Tuesday, 15 April 2014

TVOR's been in town

TVOR comes to visit the bar!
Many of you in Canada will recognise the pen name Tvor (it means The Voice of Reason) - and this is the lovely Diane, the face behind the name.  She's well known for her blogging on all things Corrie and is a great source of information.

Well, Tvor's been in Manchester doing all kinds of things including visiting the new studio tour - and naturally, she called in at Daisy Nook to look at my exhibition of Corrie bits and bobs - including this snug bar complete with lots of Newton and Ridley stuff. 

Anyway, can't tell you any more ... I've got three hot pots and a pint of Stallion to serve!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

We've just secured funding for a number of improvements to Daisy Nook - including roof repairs to the Riverside Building and a new children's play area.  Work should start in about 8 weeks.

R-L: Daisy Nook owners ML, Andrew Calder and Richard Calder plus business advisor Tom Bathgate.

TV gardeners

We had a call from The Lowry centre today.  They've got a load of TV gardeners there this weekend doing demos and so on.  Could we supply all they needed?  Of course!  There's a bit of an association with Salford Quays for us as we supplied some of the plants in the BBC Blue Peter garden and the silver birch planted  by Princess Anne when she came to visit.

Recently we've provided plants for Channel 4's period drama The Mill - of course, they always need plants in the wrong seasons - but we try and assist.  Not that long ago a TV company wanted containers of dead plants, which we were able to do.  We just asked that they didn't credit us!  Not good for business!

The BBC have done an occasional Saturday morning radio broadcast from the centre and want to do many more so we're just about to install a small radio studio!

Did you guess?

I posted recently about Channel 4 filming at Daisy Nook.  Well, it was for a forthcoming episode of Come Dine with Me.  Two of our customers were taking part and they wanted to show them shopping with us as well as talking about their dinner party and opening the next menu.

We had to turn the background music off an d try and keep customers out of the shots etc!  All on a Saturday lunchtime.  The producer said to me: "Oh I long for a sterile area where we aren't interrupted!"  I reminded her that they used to be called television studios!

My first podcast

Being not too technically minded I wasn't sure how painful my first podcast might be.

It proved to be very painless indeed!  Michael and Gemma, who run the Conversation Street website, came to the garden centre yesterday to visit the exhibition of all things Corrie we have there - and to do the interview.  They were interested in seeing the various Corrie things I've collected over the years and then we did the interview - which is basically recorded onto a laptop for future use.

They were a delightful couple - enjoying a break in Manchester visiting lots of Corrie locations and, later that day, the new studio tour.  They were staying at the hotel Ken stayed in some years ago when he'd left Deirdre.  They were interested when I told them that Tony Warren was actually born in the next street! 

Anyway, check out their website and you might catch my interview in a forthcoming broadcast.  I won't be - never watch or listen to anything I'm in.  Can't bear to hear myself.