First of all thank you for following my blog.

I realise it has not been the most interesting of recent months. We have been developing the business and have completed a new commercial website. We have just not been able to keep the blog updated.

While building this website and developing the business we wanted to incorporate our blog into our website so everything was in one place. It was not possible to incorporate this blog so we have had to build a new one. It can be found at and we would love you to pop on over and follow us.

We are going to be developing the blog over the next few months with guest bloggers and regular updates. Our first guest is currently writing her blog and we will publish it soon.

Our new commercial website can be found at I hope you enjoy looking through the website and that you will continue to follow us.

Best wishes


Salisbury Festival Seeks Male Singers for Massed Male Choir

Salisbury International Arts Festival - Salisbury, Wiltshire

 Festival seeks male singers for new performance in 2014

 SALISBURY, WILTSHIRE: The Festival is looking for 100 male singers – beginners and experienced – to work with composer Lucy Pankhurst and conductor Howard Moody to create a new performance this summer.

100 years ago two armies found themselves on either side of the front line in a war that was meant to be over by Christmas. Through tobacco, football and song, many put down their weapons on Christmas Eve, sharing a common humanity in what we now call the ‘Christmas truce’.

In May 2014 the Festival will mark the centenary of the truce with a new commission for massed male voices, for which your city needs you…

Come along to an introductory workshop on Friday 17 January at 7pm, Greentrees Primary School, Sycamore Drive, Bishopdown, Salisbury SP1 3GZ to find out more.

If possible, please register in advance by contacting Truce Project coordinator Sue Kent on or 01722 332241.

Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival

The 42nd Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival runs from Friday 23 May – Saturday 7 June 2014

  • The annual 16-day Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival blazed into life in 1973 with a performance by Paco Peña and it is a leading commissioning and producing Festival which attracts over 70,000 attendances each year and contributes £3m to the regional economy.
  • Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival was highly commended for Tourism Experience of the Year Award in the 2013 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence and won a silver ‘Tourism Event of the Year Award’ in 2010 in Enjoy England’s Tourism Excellence Awards.
  • §  Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival is supported by Principal Sponsor Ageas, Wiltshire Council and Arts Council England – South West. Its national Media Partner is The Telegraph Media Group.

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What do the images on your website and promotional material say about you?

The majority of clients searching for a specific business, product, or service provider will automatically search the internet, before they ever make contact with you.

What draws you to choosing a specific business or service provider when you do a web search – try it? (But remember to come straight back)

Ok so what did you search for?

How many websites did you look at before you were happy with what you saw?

Which site grabbed your attention?

So now ask yourself what it was about that particular website that grabbed your attention and drew you to it?

Like you, I need a website that gives me the answers to my questions easily, without having to fight my way around the site. I need images that grab my attention and show me exactly what I’m searching for. I don’t want to have to read loads of text – boring. I want what I’m looking for to jump off the page at me.

So, what does your website and your promotional material say about you and your business?

Do you have images showing your business logo? Are there images of your products, offices, or treatment rooms on your website? If the answer is yes, are your images clear, in focus and personal to your business?

Have you ever had that feeling of de ja vu when looking at images on a website?

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While “stock” images have their place, you are far better investing in professional images of your own. I don’t just mean images of your office, shop, or place of business – while these are all really very important, you also need to think about the people in your business. The people that your clients see, the faces of your business.

You need to show that you are friendly, approachable, and have nothing to hide. It also helps clients relax, and you will find them to be friendlier when they know who they are talking too within your business. There really are lots of things to think about including images of you and your staff.

You are your business. Your business is personal to you and so should the images that you use to promote your business. A picture is worth a thousand words, so let your pictures speak for themselves.

By Mandy Woolford

John Rose Photography

Larmer Tree Final Day welcome KT Tunstall and Bellowhead

What a day!

The final day of Larmer Tree Festival 2013 kicked off for us with the carnival procession. This is where all the people that attended classes and fun events got to show of what they had been making and doing

The first act on stage for us was KT Tunstall, who put together a great set made up of new work and old favourites.

The evening was topped of by a high energy, high volume set by the amazing Bellowhead. This Salisbury photographer had never seen Bellowhead but had been told they were a brilliant, fun, fold group. WOW! WOW! WOW! very much not disappointed. One of the highlights of the week for us, and they could have kept going all night.

We will certainly be looking for the name Bellowhead again. They had the crowd singing, dancing and certainly sent them home very happy.

A brilliant event that we will be looking forward too next year with great anticipation. Well done to everyone who took part in whatever way.



















Julie Page from Lucy’s Day’s Out, Larmer Tree’s chosen charity for the 2013 Festival












BBC’s Sally Taylor enjoying KT Tunstall





















Seasick Steve at the Larmer Tree Festival

Seasick Steve made a welcome return to Larmer Tree and wowed the crowd with a brilliant set. One lucky girl was even brought onto the stage  and serenaded by Steve.

ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! If you have never seen Seasick Steve you have to make it a bucket list item.




















Richard Thompson Electric Trio and Dexys at the Larmer Tree Festival

We were treat to 2 exceptional performances by 2 very talented bands last night on the main stage.

First up was the Richard Thompson Electric Trio who played some of their good old rock , new and old. This is John’s type of music and he really enjoyed this set.

Second up was good old favourite Dexys. They played a lot of their new stuff with a good old favourite in GENO, although in a less than familiar way. The big shame of this set was that although the crowd were chanting for them to perform their classic hit COME ON EILEEN they left the stage without giving the crowd the pleasure of hearing it again. The crowd voiced their disappointment at the stage manager as he announced that there were no more acts on the main stage.

A shame and not what you want to remember at the end of a great night of music.

Richard Thompson Electric Trio

Richard Thompson Electric Trio

Richard Thompson Electric Trio

Richard Thompson Electric Trio

Richard Thompson Electric Trio

Richard Thompson Electric Trio

Richard Thompson Electric Trio

Richard Thompson Electric Trio

Richard Thompson Electric Trio

Richard Thompson Electric Trio

Richard Thompson Electric Trio










Van Morrison at the Larmer Tree Festival

Day 1 at the Larmer Tree Festival saw none other than Van Morrison take to the main stage.

Thousands of people made the trip see him creating a brilliant atmosphere at the sun soaked Larmer Tree Gardens. As usual we were there to capture the event and soak up the incredible surroundings.

Here are a few images from Van Morrison‘s set, and from a fire act that we saw on the way out after.