Wednesday, 31 January 2018

2018 starts on a high note....

There I am peering into a trough of despair

Actually it all came right in the end. Tim the sparky fixed the wiring so the Dimplex wall-mounted heater could be switched back on. There'd been an awful smell of fish which I kept telling #HazeltheMallMoll was coming from next door.  No, it was the smell of wiring scorching & just about to set the house ablaze.  

Pete Britt the car mechanic is sorting out the car which collapsed on a broken suspension spring which also punctured the tyre & broke the shock absorbers as well.  But heigh-ho.

Dave Stoodley the plumber has just left after sorting out the blocked sink.  Water now draining away nicely.  For now.

Chap coming on Friday to stop the shed roof leaking.

To be continued....

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Fwd: Parting of the ways. (Hazel's abrupt departure from the vineyard.)

        Grenville Allen
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From: "Grenville Allen" <>
Date: 26 Oct 2011 08:32
Subject: Parting of the ways. (Hazel's abrupt departure from the vineyard.)
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From: Grenville
Date: Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 7:23 PM
Subject: Fwd: Parting of the ways....
Cc: Lucy, Retail - English Wines Group PLC

I am sending you this again twice (like BT do with their bills just in case) since you clearly didn't receive it first time.  Note when it was sent.  Far from being a 'petulant' reaction it was positively jubilant.  Already Hazel (ex-account manager up north & top PA @ Saatchis in London) has fired our own business up just like she did yours until she was well 'n' truly crapped on.

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From: Grenville
Date: Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 7:03 PM
Subject: Parting of the ways....
To: Frazer
Cc: Lucy, Retail - English Wines Group PLC

Best news ever.  For some time now I've been unhappy about Hazel squandering her talents down at the vineyard.  Her taking the job on there was only supposed to be a temporary measure when all the shows kept being called off 'cos of hoof 'n' mouth disease, floods, etc.
Having my pics in the shop and promoting the fact on my leaflets which we hand out everywhere we go went some way towards making it more worthwhile — for both our ventures.  When you intimated that you no longer wanted pics in the shop it did come as a blow especially when I offered you my food-related pics which sell extraordinarily well at farmers' markets & the like.
Now apparently you've gone back on this and are putting pics/cards back in.  I used to sell many a mounted pic from a browser tucked away in a corner.  And in fact only a week or so ago at the Canterbury Eurofair a woman came up to our stand all aghast.  "Wow!" she exclaimed. "This is the first time I've seen all your pictures on display.  I used to buy them from a browser at the Tenterden Vineyard and get them framed at the Greyhound Framers in Tenterden."  Funnily enough she bought my 
Free Range
     Free Range
Ironic innit?
Anyway, it's been nice knowing you and seeing your endeavours blossom.  I'm so grateful though I've got Hazel now totally back on board.  She really is a superwoman.
(Lucy, could you please sort out Hazel's holiday pay, P45 and all the boring stuff?  Ta.)
All the best  

Grenville Allen
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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Fwd: September 17 Event

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Date: Sun, Sep 17, 2017 at 9:31 PM
Subject: Re: September 17 Event
Jane Clark

'Evening Jane

Just writing to express our disappointment with today's plant, art & craft fair. 

Firstly, for the lack of footfall the position of the pitch you allocated us was completely disadvantageous. There were three other artists to see right in the entrance before they even managed to see my display.  Indeed we overheard one woman saying "Not more art!" as she reached my stand.

Secondly, nobody had the courtesy to ask if we were all right.  I bet I was the only participant in this event who'd even read Alan Clark's memoir and avidly listened to the BBC R4 dramatisation of it.

In the above pic you see me with my wife Hazel attending a leaving do for Ann Widdecombe who'd just been given one of my cat pics (which she praised in writing).  In fact I showed many of my pics hanging on the walls of the Swale Borough councillor's house in which we're standing there.  And also incidentally in which we were made to feel very welcome.

Anyway, I'll put this down to experience.  As Roger Scruton, my favourite right-wing philosopher, is wont to say: "Life is full of disappointments".

All the best


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On Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 7:08 PM, Grenville Allen <> wrote:

'Evening Jane

That's super!  As an avid Alan Clark memoir fan, this do will suit me to a T. 

I presume your single pitch plot size will accommodate our 8 feet wide by 6 feet depth covered display stand (imperial measurements):

Rest assured the booking form + cheque will be in the post to you tomorrow.
All the best 



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Dear Grenville Allen, Not too late and we would love to have you, please note it is an outside venue so if you have a gazebo or similar or just hope its a dry day.!  Kind regards  Jane Clark

Thursday, 20 July 2017

All about the late great Thora Beddard

[Commiserations to daughter Margaret....]

'Morning Margaret

Sad news indeed.  We were fully expecting to send the indomitable, ever-accomplishing Aunt Thora a 100th birthday card in October.  I spent much of yesterday re-reading all about her after following your comment to click here.  As one of my social media friends (now seventy-four herself) wrote after doing likewise: "Total respect, Grenville....What a gal!" 

You had a top-class mother there, Margaret.  One of a kind.

Good to see 14 Freeman Avenue will be still in the family.  I remember the kitchen and how all and sundry just popped in to pass the time of day with Aunt Thora.  It seemed like another world to me.  And then on one occasion there was some relative introduced to me as a seven-year-old who was ninety-two.  NInety-two! Way back then ~ in the sixties ~ I found that quite amazing. 

As regards the weather it can make or break a show for Hazel and me.  It's been lovely the last few days and now on the weekend when we'll be showing in Hythe it's due to turn nasty.  So already it's cost us as we'll have to fork out for one of the organiser's pre-erected stalls unlike our dainty little number:

Anyway, as Aunt Thora would say ~ and my father for that matter ~ "Man up!  Stop being wimps!"

