As sure as eggs is eggs, time keeps rolling along…..and here we are in March again!!
I’ll start where I left off – way back in September.
Our main work on the farm during September, October and November was to get everything ready for Christmas!
The footpaths needed some attention as we wanted to avoid them becoming too muddy. Plenty of bark chip was spread in strategic points – a task made easier this year as we had our new Big Red Tractor to help us! Overall the paths held up pretty well, but there were still some areas which became inaccessible on foot and the machinery was glad of a good hose down at the end of December!
We also had some solar panels fitted to the Christmas Tree Barn so we wouldn’t have to tidy up in darkness at the end of the day.
And of course the Christmas Trees had a bit of a trim so they would look good for the season – after all they are the stars of the show!!
Another day at the office....
In October, Andrew and I attended a meeting of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA), which was held in Oxfordshire. We enjoyed a night away (very rare treat!) and met up with lots of fellow Christmas Tree growers. It is always good to catch up, to share news and views, and to have a look around someone else’s farm.
The highlight of the October event is THE BIG VOTE. Any member of the BCTGA can enter their best Norway Spruce, Nordmann Fir, decorated wreath, undecorated wreath etc….. A secret ballot is held to determine the overall Champion and the winner has the honour of supplying the Christmas Tree that stands outside 10 Downing Street, with the runner-up providing the Tree for the Pillared Room. The best wreath adorns No. 10’s front door.
Our gates opened on Saturday, 29th November this year and we were busier than ever! Fortunately, we had managed to recruit some fabulous local lads to help us again this season. Although I do not have much opportunity to be out in the field during selling season, I had some lovely comments from customers about the boys….and felt like a proud mum!! They do a fantastic job and keep smiling whatever the weather!
We were also joined by our good friends, Mark & Emma and their children, for our busiest weekend. They have travelled up from Hampshire for a weekend every year that we have been running and have spent their days helping on the Farm and their evenings helping deplete our wine supplies!
Last delivery of a long day....who's having a lie down in the trailer?!
All in all, we had a fabulous Christmas Season 2014. We were especially thrilled to send cheques to 24 local PTAs who advertised our business through their school communities this year! For us, being able to give back to our community is hugely important.
If you were one of our many customers, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for supporting our small, local business.
And what have we been doing since Christmas?
Well, believe it or not, we have already sold some Norway Spruces. They went off to the BBC and we understand that they will be appearing on our screens for a 2015 Christmas Special of Sher….! Oops, meant to say Shhh…(that’s all the clue you’re having!! )
We also launched headlong into our new project on the Farm – Ty Cerrig Woodland Retreats. Our first Shepherd’s Hut had been delivered in November so it was full steam ahead in January to start kitting it out, ready to take bookings. I spent hours shopping on the internet and on the high street, seeking out just the right bedding, cooking equipment, bath linen etc. I also dragged out my sewing machine to run up curtains for all the non-standard sized windows!
And a new website was developed and launched. Why not pop over and take a look at www.tycerrigwoodlandretreats.co.uk