The Royal Crescent, Bath.
We had a little Road Trip down to Dorset and Somerset a couple of weekends ago. The weather was rubbish so we went inland to the city of Bath.
A true high point for me was the Royal Crescent.
This is one of Bath’s most iconic landmarks, was built between 1767 and 1775 and designed by John Wood the Younger. This impressive landmark is arranged around a perfect lawn overlooking Royal Victoria Park and forms a sweeping crescent of 30 Grade I Listed terrace houses.
It is iconically Georgian. I wanted to look behind that sweeping bank of closed doors. Have a wander. Stay a night. Play at being mega rich.
Oh! There was also a cricket pitch…
We didn’t do the Roman Baths- the obvious Bath attraction. Still in COVID times pre- booking online is the way to go- obviously 🤦🏽♀️.
Avon and Lockdown
New Avon sellers double during UK lockdown
Avon. Door to Door Sales.
This year during lockdown I became an Avon representative. So I did a little research on the history of Avon the Company.
In 1886, David H. McConnell founded the California Perfume Company, which would become Avon, in New York City
The company started calling itself Avon in 1928, named after the birthplace of McConnell’s favorite playwright, Shakespeare.) The door-to-door formula for perfume sales was ideal for the time period.
In 1886, 34 years before women in the U.S. earned the right to vote, Avon’s founder, David H. McConnell, helped give them the chance to earn an independent income. He didn’t set out to create a beauty company. In fact, McConnell was a traveling book salesperson who offered fragrances samples as an additional perk to his female customers. He saw that these women were more interested in the free perfume than the books. Since women had a passion for his products and loved networking with other women, McConnell was inspired to recruit them as Sales Representatives. From a small New York City office, McConnell himself mixed the company’s first fragrances.This began Avon’s long history of empowering women around the globe.
Avon’s first product was the Little Dot Perfume Set. By the end of the first year of business, the company had a line of nearly 20 different fragrances. In 1902, the company was selling a full range of cosmetics. In 1931, 11 products received the coveted Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.
Avon UK opened in 1959 and and it’s estimated there are around 160,000 reps in Britain.
The first Avon lady, Mrs. P.F.E Albee affectionately named the “Mother of the California Perfume Company”, began selling the inaugural scents when she was 50.
Today Avon is still selling perfumes and still empowering women through its support of women’s charities including breast cancer, ending gender based violence and Changing Faces, the charity for people with visible differences.
I’m proud to be an Avon Rep for it’s history, it’s charity work and it’s quality products at affordable prices.