Charlotte and her husband continued in Luke’s footsteps—they were the biggest supplier of quinine in the British Isles!
Why this interest in an Apothecary? Well, that is the ancient name for a pharmacist. In this area we are lucky enough to have several pharmacies. I always stay loyal to the Cleevewood Road one. Why? I find it very friendly and appreciate its’ efficient delivery service. Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing the new owners.
PETER AND MICHELLE CIPOLLA are a local couple who live in Downend. Peter’s family are from Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean. Peter took a degree in Pharmacy at a London University and has worked in various branches. He did have a break when he did voluntary work in Tanzania helping to build a school. I asked where they met—you know how I’m interested in romance! I should have guessed—doctors meet nurses—Peter the pharmacist met Michelle his dispenser! Married in 2001, they spent their honeymoon in Thailand riding on elephants and white water rafting among other things.
One of Peter’s hobbies now is trampolining and he’s gained his first medal. With such active parents it’s not surprising that their two children excel at sport. Michael (11years) won a bronze medal for gymnastics in the National Club Competition.He’s joined Cleeve Rugby Club and like his father, is very keen on trampolining. I can imagine the scene in their garden with them both competing to use the trampoline first! Mia (9 years) goes to the gym 5 times a week plus Thursday afternoons. I wish I was that fit! Michelle, unlike me, is an IT enthusiast and uses her skills in the Cleevewood Pharmacy as the Accountant etc. She is studying at the Open University towards eventually getting an IT degree.
If, as I suggest, you visit this “shop” you will receive a warm welcome from Mary (always smiling), Marlies the Australian dispenser, Liz who deals with much of the paperwork, perhaps Amy if it is a Saturday. Their delivery service is excellent and lovely Lisa brings my medicine directly to my flat.
I interviewed Peter in his consulting room and thought it might help readers of these pages to know just what you could consult Peter about! He mainly discusses medication—giving advice on how you should be taking it and the reasons for doing so. This is an official Government policy. “The Medication Usage Review”. Peter is a Type 1 diabetic, so has a special interest in this subject. He plans to develop a Diabetic Service. When I walked into the pharmacy, I admired the new layout—it is bright and spacious. The counters are an excellent choice. I’ve had exactly the same installed in my new kitchen! They plan to sell more clinical items such as disability aids, diabetic and blood pressure monitors. You will still be able to buy your cosmetic items, but perfumes and cards will be phased out.
A photographic shop will soon be opening next door and they will stock cards, That’s typically kind of Peter to want to help his neighbour. In fact the whole ethos of Cleevewood Pharmacy is to be of service to the community. I wish them great success and many years amongst us!
Last month I said we would “talk” a bit about royal fashion. One reason that I am so interested in clothes is that in France I taught English not only in schools but also for the Chamber of Commerce. “Chambre de commerce”. Each of my classes had a different reason for wanting to learn our language. One group consisted of hoteliers, another doctors and dentists and another group had fashion workshops, I taught them the language they needed for their specific fields. One of my students in the fashion group made garments for Kenzo, another for Erdem and another for Lindka Cierach. Samantha Cameron and Michelle Obama wear clothes by Erdem. Lindka designed Sarah Ferguson’s wedding dress for her marriage to Prince Andrew. Do you remember it? There was an “A” and an anchor embroidered on the train as well as a bumble bee from the Ferguson coat of arms. Lindka Cierach was born in Lesotho to Polish parents.
Ron and I were lucky enough to be invited to my students' ateliers. I was fascinated! They weren’t at all like the knicker factory in “Coronation Street”!! The machinists, pattern makers and the hand-stitchers were working in complete silence. My students explained that the expensive fabrics being used demanded utter concentration with no distractions! I loved the headdress of fresh flowers that Sarah wore when she walked into Westminster Abbey. She left wearing a jewelled tiara. Nature can beat valuable man-made objects every time!
My Thoughts for November
Recalling Luke Howard and his work on clouds—I’m just looking at the sky. It’s dark and menacing. However, if I was in a plane above them—I would see an endless white blanket, When days feel especially “dark”...things will brighten, and you will be “floating on cotton wool clouds”!!
Be Happy ……… Esmé