We are sad to say that Nigel has left Malverns to pursue interests outside estate agency, in particular to promote his Simply Sicilian venture involving the sale of delicious foodie bits from Sicily. He has been Head of Sales at Malverns for almost 3 years and in Agency for over 30 years. We will miss him and his fabulous sense of humour which has kept us smiling throughout the trials and tribulations of the London property market and the political scene!
We are however delighted to welcome Nigel's replacement, Alexander Leon, who will be starting at Malverns on 7th August and we look forward to introducing him to you if you require any sales advice or FREE valuation. Alexander is extremely experienced in the industry having set up and run the sales department in various companies in Central London. We have no doubt that he will be a great success.
How lovely to see the daffodils out and feel a bit of sunshine on our backs! Having just left a freezing New York, where temperatures plummeted to -12 while I was there, I am probably appreciating the warm snap more than most! The good news for us here at Malverns is that with the warm weather, flowers in the garden and sunshine, come increased levels of activity, sales and rentals and a flurry of people wanting to move by the Summer. We have already noticed the phones starting to ring and leads coming through our network of property portals, which is encouraging to say the least. The next step is to turn the activity into solid business, and progress those sales and rentals through to a speedy completion. Here at Malverns we pride ourselves in the fact that we lose very few deals once tied up. We believe that the sale or let is only 10% complete at the point of offer and the hard work starts when we deal with the solicitors, surveyors and other agents, trying to make the deal happen. Our professionalism at this stage is what sets us apart from the rest, ensuring that all the documents are where they should be and that people know what they should be doing at what time. You can rest assured when you instruct Malverns that we offer the complete service, from the initial viewing to enjoying that celebratory glass of Champagne when you move in. Call us now to discuss our Summer rates and our offer of a FREE MARKET VALUATION.
Oh and don't forget to tune in or record our very own Head of Rentals, RIA GEERLING, appearing on HOMES UNDER THE HAMMER on Thursday 16th March..
Our lettings department has been going strong since the beginning of this year. This week has been particularly busy with many offers and people moving in. We are now a little short on properties so if there are landlords reading our blog, please get in touch so we can let your property as well!
Ria our lettings expert is featuring on Homes Under the Hammer on Thursday 16th March 10-11am on BBC 1 so do tune in.
There is never a dull moment in Malverns Estate Agents! What a wonderful weekend it was for Nigel, who celebrated the arrival of his first granddaughter, a beautiful little girl called Olivia. Not such good news for Niki though, who found herself in hospital over the weekend. I know the staff will all join me in wishing her a speedy recovery and hoping that it's only a matter of time before she's back in the saddle again and of course in the office with the team. The market continues to surprise everybody, with some last minute sales being put together, although the rental side is very quiet as we approach the festive period. Here at Malverns we are convinced that the spike in sales is due in part to the lower value of the pound against other currencies. A number of foreign investors, as well as some bullish British buyers have shown that even with a new regime in the USA and an uncertain future in the UK, they are still prepared to invest in what historically has always been a solid property market. we will continue to keep you posted with market developments as the year ends and we move into 2017.
Great excitement in the office this week as the new, stylish website has gone live! Be sure to check it out on www.malverns.co.uk
A whole host of new features can be found, such as our Stamp Duty Calculator, Useful Info for Vendors, Landlords and Tenants and some Links to other useful sites. The staff are really pleased with the new, easy to use site, which we like to think keeps us one step ahead of our competition!
Whether you are a sports fan or not, you cannot fail to be impressed by the amazing achievements of our fabulous Olympians! Right up there with the USA and ahead of China in the medal table is simply sensational! It's even taken away from the other main event that has been happening and is a favourite of mine... the Westie Olympics! The dogs compete in sprints such as the 'Paw hundred metres' and the Paw by Paw relay... not to mention the singles and pairs water ski-ing (pictured!).
It's not to late to take advantage of our huge discounts being offered to any vendor instructing Malverns to sell their property, throughout the Olympics. Talk to Nigel or Niki on sales and Ria if you want to rent or let your home, or simply pop in for a friendly welcome from us all.
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I'm back! After a lovely couple of weeks away, I'm delighted to be back in the hot (dog) seat, writing my weekly blog. It's been a truly tragic few weeks across the globe, with the awful events of Baton Rouge, Dallas, Iraq, Nice and of course Turkey. With so much turmoil in the world, it is actually quite comforting to concentrate on business at home, with a view to returning to normality. Not that the situation in the UK has been remotely 'normal'. A new Prime Minister, a new cabinet and the prospect of life outside the EU. One thing that does remain stable and will never change, is the welcome you will always receive, whenever you pop into our South Kensington office for a coffee and a chat. I will be there at the door and the team, including Claire, Ria, Niki, Nigel and Ann, will be on hand to offer advice on property matters or simply to enjoy a catch up. The threatened doom and gloom in the property market has not reared it's head, and buyers and tenants are still registering in the same way they were pre-referendum. That's all from me for the moment, as I'm off to enjoy the 2 days that will be the good old English Summer!!
As Alfie is away on holiday at the moment, it has fallen on Nigels shoulders to give us Malverns take on the current political and economic situation in the UK and the way we envisage it affecting the London property market:
MALVERNS & BREXIT
Those of us in the London property market had been anxiously awaiting the results of the Brexit referendum, as the lead up period had been full of uncertainty, resulting in lower transaction volume. With the 24th June 2016 vote to leave the European Union, unfortunately, surety has not been restored and many are wondering what this means for United Kingdom, and the London property market.
The results of the vote triggered an immediate reaction in the financial and currency markets, with the pound plummeting to a 31-year low against the US dollar. The FTSE opened with a fall of 8.7% (although recovered) and both house building and banking shares were amongst those hardest hit.
Even with the initial response being very dramatic, agreeing the terms of the exit from the EU could take up to two years to negotiate (from the time Article 50 is invoked) which could mean many more months of uncertainty.
The capital has been an area of prime real estate for a number of years, so as the hub of property investment, both for the UK and foreign investors, the London property market could suffer significantly. Over the last few months, we’ve already seen property sales volume decline ahead of the referendum and on the back of recent stamp duty increases. Given the capital’s links to the financial sector, rental rates may also be adversely impacted as nervousness in the financial sector and potential job transfers may impact rental demand.
