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Movember Update - Week four, the finished Mo's

Friday, 30 November 2012



 
Today is the last day of Movember and as our minds slip firmly into December and Christmas we thought we would bring you our final Myakka Movember update. Haven’t the boys done well!? Nine of the Myakka guys started on the 1st Movember clean shaven and ready to start growing a Mo to help raise awareness for men’s health and eight (the ninth is currently off sailing the Atlantic so we aren’t quite sure of his progress!) of them have come out 30 days later with a Mo to be proud of. 

As of the 1st December the boys can be Mo free (until next year) and we are sure they can’t wait to get the razors out. We think it suits a few of them especially Paul and Martin who have put a lot of effort to grow very styled and matching Mos (bottom right and left). 

Don’t forget as well as raising awareness, Movember is also about raising as much money as possible for Men’s health charities such as Prostate Cancer UK and the Institute of Cancer Research. So if you would like to make a donation to the boys and all their effort simply visit https://www.movember.com/uk/donate/payment/team_id/680049 and follow the simple instructions.

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Next Season Samples Are Here!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012


Even though Christmas seems to be dominating the conversation here at Myakka, we are looking forward to spring and the release of our new spring catalogue in March. Currently we are preparing for a week’s photography of all the new samples that are arriving here at Myakka HQ.

We have had lots of lovely accessories arrive in including some brand new designs such as table runners, new throws and quilts and new cushions. We have now been working with our textile supplier for just under two years and we are getting some great new designs from them. Simon visited India in October and he spent some time working with them to make sure the designs are exactly as we want them.

As well as lovely new textiles we have lots of new furniture pieces arriving ready for the final sign off before photography next week. We have been busy designing new pieces for the Mallani, Hathi and Orissa ranges and we have some lovely new pieces to feature in our new spring catalogue 2013! Many of the designs have been based on customer requests.

Photography begins next week where Georgie and team will be taking over a lovely old house in Salisbury to get some great shots of the furniture in a home setting. Watch this space for a behind the scenes photography update in December and the new spring catalogue in March.

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Movember Update – Week Three

Monday, 26 November 2012


As we have moved into week three of Movember the Mo’s are really beginning to take shape of the Myakka guys top lips and are now a lot more photogenic! The Mo’s now almost look like proper moustaches and less like they have forgotten to shave!

Movember really does raise awareness and more and more poeple are aware of Movember and the reasons behind growing the Mo.

Don’t forget the boys are doing this for a great cause and you can help by making a donation to help improve men’s health. You can donate and support the ‘Myakka’ team, any individual or just make a general donation. Making a donation is really simple and anything you give will be going towards helping Movember's men’s health partners such as Prostate Cancer UK and The Institute of Cancer Research.

To make a donation to this great cause simply click here https://www.movember.com/uk/donate/payment/team_id/680049

Simply search for the Myakka team to support our efforts or make a general donation, every little really helps. It really is very simple.

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Thursday, 22 November 2012

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Somerset Business Awards 2012 Update

Wednesday, 21 November 2012



On Friday evening 10 of the Myakka team attended the Somerset Business Awards at Somerset County Cricket Club for a lavish awards ceremony. The evening we had all been waiting for had finally arrived and we were ready to find out how we had done in the Service Excellence Award. We are always so excited and very flattered to be finalists for these exciting awards.

This was our third time at the Somerset Business Awards and it is always a great evening with great food and a lovely atmosphere. As soon as the four course dinner was finished it was time for the all-important awards ceremony. The Service Excellence was the first award of the evening so we didn’t have to wait long to find out how we had done. After the three finalists were announced and a short film was shown for each of the finalist the winner was announced. We came second and we are very proud of this result. We pride ourselves on our levels if customer service and we always try and exceed our customer’s expectations and getting this recognition was a great result for us.

The whole team had a great evening. The food was delicious and the cheese board was as good as last year with massive slices of cheese! We were up against some stiff competition and the winners were all very worthy. 

