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October 2018

Somehow I got employed…

Hi, I'm Ellie and I've been forced to write this blog. I've never been good at writing anything remotely interesting so my advice to the two people that have probably stopped to read this is to carry on scrolling like everyone else. However, if you've nothing else to do please carry on reading me waffle about absolutely nothing. I'm on edge writing this blog and have been putting it off for weeks despite being asked about 5 times, as I know Lewis who is currently in Australia will rip me to shreds no matter what I write. How can you block a manager off their own website? Somehow, I got employed at Mulberry Moon and I still could not quite tell you what my job title is. I originally was hired to help out in the office but if you follow any of the Mulberry Moon social media sites, you'll see that I am the Aldi version of a top model. I'm usually roped into modelling on a Monday after Gayle has bought in new stock for the retail shop, which isn't quite ideal when you're still suffering from a devastating, soul-destroying hangover. I have bags so big on some of the pictures, I might get charged 5p for them. Now I don't know how many of you are in group chats or what the atmosphere is like on your group chat, but the group chat I'm in consists of my friends relentlessly searching for any embarrassing pictures of me that Mulberry Moon post. I sometimes feel like pulling a Britney in 2007 when I see a notification from Mulberry Moon. I’m currently waiting for my big break in modelling, which no doubt will take off before Christmas with the way things are going... if only I didn't have to stare at the floor. When I’m not strutting my stuff, I’m usually contracting third-degree burns from the steamer in the warehouse or three-inch wounds from the pricing gun. Sitting at the computer (the job I applied for) is generally safe and doesn’t give me anxiety when the group chat pops up. I don’t want to give you the impression that I don’t like my job because I love it. Love my boss (extra fiver, ka-ching) Love the dogs. Love the customers (preferably the ones that read the T’s & C’s) Love the showrooms and of course, an honourable mention must be made to' the brownies from Costco' - shoutout to Lee. All in all, I’ve been part of the team building the website over these past weeks - the number of table lamps I’ve described is unhealthy & I can't look at an ornament without thinking of where it would look good in your home, I’ve even started dreaming about candle stock levels. I’m actually so proud of the team and the progress of the website, and it’s extremely rewarding to receive your custom. P.S if you ever stumble upon a product for 99p, please don’t be nice and message my boss... its hard enough hiding the Monday hangover, let alone the tequila stash under the desk. Thanks for reading, this is probably the first and last blog I’ll write, I doubt she’ll let me write one again... or work at all for that matter.  Topshop and River Island, I’m available, doubt you’ll be able to afford me though. 4:59pm... one more minute that I have to pretend I’m writing something half decent......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................aaaaaaaand we’re done. Ciao, Ellie.    

Clothing Has Landed

Some of you may not know but we have a small but hectic ladies clothing shop based in Heskin, Lancashire, we heavily promote our new stock on Facebook MULBERRY MOON & Instagram mulberrymoonuk, we are constantly asked: "where's this jumper? I can't find it on your website" So we have made the big decision to close our clothing website & merge with the homeware (easier on everyone we think). We are aiming to get as many newbies on as possible & try to man it full time...YIKKKES. Please bear with us, any questions, then it's Email, Facebook or Instagram, (we're pretty swift in replying too, even at midnight) also remember, we are a family business, not Amazon or eBay, so please check T & Cs & delivery times before ordering. Cheers Gayle

