A few days later our local paper, the Lincolnshire Free Press, were looking for examples of random acts of kindness and, on a whim, I sent them a link to my blog post. They were interested in the story, arranged for Dougie and I to be photographed and published this article, using quotes from my post to tell the tale: Couple save festive flower deliveries
Soon after I was approached by one of the reporters at the paper and asked if I would like to have a weekly column of my own as the editor liked the humour he had seen in my blog. At first I was immensely flattered and excited and then I came over all unnecessary as I realised I would have to produce weekly content, to a deadline, not just blog when the fancy took me. Also, it would have to be relevant to the readership. I can't imagine they want to know about fancy holidays.
After initially wanting to run away and hide, I decided to man up and accept the challenge. I'm not being paid (shame) but they will link to my blog so it seemed churlish to not grab the opportunity and see where it leads. I've got nothing to lose except my husband's reputation in the community.
This week they introduced me to their readers with this article and, following a brainstorming session on Facebook, we came up with the name, Trish Takes Five. I did fool with Geordie Shorts for a time which made me laugh but I realised my exploits weren't in the same league as that of my Newcastle compatriots. (For the uninitiated, just search Geordie Shore on the internet to be enlightened!)
| Lincolnshire Free Press announces new column|
My first column will be published on Tuesday, maybe earlier online, and is a gentle start, with me talking about my role as Mrs Overall in Acorn Antiques. I was quite restricted with the word count but have now been told they can let me have more so next week's column, which I'm just polishing up this weekend, will be more the length of a regular blog post. I think next week's is funnier, but I suppose that's subjective.
So wish me luck and let's hope my local friends and neighbours are kind to me. Certainly I've had a lovely response from people so far - but then, I haven't written anything yet....