Category Archives: Mrs L's Musings!

Winning Collaborations

It’s so nice when you can put people together, safe in the knowledge that they can create something really great. Kind of like blind-dating for business, and what all good business networking groups strive for.

And so it was with two wonderfully talented friends, Debbie of Fire Creative Branding who I knew had a wonderfully talented bespoke tailor on her client books; and international opera singer Sean Ruane, a man who knows and loves a sharp suit when he wears one!

The result – well if you have seen The Ashes this week, you can’t have failed to see Sean wearing Myles Anthony tailoring whose signature look is a dynamic mix of traditional tweed country wear cuts with contemporary and bespoke detailing.

The look is perfect for both the modern country squire or man about town; whether it’s a suit, jacket or overcoat you are looking for.  And ladies, don’t worry Myles Anthony are happy to make garments for you too! I can’t wait to get mine!!!

Sean Ruane wears Myles Anthony tailoring at The Ashes. Pic credit Phil Brown @dudleyplatypus

Sean Ruane wears Myles Anthony tailoring at The Ashes.
Pic credit Phil Brown @dudleyplatypus

Lights, Camera, Action….

Well, it’s been an interesting few weeks here at Agratech.

As we wrote a couple of weeks ago, Chris had helped and supplied a production staging company who wanted to produce a puddle/splash simuator for a product launch!     Screen shot 2013-07-11 at 11.12.34

This ‘product’ was the Skoda Octavia vRS, unveiled this morning at the Goodwood Festival of Speed! Here’s hoping that it all went well for Set Square Staging!

And continuing the water theme, Ann Marie was happy to help with a parts order for the set builders at Punchdrunk, who needed rainfall effects for the National Theatre production of The Drowned Man. 

It’s a welcome distraction from weed spraying, and Chris just loves to do the technical drawings! So, if you need any help with water-based special effects we’d love to help!

Call Chris at Agratech on 01706 211399!


Easter fun with Cadbury & The National Trust

Once again, The National Trust and Cadbury are joining forces to create some special fun events for all the family.                                                           Screen shot 2013-03-18 at 10.29.55

Taking place at 250 locations over the Easter weekend, there will be various events including Easter Egg hunts, face painting and giant games.

You can find exact timings and locations from the official EasterEgg Trail website

And you never know, the weather might be kind enough for a picnic 😉



…But we might have a warm summer!

So we’re all freezing now, but the unsettled weather pattern may lead to a heatwave in the late spring, according to the Met Office.Screen shot 2013-03-25 at 16.02.45

Not sure I believe them, they usually tell us things like this to keep us happy, especially when the weather is rubbish! 😉

You can read more in The Telegraph here,



Catch-up TV: Toughest place to be a Farmer

Aired last night on BBC2, Devon based dairy Farmer Richard Gibson tries his hand at farming, Kenyan style.

British farmers have suffered from low milk prices and squeezed margins but it is nothing compared to the struggles of Richard’s host, village elder Lemerigichen. In recent years drought has decimated the herds in this region, forcing many Samburu off their land and into the poverty of local towns. Richard launches himself into an alien lifestyle – sleeping rough in the wilderness, drinking cow’s blood and digging and digging to find water.

Screen shot 2013-03-18 at 11.25.01                    The programme is available to watch via the BBC iPlayer until 31 March – click here to get to the programme page

You can read more about Richard here





External links are to BBC iPlayer and the BBC2 programme pages. Picture courtesy BBC2 website

Vegetable Sowing and Growing Table

Courtesy of The Potting Shed, this very handy guide of when to sow and harvest your vegetables. Click here to go to it

Last year we (well actually, I should say our little one – it was her raised bed) had success with cauliflowers and beetroot, although they were teeny! We had a few gooseberries, though not enough for a pie, and a handful of luscious strawberries. Wonder what she might want to grow this year?! Whatever she chooses, we have a whole host of products in our new Garden section that will help!

She’s a demon with a sprayer, too. A Matabi Berry 5 was her object of choice last year and it withstood being pulled and twirled around the garden like a toy, and to her deight, was able to adequately soak any adults in close proximity.

The Potting Shed is a new online magazine offering gardening advice, product reviews and a round-up of the latest industry news and gossip!

These other gardening websites are worthy of a mention, too: The Reckless Gardener, Gardeners on the Go, and Gardeners Club.




Fancy Being a TV Gardener? The BBC needs you!

Do you know your onions?!

“Think the Great British Bake-off” meets gardening!

Wow, given the popularity of that cookery show, that’s one great allurement!

The BBC / SIlver River Productions are producing a new gardening talent show,

“… a new series for BBC 2. The series offers 8 pairs the chance to create and manage a magnificent allotment over the course of 6 months, located on the same patch of earth.

We will follow your journey from the moment you plant the seeds to pulling the ripe produce from the ground. The pairs must be enthusiastic, skilled and dedicated to compete to be the nation’s best kitchen gardener.”

Photo credit banstaple Allotments

Photo credit banstaple Allotments

Be quick though, Applications Close 8 March 2013!


Source The Horticultural Channel, full article is here

For more information and an application form, please email or call 0207 907 3433

(Calls to this number will be charged at your local rate, mobiles may vary.)


Local Event – Great Harwood farmers market

A new Farmers Market launches this Sunday at Towngate, Great Harwood. The event is a collaboration between the local council, and Gaskells Motor Bodies who already operate a successful farmers market from their Bodyshop premises.

The cost of a stall is just £10 and you can book by calling  Rob Grigorjevs, Town Centre Manager, on 01254 380 980.

gaskells farmers marketThere is more information about the market on the Hyndburn Council website here


Find out more about Gaskells here

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