Q&A: June Cory of My Mustard, St Albans
PUBLISHED: 16:19 15 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:01 20 February 2013
June Cory, who runs a successful business in St Albans, tells Hannah Gray about turning 40, her very eclectic taste in music, how she met her husband half way and why St Albans feels like home
June Cory, who runs a successful business in St Albans,tells Hannah Gray about turning 40, her very eclectic taste in music, how she met her husband half way and why St Albans feels like home
How old are you?
I was 40 in June and I'm pretty cool about it.
Tell us about your family
My husband Gregg is a private hire driver in Rickmansworth. We have been together since our late teens and seen the ups and downs of life. I don't have any children of my own but I am a very proud auntie to Aisling, nine, and Matthew, seven, and an enthusiastic godmother.
Do you have any pets?
Not right now but I desperately want a cat when we move somewhere away from busy roads. We had Mabel for many years, a rather sweet-faced but sour tempered moggie who used all of her nine lives eventually.
Where do you live?
I've lived in Watford for 22 years. I'm originally from Oakham in Rutland, the smallest county in England, near Leicestershire. Gregg is from Cornwall, so we kind of met halfway.
What is the best thing about Watford?
I was lucky enough to be brought up in very rural surroundings but as a child craved the excitement of a 'big town'. While I'm still a bumpkin at heart the best thing about living in Watford is that I'm 20 minutes from the thrills of London but only 10 minutes from rolling fields and quiet.
What do you do for a living?
When I left college I fell into, then fell in love with regional press, starting out in advertising sales then moving into training and management. But as my 40th birthday approached, so did the realisation that there were still too many years on the mortgage and newspapers were changing fast, so I felt a change of direction was needed. In March this year I started my own business, My Mustard.
Tell us a bit about your business.
We are based in St Albans and work with small and medium sized enterprises to get them more customers through their websites. Trained by Google to get the best of their Adwords programme, I am lucky to say that I absolutely love my job.
What is your favourite song or piece of music and why?
I'm aware that I have seriously ropy taste in music. Busted, Kenny Rogers, SClub and Liza Minnelli rub shoulders with Kaiser Chiefs, Maroon 5, Arctic Monkeys and The Killers so whatever I say I will embarrass myself. The track that is most played on my iPod is Rhythm of Life by Sammy Davis Jnr but if I had to choose one song with real significance it would be a little-known Billy Joel track called This Night.
Do you have any unfulfilled ambitions?
I'd like to travel more. But there's time to do that.
Are you going to send any Valentine's cards this year?
That would be telling...
Do you expect to receive any?
One would be nice. Flowers would be nicer still...
Where are the best views to be had in Hertfordshire?
Try any or all of these: a carol concert at the Abbey in St Albans, a birthday lunch at the Grove in Watford, a walk on Chorleywood Common, a wander through the Old Town in Hemel Hempstead, a few pints in the Rose and Crown in Harpenden, a black and white movie at the Rex cinema in Berkhamsted, feeding the ducks at Aldenham country park, catching the 142 bus at Bushey Heath and popping into the corner shop in Oxhey village.
What is your favourite town in Hertfordshire and why?
St Albans. It's ironic because I have never lived there but I spend so many hours in the city, it feels like home.
Sum up Hertfordshire in five words.
Vibrant, green, everchanging, historical, home.
For more information, see www.mymustard.co.uk