However, in the midst of the many dire scenarios, there will always be opportunities. Seasoned investors have often secured their best deals during times of turmoil. With the sterling’s recent decline of over 10% (relative to USD) it has not only offset recent stamp duty increases, but may also cover any potential reductions on lower rents, good news for foreign investors. For those with a long term view, buying property is still a good investment, particularly when compared to alternative investment options.
For some sellers, we have had to have the difficult conversation of price reductions, but we’ve also successfully completed sales transactions, so deals are being done. For those sellers who have owned their properties for a long time, prices in London are still well in excess of the low points of 2007 and 2008, meaning that they are likely to be selling at a profit. But now more than ever, it is important to price to the market and being armed with the latest data and information is critical. In addition, with interest rates that are still historically low, first time buyers may also have a unique opportunity to get on the property ladder.
Only time will tell what the long term landscape of United Kingdom outside the EU looks like, but for London, the fundamentals remain compelling:
• Significant shortage of housing relative to supply
• Stable regulatory and legal system
• World class education and cultural institutions.
With a long term strategy, the London property market will continue to be a sound investment.
Property buyers and sellers should consider the facts and make decisions based on reality, not fear or misconceptions. Those who will need to move will still do so and those needing shelter will still look to buy or rent. It is easy to make a good investment in times of stability and upward trends, but more challenging in times of turmoil and uncertainty. However, given the historical returns of the property market, it is still a worthy consideration.
If you are concerned about your property investments or would like to discuss the Brexit effect, please contact us for a free consultation
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Well Spring certainly arrived with a bang! What a fantastic weekend. I was fortunate enough to be taken to Marlow in Bucks, for a walk through the bluebells and with temperatures hitting 27 degrees, it really was glorious! Hopefully the good weather will have the usual effect on the property market and the team will notice a surge of buyers and tenants! Ria, Niki and Nigel would love to see you for a coffee in the office and to discuss any property queries you may have.
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Well it's been some time since I posted any news from the office and I can only apologise for the delay! Claire has been sunning herself in Spain, Ria is sunning herself in India and Nigel has been sunning himself in his sickbed in Wapping! Thankfully, all is well with Nigel, Claire is back from her holiday and I can return to writing about office life at Malverns! There has been some exciting news though, as Niki has been studying hard and has achieved the National Federation of Property Professionals Level 3 Technical Award in The Sale of Residential Property. The technical award, which is a nationally recognised industry qualification, meets the National Association of Estate Agents membership requirements. The NAEA is the UK's foremost professional body for estate agents, aiming to promote better regulation and higher practice standards in the UK market. Niki has been working as an agent for 2 years and comments 'It was important to secure this recognised qualification as an estate agent, not only as a personal achievement but also a mark of professionalism and trust'.
We'd all like to congratulate Niki on her qualification and welcome her to the club here at Malverns!
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We are delighted to be sponsoring Nigel's daughter Jess, in her first ever London Marathon on April 24th. She will be wearing the Malverns colours as well as those of the Katie Piper Foundation, the Charity Jess is raising money for. We are hoping to help her raise her target of £3000, with a little bit of help from our loyal friends and customers. She is already half way towards her target and we believe that with a little push and some small donations from malverns clients, we can push her over the target. Katie Piper is a Charity that raises awareness and money for burns victims as well as acid attack victims. Please give generously if at all possible. https://justgiving.com/jesshumphriss
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What an amazing weekend and a lovely long walk with my new friend Pickle! She'll never replace Smudge but she is a complete bundle of fun and really quite tiring! We had the best weekend, splashing in the puddles and watching the sheep in the countryside and managed to completely put the stress of office life behind us! Meanwhile, back in office land, Nigel is preparing for a short break to Bordeaux. I'm told it's a cultural visit, with nothing to do with the local vineyards... we shall see! Business is still really busy, both on sales and lettings and deals continue to be done.
I couldn't possibly post today without a mention of the pop legend David Bowie. I know that Nigel, Claire, Ria and all the staff were saddened to hear of his early death and that he will be fondly remembered by everyone who had their own favourite Bowie track. RIP to the coolest man we have ever known.
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Happy New Year - What a treat it is to be back in the office. Not only to have the choice of comfy seats and sofas to relax on but also because the team has grown (and I don't just mean their waistlines). Our new Negotiator has taken his place in the busy sales team, alongside Peter and that means plenty more opportunities to get fed ! Nigel Humphriss is the latest addition to the office and he brings over 28 years experience in estate Agency with him. Not that I care about that too much as he seems to love dogs and can't resist petting me throughout the day ! If it keeps him happy I don't mind at all.
It seems to be a steady start to the year, with sales and rentals getting a good number of enquiries and many of our established clients popping in to give me a stroke, have a cup of coffee and wish the team a Happy New Year. Viewings are up for the time of year and as they move towards Spring, the sales and lettings teams are confident that plenty more quality properties will come to the market. With the launch of a Brand New Property Website. www.OnTheMarket.com, set for 26th January, there is a real buzz in the office. Expectations are high that this will offer a fresh, new way of marketing property and Malverns are right up there as one of the founding agents. Anyway, I hope I haven't let the cat out of the bag (the office isn't big enough for that). There will be much more on the launch of the website as we approach the date. In the meantime, I am off to find another comfy seat to sleep on and I will be back with more updates on Friday.
How glorious to have had a full week of warmer weather and what a weekend on the horizon! The Masters Golf, the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race and a massive Manchester derby , not to mention the Grand National to look forward to.. we can never complain about a lack of sporting events in the UK! I thought I'd have a bit of fun and list my predictions... or Alfie's Tips!!
Boat Race - Oxford by 6 lengths.
Masters Golf - Jordan Spieth by 2 shots from Rory McIlroy.
Manchester Derby - United 2 - 1 City
Grand National - Shutthefrontdoor (I love the name!)
Watch this space!! If they all come in, you might find me in Barbados on Monday eating treats by the pool!!
Have a fabulous weekend and don't spend all of it in front of the TV... get out and do something exciting!!
Well that's the last time I try and do pilates! My muscles are aching from my head to my tail! It was easy for the rest of them who were celebrating Ria's birthday with a glass of bubbles before starting the class but I had to do it from cold... never again!
I can't believe we are approaching Easter weekend already! It only seems like 5 minutes since I was writing my first ever blog in January. Time flies when you're having so much fun.
Well what a few months it's been. One member of staff in and one out... a slow beginning but a gradual increase in activity, a launch of a new web portal and a looming election! Plenty there to keep everyone occupied. I know that Nigel has been busy with valuations, due in part to the change of Capital Gains Tax laws for foreign investors, while the girls have been busy with viewings on their new properties.
