Saturday, 22 May 2010

How time has started to fly....
With the start of spring everything kicks off and we have been very busy to say the least. The shows are starting and it appears that there is an evergrowing list of jobs. That said we feel that we are more or less keeping on top of everything but just as well the days are longer!
We have had several shows and an open day with varying success but generally it is positive. We hosted a farm walk in conjunction with Worcestershire County Council on the 8th of May which went well. The weather was good and the Bluebells albeit later this year were putting on a good display. We started off hosting the 12 people who came and took them on a guided walk on our nature trail. The member of staff from Worcestershire County Council then continued on with an extended circular walk through two parishes and then ending up back at the farm. We then gave them a talk concerning how we make the cider and then the enevitable tasting! As the 'theme' of the walk was Nature trail and Cider everyone 'appeared' to be interested and had a good time.
The next day was an early start up to Market Drayton to have a stand at the Muller 10k fun run. Quite different from a normal show as the theme of the run was of course fitness and being knacked afterwards. The whole idea of tucking into a cider before or after running 10k was going to be unlikely! Anyway as soon as the race had started the 'supporters' then flooded into the marquee so to say it was a sudden rush was an understatement! The show was brilliantly organised and trade was pretty good.
The weekend after I went to the Staffordshire game fair for a two day event. Lovely weather and the show was well organised but not that many people turned up. Main reason probably was that it was the first one and it takes time to build up. Enjoyed the weekend and hust as well the weeather was good. The same saturday Peter went down to the Teme Valley food fayre in Tenbury Wells. VERY successful and a brilliant day. Weather of course helps but this is the same at every event.
The weather is certainly helping cider sales and late last night was sorting out the mail order section of the website. Looks a lot better and cleaner. Thanks once again Bob!
Next month is definately show month, one more this month at Bridgnorth and then attending a total of 7 days of shows in the month of June. Really looking forward to it all.