September 2018

Lewis’ Oz Blog – First month

If you have all been reading our blogs vigorously as I'm sure you have, you will know that I decided to take myself to Australia for a year or two.  So, I thought you should all have a bit of an insight as to what my take on it all is and whether it 'lives up to the hype' sort of thing... so if you're not interested then stop reading now. We landed in Perth from Manchester on 14/8/18 and the 22-hour flight went relatively well, upon arrival you realise (In my opinion) that Australia is like a mix between Britain, America and a tiny seasoning of Asia all rolled into one which makes quite the concoction. Their roads and advertising are ridiculously American but their way of life is like Britain but a little more laid back compared to the work, eat, sleep, die mentality back in the UK. The vast amount of shops open at 7 am and close at 5 pm no exceptions and Sundays unless you're in a big city a lot are closed all together even large supermarkets. Anyway, we landed in winter... yes Australia has a winter and please for the love of god do not listen to the mystics when they tell you the classic, 'Australia's winter is like our summer' because I can assure you that is the biggest load of bull***** going. After a couple of weeks in the cold and learning from our mistakes, we flew to Cairns which is north-east with the sun turned up to about 28 degrees in early September which was much more like it, now for those of you who don't know you can't 'nip' anywhere and there is no 'popping out' in Oz because the place is as big as the moon. Locals love to do a thing where they hear your pommie accent and tell you it's just down the road' and next minute you're on a year-long road trip for a bottle of milk and return looking like Tom Hanks in Castaway. Australia is 32 times bigger than the UK so that flight was 4.5 hours and we didn't even go over an ocean, now flying 4.5 hours from Manchester you can get to Turkey, just to put that into perspective. So, we landed in Cairns and really got the feel for what Australia is all about, hot weather, good food and drink (lots of drink) and the overall laid-back nature and appreciation of the little things. Australia looks after their own and the powers at be treat their country great, FREE bbq's litter the beaches for anyone to use, free toilets and showers scattered around the place and they even have free lagoons and wave pools for people to enjoy and are extremely well kept. A lot of which is lifeguarded during the day and security guarded at night all at the expense of the government, one negative is it is a bit of a pain to get around as public transport (which is free in most city centres), is a bit bang average but you can't really complain because petrol is $1.40 a litre which works out at about 75p. Cairns, by the way, is where you can see the great barrier reef, sadly a lot of it is bleached but if you go make sure you get a trip to the 'outer reef', its a tad more expensive but worthwhile as you see far more! There is also amazing waterfalls and swimming holes about an hour away so rent a car and you're cooking on gas. Now let's talk about the animals and squash a few myths in the process. I spent some time with a friend on a farm and I had a spider appear in my room which was so big it had it's own postcode, legitimately you could have road this eight-legged venom spitting beast into battle. So I did what any bloke worth a salt would do and stoved its head in with a flip-flop (Fun fact - Australians call flip-flops thongs and yes that one was a steep learning curve). Other than that I haven't seen much of what everyone lives in fear of in the UK, but then again Australia has a renowned saying, which is...'Everything in Australia will try to fu***** kill you' so I keep that in mind. Creepy crawlies aside there are things you need to be wary of, the rule of thumb is you don't drive from dusk till dawn as this is when the animals are most active and they're attracted to headlights which is great. I don't care whether you are driving a fiat 500 or an M1 Abrams tank, if you get hit by a kangaroo at 110kms/hr you can kiss your face, arse and vehicle goodbye. The end. Goodnight, God bless. Also, Emus for that matter, they may look like harmless long-legged chickens but they're as dense as high school custard so if you hit one you will know about it and so will your insurance company. Right now though I'm currently in Darwin, Northern Territory. At least I think I am, it definitely stated Darwin on my plane ticket but apparently, the pilot had other ideas and decided to land on the sun. It's a different type of hot up here and home to 750kg cattle killing saltwater crocodiles and 11 of the top 20 worlds deadliest snakes and on top of that I'm starting work on a cattle station that's as big as Jamaica and 7.5 hours away from the nearest town, so please wish me luck. I'm going to conclude this first blog with some pros and cons of what I've experienced so far, and they're in no particular order, I'm completely winging it.  Starting with the cons. Cons
  • It's too big. Who do we call to cut it in half so we can tarmac the excess and make a carpark for the rest of the world?
  • Some places can feel like you've landed in 70's Texas
  • The fact you shouldn't drive at night and it goes dark at 6 pm!
  • No-one really cares about finer details, nothing is refined quite like the UK
  • When your SAT NAV calmly says, continue straight for 112 miles
  • Food and drink is pretty expensive
  • A schooner is not a full pint.
  • The chicken just doesn't taste the same
  • WORST OF ALL - If any joiners are reading this, this is a call to arms. Australians can't hang doors for toffee. Toilet stalls are a perverts paradise, the gaps either side of the door makes it feel like you're on some sort of Dutch game show.
Pros
  • They sell PG Tips in Woolworths.
  • Everyone is social and general wellbeing is of utmost importance
  • The fact there is only 25 million people compared to the UK's 70 Million. There's so much room for activities.
  • I've never once been stuck in traffic and the roads are well looked after. No potholes.
  • Road trains. They scare me so much I like them.
  • Drive-In Liquor stores. Yes, you read that correctly.
  • Pay is good and I believe you would struggle to 'not find work'
  • Everyone is different, there doesn't seem to be stereotyped. Anything goes.
  • Words are shortened and sort of make sense. Afternoon = Arvo, Service station = Servo. They just like the use of O.
  • Everywhere is a national park and protected
  • Common sense prevails! You aren't harassed by warning signs all day, I assume the stupid people just die so can't breed. Therefore no more stupid people. UK I hope your taking notes.
  • Plus 100+ more things but I can't be bothered to write them all.
Thanks for reading, you'll never get those 5 minutes it took to read this back. Lewis

August 2018

New In section added

Finally, we have our NEW section to the top menu bar, this website has taken over 10 months now to perfect, we are still adding bits to better it. If your one of our regular customers this feature will certainly save you time when searching through for new stuff. CLICK HERE for our NEW section.