It looks like I have an exciting weekend planned, with my Cousin Lulu coming down to see me on Good Friday, a rest day on Saturday, followed by my Grandson Felix visiting for a country walk on Easter Sunday!
I hope that you all have a lovely weekend whatever your plans, just be careful and watch out for the wind on Sunday, it's supposed to be blowing a gale!
I'll be back on Tuesday with an update, but in the mean time, enjoy your family, enjoy your chocolate and remember the sacrifice made so long ago and the real reason we celebrate Easter. Have a great time!
Well after such a tiring weekend it must be time to lie down and enjoy the warm sunshine? What a joy to see the blue skies and feel the sun on our backs! It makes coming in to the office even more pleasurable. I'm afraid it's always a quiet time for Estate Agents at Easter but we're fully expecting to take off from where we were a week ago, as soon as everybody's back at work. We certainly won't be sitting on our laurels as we have to make sure all the new properties are finding their way to all our prospective tenants or buyers! Valuations are still being done for all the overseas vendors and landlords who are now subject to new capital Gains Tax Laws and of course there are always the very serious buyers who look for a good investment whatever the time of year! In fact, what better time to look at a good investment than when everybody else is on holiday?
Well I've got some serious sleeping to do, to get over my hectic Easter weekend! Until Friday it's Bye For Now!
Welcome back from your Easter Holidays! I hope you are enjoying the beautiful Spring sunshine as much as we are here in the office! Ice creams, cold drinks and a supply of Prosecco in the fridge! We have also noticed a slight pick up in the levels of activity as well. Nigel has a number of retained clients looking to find as soon as possible and Jo and Ria are their usual busy selves in Lettings. Not to mention Claire beavering away in management, which always seems busy. The excitement about the election seems to be growing, with all sorts of promises being made by all the protagonists. It's difficult to know what to believe! I am only interested in tax on dog food!
I hope you like the bandana by the way! It's partly to celebrate the upcoming election but also to remind everybody to celebrate St Georges Day on April 23rd! We always find time for a Guinness on Patricks Day, so why not celebrate our own Patron Saint? Plenty of time left to organise your party, so get those beers and pies in... Have a great week!!
Well, I guess it comes to all of us! The time has finally come where I don't have long enough paws to read a menu... I thought I would 'come out' in public and confess that I've succumbed to reading glasses. I was hoping to go for the sophisticated Colin Firth look but I think I've gone more down the Edna Everage route! Still it's not as if I'm vain!
HAPPY ST GEORGES DAY by the way!!!
What a lovely weekend! After a really tough week at work there really is nothing as relaxing as a fishing trip in the beautiful Surrey countryside! Not that I was doing the fishing of course, I left that to the men but I was having enormous amounts of fun digging and burying! I have no idea why I do it either, before you ask, but I really enjoy burying my head in the mud! Of course, the down side is that I had to be scrubbed clean, blow dried and brushed to get me back to normal! The men did well though, catching 5 trout between them. JP has smoked them and we now have trout pate waiting to be eaten. I've noticed that Nigel is particularly quiet today, due to a certain football team getting hammered by Everton at the weekend 3-0! I won't pester him for treats just yet! Although the smile will be back on his face soon as he is only a week away from a lovely holiday to Miami and Coata Rica!
Lots of activity though, with 2 new flats coming to the market for sale and plenty of business being done by Ria and Jo in Lettings. I hope you all had as good a weekend as I did and I'll be back with an update this Thursday. Bye for now.
Well sometimes you just see a picture and have to share it! This adorable pair of King Charles Cavaliers have clearly had an exhausting day. I know exactly what they feel like after my frenetic weekend of fishing and walking! Occasionally you have to take time out with family and appreciate the smaller things in life. Parents won't always be around and kids grow up before you know it... give them a hug and savour the moment... you won't regret it.
On a different note, there really isn't long to go until the election, so don't forget to make time to vote! We are expecting great things after May 7th, with properties coming to the market whoever wins! Is there a Canine Party I can vote for?
Well it's great to be back in the office with all the team. That said, I think Nigel is swanning off again for a few days over the break but I'll make hay while the sun shines and perfect my tricks for treats, whilst everybody is here!
I don't think I can write the blog without saying how sorry everybody was to hear of the tragedy at Shoreham Air Show. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims families and friends and to those still recovering in hospital.
We have had a relatively quiet August in the office and have certainly felt the effects of the School Holidays. However, the feeling is that there is a busy spell just around the corner! It makes sense to get your property valued now, ahead of the rush in September and take advantage of our Autumn Offers on fees, whether you are selling or renting.
Please feel free to pop in and meet the team or simply come in to see me!! I'd love to see you.
Well I'm still in shock that the whole office went merrily off to The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time, and I wasn't invited! Of all the plays in the West End at present, surely one about a dog would have been ideal for me? It was apparently fabulous, and has a special treat at the end, involving a small soft, cuddly, surprise, with 4 very little legs! I'm pleased to say that everybody had a great time and the show sounded amazing. Meanwhile back in the office., the sales and lettings markets seem to be slowing down, which is expected in December, although Ria and Nigel are still negotiating deals. It is no surprise that there are a number of Buy to Let Investors looking to complete on deals ahead of the April deadline for the 3% tax increase. If you are keen to make a purchase, do make contact with Nigel here and he will be delighted to offer you some advice and search out a deal.
Anyway, enough from me, I'm off to seek out some Christmas treats and open my advent calendar!
Well, with Christmas closing in on us at a pace, I think it's a good time to reflect on the less fortunate, around the world, who sadly won't be enjoying the same festivities. We were delighted to attend the Annual Carol Concert at Holy Trinity, Sloane Square, in aid of the wonderful charity 'Cairn Trust', whose remit is to give a better life to children in Nepal, who have suffered since the catastrophic earthquake hit their country. The concert was an absolute joy but our thoughts were very much with the people of Nepal. To donate to the wonderful cause, please visit www.cairntrust.org
It's Snowing! what fun... I know you humans don't always agree but I love it! I can always win at 'hide and seek' and I never feel the cold, thanks to this fantastic coat, plus I get to run around wherever I want!
