream cake (see screwed up paper bag - evidence of the snack consumption)  in the studio! ;)

I have to say I really enjoyed last week, with so much to organise ahead of us, so many opportunities before us, I'm looking forward to this week even more!

With all that in mind, when Abbie bought me this present, I thought this was the ideal opportunity for a newer post, and therefore replacement picture at the top-of-the-blog-spot

Now, can you say 'Noooo- garrrr?'