The last week has been a whirlwind of productiveness.
Last week we received our MarGins leaflets that Mark designed. It was quite nerve racking opening the box, really hoping they were going to look OK but I’m pleased to say we are thrilled with them, so my next task is distributing them around the Norfolk Coast and anywhere that walkers, nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts visit.
We had a busy and rather festive weekend. On Saturday, Cromer had their Christmas light switch on. So I took my Mum for a wander around a cold but very Christmassy Cromer, taking in the Christmas tree festival in the church, meandering through the street stalls and having a very warming hot chocolate at the wonderful Rocket Cafe looking out over a festive Cromer Pier before the big lights switch on.
It’s lovely to see so many people supporting our local towns as there is a lot of behind the scenes work and hours put in to make these events so special for us all.
On Saturday evening we had a few close friends over to ours to celebrate launching MarGins. The couple of glasses of bubbles went down very well!
On Sunday we first visited the inspiring exhibition ‘Into the Woods’ at Field Dalling curated by Norfolk by Design (www.norfolk-by-design.com). The exhibition showcased some of Norfolk’s finest artists and design makers referencing the seasonal splendour of Norfolk’s woodland at this time of year. I have been dabbling with mixed media arts and crafts for a couple of years now, so I love visiting exhibitions like this that display a range of art using different mediums.
It was then onto the wonderfully festive Deepdale Christmas Market at Burnham Deepdale on the North Norfolk Coast. It was absolutely buzzing. So many people visiting this popular Christmas Market and supporting over 100 stalls all selling local and handmade produce from cheese’s to Christmas decorations. This was a great place for us to start sampling local Norfolk produce and start to source the contents for our Continental Hampers for all our guests to enjoy each morning on their MarGins holiday. Mark was in his element and it was probably one of the best shopping ‘experiences’ I have ever had with him! We bought produce from Marshpig (award winning British charcuterie from free range British pork. Gluten, Lactose and Wheat free), Nortons Dairy (Producers of Gold Medal winning soft cheese, butter, milk, yogurt and cream from their Brown Swiss cows in Norfolk) and Candi’s Chutney (Odd chutney maker – her words! – Great taste award winning chutney). We’re looking forward to talking further with them all about next years plans.
On the way home we called into Birdscape Gallery in Glandford. If you are a wildlife lover then this is definitely worth a visit (www.birdscapesgallery.co.uk). We had a good chat with the owner about our new business venture and he very kindly offered to take some leaflets to display there.
I’ve also attended some interesting networking events this week, making some great connections with other business’s in Norfolk. I will be attending more over the coming weeks, there’s one next week where wearing a Christmas jumper is compulsory! #Norfolktweetup
I’m keeping up with my #2minutelitterpicks on my daily dog walks. I walk a lot and absolutely love my daily dog walks but I’m astonished at the amount of litter that is casually thrown out of car windows especially as I live so rural. So, I decided, as I always have pockets full of doggy poop bags I would use one of them to start collecting the rubbish along the hedgerows and the sides of the roads and do my bit for the environment. Does anybody else do this?
Finally, today we had a productive marketing meeting with The Publicity Works. We’ve got lot’s of great ideas for promoting the business but ultimately making sure our guests get the best possible experience with MarGins Walking and Glamping Holidays.
So, we’re really looking forward to meeting our guests next year on the stunning Norfolk Coast.
Have a great week
Gin, Mark and Smiley Miss Brylie dog