Anyway, enough about me. The weekend has been and gone and the TV launch of www.OnTheMarket.com happened on Sunday. The response was incredible, with hundreds of enquiries for sales and lettings and lots of potential business. The adverts for the site will feature throughout this week, with all the main channels running it. Maybe this will be the kickstart we needed to really get the market moving. Our decorator Julian has finally left the office, looking much smarter than when he arrived! New filing cabinets and fresh paint everywhere, mean we look so professional now. I've noticed that our Twitter feed is growing in popularity as well, with approaching 100 followers, which after a week is an excellent response. Meanwhile, our glamorous TV star, Ria, will be appearing again on BBC's Homes Under The Hammer today. Her expert opinion has been called for on a few ocassions now and although it won't go to her head, I'm sure that Hollywood beckons!! Anyway, I'm off to set the TV to record and to catch some snow balls (if it hasn't all melted!). Have a great Tuesday!
Well I've decided to give Alfie a day off as there are only so many stories about treats and walkies you would want to read in a week! I have been busy sifting through the numerous email leads coming in from the new web portal, www.OnTheMarket.com I caught the advert for the portal in the middle of Broadchurch this week and I have to say, it looks very impressive. Having said that, I was totally confused by Broadchurch at the time, so anything would have looked good!
I'm due to take a trip to the top of the 'Walkie Talkie' tomorrow morning, for a coffee and brunch and a look at the 'highest public garden in London'! Tickets are apparently still available for free at the moment, so I'll report back next week to let you know how it was.
I'm sure to be watching the huge rugby match in the evening, so I'll say 'may the best team win!' (as long as it's England!). Alfie will be back in the chair from next week, so until then, have a lovely Thursday .
Well incredibly, the weekend is on us again but what a weekend it plans to be! Rugby tonight has certainly got Nigel excited and I know the rest of the team now have an excuse to head out for a drink straight from work! (like they need an excuse!). I will be hoping for long walks and pub snacks as ever. Hopefully we get loads of snow and plenty of time to enjoy it!
Whatever you are doing, remember to spend time with the family, put the lead on your dog and enjoy the crisp winter sunshine together. Have a fabulous weekend and don't forget to log in on Monday for more news from Malverns.
Regular readers of my blog, will know that the love of my life is a labrador called Smudge! So what better way to spend the weekend than chasing her around muddy fields, diving (cautiously, after last time) into puddles and basically being silly together? That sums up my weekend! How was yours? I know there was a small matter of an International rugby match on Friday, so I should congratulate England for a monumental win in Cardiff. However I'd also like to congratulate the Welsh ladies for their win against Englands ladies!
Nigel has been enthusing about a restaurant he visited on Saturday night, called 'The Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs. Apparently, 12 courses! He needs to be jogging in to work this week!!
I think it's a good time to remind the romantics out there about a certain day that is rapidly aproaching... so if you haven't already ordered your flowers or chocolates, I suggest you do it soon!! I will be hoping for another romantic weekend with my favourite labrador.
The property market has, meanwhile, continued to improve, with some high quality leads coming through our many portals. So if you are thinking of a Spring move, then now is the time to be thinking of getting a FREE valuation, either for sales or lettings!
In the mean time, have a lovely Monday and let's catch up later in the week. Enjoy the sunshine!!
Just a little reminder to all the romantics out there! If I can get hold of roses, I'm sure that you can too! It's time to remember the one you love and how much she or he does for you every day... say it with flowers!
For the ultimate Valentines gift, go to our website and search for a romantic new home!! It'll certainly impress them more than Terrys All Gold!
Wow... what a weekend of sport we have ahead of us! Nigel can bearly contain his excitement! Good luck to Englands cricketers in the World Cup, good luck to all the home nations in the rugby... especially England, who play Italy and then we have the overpaid footballers struggling against lower league opposition in the FA Cup... And all of this comes on the most romantic day of the year... what irony! Personally, I'm off to Derbyshire for the weekend, so I will no doubt end up in a pub watching all of it!
Sadly, I won't get to see Smudge on Valentines Day! Hopefully she knows my feelings towards her...
On the property front there has been a lot of activity, with Nigel instructed to find a client a substantial property in London to run a business from... and then the potential to sell the clients property in one of the areas most prime locations! I'm sure that more details of this will be posted on our website as soon as it is available.
The lettings team have been extremely active, with a number of viewings and although I don't get so spoiled when they are out of the office, it is good to know we are getting busier!
That's all from me for now, so in the mean time remember to tell your partner how much you love them... let them watch TV for the afternoon but insist they take you out in the evening!
Happy Valentines Day.
Wow, just when you think Spring is here, the temperature drops and it starts raining! I find the only way to deal with a wet fur coat is to race around the office in a figure of 8, at 100mph!! It seems to keep the humans amused... but they can't keep up!
It's been an interesting week, especially as it's half term, which is usually quiet. A lot of sales and lettings enquiries and a good number of viewings have kept Ria and Jo busy and Nigel seems to have been a lot more active as well. I'm not one to blow my own trumpet but the painting of me, being used in our 'Everyone needs an Alfie' campaign, is incredibly good and hopefully quite eyecatching! Let's hope I can earn my keep and generate a lot of new leads for the team! I'm off home now, so have a lovely evening... don't forget to get up at 3.00am and watch Englands cricketers take on New Zealand! I'll be back tomorrow, so catch you then!
Well where is the time going? No sooner am I leaving the office on a Friday evening for an exciting weekend of walks and pub lunches, than it comes around again and I realise I haven't added to my Blog all week! Sorry about the lack of input on my part.
It's been an interesting few days, with Nigel and Ria vying for the title of sickest employee! Ria's back is better but her cold is blossoming, whilst Nigel seems to have shaken off the bug and is concentrating on his heart! The joys of working with 'mature' colleagues! Still, at least they haven't passed anything on to me or the rest of the team yet! Big news on the Pilates front is that Claire, Ria and Jo have progressed so far, they are now 'planking' for up to 3 minutes! For those who don't know, this is where you hold your body weight in the press up position for a set time! Not easy for Nigel with his 16 stone bulk!! I do my best to motivate them by wandering around and licking faces but that seems to have the opposite effect. Personally, I don't know what all the fuss is about, I can stay on all fours for a couple of hours!
The good news is that although the market slowed down over half term, and there is a slight nervousness with the election looming, there are still some beautiful properties coming on. It's also interesting to see that they are accross the board in terms of values. Some atttractive 1 bedroom apartments at the £1m mark and some exclusive homes at the very top end, so plenty to view if you are in the market to get moving early in the Spring.
I will be back with a brief itinerary of my weekend plans and in the meantime want to leave you with a beautiful image of the Station I sit and look out at every day! South Kensington 100 years ago was certainly a very different place..
