A huge thank you from us & enjoy free delivery!

I write to you this morning from a somewhat chilly and blustery Somerset.  I refuse to yield and I am still wearing my shorts and have had to frown gravely at the rest of the family who have decided that the only answer is jeans and a jumper!  Yesterday I ventured into the lovely village of South Petherton which is our nearest metropolis.  Nancy and I were shopping for provisions with which to keep the wolf from the door, this required a lot of jolly social queuing whilst of course being fully face masked as we must.  As a wearer of hearing aids this has become an almost traumatic experience as trying to lip read through a mask and interpret the muffled sounds that permeate the brilliantly decorated shrouds of cotton is, I would suggest, right up there with the breaking of the enigma code in its level of difficulty.  However, the worst is yet to come as when one has managed to exit a conversation, usually with something completely different to eat than one intended, one is desperate to uncover ones mouth and in so doing the action of ‘unhooking’ ones very expensive hearing aid it flies into the air having effectively been catapulted from ones head and lands who knows where.  Luckily mine are bright blue and a beady eyed daughter, or lovely lady in Ilminster have spotted the landing zone, and rescued them for me without too much damage.  I understand there is a new design for those aurally challenged like myself which will be a huge relief.


It is with a growing sense of alarm that we are today entering the last week of August and that a week on Tuesday is the 1st of September.  It has been exactly five months since the real madness of these challenging times began and somehow by hook or by crook we are still here where so many businesses, through no fault of their own, are not.  I don’t want to overstate the point but quite simply we are still here because of the amazing support of you – our mail order customers.  When other areas of our business, like our restaurant and all the other restaurants and hotels we supply, effectively shut completely our mail order side didn’t falter and our amazing customers ordered like they have never ordered before and that has made the difference and saved us.  ‘Thank you’ is pathetically insufficient but it is utterly heartfelt and all I have.


To celebrate and say thank you in some small way I have decided to offer free delivery on all orders placed between now and Midnight on Monday the 31st of August.  You don’t have to have an order delivered this month to get the benefit of the free delivery, you just need to place the order.  For example if you were feeling very efficient you could essentially do all your Christmas shopping for delivery in December and as long as you ordered by the end of the month you would receive Free Delivery on all those orders.


Finally, where we are living for the next month, before moving again, our neighbour is that sadly rare thing in these parts these days of a dairy farm so we are  surrounded by lots of lovely four legged black and white ladies with full udders munching grass.  Daughter number 2 – Edith is obsessed with all animals and has insisted she will be a vet from pretty much the moment she could talk.  Yesterday I caught her leaning on the fence in deep conversation with the cows for a good half an hour and now she pops out to see them first thing in the morning and last thing at night!  Edith was named after my Great Aunt Eddie who was also and Edith.  She was a wonderful woman who once had a fantastic 100th birthday party for her grand piano and would watch her television using the biggest pair of binoculars I had ever seen as her eye sight was so poor in old age.  She had been a Land Girl in the war and had learnt to milk cows (always Jerseys).  In later life she had her own small herd and her neighbours across the valley would always when they returned from being away say to one another “ Eddie is home, she is out kissing her cows”.  Sadly one doesn’t think of these magnificent people from ones past enough but watching our Edith chatting away to cows like her namesake 80 years on brought a very wide smile to my face and a good few goose bumps to the back of my neck too.


I hope you have a relatively restful Sunday, thank you from all of us here and remember the art of lip reading through thick curtain material is not an exact science and bizarre answers to perfectly straightforward questions is always a distinct possibility!


My very, very best regards to you,