So here it is….., merry Christmas! We’ve made it through another year, and apart from a busy delivery round at the end of the week, the business has been done for 2017. Thank you for getting your Christmas orders in on time; there were 2 or 3 rebels who tried to fight the system, but all’s well that ends well, and it is my sincere wish that, come the big day, we will all be simply having a wonderful Christmas time. I am so grateful for the ongoing support of all of my customers; both the ‘lifers’, and those that have joined my happy band more recently. You have all contributed to making 2017 the most successful year for my business so far, which gives me great encouragement to carry on the struggle in the New Year.

In the past week it has very much felt like the bleak mid winter, and it’s been like walking in a winter wonderland, with the snow laying deep and crisp and even early in the week down in border country. This morning there was a hoar frost covering everything when we walked Dudley at Moyns Park, but by coffee time the rain started falling and the spell was well and truly broken. They said there’ll be snow at Christmas, but now the tune has changed and it’s going to be much milder after tomorrow, which is a shame, because a sharp frost is almost as good as a white Christmas, not least because it means that mucky feet aren’t walking all over the house – either human or animal. While having my morning coffee I looked out of the kitchen window into the ‘back field’, where recently we have had a lot of Common Gull, but what I don’t understand is why they don’t call like they do at the seaside, here they just wheel around and alight on to the ground and….well not do very much. I’m not really sure what they think they are doing here. Much more interesting and exciting were the other occupants of the field; dozens of Fieldfare and Redwing intermingled, and a sizeable flock of Starlings, once so commonplace and now something of a treat. Whilst walking through the orchard at MP I spotted a Bullfinch, which is not necessarily good for the apple trees, but it made my heart sing.

I will be delivering orders this week on your regular day, and I will at Wyken on Saturday for the collection of orders, after which I will be driving home for Christmas. I will be taking off the week between Christmas and the New Year, so the next week for orders and deliveries will be week commencing 1/1/2018. If you have forgotten anything on the vegetable front by all means ask if I can supply any missing items; I will do what I can, but I can’t guarantee that I will be able to help, but if I don’t think that I can I will let you know.

Thanks again for your ongoing support; merry Christmas everybody. Right I’m off to do some Christmas wrapping, then deck the halls with boughs of holly, because Santa Claus is coming to town.



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