Virginia Cheeseman - Latest News Blog
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Getting there slowly! I seem to have been going backwards lately and everything had gone to pot but I have worked very hard this week and I am finally able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have another practice “Ginny’s Jungle” party next week and then I will have to leave most of the party planning until the New year. There is still so much to do, flyers, advertising, labelling and of course sourcing a couple of suitable reptile/amphibians to exhibit at the parties. I had hoped to do a practice group party (Brownies, scouts, etc.) before Christmas but I have run out of time.
Christmas is coming and sadly for my business that means a distinct lack of orders. Plenty of animals, plenty to do but not a lot of orders going out or money coming in. It’s always been this way, schools and universities close down, people are too busy for new pets and most people don’t have the money to spend on themselves just before Christmas but the New Year is sure to be busy so I am using this time to organise my new venture. I will be launching after the festive season but for now I have lots to do and it is all very exciting. I did my first trial “Ginny’s Jungle” party on Saturday (hence no blog last Friday). It went very well, some of you may have seen the photos on my Facebook page. The kids and adults seemed to really enjoy it but I am always ultra critical of myself and think a lot could be improved on, of course that is the idea of having practice parties. I think I’m going in the right direction and I’m getting lots of help. I have arranged a second practice party this morning and am already planning the improvements needed.
Short blog this week, the alternative was no blog! I am very busy with all the changes taking place at the moment. It is Friday 13th which doesn't bode well with the fact that when my hubby gets in from work today he will be moving everything over to my new Apple Mac computer and then I will be spending the weekend learning to use the new system (wish me luck). Last weekend we picked up my new car (new to me car), it is a Skoda Yeti, lovely but again very different from my old car and I am also busy arranging everything in preparation for my new business venture in the New Year "Ginny's Jungle parties". I have my first practice party set up for next weekend.
Never a dull moment! I am starting this blog on my iPhone as I am pushed for time and am taking my mother in-law for a hearing appointment. I'm really getting into all this technology, I have never before written my blog on the move. I started in the car waiting for her to come out and now we are sitting in the hearing centre.
Halloween is almost here. It's so great, bugs, bats, rats, snakes and spiders in all the shops, restaurants, garden centres, kid's attractions, everywhere!. I know the aim is to scare everyone but I love it, I am obviously more than a bit weird as these are truly the animals I like best. I would happily take a lie detector test to prove this, I know I would pass with flying colours but please don't sign me up for the Jeremy Kyle show! We are having a big family party tomorrow and as I have my nephew's kids today (half term) we will be making a "feely box". I have some good ideas that but I can't tell you just in case I give the game away (in reality I think it is very unlikely that any members of my family will read this blog). We will be visiting Pets At Home for some of the items required!
Technology! Oh my goodness, I think my brain is overflowing with all this online stuff. I am slowly getting there, I realised long ago that Facebook was a pretty important place to be in the 21st century but it has taken until this year to really embrace it. Although I moan a lot (in general really), I can't imagine life without technology now. I love my iPhone and iPad, I love my sat-nav and Google is like a best friend who I speak to every day! I am actually looking forward to my Apple Mac computer arriving next week (it should have been this week but nobody told me that the cost was over my card limit so it had to be reordered for next week).
An unfortunate incident - I'm really not sure just how much I should reveal about what occurred last Friday but I can't write my weekly blog without mentioning it. I have always allowed visitors to call and by the very nature of my business some of these people have looked a little 'different'. I have no problem with tattoos, piercings and strange coloured hair, individuality is good as long as people are genuine. In my experience people who like animals are the sort of people I like! But I came a cropper last Friday and have been unable to just move on so I have now reported the incident to the police, I am telling my blog followers and then I shall try to forget it and get back to normal.
All go! What a busy week, sadly not with orders (moan, moan, I spent all that money on new stock, a new updated website and hardly an order in sight) but with housing up all the new stock, feeding, cleaning, sorting out the family (daughter returned from Lanzarote and is now in the New Forest, leaving me all her washing/ironing). We have decorators in the house (well one decorator, a friend of mine but the house stinks of paint). I have had customers popping in this week, which is always good. I think I need to stop talking about it and get on with sorting out the 'notes to visitors' on my website. Perhaps we will have a Halloween day where people can come in the evening and have a look at all my spiders and scorpions, out and about in the dark. Actually I bought a little ultraviolet torch from the recent exhibition, ideal for viewing the iridescent colours of scorpions. Many scorpions glow green, blue or purple when viewed by ultraviolet light (no, I haven't had a chance to try it out yet, it is still sitting on my desk). I have now added all the new bugs to the website. I am really hoping that some of the wild caught stock is pregnant. I think there is a good chance with some of the scorpions and true spiders. The Fishing spiders are beautiful, I wish I had got more of them.