All our fondest

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On Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 3:14 PM, Margaret; wrote:
Hi Grenville and Hazel

Just a note with sad news that Thora passed away in her 100th year on 1 June.  She'd had a great life and had accomplished so much (you only have to google her name).  In February she had a fall in the house and had a new hip.  She seemed to recuperate well, but as the warm weather came, her breathing having fluid on her lungs and swollen legs and feet made life very hard.  She was in hospital for 3 weeks and passed away peacefully the day she was moved to the hospice.  

Fortunately my niece who has just sold her house is going to buy 14 Freeman Avenue, so it will be kept in the family.  Nanny Beddard bought it in 1935.

Hope you both are well and not suffering too much with the heat and thunderstorms.  We haven't had any yet, but it's very humid here.

Love from Margaret x

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Latest testimonial

"You are looking good, Grenville, keeping in shape and a smart new haircut as well.  Sorry to hear about your nose!

I love your new work, the animals look gorgeous, particularly the donkeys, and the primrose looks very pretty."

G Rainbow
via email

And here's a close-up of the aforementioned new haircut & damaged nose. Hair by top stylist Linda Franklin. Damaged nose by trip up a twilit low-lying step.


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Grenville on the razzle

​The past recorded, inc the drink.  And hangovers.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Crop job

H's pic cropped by G
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Monday, 25 April 2016

Sunday Farmers' Market on the Vine Gardens

'Afternoon Bonnie

If you click here you'll see some of the feedback we received.  Worked well for us. Thanks Bonnie.

Fortunately for us neither stall 29 nor 30 turned up so we were facing the bridge, which is ideal for avoiding too much direct sunlight on my pics.  So please, please, please put us in either pitch 29 or 30 next time.  Our stall would give an eye-catching splash of colour to the entrance of the market too, drawing the punters in.  (Poppies and chickens are always a big draw!)

We're available May, July and September.  So please put us down for those months.

All the best


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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

BBC Gardeners' World Live Show

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Date: Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 9:48 AM
Subject: Re: BBC Gardeners' World Live Show
To: Roxanne Jelley <>

Ta for your reply, Roxanne.  And thanks for your compliment.  

When I spoke to your company (admittedly a few years ago) a chap called David said he could get the price down for us to 1200.  Think either my wife balked at this figure or some other event clashed with yours.  Either way we didn't pursue it.

Now sadly your cost is way beyond the figure of 700 I was hoping to pay.  We live a long way away so travelling and B&B costs would all have to be accounted for too.

Anyway, thanks for your time and good luck with your inestimable show.

All the best


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On Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 5:07 PM, Roxanne Jelley <> wrote:
Hi Grenville,
Great to hear of your interest in the BBC Gardeners' World Live Show! As discussed please find attached some further information regarding this years' show below and also attached is our media pack.

BBC Gardeners' World Live, 16 – 19 June 2016, NEC Birmingham

BBC Gardeners' World Live is one of the UK's largest flower shows running for 25 years and attracting a unique audience that you will not find at any other event. The show benefits from being part of the successful Gardeners' World brand family which includes the BBC TV programme, the magazine and of course, the Show! BBC Gardeners' World Live also gains from the BBC Good Food Show Summer sitting alongside it as part of one amazing ticket price. We deliver a mix of gardening celebrities & experts, chefs, more than 30 gardens, over 100 of the most outstanding plant nurseries in the UK within the largest Floral Marquee at any flower Show, along with over 400 fantastic exhibitors.
·         90,000 visitors expected in 2016
·         55% of visitors do not attend any other gardening or flower shows
·         £198 average spend per visitor
·         Average household income of £55,000
Stand Rates

Shopping Lanes Shell Scheme : £257 per m² + £65 reg fee + VAT
Also attached is the full floor plan for your consideration.
Stands available which I would recommend as great locations for you to look at are:

Stand S60 – 3m x 2m corner stand with two open sides close to the main isle – £1,542 + £65 reg fee + VAT
Stand S74 – 2m x 2.5m corner stand on the main isle with two open sides - £1,927.50 + £65 reg fee + VAT
Stand S54 – 3m x 2m corner stand with two open sides close to the main isle - £1,927.50 + £65 reg fee + VAT

I just had a look on your website, I think at the time our internet must have been down and your paintings look wonderful.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,
Roxanne Jelley
Senior Sales Executive
T:   0203 405 4285
Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Thought this might act as a good testimonial....

From: core fruit products []
Sent: 17 April 2016 20:45
To: events team
Subject: Fw: English Festival
Importance: High

His stuff is excellent – well worth it if you can fit him in.  Please can you send him a form if you think appropriate.

Sent: Sunday, April 17, 2016 5:11 PM
Subject: Re: English Festival

Dear Grenville

I thought I originally contacted you about this, as I went through all the likely people who also attend the Hop Festival, anyway – after my initial work it has now been handed back to the events team and Annette who are organising the actual day.  I will forward a copy of your email to them and ask them to let you have a form asap.

Best wishes


Monday, 29 December 2014

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Playing with logos

Friday, 21 November 2014

Another tweeter

Click on image to enlarge...

Striding Out

 Yet another original.  Priced to sell at just £65 ~ inc double mount and frame!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Grenville and Hazel will be at Blighs Meadow Sevenoaks ~ DEC 20-24, 2014

 ​Festive tweets:
"Both originals; all my own work.​
  Shall I bag 'em up for you, Madam?"

 Now both SOLD!

NB: we'll be in a green and white striped trailer at Blighs Meadow, Sevenoaks this Thurs, Dec 18.

 Just click on the images to enlarge. And here's a nice fat duck for yuletide....