If there’s one thing that presses all the right buttons for Kettering folk it’s a family-run business, and Seasons Garden Centre in Burton Latimer is a great place to go and meet cheerful (local) staff who are always ready to have a laugh and a joke with their customers.
It’s a place my daughter, daughters-in-law-to-be and grandchildren go on a Sunday. They have some lovely gifts at reasonable prices, a cute pet section with two resident parrots (or ‘carrots’ as Sophie used to call them) gerbils, hamsters, rabbits, birds and fish, and some resident Chipmunks in a cage behind a hand-written notice telling people not to stick their fingers through the bars. They are also a garden centre with an impressive stock of plants at very reasonable prices. At Christmastime, Santa pays a visit and stays a while, chatting to children and their mums while gathering information on who has been good and who hasn’t been good, and what people want for Christmas. He also hands out some impressive-quality gifts to the children for only £3 a visit, and the kids get to choose what they want, too!
Their pots of tea for one are big enough for two cups, their toasted teacakes are yummy and they do a great lunch for kiddies with toys in the boxes. Last week Sophie got a pen that lit up, blew bubbles and stamped little flowers all over her hands and arms, a ham sandwich with proper ham, a kit-kat, a carton of apple juice, and a packet of quavers, while Tyler had the most enormous piece of chocolate cake I had ever seen.
For a book lover though, the best part is the book section. If you believe the best things come in small packages, then you need to pay a visit to Seasons’ little book section. They sell books by local authors, children’s books, unusual books, hobby and gardening books, stationery boxes, audio books, dvds, a small selection of paperback novels and jigsaws.
Last week, with my heart pounding, I plucked up the courage to ring the manager and ask if they would be interested in stocking my novel, to nestle in with other local authors’ books. Without any hesitation at all the manager said, ‘yes, of course we will. We are proud to support our local authors at Seasons.’
I haven’t been in yet, to take a photograph of The White Cuckoo, but I’ll post on my Facebook page when I can get over to Burton Latimer. I’d like to say a big thank you to the manager and staff for supporting me and wish them every success for the future.