Well it's amazingly time for me to round up the events of the week just gone and look forward to a weekend ahead! Hopefully this gorgeous sunshine is here to stay as I've managed to park myself on every single hot spot in the office as it beams through the windows! I've certainly got a frenetic weekend ahead, with the visit of my nieces and grandchild on Friday and Saturday respectively... a 3, 6 and 8 year old! I can see it now, being chased around the house and swung around by my tail... still they are lovely so I'll forgive them anything! I know Claire is looking forward to looking after them and her trip to see Shaun the Sheep and I also know she will be desperate for a breather and to come back to work on Monday! Hopefully the little ones will drop treats all over the house, especially if I give them a gentle nudge.
Don't forget to get behind your teams in the World Cup... England are playing Ireland, which promises to be a lovely gentle game! Also, we have the English Cricket team in a must win game against Sri Lanka... so that keeps Nigel occupied for a couple of days! In the mean time I'm posting a super cute picture of one of my distant cousins alone at dinner time... What could be worse than having to eat alone every single day? Why not make the effort this weekend to visit a friend or see the family... you know it makes sense!
Well I've finally dried out from all the rain on Thursday! I have no idea why they insist on taking me for a walk in the pouring rain, when it's obvious I'll come back smelling like a dog!
Sadly it has felt a little sombre in the office over the past 24 hours, due, I'm sure to the awful events in Paris. I know we would all like to send our condolences to the family and friends of those concerned.
On a cheerier note, it's been an interesting few days, with the level of activity in the office gradually gathering momentum. I can always tell by the amount of time I spend sat by the office door, counting the staff back in from their appointments, rather like aircraft returning from sorties! Still, a busy office means everyone is happy and when everyone is happy, I get more treats throughout the day! On the subject of treats, I want to let Ria know, that the brown 'sugar cube' like objects, in a brown paper bag in the kitchen, are in fact doggie treats, which, I'll have you know, take a lot of earning! They are not, as you now know, sugar cubes, to be put in Nigels coffee! Not only does he not deserve them, as he does no tricks at all, but he certainly won't notice his drinks getting any sweeter, however many you choose to put in!
With the weekend approaching, I can sense the feeling is very optimistic that January will in fact be a good month and this will be reflected in some strong results in February.
I'm off now to remind Jo that it's time to walk me to the post box. I really believe that if I didn't gently nudge her legs at 5.00pm every day, there would be a pile of letters waiting to be posted and dating back to Christmas.
Personally I can't wait for tomorrow, when I'm meeting Smudge the labrador, for a drink at our local pub! No doubt Claire will partake in one while she waits for me! Have a fabulous weekend and I'll be back with an update next week!
COUNTDOWN TO LAUNCH OF www.OnTheMarket.com - 17 DAYS
Well what a weekend that was. A long trip to Wiltshire sounded great, and a meeting with my best friend Smudge the Labrador. I envisaged the two of us being sat in front of a cosy fireplace, while Claire enjoyed the local wines and maybe even dropped a few scraps for Smudge and I to fight over. Not exactly the whole story! I had no idea I was going to have to earn it with some country walks in the freezing cold and a near death experience in a freezing river. Let me elaborate... Smudge is my best friend and I will follow her everywhere! That was my problem. I was happily trying to keep warm by chasing her tail and getting my heart going, when the daft mutt, decided to leap off the riverbank, from a height of about 4 feet, straight into the water. I guessed that if she knows I’m behind her, it can’t be that deep. Sadly I was wrong. Before I knew it I was trying to remember the one stroke I know, to get back to the bank. I have to say even that Smudge looked scared, as it was deeper than her as well. What I can’t understand is how she came out of the episode looking like the gorgeous blonde bombshell she is, yet I came out looking like a drowned rat? Still, if I’m honest, I enjoyed every minute and it was lovely to end up in the pub, drying next to the cosy fireplace!
Coming back to work after a weekend away, has always been a bit of a struggle but when the atmosphere in the office is so positive, it actually becomes quite a pleasure. Julian the decorator has just arrived with brush in hand and will be another opportunity to grab some treats as the week progresses and although Nigel seems quiet, as Manchester United lost again at the weekend , I’m sure he will be up for a sneaky treat later in the day! I must say, I am excited to see how the office looks at the end of the week! I’m sure the team would love you to pop in and see for yourselves. Maybe you could discuss exactly what the property market is doing at the moment. I know that both lettings and sales are certainly picking up. Also, remember to ask about the new website, www.OnTheMarket.com from what I hear, this is going to compete head to head with Rightmove and Zoopla, giving much greater choice to our many property hunters.
OK, well for the time being, that’s all from me as it must be time for my porridge, and an early morning nap. I’ll be back with an update as soon as possible.
Good afternoon all! Not a lot to report today I'm afraid. Clearly everyone in the office is focussed on their work, so I have to entertain myself. Having said that, searching for my missing toy has taken most of the morning! I'm sure people deliberately hide my toys to keep me on my toes! Even Julian the decorator, is busy and he hasn't dropped any of his food for me to grab. Not that I'm surprised , as he hasn't even spilt a sigle drop of paint either! I know that everyone in the office was worried I'd end up a shade of Farrow and Balls, 'Elephants Breath', as I'm forever sniffing the newly painted walls... I love the smell!!
I did manage to sneak one treat though, from under a staff members desk! She can remain anonymous though as I may well get some more later.
Counting down to the launch of the new website, we only now have 13 days to go. It should make a huge difference to the level of activity in the office.
Well, have a great evening and be sure to follow us on our brand new Twitter feed (from the link on the website).
Well this is very exciting! I've been asked to make a formal announcement, which, for a Westie, is a real honour!
'We would like to announce the launch of an exciting new property portal, which will be live from January 26th and will be a direct competitor to Rightmove and Zoopla. The name of this portal is 'On The Market .com' and we at Malverns were one of the first of thousands of UK agencies to join this new project. From January 26th you will be able to find all of our sales and rental properties on. 'On The Market .Com
There will be an extensive campaign, within days of going live, including National TV, Press and a broad range of further digital activity. A TV commercial will be aired nationally on ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 as well as several high profile satelite channels. the press campaign will run in a range of National mid-market and quality titles, including the Times, Telegraph, Sunday Times, Country Life, Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Scotsman and the Glasgow Herald.
'On The Market' will have no share holders or share capital and all profits will be used to improve the portal and its property serching experience for tenants, landlords, buyers and sellers. There will be nono advertisements for other products. This portal is purely a very 'user-friendly' property portal.
