Why is it, I wonder, that while the winter months are marked for me by extended periods parked in front of my TV, the summer months almost always come complete with a social schedule I can barely seem to keep track of?
It certainly can’t be anything to do with the weather, which only seems to be getting wetter as the months march on.
Nevertheless, a quick look at my diary this morning tells me that my next weekend to arrive without any prior plans isn’t until September 24, a mere 13 weeks away. Between then and now there are reunions to attend, holidays to plan and don’t even get me started on the weddings.
Of course, my schedule is also populated by a number of events and activities organised within the furniture industry. And what a lot we have to look forward to!
First and foremost among these must be a visit to Manchester for the 2016 Manchester Furniture Show in three weeks time. Exhibitor space in the Main Hall of the show may have been sold out since March, but that doesn’t stopped suppliers from continuing to sign up in their droves to take part in what promises to be more diverse than ever before. You can read Cabinet Maker’s preview of the event, including an interview with organiser Laraine Janes, in next week’s issue.
For those who cringe at the thought of spending too much time indoors this summer, take a look in this week’s issue for the latest news on a number of sporting activities just waiting for participants from the furniture industry to sign up in the name of a good course. I am of course referring to The Furniture Makers’ Company and its seeming attempt to rival the Olympics in terms of events over the coming months, which includes football, golf and a grueling bike ride.
If you’re anything like me, far from being exhausted by the sudden influx of summer invitations you will be rubbing your hands with glee at the opportunity to reacquaint yourself with the aspects of the industry that can all but seem to go into hibernation once autumn arrives.
In fact, if it wasn’t for the January Furniture Show, and a certain visit from a bearded gentleman at the end of December, I’d be more than happy to suggest we consider doing away with the winter months all together.
Mind you, if the weather continues along the same lines as it is currently we may not even notice the difference anyway.