It was the hottest UK Bank Holiday weekend on record but the one we had chosen for our summer posh tea in London.  Kate, Barbara and I have been meeting twice-yearly for tea with professional and personal catch-ups for nearly nine years.  This time, though, we also had some celebrating to do.  After much consideration, […]

Not really a blog but…

I wanted to thank everyone who has given me encouragement and support this year, to put on record my appreciation of my clients and the work they do, and wish you all a peaceful and joyful Christmas and a happy new year.

I’m still here

Yes, I am still here. My Virtual PA practice was 10 years old in April 2017 and the whole year went by like a flash, similar to the last eight months. I have been managing diaries, arranging meetings, supporting customer relations, co-ordinating events, supporting the administration of statutory audits, keeping up with the Charity Commission […]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

What a year 2016 has been – full of interesting surprises and massive change.  For my Virtual PA business though I am very glad there is relative stability in that I have been working with the same set of clients for 4 1/2 years.  As I head towards the 10th anniversary of JanetWalker.Net next April and […]

Less (or fewer) is More

I always enjoy walking past The Ritz on Piccadilly and checking out their windowboxes; the simplicity of design is always spectacular and provides real impact.  They really do embody the notion that ‘less is more’.  Unfortunately so few people in marketing seem to follow that line.  I expect, like me, you are inundated with emails […]

Christmas already??!

Yes, it’s Christmas this week and I haven’t blogged since August.  This is not through laziness on my part (honestly) but owing to involvement in two large and successful charity events in London (pictured) – one of which kept me very occupied for months behind the scenes – and lots of extra work at the school as the […]

Buy Some Time

Extract from 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life by Joyce Meyer, chapter 59 “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.”  RONALD REAGAN To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven.  Ecclesiastes […]

Time for an Easter break

I think I need to do a catch-up blog! January and February went by in a whirl, with meetings, Minutes, lots of phone and Skype calls and an incredible number of emails to be read, assessed, flagged up for each client and moved into files for action, reminders and follow-up.  I also spent a while fixing up […]

Closing down for Christmas…

I love being in London so I was delighted to be asked to attend and Minute a Board meeting last month on the 15th floor of The Shard.  What a fabulous view from the huge window of the meeting room!  This experience was followed by a special lunch of (nearly) the whole team who work with a […]


I like writing Minutes. I’ve always liked doing them and find myself automatically taking notes even when I’m not supposed to be the Minute-taker! After I left school and joined the Old Girls’ Association, I became the Hon Secretary. Later, at home with my two small energetic sons, I joined the local Twins Club and […]