Author: "From You To Me"

  • Tips for a fun and safe family Pancake Day!

    Preparing for a Pancake Day kitchen session always makes me nervous. Little hands want to get involved and that’s all very lovely but someone has to scrape the pancakes from the kitchen ceiling and, funnily enough, that’s usually me. I have two children who love to get involved in cooking. In particular a 6 year old boy who wants to splash whatever he can get his hands on into the mixing bowl. Combinations of Marmite, sugar...

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  • Dear Dad: Worth the two year wait

    It’s taken two years for my Dad to complete the Dear Dad journal I gave to him for Christmas 2011. It seems like a long time but he is nearly 80 and there’s a lot to remember. He was flattered and delighted to receive the journal two years ago, but equally rather daunted and overwhelmed. I know he felt a weighty pressure to deliver some meaningful content. And there’s always the worry that, as the youngest...

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  • Happy New Year, Happy New You

    As we drip in to a very wet and windy 2014 I thought I would share my favourite poem which I hope you like as much as I do. So if there is anything you want to do in 2014 then just take off your coat and go to it . . . It couldn't be done by Edgar Guest  Somebody said that it couldn't be done,   But he with a chuckle replied That "maybe...

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  • Pick of the best Christmas gifts

    Our guest blogger and valued customer, Gemma Edwards of Gifts4Gifts.com, shares her Christmas excitement with us, and picks her top three Christmas gifts... It's that time of year when we see signs of Christmas around us: shop windows aglow, advert jingles, and glistening lights against the night sky. It’s enough to get us excited about the winter festivities.   I want to share the little excitements we have at Gifts4Gifts - the most wanted gifts this Christmas. I've been...

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  • Dear Little Sister

    I don’t see you very often, we have such busy lives and we live so far apart, so I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed spending an evening with you. It was really lovely to talk about ‘the old days’ and recall fun stories from our times together. I also wanted to tell you that I think you are amazing.  As I listened to you talk about the work that you are doing now...

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  • Waving goodbye

    It’s a sure sign that my daughter is growing up when I’m waving her goodbye as her coach departs for her school residential. She’s smiling, laughing and waving excitedly and, waving back with a cheery smile, I’m actually very near to tears. I couldn’t be more excited for her. Her week will be packed with independence, fun and adventure. Mine will be filled with worry about whether she has enough warm clothes, will the food be...

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  • 'Being Human' - the ability to love

    A nice relaxing drive to a business meeting. Latte to hand, cruising in the slow lane, radio on. Before long I’m blinking giant tears and letting out involuntary sobs. I’m moved by an interview with the journalist Robert Peston, where the BBC’s business editor explains that, for him, ‘being human’ is defined by the ability to love. Peston lost his wife, the talented author Sian Busby, to cancer just a year ago. A long five year...

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  • Small Business of the Year!

    Well what a delightful evening last night at Bath's Business Awards where our team was crowned as 'Small Business of the Year. The evening, sponsored by The Bath Chronicle, was held at Bath race course and was expertly hosted by one of my childhood heroes from Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton.  The evening saw much merriment and a fabulous dinner served as the champagne flowed.Our business is all about stories and memories - and this award...

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  • Triggering fond memories

    The experience of ‘interviewing’ a loved one with the help of a from you to me journal can be both enlightening and enjoyable. Our guest blogger, Andrew Eberlin of Eberlin Design tells us how.Like Neil, my father died far too young. I regret at not asking the right questions, or not spending more time with him. I imagine this is a common reaction for those that lose someone close. My mother still lives, but is ageing fast. Her...

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  • 6 Words You Should Say Today

    I was inspired by this blog this morning by Rachel Macy Stafford and wanted to share it with you.  As a business, we are all about close relationships with family and friends and this article about your relationship with your children really hit home for me. Enjoy! Neil "Very rarely does one sentence have immediate impact on me. Very rarely does one sentence change the way I interact with my family. But this one did. It...

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