Tent in the desert

Ask Periwinkle

5th January 2018

A new column in which rural business entrepreneur Periwinkle shares his decades of experience in making money from people outdoors Dear Periwinkle, It is the end of the season and all my bell tents have […]

Periwinkle Woodstock Plus

Periwinkle’s Woodstock Plus

27th September 2017

Bill Shakespeare had it: “There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.” This might have applied to Woodstock Plus, had my edition of Life’s tide […]

Small holdings

Periwinkle goes Off-Piste

12th August 2017

Back in the lounge of the Glamper’s Retreat after the show, Periwinkle, Chuffer, Tubby and Twistleton-Penge all agreed that Ms Meadow Flowers was to blame. For everything. Including Brexit. To admit otherwise would have been […]


While Shepherds Watched Their Huts by Night

12th June 2017

More extracts from Periwinkle’s diary… Monday Woke this morning feeling gloomier than a milkman’s horse at the start of a three a.m. milk round. All these grandiose plans from Chuffer, Twistleton-Penge and Tubby have left […]


Tubby’s Forest Frolic

23rd April 2017

The battle of the wedding fairs leads to trouble for Periwinkle’s chums Monday Twistleton-Penge dropped by. He is so full of entrepreneurial va-va-voom following his discussion with Fields of Gold – our consultancy – that […]


Fields of Gold

31st March 2017

Periwinkle and co make it up with neighbour Twistleton-Penge before suggesting a solution to improve his cash flow Chuffer, Tubby and yours truly were hanging about the Glamper’s Retreat one afternoon, playing some drinking game […]

Farm Business Innovation Show

New Year Resolve

13th February 2017

Periwinkle and friends look ahead to 2017 and contemplate a new tranche of entrepreneurial activity. Amid the straggly remnants of last year’s Christmas decorations, which the landlord of the Glamper’s Retreat could not be bothered […]


All That Vajazzle

15th January 2017

As Chuffer considers the ‘relentless negativity’ of his site inspection report, Tubby suggests that it might be time to consider other options, such as turning Woodstock Plus into a jazz festival The postman stuffed Chuffer’s […]


The Great Outside

30th November 2016

Introducing three new lines of business during one weekend may have seemed over ambitious for Chuffer, but no one could have foreseen the disaster that unfolded Great news! This weekend Chuffer launched three new business […]

Circus wedding

Chuffer Ties the Knot

14th September 2016

Periwinkle steps in to advise Chuffer on his wedding set up, but one thing leads to another and a new business idea is born. Having sealed the deal with Ms Meadow Flowers to stage Woodstock […]