Meet The Artichoke Girls – Donna

Meet The Artichoke Girls - Donna

Meet The Artichoke Girls – Donna

We thought a great way to introduce you to the team at Artichoke would be to do an homage to Vogue’s 73 questions – so here goes:-

Donna is 49, she lives in Norfolk & is married with two children. In a previous life she was a nanny, a maternity nurse & more recently a tortoise re-habilitator. She is almost 5′ tall & a size 8 with big boobs & thighs (her words not mine!)

So Donna ……………….

Is it big Knickers or small knickers?

Big knickers every time – with lycra please

Heels or Flats?

Always heels – I would wear wellies with heels if I could

What is your Fashion Secret?

A good fitting bra from Bravissimo

What is the best fashion tip you have ever received?

To Dress for my shape

What is your favourite label?

I love Pomodoro dresses, James Lakeland tops & anything from Freequent

What is the best bit about your job?

Helping someone who lacks confidence select an outfit that makes them feel good about themselves, so much so that they leave the shop with a huge smile on their face rather than the look of despair that they usually have when out shopping for clothes

What is your favourite colour?


Who was your teenage crush?

Marti Pellow – the lead singer from Wet,Wet,Wet

What is your favourite pudding?

Roly Poly & Custard

What is your favourite drink?

Pina Colada

What is your favourite food?


What is your favourite place?

Mynydd y dref (Conwy Town Mountain)

Who is your favourite singer?


What is the best travel advice you have ever received?

To roll clothes as you pack them – you fit more clothes in your suitcase & they crease less easily

What cause do you care about most deeply?

it is a local one. A few years ago I set up a patrol to help Cranwich toads move from their winter hibernation site across the busy A134 to their spawning ponds. At the moment we do this manually (there are 9,000 of them) but I would love to find a way to secure a permanent secure crossing for them.

What three things do you always keep in your handbag?

A crocodile hair clip,my diary & poo bags

Do you have any pets?

We have 4 dogs, 1 disabled african grey parrot, 2 parakeets, 17 giant tortoises, 59 smaller tortoises ……. and I breed harvest mice.

What is your secret talent?

I write articles about tortoises for veterinary journals

Who would be your dream neighbour?

Anyone who would be happy to look after my 76 tortoises when I go away!

What can’t you live without? 

A dog in the house

What is the stupidest thing you have ever done?


What is the coolest thing you have ever done?

Tour guided The Grand Canyon

What is your favourite song?

‘You’re Beautiful’ by James Blunt

Goals for 2018?

To reduce our household plastic waste & to enjoy the last year of my forties

What do you want to be remembered for?

As a person who did their bit to preserve the planet in a world of people who are intent on destroying it

What are you bad at?


How do you deal with problems?

By reminding myself that there is always someone who is in a worse place than me & that with a little patience most things can be sorted out

Where would you most like to visit?

Machu Picchu

If you had a boat what would you name it?

The Welsh Dragon

What is your go to weekend look?

Jeans & wellies






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