Monthly Archives: October 2013

Getting Social, property gossip & meeting a real gardening award winner!

So, this week I attended a Property ‘tweet-up’ (cue Chris rolling his eyes heavenwards) to meet in person some of my favourite property tweeters, bloggers and all-round property nuts! Being as when I’m not at Agratech,  I spend half of my working life, and much of the rest of my life (leisure time, dream time….) instilled in anything to do with houses, property, renovation and just all-round general house nosiness, it was a night of pure heaven.

Not much to do with Agratech, and sprayers you’re thinking, except that one of the attendees was a lovely lady, Liz Ackerley of Poppyhead Consultancy, who was recently crowned the Grand Designs Live Garden Designer of the Year!  And having read her blog and looked at some of her portfolio shots, I thought I should give Liz a mention.

Here’s an extract from her about me page:

 a chartered landscape architect and qualified garden designer with a number of years experience designing and managing landscapes from tiny courtyards to large private and public spaces. In the late 90’s Liz trained first at Capel Manor, Middlesex University where she was best garden design student of the year… Liz has held positions in several design consultancy and landscape architecture practices and has also taught garden design on courses in both London and Staffordshire.

Fantastic, and you can read more about Liz, and find her contact details from her website here.

But if like me, you work in images, here are some images from her beautiful award-winning design. You can read Liz’s blog post here to learn about her design concept and see images from the drawing board through the build and the completed garden, which is truly stunning. A worthy winner

 

Image Via Popphead Consultancy

Image Via Popphead Consultancy

And finally, if you are interested in property, follow some of the best on Twitter! From l-r back row @poppyheadC @RyderandDutton @LancsPropLady @AnnaSellsHouses @PropertyMadeSimTweet up Bear

Front row @RightmoveAddict @JDGEstateAgent @MauriceKilbride

 

We will be closed Friday 1 November

With apologies for the inconvenience,Screen shot 2013-10-31 at 11.13.22

But Due to all Agratech staff having to appear as Court Witnesses, we will be closed on Friday 1 November.

Obviously this is for reasons beyond our control and we hope to be back as normal Monday 4th November!

You may of course continue to order via the website, but no orders will be despatched.

Thanks

 

A great day out for all the family

From Diggers to Dogs, and Food to Ferrets….

This coming weekend, the CountrysideLive show takes over the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate promising something for all the family.

The two day event is jam-packed with hands-on activities as well as the usual country show displays and competitions.Children can try their hand at sausage and bread making, willow weaving and straw crafts; release your inner Robin Hood having a go at Archery; or play with some big toys at Diggerland!

The shopping and food sections house a variety of local produce and a chance to bag some more individual artisan Christmas gifts!

The show runs Saurday 19th & Sunday 20th October, and tickets are priced at a very reasonable £22 for a family of 2 adults and 3 children, individual tickets are available.

We’ll see you there!

The CountrysideLive website is here.
Follow show news on Twitter @YAScountryside
Images from the CountrysideLive Website, with thanks

Last Chance to Save on Horse & Jumping Products!

Last chance to save on Equestrian Products…

to mark the Horse of the Year Show, Agratech are offering customers a chance to save across our range.Saddle-Carrier from Agratech So whether you are looking for a Tack Pack, Saddle Carrier, Mounting Block, Jump Blocks or anything else horse-related you can make a great saving!

And due to manufacturing timescales, it really is the perfect time to buy now for Christmas.

And just in case you are short on hiding space,  we will even offer you a Shop & Store* facility – just place your order now, and we will ship nearer to Christmas. That way you can guarantee that you will get the item you want, wihout the hassle of trying to conceal it till the big day!

You can see the whole Equestrian range by clicking here!

Screen shot 2013-10-08 at 14.08.05To claim your discount, spend a minumum of £50 (exVat) and use the voucher code HOYS at checkout. Don’t forget to add the Shop & Store product to your basket if you want Christmas delivery, and in the customer note section of your order please enter the earliest date you wish to receive your order.

