Spring Equinox 2022…

…and the green shoots of business are already showing. I have had a sudden uptick (new word) of enquiries, with confirmed bookings for a Masonic festival, an awards dinner, and several weddings later this year and next. The residents of St. Mary’s Avenue in Eastbury have started planning another street party to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and I expect I will be donning my hunting pink livery and once again officiating as Master of Ceremonies.

It won’t be long before the frogs and dragonflies return to my wildlife pond. I’m not sure what happened to my snowdrops (those pesky squirrels perhaps?), but at least the crocus and daffodils have put in an appearance.

Last month I booked a weekend break at a sea-front hotel in Brighton, so that I could see my daughter and granddaughter. Within minutes of my completing the online booking, I received an invitation from the hotel to exhibit at its wedding open day that Sunday. I met some interesting couples and suppliers, so maybe this will lead to gigs on the south coast. I look forward to meeting more engaged couples (and suppliers, of course) at wedding fairs over the next few months.

I don’t think anyone can fail to be moved by the horrific images coming out of Ukraine at the present time. The sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine, so let’s start posting its picture all over Facebook and social media in support of the Ukrainian people.

Origins of the Wedding Cake

There are many stories about the origins of the wedding cake, and most of them are about as believable as the one I’m about to tell you…

…and if you want hear the rest of the story, drop me a line.
(Video clip by Martin Aust – Posterity Video)

John Ashmele FGPT
Fellow of the Guild of Professional Toastmasters
Graduate of the Professional Toastmasters’ Academy
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