We hope that you will visit 'On The Market .Com and look forward to hearing your comments.
What a gorgeous day... just don't go outside, it's freezing! I've been moving around the office all day, finding the sun spots and catching the rays!!
The painting of the office seems to be nearing completion, so give us a day or so and then feel free to pop in for a coffee and a chat.
There are now only 12 days before the website launches and so the excitement is growing on a daily basis. Please be sure to check out the website on launch day - details to follow!
I've done some research today and found out that not only are we the one agent in the UK, that has a blog 'written' by a dog, but we appear to be the most experienced office in London (unless you know differently). Between the oldies in the office, they have over 160 years experience in Estate Agency! I guess I shouldn't say too much as I'm 73yrs old myself!!
Lot's more properties appear to be coming to the market and will be posted on our own website soon but previews can be found later on our Twitter account.
Enjoy the sunshine and stay warm. Until next time :)
Incredibly, today is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year! Not for me it's not! The office is buzzing, due, I'm sure to the launch of On The Market .com later this week and personally I've had a fabulous time on the golf course this weekend! I know how annoying it is for everyone, when I get myself covered in mud but it really was impossible to avoid the huge puddle and I'm afraid it was too tempting anyway! Still, the downside was being experimented on with 'dry shampoo' when I got home! I felt like a girl... they will be putting my hair in curlers next!
It seems that the office is ready for the launch of the website this week. Be sure to look at the Malverns site for our special celebration offer! I'm sure everyone can find an excuse to spend £100 of Peter Jones vouchers! I quite fancy a doggie coat and some mittens.. it's freezing at the moment!
I've had a request for more photo's to be put on the site and am happy to oblige!
Finally, Nigel and Ria separately visited the cinema this weekend, one saw American Sniper and the other saw Paddington. See if you can guess who saw which! Both films are highly recommended by the way!
Have a great Monday and let's catch up soon.
It's Friday Again! The weeks are just flying by at the moment! Nigel Claire, Jo and Ria are preparing to wrap up the week with a small glass of something cold and wet and I'm already excited about my trip to Richmond Park tomorrow! I don't think I'll jump in any lakes this week, as that was far too traumatic last time! Most of my walk will be spent avoiding the deer that roam the park! When you're as small as I am, they are huge....
Nigel says, It's been an encouraging week on the work front, with some spectacular new properties available for sale and rent in some of the country's prime locations. We really are lucky to be situated in an area that boasts such prestigeous addresses, not to mention the amazing restaurants, bars and shops!
Everything is in place for the launch of www.OnTheMarket.com this coming Monday. The build up has been really exciting and the TV ads will go live this weekend! Watch out for the ads, which will explain how the site hopes to compete with Rightmove and Zoopla. Please feel free to come and see us in our shiny, newly decorated office when you are able, as we always have the coffee on and I love the attention!
The day is finally on us! All the build up and excitement surrounding the launch of the new property portal, www.OnTheMarket.com, reached a crescendo this morning as the site finally went live. TV adverts will begin next week, on Sunday and adverts will run in the National Press. On first look, the site looks very clean and easy to use, with simple directions and we have already received a number of leads directly from the launch! Be sure to have a look at the site and please give us your feedback! Don't forget we are also running a celebratory offer of £100 Peter Jones Vouchers, to the first three properties that come to the market, following todays launch.
Wow, one moment I'm snug as a bug in a lovely warm coat and the next, I'm practically naked having spent 3 hours being pampered by my personal stylist! I thought I'd share the before and after images of my Summer Look by Daniel Galvin! Seriously, I think it takes years off me and I probably only look about 65 now!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Great to see we have a full strength team back in the office! Nigel's op was a success (so far) and contrary to common belief, it was actually proven that an Estate Agent can have a heart (albeit a dodgy one). The sun is shining and there is a real 'feel good' factor about the place. Nigel has aked me to relay the story of a similar day in 1996. He was a fresh faced Estate Agent, working in the beautiful village of Blackheath. It was a Sunday morning and the Heath was at it's best, with picnics and dog walkers, romantic couples walking hand in hand as well as joggers and fitness fanatics. Nigel waited patiently for his very well to do viewer to turn up at a beautiful Victorian flat, overlooking the Heath, and currently vacant (or so he thought!). Being the gentleman that he is, when the lady in question arrived, he unlocked the door and gestured for her to enter ahead of himself. At this point, following a loud gasp, she beat a speedy retreat, uttering the words 'one should not have to see such a thing on a Sunday morning'!
Nigel, at this point, decided to look inside, to see a very naked, very young, couple, enjoying the benefits of a rug by the fireplace and both looking in a slightly startled fashion towards the door. The male of the pair said 'I'm sorry mate, we decided to crash here for a few days... but feel free to carry on if you don't mind us doing the same'! The moral of the story? Stop being a gentleman... and always knock first.
With so many people showing interest in my exploits, I thought I'd give you an insight into what it's like to be an office manager with four legs! I usually arrive at the office before 9:00am to get set up for the day ahead. I'm usually greeted by Ria, our Lettings Head and Nigel, the Head of Sales... not that I give to much attention to him at first, as Ria will always be there with a slice of Banana for me! I then say hi to Jo from Lettings, who will have brought me in any variety of treats. Breakfast in the office can be fantastic and can go on for at least half an hour. Then I feel the need to say hi to Nigel, who usually has a coffee at this time and I get to finish the froth.. well we all need a caffeine fix in the morning! A mid morning nap in a sunny spot in the office, is usually followed by a hunt for some of my buried goodies! I usually hide my edible hedgehogs from view and dig them out when no one is looking! Depending on how busy the staff are, lunch can often start at around midday, with everything from carrots (my favourite) to yoghurt pots, on offer. I'm not averse to a slice of Mango either, if I catch Nigel at the right time. I've recently discovered that a gentle nudge in the nether regions let's Nigel know I'm around and reminds him that I need feeding as well! Claire will then take me on my daily walk around South Kensington. It should be a 10 minute walk but I've perfected the art of stopping at every single sniffing point and dragging it out to 45 minutes! After a long lunch of snacks and fruit, I take my well earned afternoon nap, only to be woken by Nigel who apparently needs a jog around the office at 4.00pm! He thinks 2 small treats will keep me happy but I don't think he realises that I do it to humour him and keep the treats coming! Before you know it, afternoon tea comes and goes and unless it's Friday (where the team enjoy some bonding over a small glass of wine) I am out of the door just after 6:00pm.. and home for Dinner!
