Friday, 8 June 2012

New Cookery School in Northampton

For those of you who follow me regularly you will know there is a quite patch just before I do something interesting.  It's the time that I take to get a plan together and I’ve been pretty low key for a few weeks. I've been wondering where to take myself for a while.  You know that sort of mulling where you weigh up all your options and ask yourself where you want to be in five years time?

 I’ve never been the kind of person to bumble along.  I have to know exactly where I am going and set out to get to where I am going.

I’ve been doing a lot of ghost writing for the past year and each week I do the BBC kitchen Garden show for my local radio station in Northampton. I really love the radio and I do love writing .. but  I’m not quite fulfilled. It's a hard thing to admit but it gets quite lonely writing.  I get my head down at the computer and then by the time I look up again it's time to pick the children up from school. As I rushed  to the school gates a few months ago I realise that I hadn't actually spoken to a soul all day .. and aside from my family no one all week !   .. . I was lonely and the only interaction I've been having is on twitter. I'm naturally outgoing and sociable and I think to go on indefinitely not seeing anyone would make me depressed in the end. 

The thing is this. I’ve always felt that I can make a difference in peoples lives and no ..  I’m not about to become a politician!  But I am going to start running classes and teach.

 I’ve had so much encouragement, to start teaching and I’ve been waiting until I could convert the ground floor of the coach house (it sounds allot grander then it is!!) but if I wait then it could be next year before I can get going … and you know what .. I’m just not that patient!!

So I’ve decided to make a start.   Drum roll. ....   So I am pleased to announce that there is a new cookery and gardening school in Northampton

I've designed the Kitchen Garden site to reflect this one, and have put the course dates up here. Please do browse through the courses so far.  I've so many more to add.  British flowers, jam making, and Chicken keeping to name just a few more I have planned. Unbelievably I've had some bookings already, with my first course booked up full.  It must be a sign that it's the right thing to do. 

In the mean time I have to get bookings on the courses .. so if you fancy a really lovely day laughing, eating and learning then please do book!


  1. Good for you! go for it - hope it is a grand success.

  2. Fantastic Vanessa. You are such a dynamic person - just love it. Would love to come on your food photography course and one day I will - your photos are wonderful and mine are rubbish! Wishing you all the very very best. I'm sure The Kitchen Garden School will be a roaring success.

  3. I'm sure it will be great, the first year of teaching is the toughest, I found making plenty of notes and lots of photos of both successes (& failures) helped, but I know as a published writer and a broadcaster you're probably used to doing all that.
    I wish you loads of luck and good wishes in what I'm sure will be a very successful development in your career. Jude x

  4. Fabulous idea - I hope its a resounding success. I look forward to attending one day.

  5. How exciting. I'm sure it'll be a huge success. A day of fun laughter and chat would be fun enough but learning a skill too ...... Now can I fit chickens in here?! GG

  6. Hi Vanessa.

    I recently discovered your blog and subscribed straight away. You have a great writing voice, informative and friendly without any bossiness or preaching. A difficult balance to achieve.

    Your new cookery school looks amazing, and I am hoping I will get the chance to come up from London and try it out sometime.

    In the meantime, I spent a lovely child free hour this morning, drinking coffee, reading back posts on your blog, and ordering your book. I cannot wait to try out some of your recipes.

    Keep up the good work!

    Best wishes


  7. wow, go you V!... this is great, your photography is beautiful so I couldn't think of anyone better to do a photography course. Good luck with it and do let us know how you get on!

  8. Oh I'd love to come to your day. December is not an option, but I will keep it in mind for next year. Best of luck with it, I'm sure it will be very popular.

  9. Oh I'd love to come to your day. December is not an option, but I will keep it in mind for next year. Best of luck with it, I'm sure it will be very popular.


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