Firstly, a really big thank you for your wonderful response to my request for help in deciding on new products. I received over 300 emails, and I will reply to each and every one of you. I really am most grateful for your suggestions, advice and some really fabulous ideas. Deets will draw the winner out of the hat tomorrow.
The reason I haven't replied to your emails before is that on Monday I had a lovely surprise. The last few months have been hard for all of us and Deets and I are very aware of how lucky we are, not only to have a job but also one which we love. It has been hard work, though – 7 days a week. On Monday, my elder daughter, Lucy, her husband and my three grandchildren arrived at Chycoggan and swept me off to the Scilly Isles for a surprise 3 day break. It was totally magic. We walked, we swam, we talked and slept. We stayed on Bryher which was delightfully quiet - it pleased me as I am in danger of becoming something of a recluse!
Grandchildren Lily, Fred and Isobel on Bryher
Spending time with my grandchildren, having seen so little of them in recent months, was particularly special. Lily has been a brilliant helper at food festivals in the past – heaven knows when we will be able to do that again but she is determined to start selling Raw Chocolate Pie again soon. It was great to also have time to stop and think and with all your many ideas to work through, I am now raring to go!
Everyone does seem to be enjoying the little samples we are putting in each order so I will continue with that and the 10% discount for as long as I can.
Red Squirrels on Tresco.
Sorry, this is totally random, but I had never seen a red squirrel before so I thought I would share this photograph with you.