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‘Home Grown’ diary project – update 9 … Veggie McVeg Patch…

Things I’ve discovered along the way…

A few conclusions so far – someone asked me if I’d thrown any seedlings away when thinning out? Well yes I did (just a few), but I didn’t like doing it 🙁 – so as we are two months on, I’ve sown more carrots and more lettuces, to stagger my crops throughout the coming months. This time, I’ve been more careful when placing the seeds out to minimise the need for thinning and therefore wasted growth – is this right or wrong… I don’t know, but it feels right to me.

Was everything organic? – was another question I’ve had – well no, I can’t claim that because I started off using bags of soil and compost bought last year. Plus I have bought some Tomorite which I will use sparingly – however, I can claim that I’ve not used any pesticides or other fertilisers and plan to keep it that way if possible.

Finally, while we continue to enjoy the salad leaves (regularly harvested) – I’ve noticed there are no bugs or slugs on them (bonus!). I guess because they are in a slightly raised large wooden tray and their added protection of the old cloche over the top, nothing can really get to them!

carrots seeds, vegetables, home grown, planting,
Two months on and more carrots have gone in.

More triffids? no these are the courgettes that were potted out. All I can say is all the courgettes seem to be very happy in the large outdoor pots … and …

courgettes, potted, vegetables, home grown,
More triffids? The courgettes have gone bananas…

… we have flowers – Amazing! Yes, I can confirm, baby courgettes are forming 🙂

courgette, flowers, vegetables, home grown,
Getting the camera under the huge leaves, revealed the first flowers.

More flowers …. yes the dwarf beans have joined in and produced the prettiest shade of lilac flower. So we will have beans to, assuming our lovely wild bees find them.

dwarf bean, flower, home grown,
Thought this was the prettiest colour flower ever.

Talking of bees… I managed to capture this little fella on one of the raspberry plant flowers.

raspberry plant, bee, pollination, home grown, fruit crop
The bees are at work and just managed to catch this fella doing his thing.

… and he’s obviously done his job well, because we have some actual raspberries forming 🙂

raspberry, fruit, home grown,
Our first fruit forming.

An update on the tomato plants – to date I’ve only had one seedling not make it, which so far gives me about forty baby tomato plants all growing – again, what was I thinking …

tomatoes, home grown, vegetables,
They are all growing steadily in the warmth of the greenhouse.

Finally, do you remember in update 7, I mentioned I’d rescued two hazel nut seedlings when weeding the main bed. Well they are very happy in their pots and growing well.

Hazelnut plants, home grown, potted
They’ve definitely survived and are growing.

Next week – what to do with surplus plants and produce.

Getting in front of the camera…? Presentation skills… how are yours?

It’s becoming the normal thing now – search online for what you are looking for and watch a video about it. I’ve done it, there are umpteen videos on cameras and their functions and you find the one that makes sense to you and ‘ticks all your boxes’. 

BUT what causes us to stick with a video we choose to watch, whether it’s for information, in one form or another or entertainment? I’ve seen people having a rant about so many poorly produced videos. We are all used to people complaining about what they don’t like, but if you view something that’s really good and keeps your attention, tells you what you want to know and/or keeps you entertained – do you remember it, decide to follow them, recommend it to others, go back and watch more???

With the technology easily available to everyone on their smartphone, tablet, laptop, it’s no wonder in our ‘instant’ world people expect to be able to do this straight away with little preparation or thought.

But that’s just it, when they try and realise its perhaps not so easy and give up – with a little prior planning, consideration AND practise, it is achievable. 

Yes we want people to be themselves, which is very important, but nerves and distraction get in the way and turn people into something quite different!

No film producer ever gave someone a script and expect them to become word perfect straight away. 

We are running our third Video Presentation Skills Workshop on 31st October, at the lovely Nowton Court venue just outside Bury St Edmunds. This workshop brings its main focus on ‘why to do it’ ‘what to say’ and ‘how to say it’, keeping the technical aspect very simple and straight forward.

#videomarketing #mediatraining #newskills #howto #BuryStEdmunds  

Video Presentation Skills Workshop

Video Presentation Skills Workshop

NEW PROGRAM OF HELP – 121 tuition – ‘Animate Your Image’

The Video Presentation Skills Workshop ties in nicely with the launch of a new 121 program of help, which is ideal to really get those presentation skills to camera nailed confidently.

Animate Your Image

Animate Your Image

It follows on and adds to the existing brand of help with ‘Love Your Image’ and ‘Evolve Your Image’. These were developed to specifically help those who are less than confident in front of the camera for photographs and provides them the tools to change this habit of thinking and behaviour.

Our image says a great deal about us and if you’ve formed opinions of others when you’ve seen a headshot or avatar, then its likely others are doing the same about you. 

Knowing how to get in front of any camera and be yourself without nerves and anxiety is a real bonus for you and your business. 

#confidence #loveyourimage #headshots #avatars #bodylanguage