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A few weeks back, we told you about the two brave athletes we were sponsoring to take part in the London Triathlon. The big day was on Sunday, and our duo finished the race in under three hours. Very impressive… well done boys!
The hardcore race involves a 1,500m swim in the Thames, a 40km bike ride and a 10km run. Here at Metal Design Furniture, we think that would take us an estimated three weeks to complete, so three hours deserves a big round of applause!
Our athletes were Avi Reisman (to the right in our right hand picture), an IT manager, and James Vallerine (left), a language centre administrator, both from London. Avi reports that the swim was the least fun aspect of the race, as there were around 250 people in the water… that’s a lot of splashing! However, the beautiful views of Greenwich during the cycle ride made up for that. Ending with the 10km run was a big challenge for our athletes, but the support and cheers from the crowd made them feel like the heroes they are.
Metal Design Furniture was happy to sponsor this winning team and suggests a comfy sit down in one of our Classico Armchairs, or perhaps a wee lie down on an Oliver Lounger for a little rest! Next year… how about the marathon?
This year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was another triumph. Packed to the rafters with beautiful things to see and smell, as well as treats to eat and items to educate, it was a great day out for all the family. As you might remember, we teamed up with the fabulous Raine Clarke-Wills of Raine Garden Design to build a sumptuous summer garden.
The relaxing space, entered into the ‘Cool Gardens’ category and named Layers and Links featured violet and red luscious plants, a spot to stop and take some refreshment, and an elegant yet comfortable sofa, neatly tucked into the walls and provided by ours truly. All of these elements combined to create a truly restful garden in which one could easily imagine many happy hours being whiled away. The many layers cleverly constructed into the garden created the illusion of a magical hideaway, like something from a fairy tale.
We were very impressed – and clearly, so were the judges, as we were awarded a silver-gilt medal for our efforts; the second of these to put in our collection.
If you like what you see here, have a look at the Raine Garden Design website for more information… or browse through our extensive garden furniture collection, and your own garden could be medal worthy soon!
Two years ago, Metal Design Furniture collaborated with Raine Garden Design to win a silver-gilt medal at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, for our Potential Feast garden. That garden featured plants which were both beautiful and edible, and was finished off with a range of pieces from our collection. If you want to see a video of that garden, have a look at the clip that features on our home page.
We’re very excited to be working with the amazingly talented Raine Clarke-Wills of Raine Garden Design once again. Together, we’re creating another garden for this year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – and we’re hoping to go one better and bring home a gold this time!
The flower show makes a great day out for all the family. You can vote for your favourite scarecrow, as made by primary and infant school children from around the South East. You could also help the grandkids make bumble-bee hats, whilst learning about how bugs can help out around the garden. Or there should be photo opportunities aplenty in the butterfly dome, which features a walk way through a jumble of tropical plants, surrounded by beautiful and exotic butterflies, like the one on the left.
The show runs from July 9th to the 14th, and tickets start at just £19. Come along with all your family, have a gorgeous and educational day out, and don’t forget to show your support for Metal Design Furniture. See you there!
Keen followers of our blog may remember that the beautiful Grim’s Dyke Hotel, located just 12 miles outside of London, is a one of our most glamorous customers. Guests at the hotel can already relax in the shade created by our elegant Romano gazebos or enjoy some outside dining at one of our stylish Oliver sets of chairs and tables.
Our furniture has been such a hit at the hotel that the owners have come back for more, buying three new gorgeous gazebos from our collection. Holiday makers can start their days off just right with breakfast under the gazebos pictured to the right, taking in the lush lawns and rolling countryside surrounding the hotel.
Weary travellers arriving later on at the hotel might enjoy putting their feet up and drinking a cold gin and tonic beneath the gazebo pictured below. Whatever your purpose at the Grim’s Dyke Hotel, we can make sure that you’re as comfortable as kings during your stay.
Grim’s Dyke hotel offer guests a countryside retreat from hectic city life. The accommodation is fabulous; four-poster beds and luxury en-suites, designed to reflect the period of the building. Gillbert’s Restaurant, serving modern British food, is also open to non-residents for lunch, dinner and cream teas.
The restaurant was named after former owner W.S. Gilbert, the famous dramatist and librettist partner of Sir Arthur Sullivan. Gilbert & Sullivan Opera performances with Dinner, take place bi-monthly throughout the year. You can find out more by visiting the website.