Met up with John in Edinburgh where he was teaching a Strategic Development workshop that looks at what small businesses need to do now in order to continue to be viable and to succeed in the coming years in today’s small business environment where consumers have changed their needs and wants, where social media and information technology has changed the way we communicate and the way we do business, where big corporations are killing off small family businesses who are not in tune with the changed consumer needs and wants, where consumers are beginning to realise the importance of shopping local but expect local businesses to provide new products that meet their changed needs and provide service that complies with a tech savvy shopper and educates and entertains and gives them the experience they are seeking. At the end of the workshop we have a few days off and headed north to Durness through the stunningly beautiful Scottish Highland countryside, then down the west coast which was even more spectacular. The rugged mountains and massive lochs are awe inspiring. John wanted to show me one of his favourite gardens. He thinks that Inverewe Gardens must be in the top 50 most beautiful gardens in the world. I just loved the Walled Garden in particular, and I have to agree it is a very beautiful garden. Plus I love these willow men sculptures in the walled garden. and the beautiful wrought iron work, like this gate. I can see that we are going to have start revamping our garden at home on the farm now. But in another couple of weeks we will be visiting Monet’s garden in France, so I am sure we will get even more ideas there and a heap more inspiration to revamp the garden after that visit as well.