“I’ll try anything once” is sort of my personal mantra; I think I have always tried to accept the challenges of any opportunity I am presented with, be it a new food or moving to another country. There have been times when a little more thought may have resulted in a different decision, but every time I have said yes has undoubtedly shaped who I am today.
When I was contacted by local production company Hungry Gap Productions regarding some filming for inclusion in a Christmas Special I initially thought they would be interested in capturing a workshop in action, but as the project progressed it changed shape a little. The production team came to visit me at the barn having seen the images on this website and felt that it might in fact make a lovely location in which to film a number of people creating delicious items in the kitchen. One thing led to another and somehow I was included in the group of foodie people whom they would film at the barn.
I submitted a few suggestions of things I could make which they agreed to, and which I then completely panicked about making in front of anyone! In fact my anxiety about cooking in front of others and being filmed doing so made me really quite grumpy and resentful, although I couldn’t initially put my finger on why. It’s fear though, isn’t it? Despite agreeing to be involved I encountered a massive resistance in my mind. I’m not usually given to such introspection but it really made me think about how often I may have responded similarly in the past when I have agreed to try something new. I’m sort of hopeful that my grumpiness is generally only shared with my nearest and dearest (sorry!) and that all the wonderful people I have met in the often stressful period of arriving in a new country don’t have me categorised as ‘the grumpy English woman’!
Anyhow, I most certainly didn’t regret saying yes to this project. Whether or not my contributions are eventually included in the programme or not, it was such a pleasure to dip my toes into a world previously unknown to me. I learnt such a lot about how meticulously studios and sets are planned and created; the attention to detail is extraordinary and impressive. I saw first hand the patience required of cameramen, and can hardly imagine how different my experience would have been had Rob of Eat Pictures not put me at ease so kindly with his friendly, relaxed disposition.
I very much hope to be able to share more about this project soon, but in the meantime you might like to keep a look out for my lemon curd recipe which I am planning to photograph and share on this site next week, assuming my Hollywood debut is not awaiting me!!
So, the remainder of this week has been a little less exciting and I can’t attribute this morning’s grumpiness to fear of housework, which is how I have spent most of the day, but what has surprised me a little bit is how much of a treat it feels to sit down and write. I am a very novice writer/blogger and have never yet stuck to one of the blogging schedules I occasionally create for myself. It would seem I prefer to write simply what I am thinking about at the time which is undoubtedly not what blogging experts would prescribe, but since I am absolutely learning on the job as far as running a business is concerned I’ll excuse myself for now.
Running a business is, in my inexperience, a little bit like knitting with fog, but I am indebted to many women in various networking groups I have gone along to, whose own experiences and generous support I couldn’t have managed without. I was genuinely terrified to attend a networking meeting, but in the spirit of trying anything once I took a deep breath and went along to my first event a year ago. It has been truly inspiring to meet so many people working so hard to create enterprises that not only fit in with their lives, but which they are passionate about. People like Tamsin Acheson of The Business Haven who this week offered a business clinic at which I was lucky enough to score a space. Tamsin’s objectivity and practical advice was invaluable and is going to help me enormously in the months to come. I am indebted to her (lemon curd headed her way 😂).
Actually, at a networking lunch this week we were all asked to name our greatest fear. Not having read the pre-event information properly, I hadn’t prepared for this and genuinely couldn’t think of anything other than running out of time in my life to do all the things I want to do. It was fascinating to hear others’ fears though; who knew so many people were terrified of sharks?
As I typed the title of this blog post I did have a little chuckle as I thought about my inclination to indeed try anything, but that how sometimes once is enough. It is fair to say that my attention span is on the less generous end of the scale and I think this is a character trait that I am probably stuck with. Apparently after my first day at school (which I attended happily and very much enjoyed) I was both surprised and disappointed to learn from my mother that it was to be repeated the following day and the one after that……until I was an adult! I like to think that my limited attention span is more indicative of my inherent curiosity than an inability to see things through to the end, but am grateful that you can’t see a number of unfinished projects sitting upon my desk right now!
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