I hope you've enjoyed the small insight into what keeps this well oiled ship running... Malverns are the true definition of a friendly, family run business, with caring, helpful staff who will go the extra mile to offer a unique service. Please feel free to pop in for a chat and meet me and the team, where I am sure you will find a very warm welcome!
I was so pleased to see Nigel return today! At last I have a man back in the office to discreetly drop treats and chase me around the race track! He's been off for a few days with a dodgy heart... which brings me on to my message for the weekend. Make sure you get regular check ups! You spend a fortune on annual check ups for your cars and they are just a lump of metal but how often do you get a full check up for yourself? It may seem like a lot of money at the time but it'll definitely be worth it in the long term!
On another note, I want to wish Anne, a long time friend of Malverns, all the very best of luck for her upcoming wedding this weekend! I'm sure the staff of Malverns will help her celebrate in the time honoured fashion. This usually involves Gin, Tonic and copious amounts of wine! Have a lovely day and a wonderful life together!
Don't be alarmed when you see the bright yellow ball in the sky! We are scheduled to have the warmest weekend of the year so far... It's even going to be hotter than Morocco! I can't wait. Lot's of chance to chill in the sunshine and spend time with the family... Why not get the blanket out in the garden and enjoy?
I know that the staff in the office are preparing themselves for a busy week ahead, as it always follows that when the sun comes out, so do the buyers and renters! There is no doubt that all of our properties look amazing in the sunshine, so why not book some appointments now for a busy week of viewing! Enjoy the weather and see you all soon!
Well I can't believe just how quickly the weekend passes! I was so excited this weekend to have some fantastic walks in the gorgeous sunshine and before I knew it, I was back at work thinking about my blog!
However, it was a fabulous weekend, I managed to walk in every available puddle and muddy field I could find!! The down side of course, as you can see from my photo, is the end result meant I was unceremoniously dumped in the bath tub for a good scrub! It's ridiculous... I don't even think I was that dirty... any excuse to get me under that awful shower! Anyway, enough about my complaints, hopefully you all had a lovely weekend as well. What with Poldark, Mr Selfridge, an Indian Summer and a great film on Channel 5, I know Nigel found he didn't have enough TV's! I guess that's a good problem to have... better than nothing to watch at all !! There's only one thing on Nigel's TV tonight though... Manchester United play Arsenal in the FA Cup, so that will determine his mood tomorrow!! Either I'll have a day of treats or nothing at all!
Plenty of activity in the office with properties coming on and applicants registering, so be sure to call us if you are thinking about buying or renting somewhere. Have a great week and see you soon.
Well here we are, mid way through the week and for the first time in a month, we have a full compliment of staff back in the office. Peter's back from his leave and we all know what that means... more opportunities to get treats through the day! Hopefully the daffodils blooming and the sun shining, will bring the buyers, sellers and renters out this weekend and bring some rewards for all the teams hard work through the quiet Winter.
I've had my mad dash around the office nice and early today, so I can put my feet up for a few hours now!
Have a great day, and I'll be back on Friday.
How could I let the day go by without reminding everyone out there with Mums, Step Mums, Mothers In Law and Foster Mums, that this Sunday is the day to remember just what they do for you! It's an ideal opportunity to remember the Mums who are no longer with us and to thank those who are for their unending love!
Buy a card, get some flowers or simply pick up the phone and tell them how much you love them... Happy Mothers Day.
Well that was an anti-climax! We were all waiting, with nervous excitement, to see the Total Eclipse and like a damp squib, it came and went with barely a whisper! I guess it did get a little darker in South Kensington than usual but we will probably need to wait for another 25 years to witness it again!
It's been a good week for the Sales Department, with Nigel managing to sell a car parking space in Kensington for the price of a small apartment and he's also taken a delightful portered apartment on to the market at a price of £585,000. Please call him for further details. Lettings deals have been done this week which is a good sign and the positive news from the budget has certainly generated some activity.
As for me, I'm preparing for a weeks holiday in Acton, so hopefully my dog sitters will have stocked up on treats and have some ideas for 'West London Walks'!
I will be handing the blog over to Nigel from Monday, so prepare for that! However, Nigel is away from Thursday, so it may go quiet for a bit!
Have a fantastic weekend, with the rugby reaching an exciting climax and I will see you in a weeks time! Bye for now.
Well, with no Alfie to write the blog this week, I've decided to step in and keep you posted! Firstly, I want to pass on our thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims of todays plane crash in the Alps. A truly awful event.
On a lighter note, a stunning week of sport continued this morning, with New Zealand just pipping South Africa to a place in the World Cup Final, where they will play either India or Australia! The amazing game made me realise just how far England are behind at the moment! Englands rugby team, however, put up a fantastic fight to try and win the 6 Nations, just to be pipped by Ireland, who thoroughly deserved their victory!
On the property front, the market still seems a little slow, although we have a wonderful refurbished studio to sell if you are in the market to spend £585,000? The lettings team are very busy and as we approach Easter, we would expect a rise in activity levels.
Sadly, we have said goodbye to one of the team here, with the Head of Sales, Peter, moving on to pastures new. All sales enquiries will now be directed to Nigel Humphriss. Please remember to pop in and meet the team if you are around South Kensington and I am sure you will be welcomed with a cup of coffee and a warm smile. We look forward to seeing you soon. Alfie will return to his usual Blog Spot on Monday!
Well we are midway through the week and I have to sign off until next week. I'm off for a small Op at Kings, so believe me, I would rather be selling houses. I can't believe how much we have all missed Alfie this week! He's only away for 7 days but it seems such a long time without having him around the office! Oh, we miss Claire too!
Just in case you are wondering, the photograph above is the Lithuanian football team, who play England on Friday evening. Hopefully I will be recovering nicely at home and able to watch England put us through the mill before scoring a 91st minute winner! I won't be in hospital long enough for any grapes, so please feel free to pop in next week for a coffee and I can go into graphic detail about my operation!
There are plenty of rental properties appearing on our website, so be sure to check all the latest news on malverns.co.uk. Have a great week and a fun weekend and I look forward to handing over the reins to Alfie on Monday!
Well, what a lovely restful week that was! I am exhausted... couldn't wait to get back to the office and have a lie down! I love a bit of time away but I did miss Claire and of course the rest of the office team. I'm glad to say that they seem to have missed me too and stocked up on treats. Not long to go until Easter and I can have even more time away from work. Thanks to Nigel for filling in for me with his attempts at writing the blog. Not a bad effort but I do believe he lacks my writing finesse!!
