Bowdens Farm, Hambridge, Somerset, TA10 0BP, England

Seb’s dream purchase & Harry Potter

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Good Morning, I hope you are in good order and were not washed or blown away yesterday?  Thankfully one of our crew is now equipped with the perfect vehicle for such weather it even has a snorkel which protrudes from its midriff!  It turns out that since, the now 6ft plenty, Seb was a wee boy he has had a poster of a Land Rover Defender on his wall.  For me it was Ian Botham and Seve Ballesteros but each to their own and anyone unfortunate enough to have seen me drive will know that the combustion engine, how it works and what shell with four wheels it propels is a conversational topic that for me is only useful as a guaranteed cure for insomnia!  However, when Seb arrived at work this week literally bouncing with excitement and a smile “the size of Saturn”, to quote Anya – a friend of Nancy’s, we had to follow him out to the carpark to see what the cause of his joy was.  The answer was that after a huge amount of saving and searching he is now the owner of his very own 1996 Land Rover Defender.  It appears that dreams do come true, although, just for the record I never played cricket for England or won the Open Championship!


It’s been a wonderfully busy week here at The Smokery with the Asparagus Box proving to be as popular as ever.  I adore asparagus and although its been a hugely hard start to the season for the growers with all the relentless frosts and cold it has been worth the wait as the asparagus is sublime.  We deliver 2 bunches of it along with Smoked Salmon, Smoked Duck, Trout Fillets and Streaky Bacon to any door of your choosing for just £35.  Our Whole Baked Ham is also proving hugely popular which is on special offer of £35 delivered which is a saving of £12!  So on the basis that the sun has to come out and it has to warm up eventually why not treat yourself or one of your pals to one of the above.


Finally as you may remember we finished reading the final Harry Potter book to the boys last week.  Once over the trauma of it all the ‘What to read next?’ conundrum very quickly arose.  The decision was The Chronicles of Narnia and already I have been cast in the role of Nikabrik, an evil Ice Queen worshiping dwarf.  Poor old Mrs P the role of  the cruel and evil Ice Queen, harsh casting but just between us there are a couple of similarities!  The boys have shown no shame at all in Bertie taking the role of “Peter, The Magnificent” and Stan the slightly lesser role of “Edmund, The Just”!?  Dog walks maybe quite an ordeal for the next few weeks as Stan is insisting on maintaining his role at all times and we had to prevent both boys attacking a poor unsuspecting citizen tending their allotment from being attacked and murdered for apparently plotting to kill Aslan the Lion, after a few mumbled apologies and an offer of some delicious asparagus and salmon I am quietly confident that a charge of assault against my sons has been averted?


I must away as there is Pork to roast and what looks like being the coldest cricket match in Christendom to get Bertie delivered to.

I hope you have a restful Sunday.


My very, very best regards,



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