The aim of the awards is to raise the profile of business is Somerset both locally, nationally and even internationally. It is great to see so many other local businesses doing so well.
Congratulations to all the winners and all the runners up!

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Gardening Through the Dark Months

Monday, 19 November 2012



Georgie from CommonFarm Flowers is back with her next instalment of her guest blog for us, this time about gardening through the winter months. With her positive outlook towards looking forward to spring and ideas on what to plant now, it really is a great read for any gardening fans....

I find that the more I garden the less I notice the winter.  Not because the days are any longer or the nights any lighter, but because I never stop planting for the next light season, and the promise of next year is always there.  From September when I clear the still-flowering sweet peas out of their beds and compost them, to October when the rest of the annuals are ripped out and the bare beds mulched with well-rotted horse manure, and on through November when the cold nights have me reaching for the kindling, the matches, and a fire, here at Common Farm Flowers there’s always planting to be done, and often there are signs of the spring to come.

In September we plant daffs where the sweet peas were, and my first crop of paperwhites, brought on in the house for an early few posies are about to flower now, their scent rich and honeyed.  We plant hyacinths too, for forcing later, and all the nice big plants that have come from the seed we put in in June are planted out in sheltered beds for flowering in the early spring: white wall flowers, sweet william, californian poppies, honesty, sweet rocket, all have time to settle in and send down deep roots before the cold weather sets in.

We plant a lot of seed in September too: though overwintering hardy annuals is a labour of love in my opinion, for me, it is a labour well worth devoting myself to.  The sight of the tiny marigold, sweet pea and cornflower shoots just curling out of their compost in early October, gives me heart. The days are getting shorter, and suddenly there’s a bite of frost, but these strong little friends battle on through the cold.  Though with this weekend’s cold snap forecast I will take pity on them and move them into the poly tunnel. 

So through October the bulb planting continues: camassia, a lovely tall spiked blue prairie plant from the USA loves our thick clay and naturalises happily in the long grass under the acers.  We planted a mix of them, black tulips (a little early – usually tulips are planted in November, but I’m a great believer in doing something when the mood takes me), and my favourite pheasant eye narcissi together under the field maples behind the wild dogwood hedge: so long as the mice and rabbits don’t mow the lot they’ll make a marvellous show in the spring.  I imagine the bulbs fattening up in the damp clay soil, shooting lemon yellow spikes towards the rough grass mat they must work their way through and another wintry day of threatening gloom is gone.

In November the tulips go in: here not that many (for a flower farm), about 1,400, lots of different colours, shapes and moods.  Some of them are in the long grass, some in beds for cropping, and some will go in crates for forcing in the poly tunnel when they’ve had a good few weeks of cold.  I’ll make space for them in there tunnel next to the anemones and ranunculus which are just sprouting through the compost in which I planted them after ripping out the tomatoes about a month ago.  You see how we work here: rip out one crop, make room for another, mulch, water, feed the soil and plant again.  It is the tiniest shoots forcing themselves through compost which give me the most pleasure at this time of year.  Yes, I’m cutting chrysanthemums, and narcissi, gorgeously coloured autumn folliage and berries, but those green shoots sprouting promise me spring, and I’ll nurse them through the winter with fleece and bubble wrap, night lights in jam-jars, parafin burners, anything I have in my armoury so that we’ll have a good crop come springtime and I won’t have had time to notice the dark.