Glad to see that the rental market has been busy in my absence and a number of properties have been let almost immediately. Nigel is working hard with sales although it has to be said that there is a slight reluctance to commit prior to the General Election. There are some good deals out there though for the buy-to-let investor.
That's enough for the time being. I hope you all have a fabulous 'short' week and are all ready for some Easter fun at the weekend. I will try and post an update on Thursday if not sooner. Bye for now!
Wow, what a month that was! A majority decision for the Conservative Party, who would have thought it going into the election? Still, by the look on most of the staff here, it seems to be a good thing for local property sales and rentals. All very exciting! Plus, we have Nigel back from his travels to his daughters graduation in Miami and his holiday in Costa Rica! I'm delighted to say he didn't return with a pet sloth and is still showering me with attention and most importantly, treats! He has asked to add a couple of his photos on the blog, which I am more than happy to allow... I think there is a 'Howler' Monkey, a Sloth and a poor imitation of Indiana Jones! As for me, I also went away, on a fishing trip to the River Loddon. Great fun!
I've also put up a picture of my God-daughter, 'Pickle', who is a real bundle of joy and although she will never ever replace Smudge, I must say I am really looking forward to spending some time with her soon. Smudge lives on in our hearts and memories and all the time that Pickle is around, I will remember the fantastic times Smudge and I had together.
Well, since the election I'm told that the market continues to gain strength and the uncertainty appears to have gone, so now is as good a time as ever to pop in and discuss your property needs, be it renting, letting or selling and buying, we have an expert here to help. Have a lovely bank holiday weekend and I'll be back later next week.
I'm so sad to be yet again writing of another tragedy, this time across the channel at our neighbours in France. We at Malverns, want to send our sincere condolences and love to the families and friends of the injured and deceased, following the awful events in Paris. Let's prey that the New Year brings fresh hope and the powers that be, are able to find someway of resolving this terrible situation.
Well it's a sad day in the office. Having been with Malverns for 11 years, Jo has decided to move on to pastures new. Who on earth will take me on my morning and afternoon walks? I know the staff in the office will miss her hugely and I will certainly find it difficult. Of course, we all want to wish her every success in her new venture and hope to see her as she pops in to say hello throughout the coming months!
On a happier note, we would love to welcome Niki Sturgis to the office, who will be working with Nigel, Ria and Claire, to familiarise herself with all aspects of the business. On a personal note, she will also need to familiarise herself with all aspects of keeping Alfie happy, with walks, treats and general pampering!
Well here we are again, with the weekend rapidly approaching and what a weekend it plans to be! The Rugby World Cup comes to an exciting climax with the two best teams coming head to head at Twickenham. Good luck to both sides. Personally I can't wait to see the Kiwis special Final Haka! Halloween is also this weekend, so remember to supply some treats for the kids. Here in the office plans for our Christmas Party are well and truly underway! There will be more to follow on that soon, but in the meantime put the date of 26th November in your diary. Business is still brisk, with a number of applicants looking to find homes before Christmas and the rental market is buzzing, with Ria noticing a real upturn in the market.
Pilates is still going strong in the office, with the ladies but we need to convince Nigel to start again, as he is definitely piling on the pounds! Well that's all from me for a few days. Have a lovely weekend and feel free to pop in whenever you're passing.
Well what a wet and wild Bank Holiday weekend that was! And can you believe the photo that got taken of me while I was resting? Seriously, it was too wet to do anything else, so I decided to put my feet up for a few hours! It's great to see that Nigel had a fun trip to the USA though. He spent some quality time with my American cousins, Lily and Kelly and his son and daughter in law, in what looks like amazing weather in Connecticut.
Back to business though and as we move into what is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for the property market, we would suggest that right now is the best time to invite your agent in to assess the value of your home, with a view to making that move before Christmas! We traditionally have more buyers registering around this time than at any other during the year. Take advantage of our special Autumn offers, whether selling or renting and call us now for an appointment.
Oh and have a great week!
Well it finally seems that we have everybody back in the office, following holidays all over the world! At last I can get back to a semblance of normality! I have managed to entertain myself quite well, with the toys in the office that needed destroying!
I couldn't possibly write today without mentioning that our thoughts and prayers are with the surviving friends and families of all of those affected by the tragic events of 9/11. Let's just pray that nothing like this will ever happen again.
The market is gradually picking up, with lettings and sales enquiries, all looking to find that new home in the Autumn. It's certainly worth mentioning that when we are compared to leading Sales and Lettings agents in Prime Central London, our fees are considerably better, offering the client far greater value for money than all the competition. feel free to pop in and discuss our current rates. Have a lovely weekend!
What a lovely weekend - It seems like a long time ago now but the Norfolk beaches are such fun! I'm not sure my muddy paw prints, all over the lovely cream sofas were so much fun afterwards but I did have a fab time! I certainly needed to keep a low profile while Claire and JP worked until 1:00am to get them clean.... sorry!!
On a less controversial note, I know everybody enjoyed the opening weekend of the World Cup (maybe not the South Africans!). Can't wait for the weekend now. Business in the office is brisk and we have all just been introduced to the lovely Nikki who will be joining the team from October. More about Nikki in our future posts but I would love to join everyone in wishing her loads of luck and remind her to buy as many dog treats as she likes! Have a fabulous week and enjoy the rugby!
Well here we are again in a really quiet office! Not only is Claire away and enjoying sunny climes in Spain but Alfie has been taken from us as well for a well earned rest! The office is a very different place. Ria can eat a whole banana for a change, Jo only has to worry about taking herself to the bathroom and for walks and not only can I drink a whole cup of coffee, including the froth but I have to chase my own tail around the office at 4.00pm! You have no idea how much you will miss someone until they are actually not there! Hurry back Alf (and Claire!).
I have struggled to know what to write about the rugby! Too painful to discuss but in the words of Eric Morecambe, 'It's not over until the fat lady sings'! We simply have the small task of getting past the Aussies again! Where's Jonny Wilkinson when you most need him? Well done to Wales though and good luck to all the Home Countries in the coming weeks. Great excitement in the office this week as Ann has moved into the Digital World with an iPad.. Watch this space for updates! I am worried it might be covered in Tippex by the weekend! Well that's all from me (probably forever if Ann reads it). Have a great week and Alfie will be back soon!