Archives Month: August 2015

Do you remember when you were out and about with your young child or grandchild? Perhaps you were out shopping or travelling to see friends or family. Suddenly junior wakes up and decides he is hungry. “Pull over love; we are going to have to find somewhere that will heat up his lordship’s Cow & Gate jar.” Sounds familiar?
Then overnight Paul Lindley walked into our lives. (Knighthood wouldn’t be good enough for him – he should be made a saint).

When Paul was an accountant with KPMG, his wife had the same issues with their daughter, Ella. (Are you getting there?) Paul left KPMG and with the assistance of doctors and dieticians he started putting organic, healthy food in pouches.

Now, if we are driving up to the Cotswolds and junior cries out with hunger pains I just unscrew the cap and lob the pouch over my shoulder with the instruction “Suck on that young man.” Easy, and the needle needn’t drop below the obligatory 68mph.

Paul is still the CEO of Ella’s Kitchen although he sold the company to an American food giant for £66m.
This amazing 48 year old entrepreneur is not sitting back on his laurels – he is still writing music lyrics and has developed a children’s toiletries brand under the name Paddy’s Bathroom. (Guess what his son is called.)
Paul is another brilliant British inventor and entrepreneur who comes up with ideas we all wish we had thought of and makes a howling success of it.
The more Brits we can support and encourage the fewer tears from the back seat and the healthier our economy.

If you are a keen gardener like us, you might find our weekend activities interesting!
Making a very early start on Saturday morning we caught the 7am flight from Exeter to Manchester. Fifty minutes later we touched down and managed to re-fuel at the Italian deli in Didsbury, South Manchester.

After a “full English” and a couple of Americanos it was off to Arley Hall near Northwich. The gardens of this Victorian Grade 11 listed mansion were created in 1830 and when you have spent time there you realise why they too are listed.

Each of “the rooms” is individual and charming and the gardens rightly boast of the finest herbaceous long borders in the country. The surrounding parklands beautifully set the house and gardens in context.

By lunchtime we were in need of another topping up and a chill-out time so we appreciated our welcome at the Pheasant Inn at Higher Burwardsley in Cheshire, overlooking the Peckforton Valley.

The old inn is full of oak beams and stylish furnishings. Fortunately the tables are sturdy, as the young staff loaded us with great platters of assorted fish and Goosnargh duck and foaming pots of real ale. No wonder the Pheasant is award winning and very well patronised.

Fully replete, it was time to visit Bluebell Cottage Garden in nearby Dutton, where owner Sue Beesley is BBC Gardener of the Year. This is a small garden and nursery which exudes peace and gentleness. The many rustic benches allow you to take in the atmosphere and enjoy the Chelsea, award winning planting.

After a good night’s sleep back in Didsbury and bumping into some of the Coronation Street stars on Sunday morning, (aren’t we a pair of name-droppers?), it was a hop, skip and a jump and we were back in Devon again.

What a stunning weekend!