To plant now:

  • Sweet pea seed: soak overnight in warm water before planting into deep post of good seed compost.  Leave outside to sprout but do protect from mice who love a swelling sweet pea seed more than you do chocolate.
  • Tulips: a splash of early spring colour brings joy to any garden.  Close plant some in terracotta pots and when they’re about to flower bring them into the house as living flower arrangements.  Pots of tulips are great because you can move them about to wherever they’ll give you most pleasure. 
  • If you have room: plant a bare root tree or order bare root roses.  Plant these into slit trenches having dipped them into rooting gel easily available from garden centres.  Mulch them (so that the manure doesn’t touch the stems) with well rotted horse manure and stand back to watch them shoot.
  • Take hard wood cuttings: a pot filled with s sand cut compost and struck with a circle of cuttings of spring flowering viburnum or a rose that you love will inspire you to plan a newly arranged border, give you plants to give to friends, but most of all give you hope through the winter as you watch, in amazement, the first white curl of root peeping out from the bottom of the pot. 

And:

  • When you dig over your borders watch out for rooted plantlets coming away from established plants: sedum, helleniums and wild daisies will happily give you little rooted cuttings from the edge of a clump to pot up and save for the spring.  Equally watch out for self-seeded perennials which mustn’t be wasted: pot up alcamilla and aquilegia (columbine or grannies’ bonnets) seedlings and give to friends or save for a rearranged border. 
  • Make heaps of seed heads and garden detritus: just knowing that there’s probably a nest inside a heap of horticultural debris in which  gardening team mates like toads, hedgehogs and beneficial insects might be over-wintering is enough to cheer this gardener on even the grimmest of wet winter days.
  • The garden may look, from a distance, as though it’s sleeping through the winter, but watch it closely and you’ll see that barely a day passes without something moving on towards spring.

Make sure you keep a look out for our next guest blog.We have many more on the way about all kinds of interesting subjects.  So watch this space!

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Movember update - Week Two



Week 2 of Movember and the progress is a lot more noticeable this week. The Mo’s are really coming along nicely and it is causing a lot of laughs here at Myakka HQ. During the weekly ‘photo shoot’ some of the team needed a little more persuasion than others to come and have the photo taken. Orrin from the warehouse tried all manner of avoidance techniques to dodge the camera including curling up in a ball. But nothing working and we got a good pic of his ‘tache. Robert dislikes his Mo so much (he says it makes him look old) he decided to try and hide it behind a post it note, but you can still see the sides poking out a little!

Some of the female member of the Myakka team got a little jealous of all the fun the guys were having and wanted to join in the fun. Bryony from the shop and customer services joined in the fun with a spectacular effort (printed from the internet!).

Remember this boys are doing this for a great cause and you can help by making a donation to help improve men’s health. You can donate and support the ‘Myakka’ team, any individual or just make a general donation. Making a donation is really simple and anything you give will be going towards helping Movember's men’s health partners such as Prostate Cancer UK and The Institute of Cancer Research.

To make a donation to this great cause simply click here https://www.movember.com/uk/donate/payment/team_id/680049

Simply search for the Myakka team to support our efforts or make a general donation, every little really helps. Easy!



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Movember update – Week One

Wednesday, 14 November 2012



The men here at Myakka have been working hard growing their Mo’s to support Movember. The aim of Movember is to raise awareness of men’s health and the guys here at Myakka are doing their very best to lend their upper lips in support.

There is an air of friendly competition between all the guys as the Mo’s develop and begin to take shape.  Paul (our furniture restoration expert) is so far attracting jealous glances as his Mo is developing nicely.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Movember, it is a charity event aimed at raising awareness and money for men’s health.  The guys started clean shaven on 1st November and then grow a moustache until the end of November when they can shave it off, or of course keep it!

Here is a selection of Mo’s progress from week 1. Keep an eye out for week two developments that will follow shortly.

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Fingers crossed for the Somerset Business Awards

Tuesday, 13 November 2012


There is an air of anticipation here at Myakka HQ this week as Friday draws ever closer so does the Somerset Business Awards Evening. We will finally find out if we have won the award for Service Excellence.  We will all have our fingers and toes crossed when it comes to the Service Excellence Award. We pride ourselves on our great customer service and winning this award would be great recognition of this.

