Marketing Workshop in Gloucester

Today was a very long day, starting at 04:45 and finishing at 23:30, of marketing for our WordPress development agency – Highrise Digital. It was intense, busy but so worth it.

Today was a first for me, a marketing workshop with the team at Really Helpful Marketing in order to try and help us (Highrise Digital) to improve our positioning and the marketing of our products and services.

I have always been slightly sceptical about this sort of thing, but I must say that I have been converted and really enjoyed the day.

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WordCamp Manchester 2018

Now an annual event, this weekend I attended and spoke at WordCamp Manchester which, I believe is one of the best WordCamps around the world!

WordCamp Manchester has been going for a few years now. In fact I have spoken at a number of events over the years and this years event was no different. My talk, titled “Transitioning to a block-based editor in a pre-Gutenberg world” was selected.

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First time at Center Parcs

Instead of doing nothing this October half term we decided a short break somewhere would be nice. Lots of friends and family had been to Center Parcs and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Therefore we thought we would give it a go – it didn’t disappoint.

For our first experience, we booked a long weekend – arriving on Friday and leaving on Monday. We staying in a lovely 2 bedroom lodge, just big enough for us all to not feel to cramped.

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Back to Cala Bona

Having visited twice last year and loved it, we went out again at the end of the summer holidays for a week in the sun. It didn’t disappoint.

We love visiting Cala Bona in Majorca. Last year we end up visiting twice. First around Easter and then again at the end of the summer holidays. When booking our summer holiday abroad (all wonderfully handled by my wife) we had no hesitation in booking again for the same resort.

Majorca is a lovely island and provides all kinds of holidays. For us, with two children it provides all we need. The kids love the pool(s) and then can spend all day playing around, diving in and going up and down the slides. For us it provides a nice relaxing place to sunbathe and is a good safe space for both us and the children.

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What’s in my bag?

Being into tech and travelling around to conferences, holidays and what not, I tend to carry around a fair bit of kit. Lets take a look what is in my bag.

First of all, I guess it is the bag itself which is not included in the picture. My bag is a Case Logic 14inch Laptop bag. It is not that big and sometimes I regret not having purchased a larger bag so I can fit more in, however it has its benefit being a bit more compact.

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A short break near Grassington

Having been before and enjoyed the area so much we headed back to the area around Grassington in Yorkshire for a few days, staying in a lovely AirBnB house, while the kids stayed in the caravan with grandparents.

With the kids staying on the caravan site with grandparents, I managed to find us a lovely AirBnB place to stay within walking distance. It was delightful and pretty much like a 5-star hotel, with a full English breakfast each morning! We had our own living room with TV etc. bedroom and bathroom, all within the owners house. I would highly recommend Low Field farm if you are looking for something – Lydia, our host was lovely.

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The Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club

Having been to this event over 10 years ago as a marshal and thoroughly enjoyed it, and as the event was held at Royal Lytham & St Annes Gold Course which is not far I decided to go again and had a great day out in lovely weather.

If you have never been to watch a golf tournament before then I would highly recommend the women’s events. The players are brilliant and the crowds not quite as busy as for the men’s event.

In fact whether you like golf or not, you will still have a great day out, particularly if the weather is nice as it was today.

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Highrise Digital retreat #2 – Clifford Chambers

In order to get together the members of our remote working team, we spent just over 2 days at a beatiful cottage in the small village of Clifford Chambers, near the town of Strafford-upon-Avon. We had a thoroughly enjoyable and productive time.

Retreats are really important for us as we are a remote working company and this was the second one we had been on. It is a great opportunity to get to know the team a little better and of course get some valuable time together to complete some tasks. On the agenda for this retreat was to look at our WordPress maintenance plans.

We all arrived in the delightful little village of Clifford Chambers, just after lunch. The village itself is very quiet and very much reminds me of France, especially with all the hot weather we have had recently.

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A Day Out at Windmill Farm

Our youngest was invited to a birthday party at Windmill Farm in Ormskirk. We had a great time looking at all the animals and playing about. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Everyone else had been before except me and I was pleased to greeted with a lovely, friendly, family atmosphere at Windmill Farm.

The farm has a number of ‘attractions’ including farm animals, pets, a miniature train as well as reptiles and snakes. In addition there are lots of play grounds and a soft play area for the kids to play as well as the cafe.

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