Meet The Artichoke Girls – Christine

Meet The Artichoke Girls – Christine

Christine is the newest member of The Artichoke team & works in both the Swaffham & Ely shops. In the latest of our homage to Vogue’s 73 Questions she tells us a bit about herself.

Married to Allan with two sons & two step sons Christine lives in the same Norfolk Village as Donna. 

Until recently Chris ran her own livery yard on the Ryston Estate so this is her first job in retail but she has taken to it like a duck to water & discovered a hidden talent for window dressing! She has just celebrated her fiftieth birthday, is 5’10 & a size 12 with ridiculously long legs (we hate her) which makes it very hard for her to find trousers & jeans that are not at half mast, a problem solved by our Julia Jeans.

 Big Knickers or small knickers? 

OMG she said small. She’ll learn ….. 

Diamonds or Pearls  


What’s the coolest thing you have ever done? 

Driving a Golf GTi turbo around the Caldwell Park racing circuit. I went so fast the car went up on two wheels going round one of the bends & made my poor husband scream!

Where is your favourite place to be? 

I just want to be outside. I love being with my horses & dogs in a field just watching & listening to everything that is going on around me. 

Is there a talent that you wish you had? 

I would love to be able to dance. I mean properly, not just the two step disco shuffle. I was once whirled around the dance floor by a real life cowboy & it was the most exhilarating feeling. 

What is your favourite memory from childhood? 

My sister being born. 

Your favourite colour?


If you had a super power, what would it be? 

To fly. Who would not want to be able to fly? 

Do you have any tips for ageing gracefully? 

Moisturise every day & smile. Smiling makes you feel good & if you feel good you look great. Dont wear clothes that are too small & don’t envy youth, love the skin you are in. 

What is your favourite pudding?

Sweet syrup pudding. Yummy

What is your must have beauty product? 

A good moisturiser. 

Is there an item of clothing you would never wear? 

I would rather go out with no pants on at all than wear a thong. 

Which historical figure would you most like to have met? 

Emmeline Pankhurst. I wish she were alive now so that she could see that women are finally being listened to & respected. I think she would probably have some advice for the places where women are still not valued or educated. 

How do you like your coffee? 

I don’t drink it 

Window seat or aisle seat? 

Window so I can see outside 

Swim or jog? 

Neither unless it is swimming in the sea which I love. 

What is the most dangerous thing you have ever done? 

Whilst on a bus man’s ranch holiday in America I followed some cattle over a rocky precipice & what I thought was a cliff as I couldn’t stop the pony I was on following them. It was a real ‘yeeha’ moment but we all landed safely the other side. 

Do you have any pets? 

We have Roscoe Fella who is a Rottweiler Kelpie cross, Nel a reject working collie, Bonsai a jet black hairy horse & Rocky Rock Star our Highland pony. 

Heel or Flats? 

Just enough heel to make me feel good when I am out & about but flats for all things animal related. 

What advice would you pass on to your children? 

Be kind. It does not cost anything. Think about the consequences of your actions & take responsibility for them & don’t hold grudges as life is too short. 

Two truths & a lie 

I have been to America, I have been to Canada & I never lie.

Do you have a favourite hobby? 

Horses & horse riding. 

Who has inspired you? 

Caroline Bradley. She was a show jumper in the 1970’s & 80’s & the first woman to win the Puissance at The Horse of the Year Show and as well as being and incredibly talented she was very determined. She died of a heart attack at the age of 37, I can remember hearing the news whilst I was on holiday & it making me cry. I was obsessed with her & had posters of her horses Tigre& Milton on my bedroom wall

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