This is our third year entering the awards and we are hoping to repeat our success from 2010 when we won Business of the Year and came second in the Service Excellence Award. In 2011 we came second in the Marketing and Promotion award and in the Business of the Year Award.

We will of course keep you updated on how the night turns out. Fingers crossed it will be a fruitful evening for us!


Watch this space for the results... 

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Keep it local - Somerset Business

Wednesday, 7 November 2012


Here at Myakka and in Somerset we are a friendly bunch and we love talking to and working with other local businesses. Following on from a post about the architecture by Andrea form O2i Design Consultants we thought it would be great to start series blogs by guest writers from local businesses. So without further ado we would like to introduce to you another Georgie from Common Farm Flowers. Here is her first instalment of a guest blog she has written for us…

In this corner of Somerset businesses are really supportive of each other.  Whether that’s because lots of them are run by Mumpreneurs who understand the pressures of achieving the school run and the book keeping at the same time as marketing a business, I don’t know, but Myakka, run by Georgie and her husband Simon in Wincanton, are very enthusiastic about our local cut flower business and order from us often.  So it’s really nice to be invited to blog for their website about gardening through the winter now that the days are drawing in.

We first had dealings with Myakka when they ordered some of our British Flowers for a photo shoot they were doing in the summer for their lovely fair-trade furniture.  We were delighted to be able to give them lovely table centres and posies with which they could dress their sideboards and dining tables for the shoot.  We do flowers for all occasions, weddings, parties, birthdays, or just to say ‘I love you’, and most of the flowers we use are grown on our own smallholding here in Somerset.  If we do order in we order British Grown flowers: we are as eco and fair trade with our flowers as Myakka are with their furniture.  No wonder we feel as though we’ve things in common...

Make sure you look out for Georgie’s next blog on gardening through the winter months.  Please do have a look at the architecture of Myakka HQ blog (we live in an interesting old building) kindly researched and written by Andrea from O2i Design Consultants. Make sure you check out Georgie’s Common Farm Flower blog, it is full of stuff about gardening but also loads about life including keeping the kids entertained, bee keeping and marmalade making.


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Myakka & Perry’s Recycling fund RELATE support for South Somerset



As some of regular readers may know we have been working with the Somerset Community Foundation since 2009. The Somerset Community Foundation works to promote vibrant, inclusive communities in Somerset through developing a culture of local giving and enabling voluntary groups.  It was set up in 2002 to provide and independent funding body to tackle poverty and disadvantages throughout Somerset.

Myakka made its annual donation of £5,000 into the Myakka Grass Root Fund this September. Since then we have been working with the Foundation to find great causes to support. This month through the Foundation we have teamed up with Perry’s Recycling to donate a total £2,000 to provide essential funds to re-establish Relate support in South Somerset.

Relate is the country’s largest provider of relationship support, offering counselling for individuals and couples, family counselling, counselling for children and young people along with sex therapy.

In April 2011, Relate Somerset closed all its branches due to financial problems.  Following talks with Relate head office, Dorset Relate based in Poundbury stepped in to offer services in South Somerset from an outreach base in Yeovil (about 30 miniutes away from us here at Myakka).  To assist in the provision of this service, a grant of £2,000 has now been agreed through Somerset Community Foundation using funds from Perry’s Recycling Fund and the Myakka Fund.  

Perry’s Recycling is a long-established family business, operating from three sites across Somerset, specialising in ethical and environmental recycling solutions for businesses and regional councils.  They have been supporting the Foundation since 2010 through their own fund but also through their newspaper recycling scheme at supermarkets across the county. Brian Perry comments ‘This is a great example of what can be achieved for our communities by working together and we are absolutely delighted to be able to support the work of Relate.’

Somerset Community Foundation works to promote vibrant, inclusive communities in Somerset through developing a culture of local giving and enabling voluntary groups.  This award winning charitable operation is the linchpin for funding these grassroots projects – for more information on how you can support your local community or apply for funding for your community project, visit www.somersetcf.org.uk.

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