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Jean Vernon

Jean Vernon Garden Writer/Feature Writer West Country

  • Date Joined: 01 Jul 2008

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Absent Friends

Posted by Jean Vernon on 21 Jul 2009 at 04:46 PM

 After a very, very, very wet day at Tatton Park Flower Show, I have to admit it's been a bit of a weird one.

I've been working at RHS Flower Shows for the last 20 years and for much of that time I've been working with or alongside someone who is and has been a great inspiration, friend and colleague to many of us.

 I can't let today go without a tribute to the former RHS Online Editor Geoff Hodge. He hasn't died or anything (heaven forbid) and he is perfectly well and dandy, but many already know that he has moved to pastures new. So for this show there is no Hodgy working alongside us.

 So if you are reading this Mr Hodge, thanks for everything, take great care and see you very, very soon.






Figwort said:

Jeanie Beanie

I am reading this - with more than a little tear in my eyes! Thanks for your kind words.

It does seem odd not being at the show and working alongside you all, getting the Online live show coverage sorted. But I'm sure you're doing a great job. Altho, I didn't miss being awake at 2am this morning working on the awards list and having to put it live at 8am after only having had a couple of hours of kip. Instead I was fast asleep and snoring merrily!

I did plan to come up to the show as a freelance writer (freeloader!), but I was working on the telly yesterday presenting the gardening programme on Ideal World. And, when I heard that New Order weren't appearing that put the rubber stamp on not coming up.

Take care and I hope the weather is kinder today - I'm planning a trip to my allotment.

on 22 Jul 2009 at 09:57 AM

Jean Vernon said:

Morning Podgling! We are missing you here!

It was a 6.15am start, Michelle is being very strict. The rumour mill says Peter Kay is coming here today, but haven't seen him yet. Garlic Bread. By the way, if you were a vegetable what would you be? Keep on mulching. Beanie.

on 22 Jul 2009 at 11:19 AM

Figwort said:


Ah, that's easy. Being a Welshman I'd be a leek - easy to look after, non demanding and I come into my own during the colder, winter months. And I make a lovely cawl cennin - that's Welsh leek soup!

on 22 Jul 2009 at 12:52 PM

Digger said:

Good luck in your new endeavours Geoff

on 22 Jul 2009 at 08:14 PM

miranda said:

Good luck from me too. You'll be missed, Geoff!

on 23 Jul 2009 at 11:44 AM

Figwort said:

Thanks you guys - always great to get kind comments - much appreciated.

on 23 Jul 2009 at 05:01 PM

richardpeeej said:

Hi - I've not been here long, but I would like to wish you all the best for the future also.

on 24 Jul 2009 at 12:26 AM