Saturday, 31 January 2009

Spring Fair

I am going to the Spring Fair at the NEC tomorrow. This is where manufacturers from around the world showcase their existing and new products. It is a fascinating show and I think that all the exhibition halls are in use. There's also some very helpful seminars and these are what attract me.My wife is going with me and she has also outlined seminars and workshops she wants to go to. All in all it should be an interesting if somewhat tiring day.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

home improvement

I had some trouble opening a filing cabinet the other day. For some reason the locking mechanism had dropped and I didn't have a key! After struggling for quite some time and getting nowhere I rang my friend Steve.He and his brother run Campton Home Improvements. Within a very short time we had it open between us.So folks, if you need any home improvements try them. They replaced our conservatory and did a really smart job. They can be contacted on 07847 181385.

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Can I use Heritage Woodcare in the licensed trade?

I was in Essex earlier, stopped off at The Mason's Arms, St. Mary's Lane in Upminster. They do a cracking carvery and at only £5 it is good value in that area. Anyway I was talking to the manager (the management has just changed and they have new staff in charge) and was told that they are now using Heritage Woodcare to clean all their wood and they are really pleased. I was able to pass on one tip - their beer pumps showed a lot of finger marks and I told them that regular use of Heritage Woodcare would prevent this. If you are in that area I can recomend a visit to The Mason's Arms.

Heritage Woodcare can be obtained online - visit

Thursday, 22 January 2009

What product is good for spring cleaning

It has been a quiet week so far. At this time of year there are very few shows on. The only show I have done this year , my takings were well down on last year. Whilst this is not unusual and there could be any number of reasons, it does not bode well for the rest of the year taking the current economic situation into account. Oh well, we will have to wait and see what the rest of the year brings.

It has occured to me that many people will be starting their spring cleaning soon. Heritage Woodcare is an excellent product for use on many hard surfaces - plastic/marble /vinyl etc. in addition to wood.It can be obtained online, visit

Monday, 19 January 2009

The Lion King

I treated my wife to tickets (both of us) for The Lion King at The Lyceum Theatre in London as a Christmas present. So, bright and early Sunday morning saw us leaving Coventry and driving to Upminster in Essex. My daughter lives there so we were able to leave the car with her and take the Tube into Central London. The show was really good and the costumes fantastic. The plot I felt was a typical Disney plot - basically good triumphs over evil. However it was well worth seeing and I can recommend it. It was also a good excuse to see my daughter so all in all, a really good trip.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Power cuts

We had a number of power cuts last night. When we reported the first one we were told there were 1800 homes affected although 1300 had been reconnected. Power was restored after about 1/2hr, lasted 10mins and went off again. Shortly after it came back on, again lasted a few minutes and went off again.As we hadn't blown out the candles from the first time we still had some light but you don't realise just how much we rely on electricity. No heating(the pumps use power),no tv,no proper lighting,no automatic ignition on the gas cooker,etc. When we reported the third outage we were not believed at first - mind you it appeared we were the only house affected - all our neighbours appeared to be ok and the only lamp post out was the one outside our house. It was only when a few other people rang in that we were believed. Power was eventually restored just before midnight.

Friday, 16 January 2009

Heritage Woodcare v Heritage Leathercare

It is a quiet day today, keeping busy with jobs at home, shopping,etc. It is a quiet period anyway at this time of year - there aren't that many shows on in January. The web is still continuing to perform however with regular orders coming in. I have noticed , though, that whilst Heritage Woodcare is the more popular item for orders over the web, it is Heritage Leathercare that is the more popular item at shows.

Both products can be bought online, visit

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Green Angel Skincare

Having a bit of difficulty this morning trying to sort out posting images on my Blog.
I had an interesting time yesterday talking to B2b about how to post images and link my Blog to my Website.Hence my difficulty this am - I have not got someone holding my hand! So, here goes for the 3rd time:-
I managed to post the above image at my fourth attempt - BUT I SUCCEEDED!(in the end)
For more information on Green Angel Skincare see my website

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Wood Care

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Monday, 12 January 2009

What one product can I use to clean both the inside and outside of my caravan?

The Caravan Show finished yesterday. For me it wasn't a good show. In all I worked about 50 hours over the four days and came away having worked for considerably less than the minimum wage. There could be any number of reasons - position/size/layout of stand, range of products, weather and of course the economy.
Despite being a relatively busy weekend, not many people stopped at my stand which was a shame as they missed an excellant product for use in/on their caravans. Heritage Woodcare is brilliant not only for cleaning the inside hard surfaces but can also be used on the outsde bodywork.

My next show is a trade only for the hospitality industry in Skegness, Last year was reasonable so I hope this year can be the same.
Some good news - a friend has just rung me to say she is starting party plans and wants to include my products.I have wanted to get into party plans for some time so this could be a good lead. Watch this space!

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Milton Keynes Caravan Show

I have started at the Milton Keynes Caravan Show today. It is a regular show held in January each year and I have been exhibiting at this show for a number of years. A few people have said hello as they pass the stand - it is nice to meet up with fellow exhibitors!
I have a smaller stand this year - 2mtr square - but I am on the outside, facing Mothercare in Middleton Hall in the shopping centre. Today has been very quiet but it is Thursday. I hope to see you there, we are open daily till Sunday and it is free admission.

If you are unable to make it, all the products are available online - visit

Monday, 5 January 2009

Milton Keynes Caravan Show

Well! It is very different to when I last posted. It was reasonable first thing although cold with a slight sprinkling of snow. Most of the day it has been dull with the threat of more snow but without actually delivering any.
I have attempted to start the year but haven't got a lot of oomph. Many of the people I want to contact don't seem to be available. I have, however done the banking and posted off the mailorder. Have also been to the lockup to stock- up on woodcare ready for the Caravan Show starting on Thursday
The show in question is The Milton Keynes Caravan Show held in Middleton Hall, Milton Keynes Shopping Centre and runs from Thursday 8th January to Sunday 11th January. I will have my full range out and hope to see you there

If you are unable to make it you can still get all the products online - visit

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Resolutions and musings

It is a lovely day - bright and sunny. Makes you feel good to be alive.
I am not sure what 2009 is going to bring, I can only hope it is better than 2008.
I haven't really made any resolutions - I know I will feel a lot better, physically, if I lose weight but for me I have to be in the right mindset to be successful. Diets, without really,really wanting to get slimmer don't work.
Businesswise,(if there is such a word) I feel I am going to have to concentrate on developing my website - possibly getting more websites for the different products. Shows I am not really sure about. I am of a mind not to do the smaller shows as too many of them have not been over successful recently.

Talking or resolutions, one for you is to visit my website more often

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Goodbye 2008, Hello 2009

I wish all my readers a very happy and prosperous New Year.
Yesterday was my(our) wedding anniversary - my wife and I have been married for 33 years. We celebrated very quietly - too quiet for my wife's tastes!
Well I can't say I am unhappy to say goodbye to 2008. However I am not sure 2009 is going to be much better.
There were some good shows last year but too many were mediocre to poor.On too many occasions I put in a lot of effort, slept in my van and came away earning much less than the minmum wage. I will continue to exhibit at the better shows but feel that I wasting my time exhibiting at some (too many) of the smaller shows. What do you think? Have you got any better ideas? or do you know of any shows where I might do better?
Please reply as I do welcome feedback.