Useful Link to The Horse of the Year website here.

This discount code expires 13th October 2013.

*Shop & Store, the small print. Due to software limitations, we have had to include a nominal 1p price to include this as a product on our website, sorry about that. 
Orders will be desaptched as close to yur required date as possible, and in case of predicted adverse weather we will clear all orders from our warehouse, regardless of the date chosen.

Horse of the Year Show Equestrian Products Offer

The Horse of the Year Show starts tomorrow…

and to mark this fantastic event in the Equestrian calendar, Agratech are offering customers a chance to save across our range.Saddle-Carrier from Agratech
So whether you are looking for a Tack Pack, Saddle Carrier, Mounting Block, Jump Blocks or anything else horse-related you can make a great saving!

And whilst it’s really too early, and we don’t like to mention it yet, dozens of you were left disappointed last year when you tried to order Equestrian items as Christmas Gifts, only to find you had missed the manufacture cut-off date! This year we have almost every colour in stock, but if we don’t there is still plenty of time for it to be made for you!

Also, to make this offer even more tempting, and as we appreciate that these are bulky items that are difficult to hide, we will even offer you a Shop & Store* facility – just place your order now, and we will ship nearer to Christmas. That way you can guarantee that you will get the item you want, wihout the hassle of trying to conceal it till the big day!

You can see the whole Equestrian range by clicking here!

Screen shot 2013-10-08 at 14.08.05To claim your discount, spend a minumum of £50 (exVat) and use the voucher code HOYS at checkout. Don’t forget to add the Shop & Store product to your basket if you want Christmas delivery, and in the customer note section of your order please enter the earliest date you wish to receive your order.

Useful Link to The Horse of the Year website here.

This discount code expires 13th October 2013.

*Shop & Store, the small print. Due to software limitations, we have had to include a nominal 1p price to include this as a product on our website, sorry about that. 
Orders will be desaptched as close to yur required date as possible, and in case of predicted adverse weather we will clear all orders from our warehouse, regardless of the date chosen.

It’s Potato Week

The Potato Council’s Potato Week is under way, aimed to drive awareness and sales of named potato varieties, and give British Potato growers a boost.

Here’s a quote from the Potato Council website:

Potato Council marketing manager, Kate Cox, said: “The autumn is a crucial time for potato consumption and the crux of our campaign – which is timed to coincide with main crop harvesting – is to encourage shoppers to trade up to popular named varieties. In doing so, we aim to promote increased consistency and enjoyment of potato-meals eaten in the home and encourage shoppers to see that they are worth paying a little more for. This in turn, will drive value growth of the potato category.

Commendable, though Mrs L’s hackles have risen slightly at the the (seemingly) women-only focused campaign, and the slighly nauseous title of “Maris Piper Mums” on the Love Potato Website. Perhaps in the Potato Council world, men are farmers, and the little woman is the cook? There are plenty of Agratech friends where the man does the weekly shop, and produces equal, if not much finer fayre than their lady partners.  I can hear the cries of ‘calm down, dear’. But maybe next year we could have the Maris-Men?! 😉

That being said, there are some great recipes on the Love Potato website, and in particular Mr L is going to have a go at the Sticky Orange Potato Cake, so we’ll report back later.

Potato week runs 7-13 October. Happy shopping and cooking!

The Potato Cuncil website is here.Growing Potatoes
The Love Potato website is here
Potato Council marketing manager, Kate Cox, said: “The autumn is a crucial time for potato consumption and the crux of our campaign – which is timed to coincide with main crop harvesting – is to encourage shoppers to trade up to popular named varieties. In doing so, we aim to promote increased consistency and enjoyment of potato-meals eaten in the home and encourage shoppers to see that they are worth paying a little more for. This in turn, will drive value growth of the potato category. – See more at: http://www.potato.org.uk/news/potato-advertising-push-gets-underway#sthash.3D2g9qZO.dpuf
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