Goodbye to a great little helper!

It saddens me to announce that today we say goodbye to our Admin Assistant Rachel, who is moving on to bigger but never better things!  She has been with us for a year and has been made an offer she can’t refuse which involves a trip to America on Saturday to meet her new boss’s clients.  She’s away for a week of meetings & trips across the States but will be coming back to live in the little cottage across the way where she’ll be working from home in future.

The team at The Nest & the John Richards Partnership would like to wish her every success in her new and exciting career.  We may come knocking at the door if we get short-staffed & need help 😉

So where does this leave The Nest @ John Richards ? Certainly leaves us a man (woman) down! We are now advertising for a new assistant and have received quite a few applications.  It’s a part-time position in the hope that we can help a mum step back into the work environment while her children are at school.  Closing date for applications is 3rd November and then comes the task of short listing for interviews, so it will take a little while to fill the post.  After that, they will need training so it looks set to be a busy couple of months leading up to Christmas, as if it wasn’t already!

We’re busy getting together paperwork & questions ready for interviews and training and will need to work some extra hours to keep up with the increased workload, but when there are customers to sell to, it’s worth putting in the extra hours to make sure that they still get the service that we have always taken pride in.

Just remember, that if you live locally to Hinstock in Shropshire and you fancy a little part-time admin job, get your CV to us by 3rd Novemeber!

Onwards & upwards we go!

Pride or Terror?

I’m feeling a little apprehensive, not for myself, but for my daughter.  She completed her 1st half marathon in Birmingham on Sunday last and yes, it made me proud although I did worry that she wasn’t ready or fit enough for such a venture.  She has now dropped the bombshell that in 6 months time, she will be running 26.2 miles around Manchester!  So do I feel proud? Yes! Do I worry? Yes!

I will of course support her all the way.  She is being sensible.  She’s having a full health check, planning to lose weight & has a personal trainer to help her prepare. However, when you hear of seemingly healthy, young people dying on the football pitch, and whilst running in these events, it’s hard not to be in some form of terror too.

Of course then you see someone who looks to be frail, and in their 70’s & 80’s, running these distances on a regular basis!  Life can be very confusing!

I will be following her blog as she records her thoughts & feelings over the next months and thought that perhaps you may like to follow it too, so here is the link:

http://melaniemorrall.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/262-miles.html?spref=bl

Her writing is better than mine & at one point she had planned a career in journalism.  Having read a few things she’s written, I almost wish she had as I think she would have done well in a job like that!  On the other hand, she may not have met her partner, now husband, and probably not have given me two unbelievably beautiful grandchildren, so perhaps it’s better that she decided journalism wasn’t for her!   Her style of writing is different to mine.  I wouldn’t say my writing was as good, but it gets my point across and after all, that’s what blogging is all about.  You don’t have to be a journalist or well-established author to write a blog,  just have something you wish to say and hope that others want to read it!

That said, I should really get some work done.  I’ll be back though!

Banana Bag

Yes – Banana Bag! I discovered this a few months ago.

How many times have you stocked the fruit bowl with bananas only to go back a week later to find the bananas have gone black & are attracting fruit flies?  We all do it, buy a stack of fruit & then forget to eat it or buy a couple of extra bananas just in case the grandchildren come over, but if truth be told, when they come over they’d rather have one of nan’s freshly baked cakes or that pack of sweets in the cupboard!

We all know you can’t store bananas in the fridge as they go black even quicker because the skin gets too cold & the flesh inside ripens even quicker. If left in the bowl, a banana will last a week at best.

My problem is that not driving & living in a village 5 miles from town, I like to have a good supply of fruit, but hate it when the 2 bananas that are left in the bowl at the end of the week are only useful for making banana bread.  I like a fresh banana every day with my breakfast, either sprinkled with cinnamon or honey on toast or scrummy with a couple of weetabix & hot milk.

So how do bananas stay fresh in a banana bag? Well, it actually allows you to keep the bananas in the fridge! Sealed inside the bag, fresh bananas get just enough air to keep the flesh from over-ripening & the skin is kept warm enough through the right amount of insulation to stop it from turning black.  Bananas will keep fresh twice as long!

It was worth the few pounds paid out – definitely value for money!

I hope this was helpful – If you like bananas, you’ll love The Banana Bag!

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