Monday, 16 May 2011

A New Path

I have a new job. It has not yet sunk in and it probably will not until I sit at my desk and twirl on the chair. It is Garden writer with Amateur Gardening Magazine.
I am having to take pauses in my daily life to register what has happened to me. It's been a long and sometimes fraught path. Anyone who has decided on a career change will know that it is not easy.
I could write about how I achieved my goals, where I worked, the tears and the stress but instead I just want to thank some people who have helped me get where I am today.
A very big thank you goes to the RHS and Sparsholt College, I have been taught by three of the finest lecturers Ray Broughton, Rosie Yeomans and Chris Bird. Without their passion and knowledge I really would not be where I am today. Patrick Fairweather who gave me the opportunity to work in the learning garden attached to his garden centre, and his family run commercial nursery. I learnt an awful lot, quickly. To all my Twitter followers who have read my inane babble, you were all with me throughout the hard work. My private clients who let me loose on their property. And of course to River Cottage and Mark Diacono. Mark saw the potential and dragged it out. I can't personally speak for Mark but we worked well together, bit like Catherine Tate and David Tennant.… Though it's me who is funny, he is just tall.
And lastly, (Gwyneth Paltrow eat you heart out), thank you to my family and friends. I have been told off already for not organising a cocktail party in celebration.

I suppose I should write about something informative. Or let the Natural History Museum do it for me.


  1. Huge congrats from me - really admire your determination and energy. Hope it goes well, do let us know when the first edition will be out.

  2. Very very deserved. I dont think Ive ever seen anyone who's worked so hard and with so much dedication to do what you've done in such a short amount of time. Huge congratulations, you deserve it.

    And I think you'll find it's me who's tall AND funny.

  3. Congratulations - your hard work has paid off you should be very proud of yourself.

    Love the blog name.

  4. Will do Helen, start date is the 27th of June. x

    I must be the good looking one then Mark.

  5. Many congratulations- it's fully deserved for all your hard work. Guess I'm going to have to start buying another magazine.