 

We have also added the dreaded Christmas section, sorry! we have over 110 items online at the moment & it will keep growing, from quirky Christmas to ultra modern, they will be some amazing decorations for you to drool over. CLICK HERE for Christmas.

Gold is the new Silver

Yes, its true, as I sit here I am telling you its all gold & shiny! Our new collections are going down a storm with our customers online & in our retail shop too, they all love anything gold. We've been busy adding new stock to the website for the last few weeks & we have lashings of gold mirrors, furniture & lots & lots of gold candle holders. There's plenty of sparkling diamante cocktail glasses for your dining tables and matching drink decanters. https://www.mulberry-moon.co.uk/product/set-of-4-gold-diamante-ball-cocktail-glasses/ Our range of funky gold wall sculptures are so unique & will have you drooling for more. https://www.mulberry-moon.co.uk/product/huge-gold-lily-pad-wall-sculpture/ Enjoy our selection & just search 'GOLD' in the search bar. Give us a shout if you require anything.... Gayle    

New stock again!!!

Hi, just a quick blog before I finish up for the day. We have been busy adding lashings of newbies for you over the last week, please enjoy our vast homeware collection which is growing on a daily basis. From soft furnishings to dramatic palm tree lamps, yes, you heard me palm tree floor lamps! Its Due in Stock 24th Aug....check it out for yourself....CLICK HERE This is one striking lamp that will have your friends in awe of your designer home styling. Our similar eclectic mirrors again in dramatic gold, we just can't get enough of gold at the moment! We are due to add the dreaded Christmas category as yes, that time of years looming.......oh noooooo, yes fraid so peeps! So chill out for a while longer & enjoy our summer collections of pretty cushions, throw, artificial blooms & cacti plants. Gayle  

Son/Web manager Lewis has left us for Oz!

Well, we are all so upset here at the MM HQ, our eldest son Lewis (Chief IT & Social Media Guru) has flown the nest for pastures new travelling around Australia. Yes, Momma is missing him already, the office is far too quiet without him taking the mickey & telling everyone off, he has us in hysterics most of the time & yes he's very good at his job. (I had to add that bit) He will, however, be working part-time for us from down under, but it will not be the same seeing that handsome face across the desk & listening to Podcasts all day. I will aim to add a few photos for you to watch his journey around Australia. Gayle

Limited time discount!

Get a limited time discount which could end at any moment! Get 5% OFF your order today with the code: EXTRA5 at checkout, order quick and don't miss out. More and more stock is being introduced online in a wide range of categories and we're currently working on a specialised 'NEW IN' category where you can view all brand new stock. For now though see all of our new stock on our homepage carousel in the top right :) Lewis

July 2018

It’s all going swimmingly! (touch wood)

We're a couple of days into our brand new website launch, it's all going relatively smooth with no hiccups as of yet. We expect a few things to crop up in the teething stage but that's all part of the fun! BTW please let us know if you come across any that would be a great help. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our developer Theo Chung, the true mastermind behind all of this and the only one who could make all this possible. Hopefully, with this new platform, we can grow our team and get even better at what we do. New items and features are being added daily so keep an eye out for what we're bringing to the table. Don't forget to leave us a Google review if you're impressed with us or even a product review if you want to help other customers out. P.s well done for making it to the end of this blog post, it's pretty dreary. Lewis.

We’ve gone live!

Well, this is a big day for us here in Moonie land, the Taittinger is on ice & yes we will definitely crack it open later this evening, we have been working on our new website for almost 9 months now! lots of coffee & chocolate has been consumed, we are exhausted & absolutely skint!!  But by god, it’s been worth it.  Within 15 mins of the switchover, we had our first sale! One of our top selling Lurcher dog sculptures. So, it’s all working correctly, thank the lordy lord. So, I will crack on, as I still have a lot to do on here, adding new products, tweaking images etc…Daphne the Frenchie & Lewis are here in the office, working hard alongside. Thanks for stopping by & visiting our newbie website & first blog, don’t forget to join our mailing list for discounts that we provide quite regularly. Don't forget to use Code LAUNCH10 valid until 25th July 2018 Gayle