For Christmas this year I would like to keep it local!
I know it doesn’t seem a second ago that the trees were hanging in the yard and carols were being sung and yet it is creeping up on us again, Christmas seems to come around quicker each year – I must be getting old!!
After a successful harvest and having had fun organising our Harvest festival in aid of LOROS, it got me thinking about just how lucky we are in this country – although the weather is not always on our side, our landscape is quite fabulous and we are a nation of great food, drink and people, many of which come from this great county. In fact, we are surrounded by world famous Pork Pies, Crisps, Cheeses, Local Brews as well as being the home of some amazing chefs and inspirational characters like the Attenborough Brothers.
So as I sit back and think through just how lucky we are, I have decided to keep it local for all my Christmas gifts. Just looking around the shop we have great English Wine, some amazing cheeses, some great gifts from small business such as ‘ The Compost Heap’, jams and chutneys that add something special to any meal and even coffee and croissants for that perfect Sunday morning. All of these things combined with beautiful flowers and plants from Shoots, where Stuart just has a knack of wrapping things and making them look extra special, makes me proud of all we have and all we stand for here in Great Britain.
So this year I urge you to look around at your local butchers, bakers, independent shops, craftsmen and women etc. as their hard work may just be the perfect gift you are looking for, not only meaning a lot to the recipient but also the local economy, together we can help rebuild Britain – bit by bit, choosing to buy local.
Before all of these festivities, if you fancy a little bit of Halloween fun, before you even think of turkey and tinsel then why not pop along and see us, choose a pumpkin perfect for carving or one that has already been lovingly carved for you, or come along on Wednesday 29th October so you and the family can carve away under the watchful eye of Stuart – I would suggest my watchful eye but I am not the most artistic or patient!
Then to start those Christmas festivities, don’t forget to put our Christmas Market in your diaries – another great event in aid of LOROS with lots of stallholders, all with great Christmas gift ideas and treats that help raise money for a great cause whilst supporting local.
Right - Now all the hay and straw is away, the grain is in and Harvest 2014 is done, I best get on with the drilling so we can do it all again next year for Harvest 2015 - and all before the Christmas trees arrive....
See you soon at Roots